Drug-Free Workplace Policy Statement

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Trinity prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of any controlled substance on Trinity’s campus or in any location where Trinity conducts business.  “Campus” and “location” includes the employee’s private car when parked on campus or at a location where Trinity conducts business.  “Controlled substance” for this policy includes alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs sold or distributed to any person who is not the patient for whom the prescription was written, drugs obtained through fraudulent or forged prescriptions, and all illegal drugs.

Any employee who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.  Trinity may take whatever disciplinary action is appropriate for the gravity of the offense and such action is not dependent on the outcome of any criminal or civil proceedings external to Trinity.  Trinity will report violators to local law enforcement authorities and will provide evidence in any criminal or civil proceedings.

  • Any employee who engages in manufacture, sale or use of controlled substances with students will incur immediate termination, and Trinity will report the employee to local law enforcement and arrest may also ensue.
  • Any employee who possesses or uses controlled substances on campus may incur disciplinary actions of lesser consequence than termination, depending upon the circumstances, but in all cases Trinity will still notify local law enforcement authorities and the employee may be subject to arrest.
  • An employee whose discipline under this policy is less than termination may also be required to participate satisfactorily in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program as approved by federal, state or local authorities.

Employees who work on federal grants have special obligations under federal law to read and abide by this policy.  Trinity must notify the federal government of any convictions of employees who violate criminal drug statutes under this policy.

Trinity realizes that employees may need assistance in dealing with drug dependency.  Trinity will provide confidential counseling and referrals to sources of assistance to any employee who seeks help.  Employees may seek confidential assistance through the Executive Director of Human Resources, or the Director of Campus Health Services.  Through the Trinity Institute, Trinity also provides employee educational programs about the dangers of drug abuse and the importance of employee engagement in maintaining a drug-free workplace.