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Drug Free Workplace

Effective Date Nov 13, 2013


In accordance with the provisions of the “Drug-Free Workplace Act” of 1989 and the “Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act” of 1990, all employees and students of Florida Institute of Technology, as a condition for them to be engaged in employment or in the performance of any contract or grant or pursuit of a degree, must be advised of their required compliance with the Drug/Alcohol Policy of the university. This requirement shall be effective for all contracts and grants approved and awarded after March 18, 1989. The regulation further states that for any contract or grant approved and awarded before March 18, 1989, “if significant changes are made to a contract, the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act apply”.

This policy applies to all students and employees of the university. It shall be the responsibility of the principal investigator (PI) to ensure all employees engaged in the performance of a respective contract or grants are provided with a copy of this policy. The vice president for academic affairs and the director of human resources will ensure notification to all employees. The dean of students will ensure notification to all students.

The Drug/Alcohol Policy of Florida Tech reads as follows:

As an institution of higher education and as a federal contractor, Florida Institute of Technology provides a drug-free workplace. As such, the following is prohibited by all employees and students:

  1. Use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, attempt to sell, or being under the influence of illegal controlled substances on-campus or off-campus.
  2. Unauthorized use, possession, distribution, sale, or attempt to sell, alcoholic beverages on duty.
  3. Being under the influence of alcoholic beverages on duty.
  4. Use of alcohol off duty that adversely affects the employee's work performance, his or her own or another's personal safety while on duty, or the university's reputation in the community.


An employee or student may be required to submit to an alcohol/drug test if reasonable suspicion exists to believe they are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Employees who are directed to submit to such test, and refuse or fail to do so when asked will be subject to immediate dismissal. Employees and students who test positive for alcohol or illegal drugs may be referred to the Center for Student Development for professional assistance. Employees who refuse such assistance or who fail to follow the treatment outlined for their recovery are subject to dismissal. Students who are directed to submit to such test and refuse or fail to do so when asked are subject to suspension from the university.

Employees or students who are convicted or sentenced for on- or off-campus illegal drug activity must notify the university of the conviction no later than five days after each conviction. If the convicted employee or student is working on a grant, the university will notify the granting agency of such conviction within ten days after receiving notice. Such employee or student will be considered in violation of this policy and subject to dismissal.

Employees should notify their supervisor when they are under medically prescribed treatment with a controlled substance that may limit their ability to perform their job. Verification of required medication may be requested by the supervisor. Failure to provide requested verification will subject the employee to dismissal. Students should notify the office of the dean of students.

All applicants for employment and applicants for admission to the university may be tested at the university's discretion for the presence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs. An applicant who refuses or fails to take the required test, or who tests positive for the presence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs, will be disqualified from further consideration.

Legal Sanctions

Pursuant to state, federal and local law, it is unlawful for any person to sell, purchase, manufacture, deliver or possess with intent to sell, purchase, manufacture, deliver or use a controlled substance. Any person who violates this provision may be charged and prosecuted.

Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1989 and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1990

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