1 Addressing the Use of Alcohol Illicit drugs and alcohol are dangerous because they are addictive both physically and psychologically. Memphis Theological Seminary prohibits the possession, use or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs by students and employees on the property (including Founders Hall, Cumberland Hall, Hilliard Hall the Student Center and parking lots) or as any part of the Seminaries social functions. Communion wine may be used in chapel service with prior notification to the President. Employees or students must notify the President or Dean of any observed violation within five days of the offense. All employees and students are subject to applicable laws related to this matter. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or student tenure with the Seminary and mandatory satisfactory participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. The administration, faculty and staff at Memphis Theological Seminary stand ready to make referrals for persons who may need counseling for drugs and alcohol related problems. Disciplinary action will be taken with any employee or student who is in violation of these regulations. This action may include the following: 1. Oral reprimand 2. Written reprimand 3. Suspension 4. Termination Regarding Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Memphis Theological Seminary has vital interests in ensuring a safe, healthy and efficient working environment for our employees, their colleagues and the students we serve. The unlawful or improper use of controlled substances or alcohol in the workplace presents a danger to everyone. In addition, as a federal contractor and/or grantee we have a duty to comply with the requirement of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of For these reasons, we have established as a condition of employment and continued employment with the Seminary the following drug and alcohol free workplace policy. Employees are prohibited from reporting to work or working while using illegal or unauthorized substances.
2 Regarding Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace Employees (This includes regular and temporary employees, student employees and employees working at the Seminary under the guidelines of federal contract or grant. Compliance with the policy is considered a condition of employment under terms of the employment.) Employees are prohibited from reporting to work or working when the employee uses any drugs, except when the use is pursuant to a doctor's orders and the doctor has advised the employee that the substance does not adversely affect the employee's ability to safely perform his or her job duties. Employees are also prohibited from reporting to work or remaining on the job with any alcohol in their systems. Employees are also prohibited from consuming alcohol during working hours, including meal and break periods. In addition, employees are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful or unauthorized manufacture, distribution, sale or possession of illegal or unauthorized substances and alcohol in the workplace including: on student paid time, on student premises, in student vehicles or while engaged in student activities. Disciplinary Actions to Prevent Substance Abuse In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, employees must notify your immediate supervisor of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring within the workplace within five days of such conviction. As a condition of employment, each employee must abide by the terms of this statement and must notify the Director of Safety and the Human Resources Department of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction. Failure to provide this notification within five days after conviction will result in termination of employment. A conviction includes a finding of guilt, a plea of nolo contendere, or imposition of a sentence by any state or federal judicial body. Possible disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with this statement, other than notification, may include one or more of the following: 1. Termination 2. Suspension 3. Mandatory participation in, and satisfactory completion of, a substance abuse program or rehabilitation program; and, recommendation for professional counseling.
3 Disciplinary Actions to Prevent Substance Abuse Your employment or continued employment with the Seminary is conditioned upon your full compliance with the foregoing drug and alcohol free workplace policy. Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. Furthermore, any employee who violates this policy who is subject to termination may be permitted in lieu of termination, at the Seminary's sole discretion, to participate in and successfully complete an appropriate treatment, counseling or rehabilitation program as recommended by a substance abuse professional as a condition of continued employment and in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Consistent with its fair employment policy, MTS maintains a policy of nondiscrimination and reasonable accommodation with respect to recovering addicts and alcoholics, and those having a medical history reflecting treatment for substance abuse conditions. We encourage employees to seek assistance before their drug and alcohol use renders them unable to perform their essential job functions or jeopardizes the health and safety of themselves, or others. The Seminary will attempt to assist its employees through referrals to rehabilitation, appropriate leaves of absence and other measures, consistent with the Seminary's policies and applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy does NOT punish people who seek rehabilitation. All information provided by people who voluntarily avail themselves of alcohol or other drug counseling or rehabilitation services will be confidential. It will NOT be used against the individual seeking assistance. The Seminary further reserves the right to take any and all appropriate and lawful actions necessary to enforce this drug and alcohol free workplace policy including, but not limited to, the inspection of Seminary issued lockers, desks or other suspected areas of concealment, as well as an employee's personal property when the Seminary has reasonable suspicion to believe that the employee has violated this drug and alcohol free workplace policy. Annually, each MTS employee is required to complete and sign the MTS DRUG FREE WORKPLACE AGREEMENT found on page 12 of Section 5 in the Employee Handbook. The original, signed copy of the agreement is to be turned in to the employee s supervisor/dept. director, to be kept in the personnel files in the Office of the President.
