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Maintaining a Drug-Free Environment

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University recognizes that alcoholism and other drug addictions are illnesses that 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. Procedures have been developed to assure confidentiality of participation, program files, and medical records generated in the course of these services.

Maintaining a Drug-Free Environment Brochure

Performance Responsibilities

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. Further, use of alcohol or other drugs in situations off campus or removed from university activities that in any way impairs work performance is treated as misconduct on campus. Students are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol or other drugs on university property or as a part of university activities.

Disciplinary and Legal Consequences

It is the policy of Johns Hopkins University that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of controlled substances is prohibited on the university property or as a part of university activities. Individuals, including students and employees, who unlawfully possess, use, manufacture, or illegally distribute drugs or controlled dangerous substances are subject to university disciplinary action (consist with local, State, and Federal law), as well as possible referral for criminal prosecution. Such disciplinary action of faculty and staff may, in accordance with the university policy on alcohol abuse and maintenance of a drug-free workplace, range from a minimum of a three-day suspension without pay to termination of university employment. Disciplinary action against a student may include expulsion from school.

Reporting Responsibilities

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


Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System

Discipline Policy HR 603 prohibits unauthorized possession or use of drugs, as well as reporting to work under the influence of drugs. Please contact your divisional HR for more information.

Updated 11/11/2016

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