Sept. 14, 2012
Northwest Board of Regents approves agreement for nursing director, drug testing for student-athletes, anti-hazing policy
The Northwest Missouri State University Board of Regents during its regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 13, approved a cooperative agreement with North Central Missouri College to share the costs of a nursing director. Additionally, the Board took a proactive approach in unanimously approving two University policies that are designed to raise awareness and educate students about the dangerous effects of hazing and drugs.
The Board convened in the gymnasium of Northwest's Horace Mann Laboratory School. Prior to the meeting, Board members toured the laboratory school's new Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families.
The cooperative agreement allows the two colleges to share the costs of an employee who will serve as the director of Northwest’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program and a facilitator of North Central’s nursing program. Northwest Provost Dr. Doug Dunham explained to the Board that Northwest has established a strong partnership with North Central in multiple academic areas, and the move to share a nursing director will benefit both institutions as they seek to strengthen and seek accreditation of their nursing programs.
The Board also approved a policy for student-athlete drug education, testing and counseling that addresses the use of prescription drugs, illegal drugs and dietary supplements. The policy calls for random drug testing throughout the school year for all student-athletes as well as testing based on a reasonable suspicion reported to the drug testing program director or the director of athletics.
Presenting the policy to the Board, Director of Athletics Wren Baker explained Northwest’s athletic department spent about six months reviewing drug-testing policies of other institutions. Northwest’s new policy outlines the penalties for offenders, but also emphasizes education and counseling and rehabilitation to protect Northwest student-athletes’ health and safety.
In addition, the Board approved a revised anti-hazing policy for Northwest, which is based on the Missouri state statute on hazing. Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Matt Baker said the policy proposal was the result of a University task force that convened during the summer and was comprised of representatives from the Northwest music and athletics departments, University Police, and the offices of Residential Life and Campus Activities. Baker said all student organizations at Northwest must abide by the new policy.
The policy defines hazing as a willful act that occurs on or off the Northwest campus and is directed at a student or a prospective member of an organization sanctioned by Northwest and that recklessly endangers the mental or physical health or safety of the student or prospective member.
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