Policies and Procedures

Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace Policy

Alcohol and drug abuse and the use of alcohol and drugs in the workplace are issues of concern to the State of Nevada. It is the policy of this State to ensure that its employees do not: report for work in an impaired condition resulting from the use of alcohol or drugs; consume alcohol while on duty; or unlawfully possess or consume any drugs while on duty, at a work site or on State property. Any employee who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action. The specifics of the policy follow:

  1. As provided by statute, any State employee who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on duty or who applies for a position approved by the Personnel Commission as affecting public safety is subject to a screening test for alcohol or drugs.
  2. Emphasis will be on rehabilitation and referral to an employee assistance program when an employee is under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on duty. The appointing authority shall, however, take into consideration the circumstances and actions of the employee in determining appropriate disciplinary action.
    1. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides help to College employees and their families with an alcohol and/or drug problem. This help is available by calling 1-877-234-5151. (Español 1-888-732-9020). This assistance is provided by off-campus agencies and is completely confidential. Administrative leave may be granted for two visits to the agency. Staff at the EAP are trained to evaluate and refer individuals to the appropriate educational and support groups, or more structured and organized chemical dependency treatment programs.
    2. All of the health insurance plans provided by the state include coverage for treatment programs. Coverage differs so please contact your health care provider to find out what benefits are specific to your plan. 
  3. Any State employee who is convicted of violating a federal or state law prohibiting the sale of a controlled substance must be terminated as required by NRS 193.105, regardless of where the incident occurred.
  4. Any State employee who is convicted of driving under the influence in violation of NRS 484.379 or of any other offense for which driving under the influence is an element of the offense is subject to discipline up to and including termination if the offense occurred while he was driving a State vehicle or a privately owned vehicle on State business.
  5. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance in the workplace is prohibited. Any State employee who is convicted of unlawfully giving or transferring a controlled substance to another person or who is convicted of unlawfully manufacturing or using a controlled substance while on duty or on the premises of a State agency will be subject to discipline up to and including termination.
  6. The term, "controlled substance" means any drug defined as such under the regulations adopted pursuant to NRS 453.146. Many of these drugs have a high potential for abuse. Such drugs include, but are not limited to, heroin, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and "crack". They also include "legal drugs" which are not prescribed by a licensed physician. The College willingly complies with the Omnibus Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (the “Drug Free Workplace” Act) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act as amended in 1989.
  7. Each State employee is required to inform his or her employer in writing within five days after he or she is convicted for violation of any federal or state criminal drug statute when such violation occurred while on duty or on the employer's premises.
  8. Any agency receiving a federal contract or grant must notify the federal agency which authorized the contract or grant within ten days after receiving notice that an employee of the agency was convicted within the meaning used in paragraph 7, above.

This policy is applicable to all classified and unclassified employees of agencies in State government. Specific federal guidelines, statutory provisions and regulations applicable to this policy are set down in the Drug Free Workplace Act and Chapter 284 of the Nevada Revised Statutes and Nevada Administrative Code. This policy does not restrict agencies from augmenting the provisions of this policy with additional policies and procedures which are necessary to carry out the regulatory requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act.
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