Drug Free Workplace

William & Mary strives to maintain a safe, healthy and efficient work place free from drug and alcohol abuse. The university complies with all federal and state regulations pertaining to the abuse of controlled substances including the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the Department of Human Resource Management's Policy Number 1.05 - Alcohol and Other Drugs.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 and the U.S. Department of Education's supporting regulations require that the university provide all employees written notice regarding:

  • The standards of conduct that prohibit unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  • A list of applicable legal sanctions;
  • A description of the health risks associated with abuse of alcohol or use of illicit drugs;
  • A list of resources for counseling, treatment and rehabilitation from drug and alcohol abuse; and,
  • A clear statement that the university will impose disciplinary sanctions for violations of the Standards of Conduct.

The federal Drug-Free Workplace Act requires that W&M inform employees that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the workplace. The workplace consists of any state-owned or university-owned controlled or leased property, or the site where state work or university work is performed. Additionally, drunken or disorderly behaviors on property owned or controlled by the university, or at functions sponsored or supervised by the university, are prohibited.

For complete details, see the Annual Notice to Employees.