It is Valley City State University 's desire to provide a drug-free, healthful, and safe workplace. To promote this goal, employees are required to report to work in appropriate mental and physical condition to perform their jobs in a satisfactory manner.

While on Valley City State University 's premises and while conducting business-related activities off Valley City State University premises, no employee may use, possess, distribute, sell, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Alcohol may be permitted at certain university-sponsored events. These events will be specifically authorized by the university President in accordance with SBHE Policy 918. The legal use of prescribed drugs is permitted on the job only if it does not impair an employee's ability to perform the essential functions of the job effectively and in a safe manner that does not endanger other individuals in the workplace.

Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, and/or participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation or treatment program. Such violations may also have legal consequences.

A supervisor may require an employee to leave the workplace if the supervisor, in their discretion, determines the employee has reported to work in an inappropriate mental or physical condition and cannot perform the essential functions of the job effectively and in a safe manner that does not endanger themselves or others. The employee may be required to use a day of annual leave or sick leave. If the supervisor determines the employee should not operate a motor vehicle, the supervisor may arrange transportation for the employee. If the employee refuses to accept transportation and insists on operating a motor vehicle, they will be informed by the supervisor that law enforcement officials will be notified that the employee appears unfit to operate a motor vehicle. Law enforcement officials should then be appropriately notified.

To inform employees about important provisions of this policy, Valley City State University has established a drug-free awareness program. The program provides information on the dangers and effects of substance abuse in the workplace, resources available to employees and consequences for violations of this policy. Each new employee, at the time of hiring, shall receive a copy of SBHE Policy 615 and Procedure 615 and acknowledge in writing that the employee has received and reviewed the policy and procedure. Institutions and the university system shall document on an annual basis that each benefited employees has received a copy of SBHE Policy 615 and Procedure 615. This may be done as part of an annual evaluation, in-service training, electronically, or other appropriate procedure.

Employees with questions or concerns about substance dependency or abuse are encouraged to use the resources of the Employee Assistance Program. They may also wish to discuss these matters with their supervisor or the Human Resources Department to receive assistance or referrals to appropriate resources in the community.

Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, an employee who performs work for a government contract or grant must notify Valley City State University of a criminal conviction for drug-related activity occurring in the workplace. The report must be made within five days of the conviction.

Employees with questions on this policy or issues related to drug or alcohol use in the workplace should raise their concerns with their supervisor or the Human Resources Department without fear of reprisal.

Sponsored by: Vice President for Student Affairs
Reviewed: Winter 1996
Reviewed: Winter 2005
Revised: Winter 2005