Drug-Free Workplace

Recommended By
Office of Human Resources
Judy K. Sakaki, President
Issue Date
Tuesday, May 30, 1989
Current Issue Date
Friday, August 2, 2019
Effective Date
Friday, September 27, 2019
Contact Office
Office of Human Resources
Policy number


It is the goal of Sonoma State University to maintain a drug-free workplace. To that end, and in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (Public Laws 100-440 and 100-690), the University has adopted the following policies:

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances is prohibited in the workplace.
  2. Employees who violate this prohibition (paragraph 1) are subject to corrective or disciplinary action as deemed appropriate, up to and including termination.
  3. As an on-going condition of employment, employees are required to abide by this prohibition (paragraph 1); and to notify the campus Office of Human Resources of any criminal drug statute conviction they receive for a violation occurring in the workplace. Notification must be provided no later than five days after such a conviction.
  4. If an employee receives such a conviction (paragraph 3), the University shall:
    1. take appropriate personnel action against the employee, up to and including termination and the loss of University-controlled housing; or
    2. require the employee to participate satisfactorily in an approved drug-abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
  5. The University regularly offers drug-awareness programs and activities for employees, including new-employee orientations, articles in campus publications, training and development courses, and lectures and workshops. In addition, through the Office of Human Resources the University makes available to employees information about drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs.

Updated Sept. 27, 2019 by SSU.policies@sonoma.edu