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DRUG-FREE ENVIRONMENT/SUBSTANCE ABUSE

It is the goal of Misericordia University to be in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act. Therefore, the University promotes an environment free from illegal use, possession, or distribution of controlled substances or drugs.

Misericordia University employees have the responsibility and the right to perform their jobs in a safe, conscientious, and effective manner. As a result, the workplace environment must be drug-free and must ensure employees are free from the effects of controlled substances or drugs.

It is unlawful and strictly prohibited for Misericordia University employees to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use without medical authorization mind or mood altering chemicals or controlled substances in the work environment.

Violations of the Drug-Free Workplace/Substance Abuse policy may result in disciplinary action as set forth in the Disciplinary Action policy.

The University encourages employees who are experiencing problems related to substance abuse to seek assistance through the University Counseling Center for evaluation and referral to outside agencies that provide rehabilitative treatment and counseling services.

Employees' Responsibility

It is every employee's responsibility to promptly report to the appropriate supervisor, any observation or gained knowledge of a condition adversely affecting a co-worker's ability to perform their job responsibilities or posing a hazard to the safety and welfare of others in the work environment.

Individual employees' are obligated to report any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the work environment. This report shall be made to the immediate supervisor within five (5) days of the conviction. The supervisor must immediately notify the Director of Human Resources and their respective Dean/Vice President.

For violations of the policy, the Dean/Vice President will discuss the degree of disciplinary action with the appropriate levels of supervision and recommend action, ranging from participation in a rehabilitation treatment program up to and including termination of employment.

As required by law, when a violation occurs in the work environment and when appropriate, the Dean/Vice President will notify the Associate Director of Campus Safety who will notify the appropriate government agency within ten (10) days after receiving notice of a violation.

It is the obligation of the Director of Corporate, Government and Foundation Relations to provide copies of this Drug-Free Environment/Substance Abuse Policy to all employees involved with federal funded grants or contracts.

Revised 03-10

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