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Policy on Controlled Substances

Skagit Valley College is committed to providing effective, quality education for our community. In support of this commitment, the College intends to provide a drug free, healthful, safe, and secure environment.

Skagit Valley College recognizes drug dependency to be an illness and a major health problem. The institution also distinguishes drug abuse as a potential health, safety and security problem.It is imperative that Skagit Valley College assumes leadership in the prevention of substance abuse by providing college personnel and students with education and resources.

Skagit Valley College will:

Notify all employees through distribution of this policy that unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances is prohibited in the workplace.

Advise and assist individuals within the college community seeking help with substance abuse problems and provide information about worthwhile counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs.

Take appropriate personnel action against employees who sell, distribute, or use illegal drugs in accordance with existing policy and state law. Failure to correct unsatisfactory job performance or behavior, for whatever reason, will result in appropriate disciplinary action, including, when necessary, termination.

Reaffirm the State of Washington policy on alcoholism and drug dependency endorsed by Skagit Valley College, effective November 1, 1992.

Therefore, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance in and on Skagit Valley College owned and controlled property, or while conducting college business, is prohibited. Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with the Higher Education Personnel Board rules, bargaining unit agreements, tenure laws, or other policies of the institution.