230.010 – DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

Updated: January 2019

Purpose and Goal
Maine Media Workshops + College is committed to protecting the safety, health and well being of all employees and other individuals in our workplace. We recognize that drug use poses a significant threat to our goals. We have established a drug-free workplace program that balances our respect for individuals with the need to maintain a drug-free environment. Maine Media encourages anyone with a drug addition problem to voluntarily seek help for drug addiction.

Covered Workers
Any individual who conducts business for the organization, is applying for a position or is conducting business on the organization’s property is covered by our drug-free workplace policy. Our policy includes, but is not limited to CEO, executive management, managers, supervisors, full-time employees, part-time employees and interns.

Applicability
Our drug-free workplace policy is intended to apply whenever anyone is representing the organization whether on or off campus while engaged in workshop activities. Therefore, this policy applies during all hours, while on campus property, at Maine Media events and class locations.

Prohibited Behavior
It is a violation of our drug-free workplace policy to use, possess, sell, trade, and/or offer for sale illegal drugs or intoxicants.

Medical or Recreational Marijuana Use
Federal law and the Drug Free Schools and Workplace Acts make possession and use of marijuana or recreational on-campus illegal, even in states with medical marijuana laws. Thus, Maine Media Workshops + College does not permit medical or recreational use of marijuana anywhere on campus.

Notification of Convictions
Any employee who is convicted of a criminal drug violation in the workplace must notify the organization in writing within five calendar days of the conviction. The organization will take appropriate action within 30 days of notification. Federal contracting agencies will be notified when appropriate.

Searches
Entering the organization’s property constitutes consent to searches and inspections. If an individual is suspected of violating the drug-free workplace policy, he or she may be asked to submit to a search or inspection at any time. Searches can be conducted of desks, work stations, vehicles & equipment.

Consequences
One of the goals of our drug-free workplace policy is to encourage employees to voluntarily seek help with drug abuse. If, however, an individual violates the policy, the consequences are serious.

In the case of applicants, if he or she violates the drug-free workplace policy, the offer of employment can be withdrawn. The applicant may reapply after six months and must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test.

If an employee violates the policy, he or she may have their employment terminated or will be subject to progressive disciplinary action and may be required to enter rehabilitation. An employee required to enter rehabilitation that fails to successfully complete it and/or repeatedly violates the policy will be terminated from employment. Nothing in this policy prohibits the employee from being disciplined or discharged for other violations and/or performance problems

Assistance
Maine Media Workshops + College recognizes that drug abuse and addiction are treatable illnesses. We also realize that early intervention and support improve the success of rehabilitation. To support our employees, our drug-free workplace policy, encourages employees to utilize the services of qualified professionals in the community to assess the seriousness of suspected drug abuses and identify appropriate sources of help.

Treatment for drug use disorders may be covered by the employee benefit plan. However, the ultimate financial responsibility for recommended treatment belongs to the employee.

Local and National assistance information:

Maine –
Sweetser directory of services.
https://www.sweetser.org/programs-services/
General directory number : 1-800-434-3000
Crisis line: 207-568-1112.
Veteran’s number: 1-800-434-3000
Eating Disorder Recovery number: 1-207-294-4522

Maine Health and Human Services Hotline Directory:
https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/hotlines.htm

National –
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (US govt)
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Treatment locator: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Confidentiality
All information received by the organization through the drug-free workplace policy is confidential communication. Access to this information is limited to those who have a legitimate need to know in compliance with relevant laws and management policies.

Shared Responsibility
A safe and productive drug-free workplace is achieved through cooperation and shared responsibility. Both employees and management have important roles to play.
All employees are required to not report to work or be subject to duty while their ability to perform job duties is impaired due to on- or off-duty use of drugs.

In addition, employees are encouraged to:
• Be concerned about working in a safe environment.
• Support fellow workers in seeking help.
• Report dangerous behavior to their supervisor.

It is the supervisor’s responsibility to:
• Observe employee performance.
• Investigate reports of dangerous practices.
• Clearly state consequences of policy violations.

Communication
Communicating our drug-free workplace policy to both supervisors and employees is critical to our success. To ensure all employees are aware of their role in supporting our drug-free workplace policy, all employees will receive a written copy of the policy.