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Drug-Free Work Place

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Murray State University
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 1993
REVISED FROM: February 17, 1990


It is the policy of Murray State University that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances is prohibited in buildings, facilities, grounds, or property controlled by the University and/or while engaged in University business. It is also the policy of Murray State University to enforce Kentucky statutes concerning the possession, sale, or use of alcoholic beverages. In addition, Murray State University specifically prohibits the possession or use of alcohol in the residence halls. Any enrolled student or any employee of the University, including faculty, staff, and student employees, found to be illegally manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing, or using controlled substances or found to be in violation of Kentucky statutes or University policy regarding the possession, sale, or use of alcohol on University property shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable policies of Murray State University up to and including expulsion or termination. Satisfactory participation in certain drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs may be required in certain cases. Students and employees are reminded that illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances or illegal possession, sale, or use of alcohol may also subject individuals to criminal prosecution. In appropriate cases, referrals will be made to outside law enforcement agencies. Murray State University reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action, however, independent of criminal disposition.

As a condition of employment, all employees of Murray State University shall abide by the terms of this policy statement and will notify Murray State University of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the work place no later than five days after such conviction. Murray State University will, in turn, notify as appropriate, the applicable federal agency of the conviction within ten (10) days of its receipt of notification of the conviction. For purposes of this policy, "conviction" means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the federal or state criminal drug statutes. Within thirty (30) days of notification to Murray State University of a criminal conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace, Murray State shall take appropriate personnel action in accordance with applicable University policies.

The term "controlled substances" as used in this policy means those substances included in Schedule I through V of Section 812 of the Controlled Substances Act and as further defined by regulation at 21 CFR 1308.11 through 1308.15 (a listing of controlled substances will be maintained in the campus personnel office and at other appropriate locations on campus). The term does not include the use of a controlled substance pursuant to a valid prescription or other uses authorized by law.

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