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University of California Policy on Substance Abuse

The University of California recognizes dependency on alcohol and other drugs as a treatable condition and offers programs and services for University employees and students with substance dependency problems.  Employees (including student employees) and students are encouraged to seek assistance, as appropriate, from employee support programs, health centers, and counseling or psychological services available at University locations or through referral.  Information obtained regarding an employee or student during participation in such programs or services will be treated as confidential, in accordance with Federal and State laws.

The University strives to maintain campus communities and worksites free from the illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcohol or of controlled substances, as defined in schedules I through V of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 United States Code x812, and by regulation at 21 Code of Federal Regulations x1308.  Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, use, or sale of alcohol or of controlled substances by University employees and students in the workplace, on University premises, at official University functions, or on University business is prohibited.  In addition, employees and students shall not use illegal substances or abuse legal substances in a manner that impairs work performance, scholarly activities or student life.

Employees found to be in violation of this Policy, including student employees if the circumstances warrant, may be subject to corrective action, up to and including dismissal, under applicable University policies and labor contracts, or maybe required, at the discretion of the University, to participate satisfactorily in an employee support program. 

Students found to be in violation of this Policy may be subject to corrective action, up to and including dismissal, as set forth in the University of California Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations, and Students (Part A) and in campus regulations, or may be required, at the discretion of the University, to participate satisfactorily in a treatment program.

--University of California Office of the President, November 1, 1990

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