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Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy

Drug-Free Workplace and Substance Abuse Policy


To establish policies and procedures whereby The University of Dayton shall, in order to appropriately serve the needs of both employees and students, implement a drug free workplace and academic environment consistent with federal and state law, including the terms and conditions whereby staff may be disciplined for violation of these policies and tested for suspected use of an illegal drug or alcohol.


All employees of the University of Dayton.

Policy History

I. Effective Date: March 11, 1991

II. Approval: June 10, 2022

III. History: 

  • Approved in its original form: March 11, 1991
  • Approved as amended: June 12, 2000
  • Approved as amended: December 23, 2013
  • Approved as amended: June 10, 2022

IV. Maintenance of Policy: Vice President for Human Resources


For purposes of this policy, “controlled substances” is defined as illegal controlled substances (as defined by applicable federal and/or state law), prescription drugs that have not been legally obtained, prescription drugs that are being used by a person other than the prescription holder, and prescription drugs that are not being used for prescribed purposes or are taken in excess of prescribed quantities.


The University of Dayton desires to maintain a work environment free from the influence of substance and alcohol abuse, and expects all employees to assist in this commitment by adhering to University policies, federal, state and local laws concerning alcohol and controlled substances.

Examples of policy violations that will lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances while on University premises, while conducting University business, while representing the University, or at any time during the employee’s work hours.
  • Using possessing, selling, transferring, manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing alcohol, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia while on University premises, while conducting University business, or at any time during work hours.
  • Using alcohol or controlled substances off University premises and during non-working hours, where such conduct adversely affects the employee’s attendance, work performance, the employee’s or others’ health or safety at work, or the University’s reputation in the community.
  • Testing positive for alcohol or controlled substances, or more than one inconclusive test.
  • Refusing to submit to an alcohol/drug test when requested to do so.
  • Being convicted of a criminal drug or alcohol related offense.

An employee whose work performance or on-the-job behavior gives rise to a reasonable suspicion of alcohol or drug use or who is involved in a work-related accident may be required to submit to alcohol and/or drug testing. The University also reserves the right to conduct post-offer, pre-employment testing, and to conduct unannounced testing under certain circumstances (e.g., after an employee has taken a leave of absence to undergo treatment and has returned to work).

As a condition of employment, an employee of the University of Dayton will notify the employee's supervisor if the employee is convicted of a criminal drug offense within five (5) days of the conviction. In the event any such conviction involves an employee’s working on a federal contract or grant, the University will notify the granting or contracting federal agency within ten (10) days of receiving such notice. Employees whose work is supported by a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense or other organizations are additionally subject to those organizations' requirements as published from time to time.

Employees who feel they may have an alcohol/substance abuse concern are urged to contact the employee assistance program. For further information or assistance, or for anonymous inquiry, employees are directed to the Office of Human Resources. 


  1. LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program




For questions relating to the University policies of Human Resources, please contact:

Office of Human Resources