Policy Management 
    Mar 21, 2023  
Policy Management
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HR 2.01pr - Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus :

Edmonds College, in compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988 and the Federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Community Act of 1989, provides a drug free, healthy, safe, and secure work and educational environment. This document describes the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) for Edmonds College, its college policy procedures, and resources. All employees and students will receive a copy of this document by email on an annual basis.

An employee whose behavior, judgment, or functioning is impaired by alcohol or drugs, will not be permitted on the work site or allowed to perform the duties of his/her position while so impaired. A student whose behavior, judgment, or functioning is impaired by alcohol or drugs, will not be permitted to attend classes or engage in other college activities while so impaired. The student will be referred to the Student Conduct Officer, who will enforce the Student Code of Conduct as appropriate.

I. Individual Responsibility and Respect for the Rights of Others

The college is committed to promoting opportunities for individual freedom of opinion and actions where individuals accept responsibility for the consequences of their actions. However, where state or local laws prohibit the use of alcohol consumption or drug use on state-owned property, individuals (i.e., employees, students, contractors, or guests to the college) are accountable for their acts and must comply with state, local, and college policies. 

The only exception to alcohol being consumed on Edmonds College land, buildings, facilities, or other property owned, used, or controlled by the college is where a Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Business License, Banquet Permit or Special Occasion License has been requested through the appropriate college procedures and approval has been obtained by both the college president or designee AND the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board to serve alcohol at the specified event.


II. Drug and Alcohol Dependency Treatment

Edmonds College recognizes alcohol and drug dependency as treatable illnesses. However, the college's efforts to facilitate access to appropriate health and medical care for students and employees is limited to (1) the effects of drug and alcohol abuse on a student's academic ability and behavior while involved in college activities, and (2) the effects of drug and alcohol abuse on an employee's job performance and behavior while carrying out his/her respective role and responsibilities in his/her employment capacity. The college will provide referral services for employees, but does not offer any direct treatment for drug and alcohol-related problems.

Employees are encouraged to use the Employee Assistance Program provided by the college (i.e., Fully Effective Employees at 1.800.648.5834 or http://www.fee-eap.com/) and/or employee medical insurance plans as appropriate, and can obtain further information from the Human Resources Office. Conscientious efforts to seek such help will not jeopardize employment. Students needing assistance are encouraged to use the Counseling and Resource Center services at 425.640.1358 or http://www.edmonds.edu/counseling/default.html.


III. Substance Abuse Education

The college is committed to informing students and employees about consequences and health risks of alcohol and drug abuse and dependency. The college notifies, via email and through its website, employees annually and students quarterly of the available services and programs for alcohol and drug abuse, expected standards of conduct, and consequences of failure to meet the standards of conduct. In addition to notification, the college provides drug and alcohol awareness activities, education and referral services for students and employees, and reviews these programs biennially to determine effectiveness and needed changes. Education activities for students are administered by the Counseling and Resource Center. The Organizational Development and Employee Training (ODET) Office administers education activities for employees. Workshops may be offered in collaboration between ODET and the Counseling and Resource Center. In addition, the college will begin offering by spring 2017 an online format for training that employees and students can access on the college's website.


IV. Relevant Laws and Ordinances

Edmonds College shall abide by the provisions of relevant federal, state, and local laws and ordinances. (See section IX for summary of relevant laws.)

While students and employees of lawful drinking age and those under lawful drinking age are present at an event sponsored by the college or under the college's control where alcoholic beverages are served, only those persons of lawful drinking age and who are not evidently intoxicated may consume, serve, transfer, and/or possess beer, wine, or distilled spirits.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance as defined by Federal law, Washington state statutes, and local ordinances in or on Edmonds College-owned or controlled property, or while conducting Edmonds College business is prohibited. Federal law overrides state law; therefore, any use of marijuana on college-owned, used, or controlled property is prohibited.

