The University of Memphis

Drug-Free Campus and Alcohol Abuse Prevention



POLICIES

Issued: February 21, 2017
Responsible Official: Vice President for Business & Finance
Responsible Office: Human Resources

Policy Statement


Policy Statement

The Drug-Free Campus and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy applies to all members of the University community, including full-time and part-time students; student organizations; permanent and temporary employees, including all faculty, administration, and staff; and student employees and interns.  The policy applies to behavior that occurs on the University campus, on property owned or controlled by the University, or as part of any University activities. This policy works in conjunction with the University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.   



Purpose


 

The University of Memphis is committed to the health and well-being of its faculty, staff, and student body.  Alcohol abuse and drug use can be detrimental to one’s overall physical and emotional health. 

This policy is designed to convey the University’s care and concern for the members of the campus community, given that alcohol abuse and other drug use on college campuses is a major public health concern.  In compliance with Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the University has adopted the following policy to help promote the health and safety of the University community.



Procedures


Authorized Use of Alcohol on Campus

The President may from time to time designate a place on property owned or controlled by the U of M where alcoholic beverages may be served by alumni and foundation organizations at functions or events sponsored by said organizations.

The sale of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management hotel and conference facility and at the Fogelman Executive Center, both of which are operated in connection with the academic program known as the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.  The use of alcohol for approved courses shall be allowed as cooking supplies, in the cooking process, and/or in the wine tasting process in a manner consistent with standard culinary practices.  


Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs Available to Students and Employees

The following are a list of resources for students and employees who are concerned about their own use of alcohol and/or drugs:

Students

Counseling Center

Email:counseling@memphis.edu

Phone: 901-678-2068

Employees

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

www.Here4TN.com

1-855-437-3486

Alcoholics Anonymous

www.memphis-aa.org

901-454-1414


Prohibited Conduct

In accordance with local, state and federal law, the University of Memphis (“UofM”) prohibits students and employees from engaging in the unlawful use, possession, sale, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 812) or alcohol on University property or as part of any University activities.

Federal and state laws provide additional penalties for the illegal use, possession, sale, distribution, or manufacture of drugs or alcohol, including imprisonment, fines, and community service.  Local Ordinances also provide various penalties for drug and alcohol offenses. 

Employees 

Any employee, including faculty, staff, and administration, found to be in violation of this policy or local, state, or federal law, is subject to prompt disciplinary action up to and including termination, mandatory participation in drug/alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, and/or referral for legal prosecution.

All employees, including faculty, staff and administration are required to notify Human Resources within five (5) days if they are convicted of violating any criminal drug statute as a result of any activity occulting at the University of Memphis workplace or while engaged in work activities of the University.  Failure to report a criminal conviction as outlined in this policy may result termination once the conviction is discovered.

To maintain a drug-free environment, the University may establish procedures to perform screenings of controlled substances and alcohol in areas or positions of employment that affect the public welfare or safety, or where such screenings are required by state and federal regulations.  In additional, all employees of the University may be subject to drug and alcohol testing due to reasonable suspicion as determine by Human Resources and/or Police Services.

Students

Students and Student Organizations are required to comply with this policy, the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and University Student Housing Policy.  Students and Student Organizations are subject to disciplinary action for any violation of this policy.  A student may also be subject to disciplinary action for a violation of the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and/or the Student Housing Policy. 



FAQs


Does this policy apply to me if I attend a departmental function on campus after normal working hours?

Yes.  In accordance with local, state and federal law, the University of Memphis (“UofM”) prohibits students and employees from engaging in the unlawful use, possession, sale, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances (as defined in the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. § 812) or alcohol on University property or as part of any University activities.


How does this policy apply to someone who has an alcoholic drink during lunch and then returns to work?

Employees are prohibited from reporting to work under the influence and must be fit for duty while at work.


Whom do I contact with further questions?

Contact the Office of Employee Relations and Engagement at emprelations@memphis.edu.



Links


Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities

http://www.memphis.edu/studentconduct/pdfs/csrr.pdf



Revision Dates


 UM1563 -- Revised February 21, 2017
UM1563 - December 15, 2015
UM1563 - Updated May 28, 2013
UM1563 Rev.1 -- updated August 26, 2008
UM1563 - Issued: August 16, 2004 supercedes policy number 1:2D:05:13


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