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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950

UCM Criminal Justice Highlights

UCM Criminal Justice Highlights

The University of Central Missouri's Criminal Justice department is epitomized by their bi-annual newsletter, top-notch student organizations and institutions, and the annual Court of Appeals day. Click on any topic to expand that section. If you do not find answers to your questions here, please contact Mrs.Christy Mitchell.

CJ Chronicle

Twice each year the Criminal Justice department at the University of Central Missouri publishes a department newsletter known as the CJ Chronicle. The CJ Chronicle provides a way for current students and alumni to keep up with ongoings in the Criminal Justice department. Editions of the CJ Chronicle are posted below.

CJ Chronicle Editions

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012

Spring 2012

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Fall 2010

Winter 2009

Spring 2009

Winter 2008

Spring 2008

CJ Organizations

American Corrections Association

The first student chapter of the American Corrections Association came into existence on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in 1995. All students interested in a career in corrections are eligible to join this organization. Membership in SACA also carries membership in the Missouri Corrections Association (MCA). SACA meets regularly on-campus and members often attend the annual meeting/training session of the Missouri Corrections Association.

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is open to criminal justice students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a criminal justice grade point average of 3.2. Alpha Phi Sigma is national honor society that holds its annual meetings in conjunction with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). The UCM chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma holds regular meetings and a number of members attend the national meeting.

Institute of Justice & International Studies

The Institute of Justice and International Studies serves students, faculty, and professionals by organizing on-campus symposia and academic conferences. These focus on specific areas of criminal justice, such as juvenile justice or counter-terrorism. Frequently these events have international themes for which experts from around the world make presentations at UCM. The institute also produces a scholarly journal which publishes articles by academics and professionals.

For more information about the Institute of Justice & International Studies visit or contact :

Dr. Fran P.Reddington
Phone: 660-543-4961

Lambda Alpha Epsilon

LAE is open to all students interested in a career in criminal justice. This organization participates in regional and national conferences in which a variety of competitions are held. Such competitions include firearms, criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, criminal law and procedure, and other law enforcement related areas. In addition, LAE meets regularly on campus to plan and initiate organizationally related activities.The criminal justice department has hosted the Gamma Epsilon Delta chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association since 1966. The chapter was named after G.E. "Bill" Davila, one of the department's original faculty members. Students regularly participate in competitions on the regional and national level that include physical agility, mock crime scene investigation, firearms, and written academic examinations. Membership applications can be obtained from the criminal justice office in Humphreys 300.

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Mock Trial Association

The Mock Trial Team competes in local, regional, and national mock trial competitions. Membership is open to any student in good academic standing, regardless of major. Selection to the team is determined by the faculty supervisors and is competitive.

Pre-Law Students Association

PLSA is open to students across campus who have an interest in law or who are interested in attending law school. PLSA frequently hosts meetings in which guest speakers present information related to the interests of the organization.

Court of Appeals

One day each year the University of Central Missouri hosts a session of the Missouri Court of Appeals. This event provides UCM students and students visiting from local schools a chance to follow the Appeals Court process as real cases are heard. Case rulings are posted in the announcements section.