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Rice University Research Policy No. 323-96



The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act amendments of 1989 apply specifically to universities, requiring Rice University to notify its students and employees that the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol on the property of Rice University, or as part of any university activities, is prohibited. "Illegal drugs" are those chemicals that are specifically identified in Schedule I-V, section 202 of the Federal Control Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812).

In a good faith effort to comply with the federal requirements, Rice University will take the following actions:

 1. Early in each academic year all employees and students will be informed that:

(a) The unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs (including inhalants) and alcohol on the property of Rice University, or as part of any University activities, is prohibited except in the course of authorized teaching and research. Off campus activities of student groups recognized by the University are included in this statement.

(b) Significant health risks are associated with the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol. (See Appendix B attached.)

(c) Confidential counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs are available to both students and employees. Students may contact the Rice Counseling Center, the Rice Student Health Service, or the Rice University Health Education Office. Employees may contact the Rice University Employee Assistance Program or the Rice University Health Education Office. The Houston Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse is a community agency available to both students and employees.

(d) Serious legal sanctions may be invoked under local, state, and federal laws for the unlawful manufacturing, possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include fines and incarceration commensurate with the offense. (See Appendices A and C attached.)

An employee whose job performance is impaired due to substance abuse will be responsible for obtaining treatment and correcting problems in job performance. An employee who fails to perform on the job will be subject to the University's usual administrative actions which include sanctions up to and including dismissal.

2. The University's usual investigative and disciplinary procedures will be used to address any allegations that this policy has been violated. In all cases the University will protect, to the maximum extent possible, the rights of all parties involved. A person who wishes to report a violation of this policy should contact the following: The Provost if the allegation is against a faculty member; the Director of Human Resources if against a staff member; the Dean of Students if against a student.

3. When a violation of this policy occurs, the University will take appropriate action, which may include requiring the student or employee to participate in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program. Disciplinary sanctions up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, and/or referral for prosecution are also available to the University.

4. Federal law requires that a person who is convicted in state or federal court of violating a criminal drug statute in the workplace must inform his or her employer within five (5) calendar days of the conviction. At Rice University, the person who must be informed is the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. A student who receives a federal grant such as a Pell grant must also report a conviction to the granting agency. If the violation involves a person engaged in federally sponsored research, the Vice Provost for Research is obligated to inform the appropriate sponsoring agency of the conviction within ten (10) calendar days.

5. As required by federal law, Rice University will conduct biennial reviews to determine the effectiveness of this policy. A three person committee appointed by the Provost will complete these reviews in odd numbered years. Copies of the available programs and biennial reviews will be supplied to the Federal Secretary of Education upon request.

Policy No. 323-96

October 1, 1996

RICE: A Drug-Free University

Issued: March 17, 1989
Revised: March 30, 1990
Revised: December 20, 1991
Revised October 1, 1996