Human Resources Manual

Policy No.: 5-7 This policy applies to:
Policy Name: Drug and Alcohol Use Non-exempt staff
Effective Date: 08/01/04   Exempt staff
Revised:   Faculty

Policy

It is Loyola University New Orleans’ desire to provide a drug-free, healthful, and safe workplace. To promote this goal, employees are required to report to work in appropriate mental and physical condition to perform their jobs in a satisfactory manner.

The legal use of prescribed drugs is permitted on the job only if it does not impair an employee’s ability to perform the essential functions of the job effectively and in a safe manner that does not endanger other individuals in the workplace. No employee may use, possess, distribute or sell illegal drugs on Loyola University premises.

Alcoholic beverages may be served at some university-sponsored events; employees are expected to use good judgment when consuming alcoholic beverages at these events and maintain a professional image representative of the values of Loyola University.

Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action, and/or required participation in a substance abuse rehabilitation or treatment program.

Procedure

Employees with questions or concerns about substance dependency or abuse are encouraged to use the resources of the Employee Assistance Program through Loyola’s University Counseling Center to receive assistance or referrals to appropriate resources in the community. Employees with drug or alcohol problems may participate in a rehabilitation or treatment program through Loyola University’s health insurance benefit coverage.

Under the Drug-Free Workplace Act, an employee who performs work for a government contract or grant must notify Loyola University of a criminal conviction for drug-related activity occurring in the workplace. The report must be made within five days of the conviction.

Employees with questions on this policy or issues related to drug or alcohol use in the workplace may raise their concerns with their supervisor, a University Counseling Center counselor or the Director of Human Resources without fear of reprisal.