Drugs in a Workplace

As a term and condition of employment with Brown University, all employees are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, dispensing, possession or use of illegal drugs and controlled substances on Brown's premises, in vehicles owned or provided by Brown, or at work sites at which University duties are being performed by employees. In addition, the use of alcohol in vehicles owned or provided by Brown, or in the workplace (unless specifically authorized) is also prohibited. Alcohol use at Brown shall not interfere with employees' abilities to carry out responsibilities of their positions.

This policy is issued, in part, to ensure compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. The University also recognizes the health risks employees assume for themselves, and actions which may jeopardize the safety of others, when substance abuse interferes with the performance of their job duties.


  • The University will take appropriate personnel actions, consistent with federal, state, and local laws, for any violation of this policy.
  • Disciplinary actions resulting from violations of this policy may include satisfactory participation in a substance abuse treatment, counseling or education program as a condition of reinstatement or continued employment with the University, suspension, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution.
  • In accordance with the Act, employees must, as a condition of employment, notify their immediate supervisor and Human Resources Director or designee, of the conviction for a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace within five days of such conviction. If an employee is working under grants or contracts funded by a federal agency, Brown must within 10 days of learning of a drug conviction, notify the funding agency that a violation of this policy has occurred.