As outlined in the Federal Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988, any employee working under a federally sponsored grant or contract must report any conviction under a criminal drug statute for violations occurring in or on property owned or controlled by Edmonds College or while conducting Edmonds College business to his/her supervisor within five (5) days of the conviction. Edmonds College must report the conviction to the appropriate federal grant/contracting agency within ten (10) days after having received notice that the employee has a drug statute conviction for an incident or accident occurring in the workplace or while conducting work-related business.

In compliance with the ordinances of the City of Lynnwood, consumption of intoxicating liquor for any person under the age of twenty-one (21) is strictly prohibited.

For educational programs in foreign countries, applicable local law shall apply.


V. Advertisement

No activities by liquor manufacture or importers or their representatives that promote the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages, either by brand name or in general, shall be allowed on college property. Individuals or groups seeking to communicate information about their organizations or about a specific event may not mention the presence of alcohol in conjunction with reference to the event or to the organization. Moreover, the advertisement may not implicitly or explicitly promote the consumption of alcohol


VI. Serving Alcohol on College Premises

On-campus serving by persons of legal drinking age, who are not obviously intoxicated, and are not consuming alcohol is permitted under the conditions specified in the following areas: (1) the Culinary Arts' fine dining room in Brier Hall during pre-approved activities where an appropriate banquet permit has been obtained; (2) other areas designated by the president in conjunction with approval of the appropriate banquet permit as defined in college regulations.

Unless specifically approved by the president for special events or as previously described, on-campus consumption of beer, wine, and other distilled spirits by individuals, regardless of age, is prohibited in all offices and public areas of Edmonds College, including but not limited to lobbies, hallways, stairwells, study rooms, restroom facilities, kitchens, closets, maintenance facilities, and in all classroom and other buildings not specifically mentioned above.


VII. Sanctions

Edmonds College will impose sanctions on students and employees consistent with local, state, and federal laws, appropriate college policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Any employee or student violating this alcohol and drug-free policy will be subject to an investigation that may result in disciplinary action. As an alternative to, or in conjunction with specific disciplinary actions, options for treatment may be offered to the employee or student.

Exempt employee – after an investigation, the college will determine whether (1) the employee needs assistance with problems related to drug or alcohol abuse or (2) disciplinary action needs to be taken with the employee; based on the severity of the behavior, an oral warning to possible termination may be taken with the employee.

Classified employee – the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be followed.

Faculty members – the Collective Bargaining Agreement will be followed.

Students – the Student Code of Conduct will be followed.


VIII. Legal Protection

Employees incur the risk of liability by not complying with this policy and any related regulations.


IX. Summary of Relevant State Laws and Municipal Codes

This policy assumes that individuals agree to abide by the following Washington state laws and municipal codes of the City of Lynnwood:


Alcohol Abuse

HR 2.0 Alcohol and Drug-Free Policy

(was) C 6.3.113 R101 Procedures for Events Where Alcoholic Beverages are Served

RCW 66.04.010 - Definitions - Public Place (36)

RCW 66.24.481 - Public place or club - License or permit required - Penalty

RCW 66.44.100 - Opening or consuming liquor in public place - Penalty

RCW 66.44.200 - Sales to persons apparently under the influence of liquor - Purchases or consumption by persons apparently under the influence of liquor on licensed premises - Penalty - Notice - Separation of actions

RCW 44.270- Furnishing Liquor to Minors - Possession, Use - Exhibition of effects - Exceptions

LMC 10.60.010 - 10.60.120

Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988

Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989

CONTENT OWNER. The primary responsibility for this policy belongs to:
Vice President for Human Resources and Operations

Vice President for Human Resources and Operations

Three years.

2021-Oct 19  Amended to update content owner and contributor

2016-Aug 30  Revised document approved by President's Cabinet 

2002-Jun  Revised for editing purposes

1991-Sep 20  Adopted, Board Resolution 91-9-1

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