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Drug-Free Workplace

Date: January 2007

Policy: The Drug-free Workplace Act of 1988 requires recipients of federal monies to provide and maintain a drug-free workplace. In compliance with this federal provision, employees and students should review Bowdoin College's policies regarding alcohol and drug use. Related sections in this handbook include Alcohol/Drug Use and Employee Assistance Program. The Student Handbook is also available for reference. Together, these materials provide detailed descriptions of prohibited conduct, health risks, community resources for support and treatment, and institutional disciplinary and criminal sanctions.

The College has no intention of intruding into the private lives of its employees; however, it does retain the right and responsibility to expect both employees and students to conduct themselves in a manner that will not jeopardize the health and safety of others. Some of the drugs that are illegal under state and federal law include marijuana, heroin, hashish, cocaine, hallucinogens, and depressants and/or stimulants when not prescribed for medical care.

Any employee under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol or who possesses or consumes illegal drugs at Bowdoin is subject to College disciplinary procedures and action, up to and including immediate termination of employment. The illegal manufacture, distribution, or sale of illegal substances on the premises is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate termination. Any illegal substance found shall be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

Federal law specifically requires that, as a condition of employment under a federal grant, an employee must abide by the terms of this notice and is required to notify the College of any criminal drug statute convictions for a violation occurring in this workplace no later than five days after the conviction. If any such employee is convicted of any illegal drug activity in the workplace, the College must notify the federal granting agency of the violation within ten days and must take appropriate action against the affected employee. Sanctions must be imposed within thirty days of the date the College first learns of the conviction and may range from discharge to mandatory, satisfactory participation in an assistance or rehabilitation program.

As part of the drug-free awareness program, the College will continue to advise and inform employees and students of the dangers of drug use and abuse in the workplace. Upon request, Bowdoin will offer non-financial assistance to employees and students seeking treatment or rehabilitation services. Referrals for assistance are available from the campus Counseling Service for students or through the Employee Assistance Program.