Student Handbook

Drug-Free Workplace & Campus

Congress has enacted the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free Schools & Community Act of 1989 which places certain responsibilities on the University as the recipient of federal grants and contracts. Pursuant to federal requirements and in keeping with current University policy, all UW-Whitewater students and employees are reminded that University rules, policies and practices prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances on all University property and worksites. Any employee who engages in any of these actions on University property or worksites or during work time may be referred to counseling or treatment, and may be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, discharge.

Employees who are convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must notify their supervisor (e.g., dean, director or department chair) within 5 days of the time of the conviction. Supervisors of employees who are being paid from federal funds must then notify the Chief Human Resources Officer within 5 days of conviction. The Chief Human Resources Officer, in turn, will notify both the federal contracting or granting agency and the appropriate University office within 5 days after receiving notice from the supervisor. The University will take appropriate referral or disciplinary action within 30 days of the employee notifying the supervisor.

Employees who have problems with alcohol or other drugs are encouraged to voluntarily contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for referral to counseling or treatment programs. Early diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse is in the best interest of the University and the employee. Contacts with the EAP may remain confidential. EAP is provided by FEI and employees can contact them by calling (866) 274-4723 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).  The programs's counseling services are available at no cost to employees and/or their household members.  Professional counselors are available via phone, video, and in-person in the local area.  Employees can receive up to 6 sessions, per issue, per year.

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