Read below for information on campus-wide policies for students and student organizations.
This policy applies to all users including faculty, staff, students, and guest users of University of Missouri computer networks, equipment, or connecting resources. All information technology resources are the property of the University and users must abide by certain guidelines for acceptable use of these resources.
The use or possession of any alcoholic beverage is strictly prohibited on all University property except were appropriate University approval is given, subject to legal requirements. To request permission to serve alcoholic beverages at events that support the mission of the University, Departments should inquire at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Student Organizations should inquire at the Office of Student Involvement.
Read the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
Read the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program.
The Office of Student Involvement reviews the requests of student organizations, university departments, individuals, and outside agencies for posting materials on campus bulletin boards. Stop by the Office of Student Involvement on the third floor of the Student Union for a complete set of regulations and a listing of approved bulletin boards for posting materials on campus, or call 816-235-1407. Materials that do not have the approval stamp from OSI or posted at unapproved locations will be taken down. When designing flyers and posters, please remember that UMKC is an institution of higher education that values life-long learning, diversity, inclusiveness, and respect.
In the event of severe weather or other events that may impact the health and safety of the campus community, the Chancellor may cancel classes or close the University. Information will be posted to the UMKC website, sent out via UMKC Alert! system, and sent to local media stations.
Read the Business Interruption Policy.
Learn more about UMKC Alert!.
All members of the University of Missouri - Kansas City community, students, faculty, and staff share a mutual interest in maintaining conditions where the work of the University can go forward freely, in accordance with the highest standards of quality, institutional integrity, and freedom of expression. To that end, UMKC is committed to retaining an academic environment for free expression and debate where each member of the public has the freedom to speak, assemble peaceably, and to petition for redress of grievances.
The University has adopted guidelines to govern the time, place, and manner of demonstrations and other assemblies that fall under the Missouri Campus Free Expression Act (MO Senate Bill 93) of 2015.
Read the Campus Free Expression Act 2015 Guidelines
The Cashiers and Collections Office is responsible for the billing, collection, and deposit of all student fees. This includes student fees, housing, bookstore, and other special charges. Please remember that by enrolling in classes you incur financial responsibility to the University. All students are responsible for charges and fees accrued on their student accounts.
Find out more about Cashiers and Collections, including policies and procedures.
UMKC, as part of the University of Missouri System, is governed by the UM Collected Rules and Regulations, which detail the use, activity, and governance for the university and its employees, students, facilities, and programs.
Browse the UM Collected Rules and Regulations.
Recognized student organizations may distribute literature on campus with prior authorization from the Office of Student Involvement. When designing flyers and posters, please remember that UMKC is an institution of higher education that values life-long learning, diversity, inclusiveness, and respect. It is against this policy to place literature on automobile windows parked in designated University parking areas. See also the section below for Student Organization Policies.
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) provides an e-mail service called Outlook Live for use to its students. UMKC encourages the appropriate use of e-mail by students to further their educational goals. As a condition of access, all use of UMKC resources must be in accord with all laws, University policy, University contracts, and any policies specific to a resource utilized.
The UMKC Outlook Live email account has an address ending in @mail.umkc.edu. This is the account used for University business and official University communications to students via e-mail. Students are expected to regularly check their UMKC account for University communications and are responsible for communications sent to this account. Students may use their Outlook Live account at their discretion for personal use as long as the usage is in compliance with the University's Acceptable Use Policy (110.005). Forwarding e-mail to a personal account is at the student's discretion.
UMKC Outlook Live student email accounts will continue to work after graduation and messages and folders will be preserved as long as the email account is checked every 60 days. Email addresses will also remain the same for as long as this system exists. After graduation, students may notice advertisements beside their messages.
Learn more about IT resources for students.
Learn more about accessing your Student e-mail account.
Read the Acceptable Use Policy.
UMKC conforms to federal regulations known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. The purpose of FERPA is to provide rights to students and their families with regard to access and privacy of academic records. FERPA guarantees students at the postsecondary level the right to inspect and view their academic records. It also prohibits UMKC from releasing information from a student's record to any third party unless the student authorizes the release.
