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Drug Free Workplace - Code of Conduct

Office of Origin: Human Resources
Date Adopted: 05-23-89
Date Reviewed:
Last Date Modified & Approved: 02-04-09

Policy Statement:
The welfare and success of Lake Michigan College depends on the physical and psychological health of all its students and employees. The abuse of drugs and alcohol poses a serious threat to the College, its students, and its employees. Commonly abused or improperly used drugs and substances include, among others, alcohol, pain killers, sedatives, stimulants and tranquilizers as well as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs.

Lake Michigan College does not encourage or discourage alcohol consumption for those individuals who are of legal age in the State of Michigan. However, Lake Michigan College requires that when alcohol is consumed on the premises, that it be utilized in a socially responsible manner and only in those public situations prior approved by the College.

It is the joint responsibility of the College, its students, and employees to follow the policies and procedures developed to support a safe, drug-free environment.

Be it known, therefore, that Lake Michigan College will make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug free work place through the implementation of the following policies:

A. EMPLOYEES
1. The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any Federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while acting as an agent of the College is prohibited and will constitute grounds for termination.

2. Each employee engaged in the performance of a federal contract or grant must have a copy of the "Code of Conduct Policy to Support Drug Free Work Place" and must agree, as a condition of employment, to abide by its terms and to notify the College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the work place no later than five (5) days after the conviction.

3. The College will notify federal contracting or granting agencies of any convictions (as described in paragraph 2) immediately within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction.

4. The College requires employees convicted of violations of criminal drug statutes in the work place to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, or face sanctions up to and including termination.

The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy. The College maintains an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It strongly urges employees to use the program for confidential help with alcohol or drug problems. It is each employee's responsibility to seek assistance from the EAP before the problem effects judgment, performance or behavior.

B. STUDENTS
The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any Federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while engaged in College activities is punishable by law and is prohibited and will be subject to discipline, including expulsion.

The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy.

Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services & Special Assistant to the President

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