Drug Free Workplace Policy
Oakton Community College is committed to the development and maintenance of an educational and workplace environment in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and will not tolerate the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities.
The College prohibits employees to use, possess, dispense, distribute or manufacture any controlled substances or drugs in the workplace. This is prohibited on campus, including any worksite designated for the performance of work, or at College-sponsored activities. Employees are, as a condition of employment, required to abide by this policy.
All employees will receive a copy of this policy and will abide by this drug-free workplace policy as a condition of employment Failure of an employee to receive a copy of this policy will not constitute defense to violations of the College's policy.
Any employee who is convicted of unlawfully possessing, using, dispensing, distributing, or manufacturing any controlled substances or drugs within the workplace, as a condition of employment, must notify the Director of Human Resources in writing within five (5) calendar days of the conviction.
If the employee is directly engaged in performance of work pursuant to the provisions of a federal grant or federal contract, the College shall give notice of the conviction to the federal agency with whom it has contracted or from whom it received the grant within ten (10) calendar days of receiving notification of conviction.
Within thirty days after receiving notice of a conviction, the College shall take appropriate disciplinary or referral action. Discipline for violating the Drug-Free Workplace Policy or Rules shall be governed by the College disciplinary and termination policies. Nothing contained herein limits the right of the College under federal, state or local law, to discipline the employee, up to and including termination, for violation of any College policy or rule.
In place of any disciplinary sanctions for violation of the Drug-Free Workplace Policy or Rules, the College in its discretion may require the employee to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program designated by the College and approved for such purposes by a federal, state or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency.
The College shall maintain a drug awareness program to inform all employees about: a) the risks of drug abuse in the workplace; b) the College's intent to maintain a drug-free workplace; c) any available drug counseling rehabilitation and employee assistance program; and d) the penalties that may be imposed for violation of this policy.
The College shall make a good faith effort to continue and maintain a drug-free workplace and to implement the provisions of this policy.