Georgia Highlands College

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

As a recipient of Federal funds, Georgia Highlands College supports and complies with provisions of the Omnibus Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988.  Georgia Highlands College is and remains a drug-free workplace.  Georgia Highlands College expects faculty and staff to meet appropriate standards of performance, to observe basic rules of good conduct, and to comply with institutional personnel policies and procedures.

In the discharge of its responsibilities as an employer, Georgia Highlands College promotes and requires a drug free work place among its Faculty and Staff.  The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of illegal drugs by Georgia Highlands College employees is prohibited by institutional policy.  Violations of the policy including felony and/or misdemeanor drug convictions during the course of employment with Georgia Highlands College may result in appropriate disciplinary penalties being imposed by the College, up to and including termination.   The Human Resources Department shall communicate the policy to new employees.

The following requirements are made to comply with the published policy. 

A.  A drug-free awareness program is hereby established to inform employees about the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace.  This is done by the posting of notices and posters concerning the symptoms and penalties of drug abuse.  This will be done periodically throughout the year. 

B.  Drug abuse in the workplace is to be treated as an illness for the first offense and the employee is expected to use all his resources to correct his or her problem, including the use of personal health insurance, the College’s Employee Assistance Program (counseling), or rehabilitation, as appropriate to the case.  An evaluation will be made of the situation to determine the seriousness of the case in relation to the employee’s employment.  A second instance of drug abuse in the workplace will result in dismissal of the employee.

C.  It is a requirement of the Drug-Free Workplace policy that the immediate supervisor and the Human Resources Director be notified of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such convictions

D.  There is a toll free telephone number available for employees’ use, questions and the ordering of materials relating to drug-free awareness.  The number is 1-800-843-4971.

E.  Copies of this policy for a drug-free workplace must be given to each employee employed under a sponsored contract and a copy of the policy must be included in all grant and contract proposals.

GeorgiaHighlands Collegeis committed to maintaining a campus community that is drug and alcohol free.  As part of our commitment to this goal, materials are available in Counseling and Career Services regarding the dangers of drug and alcohol use.  Information regarding Georgia Highlands College’s policies and disciplinary procedures which may be invoked for illicit drug or alcohol use are printed in this Handbook and are otherwise available in the Human Resources Department.  Should you have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol, please notify your supervisor who will help you seek assistance, or call our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1 (800)523-5668.  We urge you to carefully read this information and to join us in our effort to improve the health and well being of our campus community.



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