(Approved by the Provost by authority of Executive Order No. 4; the Executive Vice President by authority of Executive Order No. 5; and the Vice President for Student Affairs by authority of Executive Order No. 10)
To help ensure the safety and well-being of faculty, staff, students, and the general public, the University is committed to maintaining a campus environment that is free of illegal drugs and of drugs and alcohol that are used illegally. Accordingly, the University prohibits consuming of alcoholic beverages on University property, except in accordance with state of Washington liquor license procedures. The University also prohibits the unlawful possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of alcohol or controlled substances (as defined in Chapter 69.50 RCW) on University property or during University-sponsored activities (Chapter 478124 WAC). Violation of the University's alcohol and drug prohibitions is cause for disciplinary or other appropriate action.
These provisions are in accordance with the requirements of the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.
Employees and students should be aware that:
Students and employees who are found to be in violation of this state prohibition may be subject to arrest and conviction under the applicable criminal laws of local municipalities, the State of Washington or the United States. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fines and imprisonment. While the University will make every reasonable effort to assist employees who make it known that they have an alcohol or drug abuse problem, it will not intrude upon the private decisions of its employees who are responsible for resolving any alcohol or drug abuse problems they may have. Unresolved job performance problems that result from alcohol or drug abuse are grounds for disciplinary action, including termination. Students found in violation of this stated prohibition are also subject to discipline in accordance with the requirements and procedures of the Student Conduct Code (Chapter 478120 WAC). Discipline may include disciplinary probation, suspension, or dismissal from the University.
The University recognizes that alcoholism and drug abuse are treatable illnesses, and encourages employees who may have alcohol or drug abuse problems to seek treatment for them. Any individual afflicted by alcoholism or drug dependency will have the same options that faculty and staff members with other illnesses have to participate in prescribed treatment programs, including the use of paid leave and unpaid leave of absence. See the University's disability leave policy.
Employees should consult their health insurance plan to determine the coverage that may be available to them.
The University will provide regular information on this alcohol and drug abuse policy to vice presidents, deans, other employing officials, and employees and students.
The following support services are available to University faculty, staff, and students.
A current directory of alcoholism and substance addiction services published by the Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse is available at the following campus locations: Visitors Information Center; reference areas in the Suzzallo, Undergraduate, Social Work, and Health Sciences Libraries; and in the Human Resources Offices at Harborview Medical Center, in the Health Sciences Building, at University of Washington Medical Center, and the Human Resources Operations Office for Upper Campus, Bothell and Tacoma. Human Resources office location and phone numbers are found at its website.
UW CareLink provides employee assistance services for faculty and staff, dependents in any location nationwide, and family or household members. In addition, employees may bring into the counseling session anyone who may be involved in their issue (e.g., friend, relative). UW CareLink can assist employees with:
For an appointment, call toll free: 8665983978; for the 24-hour crisis hotline, call: 8008333031.
The Employee Advisory Service (EAS) is a state of Washington sponsored service. It is available to assist state employees or their family members who have alcohol, drug, or related problems. EAS assistance is provided on a confidential basis, without charge, and is staffed by professionally trained counselors. EAS provides a number of services, including counseling, referrals, family support, and education and information programs. For information, phone 2064646883.
Several campus chapters meet weekly and are open to all University faculty, staff, and students. Strict confidentiality is maintained. For information, phone 2065439198.
The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute provides general information on research in the areas of alcoholism and drug abuse, and available community resources. For information, phone 2065430937.
Human Resources Consultants are available to provide general information on University and other resources to help address alcohol and drug abuse problems, and to assist individual employees and supervisors regarding corrective performance procedures.
Assistance programs are made available to students through:
May 1, 2002.