DATE OF ADOPTION: September 17, 1998

REVISION DATE(S): March 26, 2009   



Policy Statement


Seminole State College is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in accordance with the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-690, Title V, Subtitle D) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (P.L. 101-226).  Health risks generally associated with alcohol and drug abuse can result in, but are not limited to a lowered immune system, damage to critical nerve cells, physical dependency, lung damage, heart problems, liver disease, physical and mental depression, increased infection, irreversible memory loss, personality changes and thought disorders.


To this end, the SSC Board of Regents has formally endorsed the Executive Proclamation issued by Governor Henry Bellmon on March 31, 1989, regarding actions by state agencies to insure a drug-free workplace.  The U.S. Department of Education has issued regulations implementing the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.  These regulations require that the College distribute the following information annually to employees in writing concerning the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs at the College.


College Policies Relative to Drug-Free Workplace Requirements


1.  The workplace of Seminole State College shall be free from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of any controlled substance or alcohol.  Such activities shall be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


2.  Seminole State College employees who are convicted of a drug or alcohol-related offense shall notify their supervisor and the appropriate administrative officer within five working days following the conviction or be subject to immediate suspension without pay by the President and subject to immediate termination by the Board of Regents.  If the employee so convicted is engaged in a federally funded program, the appropriate federal funding agency shall be notified of the conviction within ten working days after receiving notice of the employee’s conviction.


3.  Employees who are convicted of a drug or alcohol-related offense, but who are not terminated from College employment, shall be required to successfully complete a recognized drug treatment or rehabilitation program.


4.  All employees of the College who are directly involved in federally funded projects will be required to attend the workplace-related drug awareness program offered by the Office of Personnel Management.  Employees are forbidden from performing sensitive safety functions while under the influence of any prohibited substance.