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34.02.99.Z1

Approved February 21, 2000
Supplements System Policy 34.02.99

1. OVERVIEW

1.1 The Texas A&M; University System Health Science Center is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from substance abuse as well as complying with state and federal laws. Its primary concern related to substance abuse in the workplace is prevention and treatment.

1.2 Consistent with the Health Science Center's commitment to substance abuse prevention, the HSC provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as an employee benefit. The EAP is available to HSC employees and their family members for confidential assistance with drug and alcohol problems, as well as other personal problems.

2. PROHIBITION AND CONSEQUENCES

2.1 The Health Science Center prohibits the illicit use, sale, attempted sale, conveyance, distribution, manufacture, cultivation, dispensation, purchase, attempted purchase, and possession of illegal drugs, intoxicants, or controlled substances, at any time and in any amount or in any manner. Illicit drugs include all drugs for which possession is illegal under federal or state law, including prescription drugs for which the individual does not have a valid prescription.

2.2 The purchase, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in facilities under the control of the HSC shall in all respects comply with state laws and with guidelines as defined in System Policy 34.03 and System Regulation 34.02.01.

2.3 Failure to comply with this rule by any employee will constitute grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination, in compliance with System Policy 32.02 and System Regulation 32.02.02. An employee who violates any of the drug laws will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency and will be subject to prosecution in accordance with the law. Legal sanctions for violation of local, state and federal laws may include, but are not limited to: fines, probation, jail or prison sentences.

2.4 At the discretion of the Health Science Center President, the employee may be referred to an EAP and/or may be required to participate in and satisfactorily complete an approved rehabilitation program. If an individual fails to comply with the mandatory treatment, he or she may be subject to suspension or dismissal from the Health Science Center.

3. EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS

3.1 Employees shall report suspected violations of this rule to their immediate supervisors or to their campus Human Resources office. The Health Science Center relies on the observations and judgment of first-line supervisory staff to evaluate the behavior of their employees, to identify suspected impaired behavior, and to refer an employee exhibiting such behavior to the EAP for evaluation. It is imperative that managers' and supervisors' awareness of EAP services and the issues and implications of substance abuse be heightened through an educational effort.

3.2 In order to comply with The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994 (20 USCS 7101 et seq.) required information as outlined in System Regulation 34.02.01, Section 4.2 is distributed to all new employees through New Employee Orientation. This information is also distributed annually to all employees and students through training and education programs.

OFFICE OF RESPONSIBILITY

Vice President for Academic Affairs