Learn more about FERPA.
Read the UM Policy on Student Records.
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office (FASO) is responsible for maintaining the eligibility of the University and its students to receive federal and state financial aid. This responsibility dictates strict adherence to federal and state regulations.
Please be aware that financial aid awards are based on a student's enrollment, and changes in a student's credit hours may affect that student's eligibility for aid. If you withdraw from classes, you could owe back a portion or all of the financial aid that you may have received at the beginning of the semester. In addition, to maintain eligibility for aid, students must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Students who are out of status may not be eligible to receive additional financial aid until they have regained their SAP status.
Learn more about policies for Financial Aid and Scholarships.
The Residential Life Guide to Group Living is a reference for our students and staff to the policies, resources, and general information about living in Residential Life. Although our policies are also listed in the terms of agreement on the contract, these policies are also on-line for your convenience. If you have questions about the Guide, please talk with your RA/ALA or Residential Life Coordinator.
Hazing is strictly prohibited in the State of Missouri and by the University. Hazing is defined as any willful act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, directed against a student or a prospective member of an organization operating under the sanction of an educational institution, that recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or prospective member for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization. Acts of hazing include, but are not limited to:
- Any activity that recklessly endangers the physical health or safety of the student or prospective member, including but not limited to physical brutality, whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance.
- Any activity that endangers the mental health of the student or prospective member, including but not limited to sleep deprivation, physical confinement, or other extreme stress inducing activity
- Any activity that requires the student or prospective member to perform
a duty or task which involves a violation of the criminal laws of this
state or any political subdivision in this state.
Hazing is a class C Felony.
In order to adequately protect students at risk for communicable disease, UMKC requires a variety of immunizations for students identified as high-risk (i.e., residence hall students, international students, and those enrolled in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing). These students will be notified by the appropriate campus office of specific immunization requirements pertaining to them; however, UMKC recommends that all incoming students follow the immunization recommendations of the American College Health Association.
Students living on campus must submit record of meningitis and MMR vaccinations. Exemptions are permitted for health and religious reasons. Students who exempt themselves from immunization for either reason must sign a University of Missouri waiver form (parents must sign for students under 18). For medical exemptions, the form must be completed by a physician. For their own protection, students who have not received the meningitis or MMR vaccinations may be required to leave campus in the event of an outbreak.
Record of immunizations may be submitted to the Residential Life Office, Records and Registration Office, or to Student Health and Wellness. For students enrolled in health professions programs, records will also be required to be submitted to the School of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Nursing. Please note that students who do not have the required immunizations may not be placed in a clinical setting.
Immunizations, antibody titers, and TB testing are available at UMKC Student Health and Wellness.
All classes, meetings or assembly of any sort held in University buildings or on University grounds are subject to all United States and Missouri laws and University ordinances, rules and regulations. In addition, it is expected that proper care will be taken of the facility and that the simple rules of courtesy, decency and good manners will be observed at all times. Any failure to abide by these requirements may cause the permission for the use of the facility to be withdrawn at any time, or for the future permission for the use of any University facilities to be denied.
Student organizations may make room and facility reservations for their sponsored events. Information about this process and the required forms can be found by visiting the Office of Student Involvement. See also the section below for Student Organization Policies.
The sale of anything, the soliciting of subscriptions, or the collection of dues is prohibited in University buildings and on University grounds without prior authorization. Forms include “Permit to Sell” and “Facilities Request” which must be completed and submitted to the Office of Student Involvement at least three weeks before the event. If recognized student organizations want to hold a bake sale, all sanitation guidelines and health regulations must be followed completely. See also the section below for Student Organization Policies.
For reasons of safety, health and sanitation, no
dogs or any other pet animals are permitted in University buildings as
of the effective date of this policy.
This policy does not prohibit the presence of:
- Service Animals as permitted in the Service Animal Policy that follows.
- Animals used in instructional, research or clinical activities.
- Animals controlled by fire or law enforcement officers in the course of their duties.
- Animals essential to a specific University program or activity, e.g., performing animals employed in an entertainment production.
