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Drug-Free Work Environment

Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System recognize that alcoholism and other drug addictions are not easily resolved by personal effort and may require professional assistance and treatment. Faculty, staff, and students with alcohol or other drug problems are encouraged to take advantage of the diagnostic, referral, counseling, and preventive services available throughout the university and health system. Procedures have been developed to assure confidentiality of participation, program files, and medical records generated in the course of these services.

Drug-Free Workplace

Johns Hopkins University and Health System have established a drug-free awareness program to inform employees and students about:

  • The dangers of drug abuse in the workplace, such as impaired performance and safety
  • Available drug counseling and employee assistance programs
  • The policies and work rules of maintaining a drug-free workplace
  • The penalties that may be imposed for drug abuse violations

Johns Hopkins University Policy

Maintaining a Drug-Free Environment

Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System Policy

Substance Abuse Policy

Performance Responsibilities

The expectations of faculty, staff, and students related to the maintenance of a drug-free work environment are clearly stated in university and health system policies and work rules. Substance or alcohol abuse does not excuse faculty, staff, or students from neglect of their employment or academic responsibilities. Individuals whose work or academic performance is impaired as the result of the use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs may be required to participate in an appropriate diagnostic evaluation and treatment plan.

Disciplinary and Legal Consequences

Faculty, staff, and students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or other drugs on Johns Hopkins property, as a part of Johns Hopkins activities, or when representing Johns Hopkins. Further, use of alcohol or other drugs in situations removed from Johns Hopkins activities that in any way impairs work performance is treated as misconduct.

Employees and students who unlawfully possess, use, manufacture, or illegally distribute drugs or controlled dangerous substances are subject to university and health system disciplinary action, as well as possible referral for criminal prosecution. Disciplinary action may include termination of employment or expulsion from school.

Reporting Responsibilities

As a condition of employment, each faculty and staff member and student must agree to abide by the university and health system drug-free workplace policies, and to notify the divisional human resources director of their criminal arrest or conviction related to drug activity in the workplace (which includes any location where one is in the performance of duties) within five days after the arrest or conviction. If the individual is supported by a federal grant or contract, the university and health system will notify the supporting government agency within 10 days after the notice is received.


Updated 5/3/2017