As a member of the learning community, each student has a responsibility to other students who are members of the community. When cell phones or pagers ring and students respond in class or leave class to respond, it disrupts the class. Therefore, the office of academic affairs asks that cell phones, pagers, or similar communication devices be turned off or put into silent mode during class. At the discretion of the instructor, exception to this policy is possible in special circumstances.
The University also acknowledges the usefulness of electronic devices to students in the learning process; however, the use of computers, PDAs, or other electronic devices in classrooms and instructional settings is at the discretion of the instructor. Students should review instructors' policy statements for information about whether or not they will be allowed to use such devices in the classroom and other instructional setting.
Pursuant to R. S. Mo. Section 571.107 (10), firearms and weapons of any type are prohibited on the campus of Missouri State University-West Plains, except as described below:
Currently employed law enforcement personnel are excluded from this requirement provided they are trained and certified to carry duty/off-duty weapons and are in good standing with municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement organizations. Prior to carrying duty/off duty weapons on campus, however, law enforcement personnel must notify the office of the dean of student services, as well as faculty members of the classes they plan to attend.
Employees of the state are authorized, as per RSMO 571.030, paragraph 6, enacted August 28, 2013, to have a firearm in the employee's vehicle on property owned or leased by the state if the vehicle is locked and the firearm is not visible, for the duration of time that the employee is conducting activities within the scope of his or her employment.
Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to providing an environment where issues can be openly discussed and explored. The freedom to exchange views is essential to the life of the University. In order to provide an atmosphere in which open communication can occur without disrupting the academic mission or daily University functions, a policy is in place to govern campus demonstrations and speakers. The Public Forum Policy may be found at the following Internet address: http://www.wp.missouristate.edu/studentlife/Public.htm
Skateboarding is not allowed on campus. In-line skating, roller skating and cycling are allowed on campus; however, the following activities are prohibited: acrobatics (e.g., jumping on or over steps, benches, walls, rails, bike racks, etc.); excessive speed; blocking pedestrian paths (e.g., sidewalks, ramps, doors, etc.); entering buildings while wearing in-line skates or roller skates; and any activity which reasonably presents a risk of injury to persons or damage to property. Participants who do not comply with the policy will receive a warning for the first offense. Repeat offenders will be subject to University disciplinary action and/or prosecution under city/state law. Furthermore, any participant who is involved in an accident on University property may be held liable for causing physical injury or property damage.
In keeping with its mission to serve the community by providing formal and informal educational opportunities, Missouri State University-West Plains will make its facilities available to community groups for educational, cultural or other purposes consistent with the role of the University. Complete information may be found at the following Internet address: http://wp.missouristate.edu/PhysicalPlant/FacilityUsage.htm
Emergency notifications will be issued in response to a significant emergency or a dangerous situation, either on campus or, in some cases, off campus that, in the judgment of the University, constitute an immediate, imminent, or impending threat to the health or safety of members of the University community.
Timely warnings will be issued in response to reported crimes committed either on campus or, in some cases, off campus that, in the judgment of the University, constitute a serious or continuing threat to members of the University community.
In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, and the Jeanne Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), the purpose of this policy is to set forth the procedures by which the University will provide emergency notification or timely warning to the University community in the event that a significant emergency or dangerous situation is reported that poses an immediate, imminent, or impending threat to members of the University community; or a crime or incident is reported that poses a threat to members of the University community.
This determination will be made giving consideration to what members of the community may be endangered by the emergency, who else may be affected by it, and what information is appropriate to communicate to them.
The content of an emergency notification should include the following information if appropriate:
Responsible administrator and office: dean of student services
Contact person in that office: Dr. Herbert L. Lunday
Contact Information: 417-255-7225 or HerbLunday@MissouriState.edu
Original policy adopted by the Missouri State University-West Plains Administrative Council on October 11, 2010.
Revised policy adopted by the Missouri State University-West Plains Administrative Council on October 4, 2011.
Smoking and the use of tobacco products (including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, pipes and other tobacco products) by students, faculty, staff and visitors are prohibited on all Missouri State University-West Plains properties except as set forth in the Tobacco Use Policy located on the web at Tobacco Use Policy.
The general policy for weather is that classes will not be canceled because of inclement weather. Students should use their own good judgment regarding travel when weather conditions are questionable. Students do not need to call the administrative offices or their instructors if they cannot attend classes because of weather conditions. Faculty members are encouraged to allow make-up work for classes missed because of weather conditions
However, in extreme conditions classes may be canceled. Faculty, staff and students should call the Missouri State-West Plains Weather Hotline at 417-255-8075 for information regarding the status of Missouri State-West Plains classes, Mountain Grove Extended Campus classes, and Missouri State-Springfield Missouri State Outreach classes.
An official announcement will be issued through the local radio stations and Springfield television stations ONLY if Missouri State-West Plains and Mountain Grove Extended Campus classes are canceled. In addition, a message will be posted on the Weather Hotline at 417-255-8075, the Missouri State-West Plains website and sent out through the Missouri State Alert system.
Unless and until an official “classes cancelled” announcement is issued, faculty members are expected to hold classes as usual, and employees should assume that activities will continue as normal.
When University classes are canceled due to severe weather, a decision will be made as to whether offices will also be closed. If a decision is made to close the University or to cancel day classes, details will be posted on the weather hotline and the Missouri State-West Plains website, and sent out via Missouri State Alert by 7:00 a.m. Since the decision to cancel day classes due to inclement weather does not pertain to evening classes or second or third shift employees, a separate decision will be made by 3 p.m.