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University Policy on Drugs and Alcohol 2008-09

May 20, 2009
Federal laws mandate the creation and maintenance of academic and working environments free from illicit drug use and alcohol abuse. Northwestern University fully supports the objectives of these laws and their companion regulations.

The University issued a policy statement in March 1989 in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. That policy, the drug policy statement found in the Student Handbook, the drug-free workplace statement found in the Faculty and Staff Handbooks, and the statement of University policy on drugs and alcohol found in the Staff Handbook all remain in effect.

Northwestern University policy prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by its students and employees on University property, as part of any University activities, in vehicles owned or operated by the University, or at any work site or other location at which University duties are being performed by Northwestern employees.

Likewise, Northwestern University is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in compliance with applicable laws. For employees (including student employees), violation of this policy may result in the imposition of employment disciplines defined for specific employee categories by existing University policies, statutes, rules, regulations, employment contracts, and labor agreements. Any employee convicted of a drug offense involving the workplace will be subject to employee discipline up to and including termina¬tion of employment and/or required as a condition of continued employment to satisfactorily complete a drug rehabilitation program.

As a condition of continued employment, an employee of Northwestern must notify his or her supervisor within five days of conviction for a criminal drug offense involving the workplace. In the event any such conviction involves an employee working on a federal contract or grant, the University will notify the granting or contract¬ing federal agency within 10 days of receiving notice of a conviction.

The use of alcohol and other drugs may pose serious health risks and, moreover, is related to secondhand effects including absenteeism, poor academic performance, crime, and illness or injury. Medical care and health promotion services for students are provided by the University Health Service (847-491-8100) and Health Promotion and Wellness (847-491-2146), while counseling services for students are offered through Counseling and Psychological Services (847-491-2151). Employees are encouraged to contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program provided by Perspectives, Ltd. (800-456-6327).

Various local, state, and federal laws govern the possession and distribution (trafficking) of drugs and alcohol. Penalties for possession and trafficking of drugs and alcohol are contained in the Northwestern University booklet Policy on Drugs and Alcohol 2008–09, which is available online at www.nuhs.northwestern.edu/evanston/ed/drugalch.pdf.

Office of the Provost
Northwestern University
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