Alcohol, Drugs and Other Dangerous Substances
Amended date: 12/01/2018
In order to assure a safe and efficient work environment, Tufts University has adopted a formal Alcohol, Drugs and Other Dangerous Substance policy. As a condition of employment with Tufts, employees must abide by the terms of this policy.
Tufts University recognizes that the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol severely impairs the ability of employees to support our mission of providing the highest quality academic programs. The University supports constructive measures to deal with these problems, and strongly encourages employees with drug and alcohol problems to seek appropriate treatment. However, Tufts cannot and will not tolerate drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace.
Tufts University prohibits the unlawful manufacture, dispensation, distribution, sale, possession, and use of controlled substances, as well as reporting to work or conducting University business under the influence of a controlled substance.
This policy applies on Tufts University property or to university activities off- campus, including university-sponsored field trips and study abroad programs. All faculty members, staff, and students are required to abide by the terms of this policy. In addition, Federal law requires that any employee notify the University if the employee is convicted of any criminal drug statute for a violation occurring in the workplace, no later than five (5) days after such a conviction. Tufts is required to notify the relevant funding agency, within the ten (10) days of receiving such notice, of any applicable conviction involving employees engaged in work on a federal grant or contract.
As a recipient of Federal program funding, the University must certify under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees. The foregoing policy is one part of that program.
Federal regulations implementing these statutes also require that this policy and information about the related program be distributed annually to all campus constituencies. A notice will be sent annually in the fall to all faculty members, students and staff of the internet location of the current version of the program. Paper copies can also be obtained at any Public Safety or Human Resources Department Office on each campus.
This policy is hereby deemed incorporated into the Faculty Policies and Procedures and Student Policies and Procedures of each of the respective schools of the University, as well as the Employee Policies and Procedures of the University. Further changes to or clarifications of this policy may be made to all constituencies by electronic or paper notification.
Employees in need of assistance in dealing with substance abuse issues are strongly encouraged to utilize the confidential assistance and services offered through Tufts’ Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider. They can be reached at 1-800-648-9557.
Staff: any benefits-eligible employee who has standard hours of 17.5 hours/week or more and is not otherwise covered by a collective bargaining agreement. Postdoctoral scholars’ hiring practices are outlined in the postdoc handbook. Faculty should refer to the by-laws of their primary school affiliation for guidance.
Related Links and Resources:
Postdoctoral Scholars’ Handbook: https://viceprovost.tufts.edu/policies-forms-guides/postdoctoral-scholars-handbook
This Alcohol, Drugs and Other Dangerous Substances policy is part of the HR Employee Policies and Procedures that can be found here.
Disclaimer: Changes to this policy and the handbook in which it is maintained may be made at any time, at the sole discretion of the University and is not a contract. Employment by the University is at will and either the employee or the University may end the employment relationship at any time.