It is the intent and obligation of Norwich University to provide a drug-free workplace for its employees, students, and visitors.
The unlawful possession, use, manufacture, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance, including marijuana, on University premises or while conducting University business off campus is prohibited.
Reporting to work under the influence of a controlled substance, including marijuana, or alcohol is strictly prohibited.
An employee who takes a medication as prescribed by medical authority and determines that the effects of taking the medicine could lead to drowsiness or other condition that could be unsafe, must report this to their supervisor. If it is determined that the employee is temporarily unable to perform their job safely while taking the medication, then alternative tasks are sought if possible.
Employees must, as a condition of employment, abide by the terms of this policy and report any conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring on campus or off campus. A report of a conviction must be made within five (5) days after the conviction to the Director of Human Resources.
Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and may have legal consequences. In addition, the University reserves the right to require an employee to complete an appropriate rehabilitation program before returning to the workplace.
The University recognizes drug or alcohol dependency as an illness and a major health problem as well as a potential safety and security problem. Employees needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to seek information, referral, and assistance from Human Resources, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), the University Chaplain, or their health insurance plan as appropriate. Conscientious efforts to seek such help does not jeopardize any employee's job and is not be noted in any personnel record.
Law Enforcement/Criminal Sanctions
Conviction of federal or state drug or alcohol laws could result in a wide range of sanctions, including community service, mandatory treatment, and prison time. Federal and Vermont sentencing guidelines are available below.
Norwich University reserves the sole discretion to grant an exception to this policy when circumstances warrant.