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Human Resources

Alcohol / Drug Use

Date: January 2007

Policy: Bowdoin College retains the right and responsibility to expect each employee to report to work and to perform his/her duties in a manner that will not jeopardize the health and safety of co-workers or students. Any employee who is in the workplace or is working while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (beyond appropriate prescription usage) is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including immediate termination of employment. In addition, employees should consult their personal physician to determine any workplace safety concerns associated with the use of prescribed medications. In the event prescription drug use may affect the ability of the employee to perform his/her duties or perform these duties in a safe manner, the employee should obtain a note from the prescribing physician. The note must identify any restrictions on regular work activities due to the drug or its side effects. Please refer to the Drug-Free Workplace Policy .

If a supervisor has reason to believe that an employee is under the influence of alcohol or drugs while in the workplace, (e.g., irregular behavior, slurring of words, extreme drowsiness, etc.), the supervisor may, upon consultation with a higher level manager or Human Resources, relieve the employee of work responsibilities for that day. Supervisors should work with Human Resources to determine the appropriate next steps including the need for disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

All employees are expected to follow Maine laws on alcohol use when serving alcohol in an official capacity or when consuming alcohol as a College guest.