Health and Safety
UMKC supports the well-being of our campus community by providing resources to help students maximize and maintain their personal health and safety. Below are descriptions of these resources and links to more information.
The University of Missouri--Kansas City reports very low crime statistics, with most crimes reported being burglaries. UMKC has a professional police force that is fully accredited and provides campus security, crime prevention outreach information, personal escort services, and self-defense classes.
UMKC complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a federal law that requires colleges and universities to publish an annual report every year by October 1 that includes statistics from the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the university, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.
Feeling puzzled? The mission of the UMKC Counseling Center is to foster the psychological well- being, personal development, and educational potential of our diverse campus community. In addition to individual counseling, the Center also provides outreach, group therapy, crisis intervention, and learning assessments.
Pursuant to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the University of Missouri is required to establish a drug-and-alcohol-prevention program for its students and employees. The University of Missouri program includes education and information about the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse in the workplace; programs that address unlawful controlled substance and alcohol use, including personnel actions that may result from such violations; self-referrals, as well as supervisory referrals, to drug and alcohol counseling and rehabilitation programs available through the Employee Assistance Program and/or community agencies.
Standards of Conduct University of Missouri regulations prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol and illicit drugs on University-owned or -controlled property and at University-sponsored or -supervised activities.
Legal Sanctions Local, state and federal laws also prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol and illicit drugs. Criminal penalties for violation of such laws range from fines up to $20,000 to imprisonment for terms up to life.
Health Risks Specific serious health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Some of the major risks are listed below.
- Alcohol and other depressants (barbiturates, sedatives and tranquilizers): Addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, overdose when used with other depressants, damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage.
- Marijuana: Addiction; panic reaction; impaired short-term memory; increased risk of lung cancer and emphysema, particularly in cigarette smokers; impairment of driving ability.
- Cocaine Addiction, heart attack, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed or uppers.
- Hallucinogens (acid, LSD, PCP, MDMA, etc.): Unpredictable behavior, emotional instability, violent behavior, organic brain damage in heavy users, convulsions and coma.
- Narcotics (heroin, Demerol, Morphine, Codeine, etc.): Addiction, accidental overdose, risk of hepatitis and AIDS from contaminated needles.
- Inhalants (gas, aerosols, glue, nitrites, etc.): Loss of consciousness, suffocation, damage to the brain and central nervous system, sudden death, nausea and vomiting, nosebleeds and impaired judgment.
Prevention Programming Annual strategic plans for prevention include outreach to students through educational materials, presentations at campus fairs and in classrooms and for departments, social norming campaigns, motivational approaches in individual and group settings and inclusion of research-based effective interventions. Students referred for campus violations participate in two or more consultation sessions at the Counseling Center.
Resources A variety of resources exist for drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and rehabilitation programs. For detailed information concerning these resources available from the University and community agencies, students can contact the University Counseling Center at 816-235-1635, and employees can contact Human Resources at 816-235-1621. Such referrals will be confidential.
University Discipline Violation of these University of Missouri regulations can result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion for students and discharge for employees.
UMKC's Student Health and Wellness offers primary care, wellness outreach, and pharmacy services. There is no charge for an office visit, but there may be a charge for some services and laboratory tests.
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.
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.
UMKC students report that stress is the number one barrier to their academic success. The MindBody Connection is a unique space where students can learn to identify strengths and stressors and to learn how to best manage stress. Stop by for a break with the Relaxation Station, do an assessment with HeartMath, or jump in on Wii hours of the day.
UMKC encourages all students to maintain adequate health insurance coverage (international students are required to purchase student health insurance). The University of Missouri has partnered with Aetna Student Health to offer its students health insurance coverage. No matter what insurance provider you utilize, it is very important to have adequate coverage. Be sure to review and compare plans to help you make the best decision on what kind of coverage you need and which insurance provider offers you the best plan for your needs.
Regular exercise helps keep your mind and body alert, active, and healthy. Staying fit is an important way to support your academic success, and Swinney Recreation Center can help! Featuring indoor and outdoor tracks, outdoor recreational field and soccer stadium, five basketball courts, squash and racquetball courts, fitness center, aerobics, fitness classes, 6-lane indoor pool, intramural sports, and massage therapy, Swinney has all you need to stay on a fun and beneficial exercise routine.
UMKC Alert! provides the campus community with timely notification of campus-wide emergencies or closures due to inclement weather. Students can sign up for UMKC Alert! via Pathway.
The mission of the Violence Prevention and Response Project at UMKC is to strengthen the University and community response to gender-based and sexual violence through victim support services, advocacy, training, education, and outreach to the campus and community.
It is the policy of the University of Missouri, in accord with providing a positive discrimination-free environment, that sexual harassment in the work place or the educational environment is unacceptable conduct. Sexual harassment is subject to discipline, up to and including separation from the institution.