UST notifies employees of drug and alcohol policies
The University of St. Thomas complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.
These laws require that the university distribute the following information annually in writing to employees concerning the possession, use or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs at the university.
Drug and alcohol abuse affects the health, safety and well being of employees and students, and restricts the university's ability to carry out its mission. Therefore, the University of St. Thomas:
- Prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs by students and employees on all campuses and at all university facilities, or as part of the university's activities;
- Prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of controlled substances in the workplace.
Employees who violate the prohibitions above are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. Employees who report to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not allowed to remain on university property and should be escorted home.
Employees experiencing problems resulting from drug or alcohol dependency and/or abuse are encouraged to seek help through the university's Employee Assistance Program. Job performance, not the fact that an employee seeks counseling, is to be the basis of all personnel actions.