Drug-Free Environment and Controlled Substances
is the policy of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to provide a
drug-free workplace and learning environment for students and employees
of Regent institutions and the Board Office.
The unlawful possession, use or distribution of controlled
substances by students and employees on property owned or leased by a
Regent institution or in conjunction with a sponsored activity of an
institution governed by the Board is strictly prohibited.
unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of
a controlled substance at any institution under the governance of the
Board of Regents, State of Iowa, or at any activity sponsored by a
Regent institution is prohibited. Violations of this policy shall result in sanctions pursuant
to appropriate institutional procedures for employees or students.
Board of Regents recognizes that the abuse of controlled substances,
including alcohol, can interfere with the ability to perform important
functions physically, mentally and socially.
All employees are expected and required to report to work in an
appropriate mental and physical condition to carry out their
responsibilities safely and effectively, absent any impairment because
of use of controlled substances and alcohol.
Failure to comply by the employee with this expectation may
result in serious disciplinary sanctions, up to and including the
termination of an individual’s employment. In cases in which an
institution has probable cause to believe an employee’s ability to
perform the employee’s duties is impaired due to the use of alcohol or
controlled substances, the institution should confront the employee and
require testing and/or treatment, to the extent permitted by law. Failure to comply by the employee would be the basis for
serious disciplinary action. Dependency
upon controlled substances and/or alcohol is also recognized as an
illness that poses a major health problem as well as presenting other
serious safety and welfare implications for employees and students on
governed by the Board shall make available to students and staff
educational programs directed toward the elimination of substance abuse.
Employees with drug or alcohol problems are encouraged to use
employee assistance programs or other community-based assistance
programs as appropriate. Students
are encouraged to seek assistance via appropriate counseling programs.
to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, employees must report any
conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring while
conducting official business on or off Regent premises.
Such a report must be made within five days following the date of
State University of Iowa, Iowa State University of Science and
Technology, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa School for the Deaf, and
the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School shall develop institutional
policies consistent with the Board policy.
Such institutional policies shall be disseminated to employees
to the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations implementing the
Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991, employees in safety
sensitive aviation, motor carrier, or mass transit positions in Board of
Regents institutions will be required to submit to mandated alcohol and
drug testing, consistent with regulations.