Drug Policy

Effective Date Oct 30, 2018

The use, consumption, possession, sale, manufacture, trafficking or transfer of any illegal drug or controlled substance, as defined by Florida state and Federal law, for which the individual does not have a legal license or valid prescription is strictly prohibited. Use, display and/or possession of drug paraphernalia are prohibited. This includes but is not limited to bongs, pipes, hookahs, water pipes or any item modified or adapted for planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing a controlled substance into the human body.

Drugs are defined as compounds that are illegal except when taken under a doctor’s prescription for the individual named on the prescription.

The university may take action against a student for off-campus conduct if it is required by law to do so, if the conduct arises from university activities, if the conduct poses a significant threat to the safety or security of the university community, or if the conduct poses a significant threat of undermining the university's educational process.

Florida Tech is an educational institution, not a law enforcement agency, and therefore does not apply sanctions of the law. However, Florida Tech will not disregard the law and will not shield individuals from legal consequences of their actions, should they violate the law. In addition, individuals who violate the law are also subject to disciplinary action by the university.

Drug-free Workplace


It shall be the responsibility of the principal investigator (PI) to ensure that all employees engaged in the performance of a respective contract or grant are provided with a copy of this policy. The Office of Human Resources will ensure notification of this policy to all employees on an annual basis. The Dean of Students will ensure notification to all students.

Policy Requirements

Florida Institute of Technology is committed to protecting the safety, health and wellbeing of all students and employees. Therefore, the university prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession or use of any illicit drug by its faculty, staff and student employees in its workplace.

An employee or student may be required to submit to an alcohol/drug test if reasonable suspicion exists to believe that they are under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. An employee will be immediately dismissed should they be directed to submit to such a test and refuse or fail to report to the testing facility within the required time allowed. Employees and students who test positive for alcohol or illegal drugs may be referred to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for professional assistance. Employees that 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 who are required to drive university vehicles as an essential job function must notify the director of human resources no later than five business days after any conviction for a criminal alcohol driving offense.

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. The supervisor may request verification of required medication. Failure to provide requested verification will subject the employee to dismissal. Students should notify the Office of the Dean of Students.

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 the prohibitions under this policy or who is convicted under a criminal drug statute for a violation whether occurring in the workplace or outside the workplace will be subject to the university’s disciplinary procedures up to and including dismissal and/or referral for prosecution. If the employee is not discharged under this policy, he/she may be required as a condition of continuing employment to participate to the university’s satisfaction in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved by the university.

Additionally, Florida Institute of Technology is committed to protecting the safety, health and wellbeing of all students and employees. Alcohol and drug abuse pose a threat to the health and safety of students and employees and to the security of our equipment and facilities.  For these reasons, the university is committed to the elimination of illegal drug and/or alcohol use and abuse in the workplace.  The university's Drug and Alcohol policy outlines the practice and procedure designed to correct instances of identified alcohol and/or illegal drug use in the workplace.   View the university's Drug and Alcohol Policy.