Drug-Free Workplace Policy
In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 enacted by Congress, all employees are advised that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or alcohol is prohibited in the workplace. Any employee who engages in this activity will face sanctions that may include suspension or termination of employment. Furthermore, as an employee, you must notify the College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction. Any employee so convicted must satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, at the employee’s expense, or face sanctions including suspension or termination.
The College is committed to providing a drug-free workplace and to this end, from time to time, will provide information about the dangers of drug abuse in the workplace. The College’s policy regarding alcohol is designed to be consistent with the laws of Vermont, and stresses moderation, safety, and individual responsibility. In addition, the Human Resources Office maintains a list of local agencies equipped to deal with problems associated with drug and alcohol abuse.
The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires that Bennington College annually notify all students, faculty, and staff of the community standards and policies regarding drug and alcohol use. This annual notice also includes the required applicable sanctions under federal, state, and local law for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by faculty, staff, or students.
Bennington College values the health and well-being of our entire community. As such, in the notice you will also find a description of the health risks associated with the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol and a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation that are available to employees or students.