Substance Abuse Policy

Blue Ridge Community College is committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens it serves by assuring that a drug-free workplace is maintained and that College employees and students perform their duties unimpaired by the effects of drugs or alcohol.

Policy

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of controlled substances and alcohol on College premises or as a part of any of the College’s activities, by students and employees, is prohibited. College employees and students are to perform their assigned duties unimpaired by the effects of drugs or alcohol. Employees of the College are covered by the Virginia Department of Human Resources/Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (No. 1.05), updated March 2004, which is pursuant to the authority provided in the Alcohol Beverage Control Act sec.4.1 and the Drug Control Act, chapter 34, title 54.1. of the Code of Virginia. The objective of this statewide policy is to establish and maintain a work environment free from the adverse effects of alcohol and other drugs.

Legal Sanctions

The Virginia Department of Human Resource Management Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy (No. 1.05) issued March, 2004, is pursuant to the authority provided in Title 54.1, Chapter 34, of the Code of Virginia. The objective of this statewide policy is to establish and maintain a work environment free from the adverse effects of alcohol and other drugs. It is believed that the productivity of the Commonwealth’s work force could be undermined by the effects of alcohol and other drugs in the workplace and create a serious threat to the welfare of fellow employees and to Virginia’s citizens. The policy addresses alcohol and other drug problems in the public work force. Each of the following acts by state employees is prohibited under this policy:

  1. The unlawful or unauthorized manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol or other drugs in the workplace;
  2. The impairment in the workplace from the use of alcohol or other drugs (except the use of drugs for legitimate medical purposes);
  3. Acts which result in the criminal conviction for a:
    1. violation of any criminal drug law, based upon conduct occurring either on or off the workplace, or
    2. violation of any alcoholic beverage control law, or law which governs driving while intoxicated, based upon conduct occurring in the workplace

The failure to report to their supervisors that they have been convicted of any offense (as defined in #2. above) within five calendar days of the conviction.

The workplace consists of any state owned or leased property or any site where official duties are being performed by state employees.