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EIU Office of Internal Auditing

#153 - Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Approved: September 13, 2000

Monitor: Vice President for Business Affairs

This policy is issued pursuant to the resolution concerning drug and alcohol abuse by faculty, staff, and students adopted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education on May 5, 1987. The purpose of the policy is to inform faculty, staff and students about sources of information regarding the adverse effects of drug and alcohol abuse, to advise them of the counseling and rehabilitation services that are available, and to notify them of the disciplinary actions that may be taken by the University.

Use and Possession of Alcoholic Beverages

Students of legal age, as defined by Illinois statute, may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in University Housing and at pre-football game activities in accordance with the University's Internal Governing Policies and Procedures. The possession of alcoholic beverages in open containers by any person is prohibited on University-owned or University-controlled property, except as specified in the University's Internal Governing Policies and Procedures.

In accordance with the University's Internal Governing Policies and Procedures, alcoholic beverages may be served and consumed at activities sponsored by off-campus groups only in the University Union and the Tarble Arts Center and may be sold only in the University Union.

University faculty and staff shall not possess or consume alcoholic beverages during work time, including paid rest periods and paid meal periods. Any employee whose conduct appears improper or disruptive while on the job may be removed from work by the supervisor.

University faculty and staff shall not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on University-owned or University-controlled property except in accordance with the University's Internal Governing Policies and Procedures.

Prohibited Drugs

Faculty, staff, and/or students shall not manufacture, possess, use, deliver, sell, or distribute any substance prohibited by the Illinois Cannabis Control Act or the Illinois Controlled Substance Act, or any other State or Federal statute, except as authorized by law, the regulations of the Board of Trustees, and the policies of Eastern Illinois University.

Counseling and Support Services

Consistent with its mission as a public institution of higher education, the University is committed to providing education about the effects of drugs and alcohol and to assisting victims of drug and alcohol abuse. Residence Life staff members offer educational programs on drug and alcohol education to students in University-controlled housing, and enforce University policies regarding possession and use. The University Counseling Center provides intervention and short-term counseling involving minor substance abuse issues. For chemical dependency situations, students are referred to treatment providers off-campus or in the student's home community.

Faculty, staff, and their dependents with drug and alcohol abuse problems should voluntarily seek assistance from the University's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). If job performance is adversely affected an employee may be referred to the EAP. Participation in the EAP is confidential and is encouraged by the University; however, it will not preclude normal disciplinary action or relieve an employee of responsibility for performing assigned duties in a safe and efficient manner.

The Health Service has established a Health Education Resource Center, which provides University-wide educational programs. In addition, faculty, staff and students may utilize the services of that office to obtain information and determine the location of counseling services best able to respond to their problems.

Disciplinary Actions

Students who violate University policies concerning drugs and alcohol may be referred to the University Judicial System for disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Conduct Code. Faculty and staff who violate University policies concerning drugs and alcohol may be subject to disciplinary action including termination of employment. Students, faculty, and staff may also be required to successfully complete a counseling and treatment program as a condition of continuing employment and/or continuing as a student of the University. Students, faculty and staff who violate State or Federal law may also be subject to criminal prosecution.

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