A federal law, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, requires each institution of higher education to certify 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. It further requires that each institution provide annually to all students and employees a written statement covering: (1) standards of conduct concerning drugs and alcohol; (2) legal sanctions; (3) health risks; (4) available counseling and treatment programs; and (5) disciplinary sanctions that the institution will impose on students and employees. The law further requires that the institution conduct a review of its program every two years to determine its effectiveness, implement changes, and ensure that disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.
Allegheny College has established the following standard of conduct with regard to the implementation of these laws:
It is the policy of Allegheny College that the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees on College property or as part of any of its activities is strictly prohibited.
The College will impose disciplinary sanctions on employees for violations of this policy, based on the severity of the violation, up to and including termination of employment and referral for prosecution consistent with local, state and federal law.
As a condition of employment all employees will be required to: (a) abide by the terms of this statement and (b) notify Allegheny College in writing within five calendar days after receiving notice of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in a workplace.