Policy 120: Drugs and Alcohol

Category: Personnel
Covered Individuals: All CEI Employees
Approved: 2020-02-12

120.1 POLICY

CEI has a strong commitment to the health, safety and welfare of our employees, students, and visitors. Consequently, it is the policy of CEI to provide a safe and drug-free work environment. Widely available statistics and information establish that the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse is increasing, and the effect is devastating to the lives, business, and the community at large. Our commitment to maintaining a safe and secure workplace requires a clear policy and supportive programs relating to the detection, treatment, and prevention of substance abuse by employees. CEI strictly prohibits the unauthorized use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispersal, purchase or sale of controlled substances or alcohol on CEI properties, as part of its activities, or in the performance of an employee’s duties, except as noted below.

Only upon the express approval of CEI’s President, limited quantities of beer or wine may be served, on occasion, at CEI-sponsored social events, dinners or business conferences, for the sole purpose of entertaining guests. Only the moderate and limited use of alcohol is acceptable by employees at such pre-approved events, and employees are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner at all times.

All employees are responsible for their compliance with this policy, and with local, state and federal laws. Reporting to work under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol is prohibited. Each employee must be able to perform work in a condition that presents a favorable public image and contributes to a climate of safety and well-being for the employee, faculty, staff, students, and the public.

Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment with CEI. Violation of this policy may lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.



Additional Prohibited Actions

In addition to those actions previously identified in this policy as prohibited, the following actions are also strictly prohibited, and may subject any employee who is found to have committed any such violation to disciplinary action, up to and including termination:

Off the job illegal drug use or an employee’s conviction of a charge of illegal sale, use or possession of any controlled substance while off-duty will also be considered a serious breach of the intent of this policy. Such incidents will be treated similarly to substance abuse on CEI’s premises. Employees must notify CEI of any criminal drug statute conviction within five (5) days after the conviction. Similarly, employees who must maintain a valid driver’s license to perform their job must notify CEI of any citation for or conviction of any traffic offense involving alcohol or drugs, whether on the job or off duty, within five (5) days of the citation or conviction. Failure to do so may result in corrective action up to and including termination. For purposes of this policy, “conviction” means a plea or finding of guilt or the imposition of a withheld judgment by any applicable judicial body.

Seeking Help for a Drug or Alcohol Problem

CEI recognizes that there may be employees who have an alcohol or other drug problem and stand willing to assist in the resolution of that problem by encouraging employees to seek help. CEI strongly encourages employees who believe they have an alcohol or drug dependency to voluntarily seek treatment and/or rehabilitation before it is discovered through a violation of this policy. Employees should contact CEI’s Human Resources Department for information as to what assistance may be available for this purpose. All inquiries of this nature will be treated as confidential and only those persons with a legitimate need to know will be made aware of any such inquiry. Employees should be advised, however, that voluntarily disclosing an alcohol or drug dependency or seeking assistance for any such dependency or problems does not relieve the employee from job expectation requirements or preclude CEI from taking corrective action for any violation of this policy. CEI may require any employee with an alcohol or drug problem to participate in the College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and other wellness resources.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

In furtherance of this policy, CEI may conduct drug screening of employees to meet the requirements of this policy. The following guidelines are in place regarding alcohol and drug screening (“substance test”):

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