I. Standards of Conduct

In compliance with the federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University of Colorado Boulder (University) prohibits the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance (illicit drugs and alcohol) of any kind and of any amount. These prohibitions cover any individual's actions which are part of any University activities, including those occurring while on University property or in the conduct of University business away from the campus.

II. Health effects of alcohol and other drugs

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Program (AOD) site provides information on the health effects of alcohol and other drugs, courtesy of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

III. Resources for those seeking assistance for substance abuse and dependence

Information for treatment programs and local resources can be found on the National Substance Abuse Index. Employees may also be entitled to:

  • Family Medical Leave: Employees afflicted by substance dependence may be eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodation: All employees, including those who do not qualify for Family Medical Leave, may be eligible for job-protected leave or other reasonable accommodations under the ADA if they have a qualifying disability.
  • Short-term Disability Insurance: Employees may be eligible to receive short-term disability insurance benefits if they are unable to work during a period of substance abuse treatment  
  • Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP): The University offers a free confidential counseling, consulting, and referral service designed to provide assistance to faculty and staff. Licensed counselors or psychologists provide these services. Participants in this program can receive screening and referrals for substance abuse treatment.

IV. Legal sanctions

The Alcohol & Other Drugs Program (AOD) site provides information on federal, state and local penalties for alcohol and drug use.

V. Sanctions for employees who violate these Guidelines related to drugs and alcohol

It is a violation of these Guidelines for any employee to jeopardize the operation or interests of the University through the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or drugs. Some departments have adopted reasonable suspicion policies that may include additional provisions regarding the possession or use of drugs or alcohol in the workplace. Sanctions for employees who are found to be in violation of these Guidelines may include discipline up to and including termination of employment. Compliance with these Guidelines is a condition of employment for all employees.

VI. Implementation

These Guidelines are distributed annually to all current employees.  

VII. Review

The University will conduct a biennial review of the Alcohol and Other Drugs Program (AOD Program) to determine effectiveness and implement changes, if needed, and to ensure that the University's disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced.