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Drug & Alcohol Policy (Federal Drug Free Workplace Act)

Augustana College places a high value on students and employees and is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy learning environment and a workplace free from chemical substance abuse. Similarly, Augustana College is committed to compliance with the Drug Free Workplace Act (1988) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1986 and Amendments of 1989. This policy will be shared annually with all students and employees.

Augustana College prohibits all employees (for this policy only, "employee" or "employees" includes student workers) from reporting to work or performing work for the college while impaired or under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

The illegal use, possession, dispensation, distribution, manufacture or sale of alcohol or other drugs by an employee in the workplace, or while the employee is on duty or official college business, is prohibited. This standard of conduct applies to all college sponsored on-campus and off-campus activities. Any employee found to have violated this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal. As appropriate, the college may refer individuals for treatment in lieu of or in addition to disciplinary action.

Federal law contains further prohibitions against the manufacture, possession with the intent to distribute or distribution of controlled substances, including narcotic drugs, marijuana, depressant or stimulant substances. As appropriate, the college may refer individual cases to the appropriate authorities for legal action.

Any employee who is convicted of violating any criminal drug statute in the workplace or in the course of their duties for the college, or in any capacity while on the Augustana College campus, must report that conviction to the Director of Human Resources no later than five days after the conviction. For purposes of this policy, "conviction" means a finding of guilt or imposition of a sentence, or both, by any federal or state judicial body. Failure to report such a conviction may result in immediate dismissal.

While the possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages on the premises or while at work is generally prohibited, the following situations are exempt from this policy:

  • Alcoholic beverages served and consumed by employees at special meetings or events that are catered by the Augustana Dining Services or at which the Dean of Students Office has approved the serving of such beverages
  • The private apartments of residence hall directors 
  • Other special events under the direction of a member of the cabinet

The appendix of this handbook provides additional information on the Drug Free Workplace Act as well as a schedule of controlled substances and local resources for employees who are looking for diagnosis or treatment for alcohol or drug dependency.



The Drug Free Workplace Act [1988] applies to employees of the college and students who are Pell Grant re-cipients. It requires the college to certify that as a federal grantee it will provide a drug-free workplace. The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act [1986] and Amendments [1989] require that as a condition of receiving funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, an institution must cer-tify that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students. While these are distinct regulations, the college is stating with this single policy its intent to comply with both.


*Stipulation of the Drug Free Workplace Act

Updated February 2011