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It is the intent and obligation of Norwich University not only to provide a drug free, healthy and safe work environment, but to have staff and faculty who serve as positive role models for enrolled and prospective students. In this role employees are expected to behave in an exemplary manner and to support, by example, a drug-free community.

The unlawful possession, use, manufacture, 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. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and may have legal consequences.

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 (extension 2075), the Employee Assistance Program, the University Chaplain (extension 2128), or the health insurance plan as appropriate. Conscientious efforts to seek such help will not jeopardize any employee's job and will not be noted in any personnel record.

An employee who takes a medication as prescribed by medical authority and determines that the effects of taking the medical 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 will be 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.

Employee Assistance Program’s (EAB) inpatient and outpatient services are available to employees who need mental health, behavioral health, or substance abuse services through Norwich University’s Human Resources department. For more information, please contact Human Resources, (802) 485-2075.

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