508, Drug-free Workplace

508.1 Purpose

To establish a policy on drug-free workplaces for the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

508.2 Approval

Board of Higher Education approval: October 15, 2009. Revised: June 8, 2016; September 13, 2017.

508.3 Policy

3.1 Drug-Free Workplace: Employees shall not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol at the workplace or while working off-site.

3.2 Employee Agreement: Any person accepting employment agrees to abide by the terms of this policy.

3.3 Notify of Conviction: As a condition of employment, employees agree to notify their supervisor of any conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute if the violation occurs in the workplace or while the employee is working off-site. This notification must be made no later than five calendar days after a conviction for violation of a criminal drug statute.

3.4 Rehabilitation or Disciplinary Action: An employee who has been convicted of a violation of a criminal drug statute may be required to participate in a drug or alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, and/or may have disciplinary action and sanctions imposed.

3.5 Notification: The Commissioner of Higher Education shall periodically inform all employees of this policy and its contents. New full-time, salaried employees and part-time employees shall be informed of the policy.