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Pima County Community College District Board Policy

Board Policy Title: Drug Free Workplace
Board Policy Number:  BP-4006
Adoption Date:  5/24/89
Revision Date(s):  6/30/03
Sponsoring Unit/Department:  VC Human Resources
Motion Number:  4428
Legal Reference:  Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988
Cross Reference:             

The purpose of this policy is to provide a safe work environment free from the hazards associated with drugs and alcohol use.  This policy is designed to protect the safety of all employees, students, and the general population in the work place.  This policy also complies with the provisions of the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988 and allows Pima County Community College District to maintain and certify a drug-free work place.

It is the policy of Pima County Community College District to maintain a drug and alcohol free working environment for its employees, students and visitors.  The College prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances and alcohol on College premises, while conducting College business or at any time which would interfere with the effective conduct of the employee's work for the College.

The College recognizes drug and/or alcohol dependency as illnesses and major health problems.  The College also recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as potential health, safety and security problems.  Employees needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to seek it, either through their own resources or through the College Employee Assistance Program, which is a regular employee benefit.  Conscientious efforts to seek such help will not jeopardize any employee's job, and will not be noted in any personnel file.  As a condition of employment, employees must abide by the terms of this policy.  Violations of this policy statement will result in appropriate disciplinary actions, including discharge.

All employees, including those on a contract or grant, as a condition of employment, must notify the employer of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the work place no later than five days after that conviction.  Any employee convicted of a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the work place is required to satisfactorily participate in a drug-abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.


1. Controlled substance:  any substance listed in Schedules I through V of Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act.

2. Employee:  a person employed by the College District or directly engaged in the performance of work under the provision of the grant or contract.

3. Conviction:  includes pleas of no-contest or nolo contendere.

4. Criminal statutes:  include state and federal prohibitions against the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, use or possession of any controlled substance.

All employees will be provided a copy of this policy statement.  New employees will receive a copy of this policy during attendance at the new employee orientation session.

The Vice Chancellor for Human Resources will establish a drug-free awareness program informing employees about the danger of drug abuse in the work place, the policy of maintaining a drug-free work place, the availability of drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs, and the penalties   imposed for drug abuse violations.