The Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires PSU to maintain a drug-free workplace. The Substance Abuse Policy is established to comply with this federal law. The policy is distributed to all new employees.
Employees are the State of Kansas' most valuable resource and, therefore, their health and safety is a serious concern. The State of Kansas will not tolerate substance abuse or use which imperils the health and well-being of its employees or threatens its service to the public.
The use of illegal drugs and abuse of controlled substances, on or off duty, is inconsistent with law abiding behavior expected of all citizens. Employees who use illegal drugs or abuse controlled substances or alcohol, on or off duty, tend to be less productive, less reliable and prone to greater absenteeism resulting in the potential for increased cost, delay and risk in providing services. Ultimately, they threaten the state's ability to serve the public.
Furthermore, employees have the right to work in a drug and alcohol free environment and to work with persons free from the effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Employees who abuse drugs or alcohol are a danger to themselves, other employees and the public. In addition, substance abuse inflicts a terrible toll on the state's productive resources and the health and well-being of Kansas workers and their families.
The State of Kansas is therefore committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workforce free from the influence of substance abuse. The state's goal is to help employees become drug free and return to the workforce as productive members. In addition, the State of Kansas will vigorously comply with the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and implement rules promulgated by the United States Office of Management and Budget.
It shall be the policy of the State of Kansas to maintain a workforce free of substance abuse.
An employee who is convicted of violating any criminal drug statute in such workplace situations as stated above will be subject to discipline in accordance with K.S.A. 75-2949d and K.A.R. 1-10-6, or other appropriate administrative regulations.
The Employee Assistance Program is available to state employees and their families for substance abuse education, counseling or rehabilitation. The State of Kansas encourages voluntary treatment for substance abuse. Use of the Employee Assistance Program is governed by the Division of Personnel Services Bulletin No. 97-01 and related civil service statutes and administrative regulations.
The State of Kansas will establish a Substance Abuse Awareness Program to assist employees to understand and avoid the perils of drug and alcohol abuse.
The state will use the program in an ongoing educational effort to prevent and eliminate substance abuse that may affect the state workforce.The Substance Abuse Awareness Program will contain provisions to inform employees about the: (1) dangers of alcohol and drug abuse; (2) State of Kansas Substance Abuse Policy; (3) availability of treatment and counseling for employees who voluntarily seek such assistance; and (4) sanctions the state will impose for violations of its Substance Abuse Policy.
This Substance Abuse Policy applies to all state agencies. The term employees, as used in this Substance Abuse Policy, means all university support staff and unclassified state employees including student employees at the Regent's institutions. This policy shall not be construed to prohibit or limit the Drug Screening Program for designated positions authorized by K.S.A. 75-4362, K.S.A. 75-4363 and related administrative regulations and policies, or the Alcohol and Drug Testing Program for Commercial Drivers established by K.A.R. 1-2-20, 1-6-33 and 1-9-25 and 1-9-26.
This Substance Abuse Policy is effective May 31, 1989.