The University Record, September 11, 1995

U must provide drug-free workplace

The Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1991 require the University to notify all employees and students of specific alcohol and drug policies and programs. The acts are part of the federal government’s nationwide effort to reduce alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace. The acts require the University, as an applicant for federal funding, to provide a drug-free workplace and take specific steps to meet standards of the law.

The Campus Safety Handbook, distributed annually in September, provides details on health risks, resources for assistance, sanctions and reporting requirements.

Key points of the policy include the following:

  • The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or any use of controlled substance in the workplace is prohibited.

  • Individuals who violate the policy are subject to disciplinary action under the “Performance and Conduct Standards” section of the Standard Practice Guide, Regents Bylaws or appropriate collective bargaining agreements.

  • Compliance with the policy is a condition of University employment.

    The policy does not affect individuals taking medication as prescribed by a physician.

    The federal legislation mandates establishment of a drug-free awareness program. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) provides confidential evaluations and opportunity for treatment for any type of alcohol or other drug problem. Education programs on alcohol and other drugs are available through FASAP on topics ranging from “Say Something! Constructive Confrontation and Intervention” to “Responsible Hospitality: Tips for Safe Service of Alcohol.” Contact FASAP at 998-7500 for answers to questions about the acts, assessment, consultation and education programs.