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Drug Free Workplace - Code of Conduct

LMC Revised Date

Office of Origin: Human Resources
Date Adopted: 05-23-89
Date Reviewed: 02-04-09
Last Date Modified & Approved: 12-12-17

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. 

Lake Michigan College adheres to and complies with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, which require an Institution of Higher Education to certify with the United States Department of Education that it has adopted and implemented programs to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and its employees. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, Lake Michigan College is distributing an annual notice and attachments to Lake Michigan College students and employees.

Lake Michigan College will make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug free workplace through the implementation of the following policies: 

  1. 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 "Drug Free Workplace – Code of Conduct" 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 workplace 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 workplace 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. For EAP assistance, contact the Assistant Director, Human Resources, Benefits & Compliance at (269) 927-8146.
     

  2. 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. 
     

  3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA

    The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008 (MMMA) permits qualified patients and their primary caregivers to use, possess and grow limited amounts of marijuana for treatment of certain debilitating medical conditions.

    As marijuana remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to maintain policies prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana on their campuses.  Accordingly, the possession, use, distribution or cultivation of marijuana, even for medical purposes, is prohibited on all Lake Michigan College property or at Lake Michigan College sponsored events or activities.

    If a student or employee possesses a valid medical marijuana card, the student or employee cannot use or store marijuana on any Lake Michigan College campus or property.  Medical marijuana which is prescribed for healing purposes is prohibited at Lake Michigan College even though there may be State laws which permit its use.

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

Responsibility: Vice President, Administrative Services; Vice President, Student Engagement and Support

References: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989; Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008

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