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950 Drug-Free Campus

Authority: Approved by the Board of Trustees
Last updated on: December 10, 2021

950.1 Introduction

Indiana State University recognizes the health risks connected with illegal use of or abuse of a controlled substance and is dedicated to supporting employees and students who pursue treatment for substance abuse issues. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 require that each institution of higher education receiving federal funds implement a drug prevention program on its campus and certify its compliance with the law to the Secretary of Education. The Act requires clear delineation of standards of conduct for employees and students, available educational programs and related materials and sanctions which will apply for failure to meet expectations.

950.2 Prohibition on Use

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances, or the unapproved use of alcohol in any part of the University or at any University activity by ISU employees, students, and visitors is prohibited. Legal use of alcohol may be permitted at campus events only if approved by the University President or designee or as set forth in Policy 435 Alcohol Policy for Student-Related Events.

950.2.1 Violations. Any employee or student who is in violation of University policy or is convicted of a drug related crime arising out of conduct occurring on ISU’s campus or at a University activity will be subject to any one or a combination of the following:

  1. A verbal warning;
  2. A written warning;
  3. Referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity for disciplinary action (students);
  4. Referral to the Employee Assistance Program for evaluation, assessment, and counseling for possible treatment (employees);
  5. Required participation in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program;
  6. Suspension from duty and/or enrollment; and/or
  7. Termination of employment under standard University procedures.

Visitors may be trespassed from University property by the ISU Police Department, consistent with the General Orders.

950.2.2 Other Legal Sanctions. Further information concerning legal sanctions under state and federal law may be secured from the Office of the General Counsel.

950.2.3 Notification Requirement for Employees. Any employee convicted of a drug violation arising out of conduct occurring on ISU’s campus or at an ISU activity must notify either the Office of Human Resources or the appropriate vice president of the conviction no later than five (5) days after the conviction.

950.2.4 Grant or Contract Employees. Certain grants and contracts awarded by federal, state, or local agencies or other grantors may require notification of the conviction. If the convicted employee is working under a grant or contract subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act, ISU shall notify the grantor of the award of the employee’s conviction within ten (10) calendar days of receipt of such notice either from the employee or as otherwise received.

Related Information

Policy Administrator:
Office of Finance and Administration
Policy Contact:
Employee Relations
Rankin Hall Room 300
(812) 237-4120
Procedures and Standards:
Policy History:
Policy 950 was included in the 2001 University Handbook revision. Please contact the Office of the General Counsel for more information about any amendments or modifications to this Policy. On December 10, 2021, the Board of Trustees approved the modifications to Sections 950.1 and adding Section 950.2.