|TO:||Faculty and Staff|
Maureen Sheehan Massaro
and Special Assistant to the President
|DATE:||June 8, 2009|
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 requires each institution of higher education that receives any form of financial assistance (including direct loans to students), to adopt and implement a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. To comply with this amendment, Wittenberg includes a detailed policy in the faculty and staff manuals and will send a paper copy of this memo to each department.
The following is the statement of policy which we distribute annually. Additionally, alcohol/drug brochures are available in the wellness rack outside the department of human resources in the lower level of Recitation Hall. Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this policy.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY
Wittenberg University, as a church-related school in partnership with its supporting synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, respects and defends the Church's position that substance abuse is destructive of God's good gift of personhood.
The university recognizes drug/alcohol dependency as an illness and a major health problem. The university also recognizes drug abuse as a potential health, safety, and security problem. Faculty and staff members needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to contact their supervisor, the Pastor to the University, the Director of Student Counseling, or the Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Special Assistant to the President. The Office of Human Resources should be contacted for referral to various agencies through our informal employee assistance program and/or health plans, as appropriate. Conscientious efforts to seek such help will not jeopardize any employee's job and will not be noted in any personnel record.
It is Wittenberg University's policy that faculty and staff will remain free of illicit drugs or substances while employed and working in the workplace. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the workplace. The abuse of alcohol or the use, misuse and abuse of drugs and other illicit substances will not be tolerated. A faculty or staff member who engages in illicit drugs or substances on the job or comes to work on university property under the influence of such will be subject to the University Rules of Conduct and to disciplinary action, as outlined in university employment manuals.
Faculty and staff members must, as a condition of employment, abide by the terms of the above policy and report any conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring on or off university premises while conducting university business. A report of a conviction must be made within five (5) days after the conviction to the Associate Vice President for Human Resources. (This requirement is mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.)