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Faculty and Unclassified Staff Handbook Chapter 4 -- Faculty: Benefits, Responsibilities, and Specific Requirements


Drug-Free Workplace

It is the policy of FHSU that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances is prohibited in its workplace. Any full or part-time officer or employee of the University, including faculty, other unclassified staff, classified staff, and student employees, found to be illegally manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing, or using controlled substances at the workplace of the University regardless of the site of the workplace, shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable policies of the State of Kansas, the Board of Regents, and FHSU. Officers and employees are reminded that illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances may also subject individuals to criminal prosecution.

As a condition of employment, all employees of FHSU shall abide by the terms of this policy statement and will notify FHSU of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after such conviction. For purposes of this policy, "conviction" means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the federal or state criminal drug statutes.

The term "controlled substances" as used in this policy means those substances included in Schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act and as further defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1300.11 through 1300.15 (a listing of controlled substances will be maintained in the campus human resource office and at other appropriate locations on campus). The term does not include the use of a controlled substance pursuant to a valid prescription or other uses authorized by law.

This policy statement is an integral part of FHSU's drug-free awareness program. This policy shall be given to all affected employees.

Employee Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

FHSU provides prevention and early intervention programs which are intended to serve both the student population and employees. These programs are administered under the direction of the University Director of Substance Abuse Prevention and Wellness Programs in the Division of Student Personnel Services.

The FHSU/Hays city community Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) functions as a planning/advisory group to the director. Included in ADAPT are health care professionals, substance abuse specialists, law enforcement officials, classified and unclassified employees, and students.

Research indicates that prevention programs are most effective when conducted frequently over a period of time. Therefore, prevention programs are carried out several times during the year. Examples of these programs are:

    August - Orientation
    October - National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
    December - Great Safe Holiday Break
    February - National Collegiate Drug Awareness Week
    March - Safebreak
    April - Springwell


A designated driver program implemented by BACCHUS (Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) provides an awareness program for local bars and restaurants. This program is a direct benefit to employees.

The Student Health Center, the Human Resource Office, and the Kelly Center are other resources available to all employees for drug awareness and substance abuse counseling, information and/or programs. In addition, the State of Kansas offers a toll-free number for all state employees wishing to participate in the state Employee Assistance Program. This number is 1-800-284-7575.

Employees are encouraged to use any of these resources to assure a drug-free environment and workplace.

Procedures which will be Followed in the Event an Employee is Convicted of Criminal Drug Statute Violations which Occur in the Workplace

In accordance with FHSU disciplinary policies and practices, when an employee is found to be in violation of the Drug-Free Workplace Statement of FHSU, he/she may be subject to penalties up to and including termination. Employees may also be required to satisfactorily participate, at their expense, in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program before being allowed to return to work. Appropriate action will be taken within thirty (30) days of FHSU's notice of a conviction or violation of the University's statement on a drug-free workplace.

Approved by President Edward H. Hammond (08-08-90).

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