Drug-Free Workplace


For Full Time and Teaching Faculty, and
Adjunct Faculty, and
Administrative Staff with Faculty Rank, and

Academic Support Staff with Faculty Rank

This information is provided to Elon employees in response to requirements and regulations of the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act Amendments of 1989 (34 CFR,  Part 86, RIN 1880-AA46 Public Law 101-226).


A. Elon University is committed to maintaining a healthy, drug-free work environment. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance, as defined in the Act, is prohibited in the workplace.

In accordance with the Act, as a condition of employment, each employee must do the following:

1. Abide by the terms of the above statement;

2. Notify Elon University of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction. Upon notification from the employee, the university is obligated to report such conviction to the federal government within ten days.

The Drug-Free Workplace Act does not require drug testing. However, violation by an employee of any prohibitions set forth in the above statement will be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination, and may have legal consequences.


B.         Increasing Awareness

1.         At Elon, employees are the university’s most valuable resource, and their health, safety, and well being are extremely important. Officials of Elon University are especially concerned about the effects of substance abuse on employees and their families. Everyone needs to be aware of the problems associated with drug or alcohol abuse, the policies which address these problems in the workplace, and where to get help if an individual is struggling with such problems.

2.         For this reason, the university encourages employees to become familiar with the following information related to this topic which is provided in this manual:

a.          A Drug-Free Workplace Statement in compliance with the requirements and regulations of the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act Amendments of 1989 (34CFR, Part 86, RIN 1880-AA46 Public Law 101-226, including laws and consequences for violations of same)

b.         The dangers of alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace

c.          The availability of resources for individuals seeking assistance for alcohol and drug problems


C.        Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace


1.      No on escapes the serious consequences of substance abuse, even if people do not drink or use drugs themselves. It is estimated that, at some point in time, one out of every four people will work alongside someone who had a substance abuse problem. Men and women of all ages and of any occupation can develop an alcohol or drug problem. Problems with substance abuse can exist at every level in the workplace. When people have a substance abuse  problem, it is shared by those around them. Those with substance abuse problems not only create difficulties and problems for themselves but also for their co-workers, family, workplace and society.


2.      Individuals with alcohol and drug dependencies affect co-workers, supervisors, and the workplace in numerous ways. They tend to be absent or late for work more often, the quality and quantity of their work frequently declines over time, and they tend to be careless. Lowered morale and increased conflict among members of a work group can occur when a person is frequently absent, especially when others have to “fill in” for the absent employee. If a person tends to be careless, he/she may have more accidents, thus exposing others to increased safety risks or dangerous situations.


3.      Alcohol and drug abuse inflicts a terrible burden on families. It is estimated that 10-15% of Americans abuse alcohol or drugs, and that each of them on average affects 4-5 other people-most being family members. The
emotional distress caused by a family member’s substance abuse strains relationships within a family and often results in family difficulties. The costs of substance abuse can also affect the family budget in various ways. Family members of substance abusers tend to feel sick more often, utilize health care resources at a greater rate, and spend more time and money getting help for physical complaints than do other families.

D.        Information and Assistance for Alcohol or Drug Use


1.     One of the major components of this program is a desire to help employees of Elon University who suffer from alcohol or drug problems. Early recognition and treatment of alcohol or drug abuse improves the chances for successful rehabilitation and reduces the personal and economic cost to the individual, his/her family, and the university. Anyone who believes that he/she has developed an alcohol or drug problem is encouraged to seek assistance. The decision to seek assistance is primarily the responsibility of the individual but others, particularly supervisors, co-workers, and family members can help.


2.      The first step in overcoming any problem is to know how to turn for assistance. Information, counseling, and treatment for alcohol or drug problems are available to any employee through resources at Elon University and/or in the community.


3.      The Elon University Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Program is administered by the division of student life in conjunction with the office of human resources. All inquiries are strictly confidential. Campus resources for education and referral include:


a.       Director of Counseling Services

The director provides educational materials, referral recommendations, and short-term counseling at no cost to the employees. She/he will also provide therapy for couples and others affected by substance abuse issues.


b.      University Chaplain

The chaplain will provide educational materials, referral recommendations, and short-term counseling at no charge to the employee.


E.         University Policies and Resources for Alcohol/Other Drug Abuse

A current statement of Elon University’s alcohol policies and resources, including related self-help groups, is available in the student handbook, http://www.elon.edu/students/handbook/. Faculty may also obtain copies of this web site information in 120 Alamance.