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TO: All Members of the University Community 2001:01
DATE: January 2001

Drug Free Workplace Policy
(Supersedes 1997:13)

  1. Purpose

    Consistent with state and federal law, Ferris State University will maintain a workplace free from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance, as defined under the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. 812, as may be amended from time to time. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of drugs or narcotics is prohibited on any property under the control of and governed by the Board of Trustees of Ferris State University, and at any site where work is performed by individuals on behalf of Ferris State University.

  2. Policy & Procedure Guidelines

    Pursuant to applicable University procedures governing employee discipline, any employee involved in the unauthorized use, sale, manufacturing, dispensing or possession of legal or illegal drugs or narcotics on University premises or work sites, or working under the influence of such substances, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

    The employee must notify the University of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction. Failure to provide such notice will subject the employee to dismissal. The employee shall notify his/her immediate supervisor, who will report the incident to the Office of Human Resource Development.

    Ferris State University supports programs aimed at the prevention of substance abuse by University employees. The University provides a confidential employee assistance service (EAS) to assist employees to deal with substance abuse and related issues. Employees may contact the Office of Human Resources to obtain confidential information on the currently available EAS program. Such counseling/service is confidential, to the extent permitted by law, and unrelated to performance appraisals. Leaves of absence to obtain treatment may be obtained under the sick leave or medical leave provisions of the appropriate labor contract or policy.

  3. Authorization

    The President is authorized and directed to immediately implement this policy and otherwise take such action as may be required to comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Administrative Rules issued pursuant to this Act.

    This policy applies to all University employees, including but not limited to: faculty, academic staff, support staff, and student employees.

Richard Duffett, Vice President
Administration and Finance

CONTACT: Human Resource Development