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DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

 

 

POLICY:II-7-10

DATE OF ADOPTION: September 17, 1998

REVISION DATE(S): March 26, 2009;  December 9, 2021  

LEGAL REFERENCE:
  63 O.S. § 420 et seq.; 63 O.S. § 426.1,
Act, 63 O.S. § 427.1 et seq, Act, 63 O.S. § 428 et seq
  

 

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.

 

On June 26, 2018, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 788, codified as 63 O.S. § 420 et seq.; 63 O.S. § 426.1; the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act, 63 O.S. § 427.1 et seq.; and the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Waste Management Act, 63 O.S. § 428 et seq. This state question was an initiative to legalize medical marijuana. Despite passage of State Question 788, the use, possession, sale, or distribution of marijuana (including medical marijuana, edibles, and products containing marijuana) on any college-owned or controlled property or at any college event remains illegal pursuant to the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 801-904), the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (P.L. 101-226), and the Drug Free Workplace Act (41 U.S.C. §§ 8101-8106), and against Seminole State College policy.

 

Students, employees, or citizens cannot bring marijuana on any college property or to any college event, smoke or consume marijuana, or any product containing marijuana on any college property or at any college event. Students, employees, or citizens cannot come to class or work under the influence of any illegal substance, including marijuana. Even though medical marijuana is now legal under Oklahoma law, it remains illegal under federal law. As a recipient of federal funding, Seminole State College must abide by federal law, which prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, and use of illegal drugs, including medical marijuana.

 

Regardless of having a license for medical marijuana, its use on campus or at college events is strictly prohibited and violation of Seminole State College policy regarding controlled substances such as marijuana may result in disciplinary action.

 

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.