University properties rented or maintained as places of abode are subject to this policy unless the manager of those properties has provided and approved contractual agreement affirming otherwise.
The animal must be under the control of the person with direct responsibility for the animal’s activities, it must be housebroken and must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The animal must meet all state and local, health, vaccination and licensing requirements. At a minimum, animals must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. All vaccinations must be current. Dogs must wear a rabies vaccination tag.
The person with direct responsibility is responsible for any damage the service animal causes and is responsible for cleaning up all animal waste.
This policy supersedes all previous animal pet policies.
Service Animal Policy
It is the policy of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) that service animals assisting individuals with disabilities are permitted in all UMKC facilities and programs that the individual with a disability is entitled to access with some exceptions. It is recommended that students have their service animal registered with the UMKC Office of Services for Students with Disabilities. Faculty and staff members who require the use of a service animal as a reasonable accommodation must contact the ADA Coordinator in the Office of Affirmative Action to make an individualized request for an accommodation. The ADA Coordinator will determine, on a case-by-case basis, whether to approve the faculty or staff member’s request.
The determination of whether or not an animal is a service animal is made by asking only the following two questions when the answers are not readily apparent: 1) Is this service animal required because of a disability? 2) What work or tasks has this animal been trained to perform?
Service animal: A service animal is an animal as designated by federal or state law, which is specifically trained to perform a service to a person with a disability.
Individuals with a service animal are welcome to bring the animal anywhere on campus they are entitled to access except: 1) where the service animal would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others that cannot be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by a reasonable accommodation, or, 2) where a service animal in question would cause substantial physical damage to the property of others that cannot be reduced or eliminated by another reasonable accommodation.
The animal must be under the control of the person with a disability, it must be housebroken and must not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The animal must meet all state and local, health, vaccination and licensing requirements. At a minimum, animals must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. All vaccinations must be current. Dogs must wear a rabies vaccination tag. The person with the disability is responsible for any damage the service animal causes and is responsible for cleaning up all animal waste.
Questions related to the use of service animals on the campus should be directed to Scott Laurent, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at (816) 235-5696
This policy supersedes all previous service animal policies.
Tobacco use and smoking are prohibited throughout UMKC properties.
“Smoking,” as defined herein, means the act of drawing smoke or a vaporized substance into one’s mouth that has been ignited, combusted, or vaporized.
“Smoking Products” include, but are not limited to, tobacco, cloves, all cigarette products (cigarettes, bidis, kreteks, e-cigarettes, etc.) and all smoke-producing devices (cigars, pipes, hookahs, etc.).
“University of Missouri-Kansas City properties” include, but are not limited to:
- All outdoor common and educational areas
- Inside all university owned or leased buildings
- Campus sidewalks
- Campus parking lots
- Recreational areas
- Outdoor stadiums
- University-owned and leased vehicles (regardless of location)
This smoking ban does not apply to public rights-of-way (sidewalks/streets) within the campus boundaries, as these are governed by City of Kansas City ordinance.
The Office of Student Involvement is responsible for assisting in the management and operation of student organizations. With nearly 300 active student organizations, there are plenty of options for students to explore or express themselves. Students, student organizations, and their advisors are responsible for following policies for forming student organizations, requirements for maintaining eligibility, and other important policies for campus events, conduct, and travel.
Explore UMKC Student Organizations.
Review the UMKC Student Organization Reference Guide.
The following time, place and manner policy applies to all rallies, demonstrations or similar activities: all events shall be registered through the Office of Student Involvement at least ten working days before the event by completing the permit request form. Any organization holding a rally, demonstration or like event shall appoint four students to act as marshals. It will be the duty of the marshals to ensure that all participants are properly instructed as to provisions of these regulations and that no action is performed which will reflect discredit on the student body or UMKC. The marshals' names must be listed on the permit request form. The organization, as well as all individuals participating, is responsible for following the Student Conduct Code. If the organization is distributing handbills or leaflets, the group is responsible for the clean-up. Use of a sound system must be approved on an Area Equipment Request Form. Failure to abide by this policy may cause the permission for the use of the facility to be withdrawn at any time, or denial of future demonstrations.