Drugs and Alcohol: U.S. Employees

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Alcoholism and the misuse of drugs can adversely affect job performance. NYIT will make reasonable efforts to assist employees who voluntarily come forward to seek assistance with their efforts to overcome addiction to or dependence on drugs or alcohol. NYIT has established an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to assist you and your family in getting the help you may need. Please see the Employee Assistance Services section of the handbook for more information. You may also contact the Benefits Division of the Office of Human Resources for information on this program. All inquiries related to this policy will be handled confidentially. Willingness to assist its employees does not require NYIT to compromise discipline or to excuse the unacceptable performance, actions, or behavior of any employee.

No employee will be allowed to work if that person is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. The non-prescriptive use, sale, possession, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances, or abuse of a properly prescribed controlled substance, is strictly prohibited at all times either on NYIT property or at other assigned work areas. This policy does not prohibit limited social use of alcohol while at NYIT-sponsored functions. Violation of this policy is grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or termination of employment.

If an employee is convicted of violating any criminal drug statute while in or at the workplace, he or she will be subject to discipline up to and including termination. Alternatively, NYIT may require the employee to successfully complete a drug abuse program sponsored by an approved private or governmental institution at the employee's expense. Employees who are engaged on Federal contracts and grants are responsible for notifying their supervisors of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace (including while traveling or on other NYIT business) no later than five calendar days after such conviction.