Drug-free Workplace Reminder

Dear Colleagues,

The University of Oregon is a drug-free workplace and campus. We share this annual reminder with all employees about related state and federal laws and university policy.

As a recipient of federal funds, the University of Oregon must comply with the federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. These laws require UO to maintain and enforce policies prohibiting the illegal use, possession, and distribution of drugs as defined by federal law. Our adherence to federal law is critical as failure to comply with federal laws and regulations could jeopardize UO’s ability to receive federal funds.

Please take this opportunity to review the university’s Drug-Free Workplace Policy, which states that the illegal use, possession, or distribution of drugs and alcohol on institutionally-owned or controlled property is prohibited. Disciplinary sanctions may be imposed on any student or employee found to be in violation of this policy. While state law recently decriminalized certain uses of marijuana for adults over 21, the university’s policy and ability to receive federal funding is based on federal law, which prohibits all marijuana use, possession or distribution.

Employees needing guidance and referrals for drug and alcohol counseling should contact Cascade Centers, the university’s employee assistance program (EAP) provider, for confidential assistance. Cascade Centers can be reached directly at 1-800-433-2320. More information about the EAP is available on the HR website.

Please feel free to contact a member of the Employee Relations Team at uoelr@uoregon.edu or by phone at 541-346-3159 for questions or clarification on the UO Drug-Free Workplace Policy.