21st Birthday Project

For those who chose to drink, turning 21 may include some new challenges, like buying and drinking alcohol for the first time. By meeting with one of our Wellness Coordinators, you learn some helpful information to help you celebrate safely. Students MUST come on or before their birthday to receive a free birthday present.

  • Brief informational sessions last 10-15 minutes
  • Birthday present includes a small gift and a personalized birthday card
  • To sign up, contact Student Well-Being at wellbeing@mst.edu

Alcohol is a type of depressant that slows down the brain and results in an impaired cognitive state. Short term effects of alcohol usage include hangovers and alcohol poisoning, as well as falls & accidents, conflict, lowered inhibitions, and risky behaviors. Long term, excessive use can lead to development of chronic disease such as high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, cancer, or stroke.

Under this law, the person who seeks medical help and the person experiencing the medical emergency shall not be arrested, charged, prosecuted, convicted, or have property subject to civil asset forfeiture resulting from minor drug and alcohol violations, when acting in good faith. 

This law provides immunity from: possession of a controlled substance (RSMO 579.015); possession of drug paraphernalia (RSMO 579.074); possession of an imitation controlled substance (RSMO 579.078); keeping or maintaining a public nuisance (RSMO 579.105); sale of alcohol to a minor -- certain other persons (RSMO 311.310); misrepresentation of age by a minor to obtain liquor – use of an altered driver’s license, passport or I.D. cards (RSMO 311.320); purchase or possession of alcohol by a minor (RSMO 311.325); violation of a restraining order; or violation of probation or parole. This limited immunity does not offer protection from any other crimes (e.g., distribution of a controlled substance, manufacturing of drugs, active warrants).

Signs of an opioid overdose include being unresponsive to voice or shaking, shallow breathing or gurgling sounds, pin-point pupils, and lips or fingernails turning blue/gray

Signs of alcohol poisoning include irregular or slow breathing, skin turning blue, low body temperature, and seizures

If you suspect someone is overdosing or suffering from alcohol poisoning, please call 9-1-1 - your call could save a life.

View more information on this law.


The Standard of Conduct defines the University’s jurisdiction and the minimal behavioral expectations for students and student organizations.

All members of the university community are held responsible for their behavior and for respecting the rights of others. Missouri S&T endeavors to encourage a culture of compliance. The university is committed to providing education regarding the negative impacts of illicit drug use, misuse of prescription drugs, and the excessive or illegal consumption of alcohol.

Missouri S&T regulations prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol and illicit drugs on all University-owned or controlled properties and at University-sponsored or supervised activities, including school-related events or professional meetings requiring travel. The respective Standards of Conduct apply to all employees, students, and student organizations, including organizations that have University Approved Housing faculties.

The sale, manufacture, distribution, or possession of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Missouri S&T University Police strictly enforce these laws. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fines, and/or imprisonment.

For more information on policies at S&T, read our Notice of Compliance.

Happy 21st Birthday, Miner!