Policies and Procedures

Drug-Free Campus and Work Place

The University of Tennessee’s Policy on a Drug-Free Campus and Workplace, as passed by its Board of Trustees, is found in University of Tennessee Personnel Policy #720. It reads as follows:

“In support of the Drug-Free Work-place Act of 1988 (public Law 100-690) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, it is the policy of the University of Tennessee to maintain a safe and healthful environment for its students and employees. Therefore, University policy prohibits the unlawful use, manufacture, possession distribution, or dispensing of drugs (“controlled substances” as defined in the Controlled Substance Act, 21 U.S.C. 812) and alcohol on University property or during University activities.”

“Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action-up to including immediate discharge for an employee and permanent dismissal for a student. Federal and state laws provide additional penalties for such unlawful activities, including fines and imprisonment (21 U.S.C. 841 et. seq.; T.C.A. 39-6-401, et. seq.) Local ordinances also provide various penalties for drug-and-alcohol related offenses. The University is bound to take all appropriate actions against violators, which include referral for legal prosecution or requiring the individual to participate satisfactorily in an approved drug/alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.”

Work Rule #9 and Work Rule #31, as found in The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Personnel Procedure #580, requires disciplinary action for an employee who is involved with the illegal use, manufacture, possession, distribution, or dispensing of controlled substances on University premises, or fails to notify Personnel within five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring in the work-place. The University’s Policy on a Drug-free Campus and Work-place as it relates to students may be found in The UT Health Science Center CenterScope.

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