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Drug-Free Campus

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees is not permitted by Elizabethtown College. The College adheres to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

Violations (e.g., possession, sale, use, transfer, purchase and/or delivery of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia) will result in an administrative hearing and/or a hearing before the Student Conduct Board. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct  for information on the conduct process and disciplinary sanctions.

In addition to the College‘s disciplinary sanctions, violators are subject to legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law. The College recognizes drug abuse not only as a safety and security concern, but as an illness and major health problem. Consistent with the concern related to all life threatening illnesses and serious diseases, the College offers a range of resources and services as follows:

  1. Student education and information is available through the Dean of Students‘ Office .
  2. Counseling and support services are available through Counseling Services .
  3. Referral to agencies and organizations which offer supportive services is available through  Student Wellness , as well as other Student Life offices.

Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

As required by law, Elizabethtown College is obligated to provide a drug-free, safe, healthful, and secure workplace for all employees (including student employees). In turn, our employees are expected to arrive for work in proper mental and physical condition.

The College prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, use, dispensation, or possession of a controlled substance on College property or while conducting College business off the premises.

The College recognizes drug abuse not only as a likely health, safety, and security problem, but as an illness and major health problem. Therefore, any employee having a drug/alcohol dependency is encouraged to seek help.

Such employees will be required to participate in a rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state, or local agency. (A listing of available rehabilitation programs is available in the Counseling Services office and the Human Resources office.) Any employee seeking such help will not receive any type of reprimand, nor will it be recorded in the employee‘s personnel record, as long as such employee seeks help before being disciplined for violation of this policy.

All employees, as a condition of employment, must comply with this policy and must also report any criminal drug/ alcohol conviction within 5 days after the conviction. This includes any drug/alcohol violation occurring on or off college premises while conducting college business. This requirement is mandated by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. An employee violating this policy or convicted of a criminal drug/alcohol offense occurring in the workplace is subjected to appropriate personnel action, up to and including termination, or satisfactory participation in a drug/ alcohol rehabilitation program.

Federal and State Penalties

Under the Federal Controlled Substance Act and Pennsylvania state laws, individuals face penalties for unlawful manufacturing, distribution, use and possession of controlled substances. The penalties vary based on the type of drug or level of alcohol involved, possession and intent to distribute. Federal law sets penalties for the first offense ranging from one year to life imprisonment and/or $100,000 to $4 million in fines. Penalties may include forfeiture of property, in¬cluding vehicles used to possess, transport or conceal a controlled substance or denial of federal benefits such as student loans and professional licenses. Con¬victions under state law may be misdemeanor or felony crimes, with sanctions ranging from six months to life imprisonment and/or $250 to $100,000 in fines.

Federal law holds that any person who distributes possesses with intent to distribute, or manufactures a controlled substance in, or within one thousand feet of an educational facility is subject to a doubling of the applicable maximum punishments and fines. A similar state law carries sanctions of up to five years imprisonment and up to a $100,000 fine for similar violations.

Smoke Free Campus

On February 21, 1989, the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act went into effect. Effective September 1, 1990, Elizabethtown College became a smoke-free workplace.

As of September 11, 2008, the Pennsylvania Clean Indoor Air Act bans smoking in workplaces and public places, defined as an enclosed area which serves as a workplace, commercial establishment, or an area where the public is invited or permitted.

Elizabethtown College is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive work environment for employees. The campus is a smoke-free workplace. Smoking and the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited in all facilities of Elizabethtown College at all locations, including College vehicles. This policy applies to all employees, clients, contractors, and visitors. Smoking shall be permitted during work breaks only at a reasonable distance (20 feet or more) outside any enclosed area or building entrance so as to ensure that secondhand smoke does not enter the area through entrances, windows, ventilation systems, or any other means. Smokers must dispose of cigarette butts in appropriate receptacles rather than littering.

Those employees who smoke and would like to take this opportunity to quit are encouraged to participate in the cessation programs offered through our Employee Wellness Committee and Capital BlueCross. The success of this policy will depend on the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of both smokers and nonsmokers. Concerns regarding this policy should be directed to Human Resources.


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