Drug-Free Workplace Policy

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Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Please take some time to read this letter so that you are fully aware of drug and alcohol policies in the workplace.


University Health & Counseling

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Dear Employee,

Congress enacted the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 which places certain responsibilities on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as the recipient of federal grants and contracts. Pursuant to the federal requirements, and in keeping with current university policy, all UW-Whitewater employees are reminded that UW-Whitewater rules, policies and practices prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances on all university property and work sites. Any employee who engages in any of these actions on university property or the work site or during work time may be referred to counseling or treatment, and may be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including, discharge.

Under the requirements of the federal law, employees who are convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must notify their dean, director or department chair within five days of the conviction if the employees are employed by the university at the time of the conviction. In addition, under the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, institutions of higher education must provide employees with notice of the applicable state and federal sanctions for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

You can access these regulations by going to either of the following websites:
1. The EAP website: Employee Assistance Program website
2. The Focus on Contemporary Issues website: [link destination ="" text="UW-W Contemporary Issues"]

If you do not have access to a computer with internet, you may request a copy of the regulations by calling the Employee Assistance Program at (262) 472-1305.

Employees who have problems with alcohol or controlled substances should be encouraged to voluntarily seek counseling or treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of alcohol or drug problems is in the best interest of both the university and its employees. UW-Whitewater has an established Employee Assistance Program that provides free and confidential services to address your concerns. For an appointment, call (262) 472-1305.


James Sauer, LCSW, SAC, ICS
Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program
University Health and Counseling Services
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater


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