4 Drug and Alcohol Free Workplace This policy has been developed to provide a comprehensive overview of the health risks and legal implications related to alcohol and other drug use, and to serve as a reference for on-and off- campus resources that are available to students, faculty and staff at Memphis Theological Seminary. In keeping with its primary purpose, Memphis Theological Seminary will utilize educational strategies as its major approach to its problem of alcohol and other drug use. It is important, however, that everyone be aware that any member of the Seminary community who uses illegal drugs or abuses any drug including alcohol may be subject to prosecution and punishment by the civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the Seminary. Memphis Theological Seminaries interest in punishing offenders is not punitive, but rather to establish clear limits of conduct for all members of the campus community. It is the policy of this institution that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, acquisition, possession, or use of alcohol and illegal drugs on the Memphis Theological Seminary campus, on property owned or controlled by Memphis Theological Seminary, or as part of any activity of Memphis Theological Seminary is strictly prohibited. Memphis Theological Seminary is dedicated to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and, as such, expects all members of the academic community to behave in a manner conducive to that end. The highest standards of personal and professional conduct must be maintained by faculty, staff and students. Illegal or abusive use of alcohol and other drugs by members of the Seminary community adversely affects the mission of the Seminary and is prohibited. Accordingly, Memphis Theological Seminary adopts the following policy, consistent with federal, state and local laws. The policy is intended to accomplish the following: 1. Prevent substance abuse through strong educational efforts. 2. Encourage and facilitate the use of counseling services and rehabilitation programs by those members of the Seminary community who require assistance in stopping substance abuse. 3. Discipline appropriately those members of the Seminary community who engage in illegal substance-related behaviors.
5 Educational Efforts to Prevent Substance Abuse In keeping with its primary mission Memphis Theological Seminary will conduct a strong educational program aimed at preventing drug abuse and illegal drug or alcohol use. Educational efforts shall be directed toward all members of the Seminary community and will include information about the incompatibility of the use or sale of illegal substances with the goals of Memphis Theological Seminary the health hazards associated with illegal drugs or alcohol use; the incompatibility of substance abuse with the maximum achievement of education, career and other personal goals; and the potential legal consequences of involvement with illegal drugs or alcohol. Counseling and Rehabilitation Services to Prevent Substance Abuse Those faculties, staff or students who seek assistance with a substance abuserelated problem shall be provided with information about alcohol and other drug counseling and rehabilitation services through Memphis Theological Seminary and also through community organizations. Those who voluntarily avail themselves of Seminary services shall be assured that applicable professional standards of confidentiality will be observed. Disciplinary Actions to Prevent Substance Abuse Students, faculty and staff are responsible, as citizens, for knowing about and complying with the provisions of Tennessee law that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver or manufacture those drugs designated collectively as "controlled substances" in of the Tennessee Code Annotated. Any member of the Seminary community who violates those laws is subject both to prosecution and punishment by the civil authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the Seminary. It is expected that Memphis Theological Seminary students, faculty and staff who use or possess alcoholic beverages will do so as legally prescribed by the laws of the state of Tennessee, within the regulations of Memphis Theological Seminary and live in a manner that does not disrupt the lives of others. A person whose conduct is outside these parameters will be subject to the judicial rules and procedures of the Seminary. It is not "double jeopardy" for both the civil authorities and the Seminary to proceed against and punish a person for the same specified conduct. The Seminary will initiate its own disciplinary proceeding against a student or employee when the alleged conduct is deemed to affect the interests of the Seminary.
6 Sanctions will be imposed by the Seminary in accordance with this policy, Staff Handbook, Faculty Handbook, Student Code of Conduct and other appropriate Seminary policies. Disciplinary Actions to Prevent Substance Abuse Students, faculty and staff members of Memphis Theological Seminary with substance abuse problems are encouraged to take advantage of available diagnostic, referral, counseling and prevention services. However, employees and students availing themselves of these services will not be granted special privileges and exemptions from standard academic and student conduct requirements. Memphis Theological Seminary will not excuse acts of misconduct committed by employees and students whose judgment is impaired due to substance use. This policy represents administrative guidelines. For more information, please speak to your immediate supervisor. Students (This shall mean any person who is registered for study at Memphis Theological Seminary for any academic period. A person shall be considered a student during any period that follows the end of an academic period which the student has completed until the last day for registration for the next succeeding regular academic period, and during any period while the student is under suspension from the Seminary.) Possible disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with the terms of this statement may include one or more of the following: 1. Expulsion 2. Suspension 3. Probation 4. Mandatory educational program. In addition to the above, students may be required to participate in, and satisfactorily complete a substance abuse program or rehabilitation program. In addition to imposed Seminary sanctions, a student may be referred for criminal prosecution. As a condition for receiving Federal Title IV financial aid, each student must certify that he/she will not engage in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance and must notify the Director of Student Financial Aid and the Director of Facilities and Safety of any conviction within five days after such conviction. A student convicted of violating the regulation may lose his/her federally funded financial aid and may be subject to disciplinary action under the Student Code of Conduct.
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