The University Record, October 1, 1996

U policy on drug-free workplace

The Federal Government requires that the University annually publish its policy on the Drug Free Workplace Act. The acts, detailed below, are a good way to remind us about alcohol and drugs in the workplace, although alcohol and drug abuse is not a predominant problem among University employees.

However, when an employee is affected, there is a ripple effect on the entire department. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FASAP) is available to University employees and their dependents at no cost.

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, provides detail on health risks, resources for assistance, sanctions and reporting requirements.

Key points of the policy include:

 

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or any use of a 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.

Federal legislation mandates establishment of drug-free education and awareness programs and assistance. Education programs are available through FASAP on topics such as constructive confrontation, identification of an alcohol or drug problem and Responsible Hospitality: Tips for Safe Service of Alcohol. FASAP also provides confidential evaluations and opportunity for treatment for alcohol or other drug problems. Contact FASAP, 998-7500, for answers to questions about the acts, assessment, consultation and education programs.