Drug Free School & Workplace Policy

Purpose and Goal

NESA is committed to protecting the safety, health and well being of all students, employees and other individuals in our school and workplace. We recognize that alcohol abuse and drug use pose a significant threat to our goals. We have established a drug-free program that balances our respect for individuals with the need to maintain an alcohol and drug-free environment. This organization encourages students and employees to voluntarily seek help with drug and alcohol problems.

Covered Individuals

Any student, or any individual who conducts business for the organization, is applying for a position or is conducting business on the organization's property is covered by our drug-free policy. Our policy includes, but is not limited to the students, faculty, teaching assistants, executive management, managers, supervisors, full-time employees, part-time employees, off-site employees, contractors, volunteers, interns, and student workers.

Applicability

Our drug-free policy is intended to apply whenever anyone is representing or conducting business for the organization. Therefore, this policy applies during all school and working hours, whenever conducting business or representing the organization and while on organization property or affiliated sites.

Prohibited Behavior

It is a violation of our drug-free policy to use, possess, sell, trade, and/or offer for sale alcohol, illegal drugs or intoxicants.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs are not prohibited when taken in standard dosage and/or according to a physician's prescription. Any student or employee taking prescribed or over-the-counter medications will be responsible for consulting the prescribing physician and/or pharmacist to ascertain whether the medication may interfere with safe performance of his/her job or educational responsibilities. If the use of a medication could compromise the safety of the individual, fellow employees or students, or the public, it is the individual's responsibility to use appropriate personnel procedures (e.g., call in sick, use leave, request change of duty, notify supervisor/instructor) to avoid unsafe practices.

The illegal or unauthorized use of prescription drugs is prohibited. It is a violation of our drug-free policy to intentionally misuse and/or abuse prescription medications. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if performance deterioration and/or other accidents occur.

Notification of Convictions

Any individual who is convicted of a criminal drug violation in the workplace or school must notify the organization in writing within five calendar days of the conviction. The organization will take appropriate action within 30 days of notification. Federal contracting agencies will be notified when appropriate.

Consequences

One of the goals of our drug-free program is to encourage individuals to voluntarily seek help with alcohol and/or drug problems. If, however, an individual violates the policy, the consequences are serious.

In the case of applicants, if he or she violates the drug-free policy, the offer of employment or admission can be withdrawn. The applicant may not reapply.

If a current student or employee violates the policy, he or she will be subject to progressive disciplinary action and may be required to enter rehabilitation. An individual required to enter rehabilitation who fails to successfully complete it and/or repeatedly violates the policy will be terminated from employment or expelled from the program. Nothing in this policy prohibits the individual from being disciplined or discharged for other violations and/or performance problems.

Assistance

NESA recognizes that alcohol and drug abuse and addiction are treatable illnesses. We also realize that early intervention and support improve the success of rehabilitation. To support individual, our drug-free policy:

  • Encourages individuals to seek help if they are concerned that they or their family members may have a drug and/or alcohol problem.
  • Encourages individuals to utilize the services of qualified professionals in the community to assess the seriousness of suspected drug or alcohol problems and identify appropriate sources of help.
  • For employees, allows the use of accrued paid leave while seeking treatment for alcohol and other drug problems.

Treatment for alcoholism and/or other drug use disorders may be covered by the employee benefit plan or student health insurance. However, the ultimate financial responsibility for recommended treatment belongs to the individual.

Confidentiality

All information received by the organization through the drug-free program is confidential communication. Access to this information is limited to those who have a legitimate need to know in compliance with relevant laws and management policies.

Shared Responsibility

A safe and productive drug-free environment is achieved through cooperation and shared responsibility. Students, employees and management have important roles to play.

All individuals are required to not report to NESA or be subject to duty while their ability to perform is impaired due to on- or off-duty use of alcohol or other drugs. In addition, individuals are encouraged to:

  • Be concerned about working in a safe environment.
  • Report dangerous behavior to their supervisor or instructor.

It is the supervisor's and instructor's responsibility to:

  • Observe employee or academic performance.
  • Investigate reports of dangerous practices.
  • Document negative changes and problems in performance.
  • Counsel employees or students as to expected performance improvement.

Communication

Communicating our drug-free school and workplace policy to both students and employees is critical to our success. To ensure all individuals are aware of their role in supporting our drug-free program, all students and employees will receive a written copy of the policy.