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Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Drug and alcohol use is highly detrimental to the safety and productivity of employees in the workplace. No employee may be under the influence of any illicit drug or alcohol while in the workplace, while on duty, or while operating a vehicle or equipment owned or leased by the College.

In accordance with the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988, the College must maintain a drug-free work place. Failure to comply with this law could jeopardize the important government funds that the College receives. The unlawful manufacture, possession, distribution, transfer, purchase, sale, use, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs while on the College's property, while attending business-related activities, while on duty, or while operating a vehicle or machine leased or owned by the College is strictly prohibited and may lead to disciplinary action, including suspension without pay or discharge. When appropriate, the College may refer the employee to approved counseling or rehabilitation programs.

Any employee engaged in government contract or grant work must comply with this policy as a condition of employment. Should an employee be convicted of a drug-related crime that occurred in the workplace, he or she must notify Vassar within five days of the conviction. The College is then required to notify the appropriate government agency within 10 days of the conviction. Appropriate human services action, including disciplinary action and/or participation in a drug-abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, may result after notice of the conviction is received.

Employees who voluntarily admit to having drug or alcohol problems that have not resulted in disciplinary action may be eligible for unpaid time off to participate in a rehabilitation program. Such a leave will be granted if the employee abstains from use of the substance while on leave, abides by all organization policies, rules, and prohibitions relating to conduct in the workplace, and if Vassar will not suffer an "undue hardship" as a consequence of granting the leave. Final authorization for all leave requests rests with the senior officer.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) may be of assistance in seeking professional guidance regarding a drug- or alcohol-related problem.

The EAP provides free, confidential access to local short-term counseling and referrals to community treatment programs. The EAP can be contacted at 800.828.6025.