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Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use

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Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug and Alcohol Testing
Type of Policy
Administrative
jgastley3 Thu, 05/31/2012 - 14:20
Policy No
5.7
Effective Date
Review Date
Policy Owner
Human Resources
Contact Name
Corey Givens
Contact Title
Employee Relations Consultant
Contact Email
corey.givens@ohr.gatech.edu
Reason for Policy

To establish policies and procedures for drug and alcohol testing in accordance with the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991.

Policy Statement

The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act requires alcohol and drug testing of safety sensitive employees in various fields of transportation including employees of the Board of Regents who hold commercial driver's licenses. Rules mandating implementation of the controlled substance (drug) abuse and alcohol misuse prevention programs were published by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) in February 1994.

In accordance with the federal law, Georgia Tech will conduct pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post accident, return to duty, and follow-up drug testing for employees in safety sensitive positions requiring a commercial driver's license.

Policy Terms

Employee or applicant
Any individual who is employed or who has been offered employment in a safety sensitive position.

Safety sensitive position
Any position whose incumbent is required to undergo drug and alcohol testing by regulations of the United States Department of Transportation (49 CFR Part 382.103). In general, such positions shall be those where the duties require possession of a valid Commercial Driver's License or other positions subject to drug and alcohol testing as required by federal law or regulation.

Established drug test, drug testing or drug test
The collection and testing of urine administered in a manner equivalent to that required by the regulations of the United States Department of Transportation (49 CFR Part 40).

Illegal drug
Marijuana/cannabinoids (THC), cocaine, amphetamines/methamphetamine, opiates or phencyclidine (PCP). The term illegal drug shall not include any drug when used pursuant to a valid prescription or when used as otherwise authorized by state or federal law.

Medical Review Officer
A properly licensed physician who reviews and interprets drug tests and evaluates those results together with medical history or any other relevant biomedical information to confirm positive results.

Alcohol testing or alcohol test
A breath test using an evidential breath testing device capable of printing results and approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and placed on their "Conforming Products List of Evidential Breath Measurement Devices". Such testing shall be performed only by a certified Breath Alcohol Technician.

Alcohol confirmation test
A second test following an alcohol test which indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent or greater.

Breath alcohol technician
An individual who instructs and assists individuals in the alcohol testing process and operates an evidential breath testing device in accordance with the regulations of the United States Department of Transportation.

Alcohol
The intoxicating agent in beverage alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or other low molecular weight alcohol including methyl and isopropyl alcohol.

Alcohol concentration or alcohol content
The alcohol in a volume of breath expressed in terms of grams of alcohol per two hundred and ten (210) liters of breath as indicated by an alcohol test.

Substance abuse professional
A licensed physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy), or a licensed or certified psychologist, social worker, employee assistance professional, or addiction counselor (certified by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Certification Commission) with knowledge of and clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol and controlled substances related disorders.

Refuses testing or refused testing means:

  1. Expressly declining to submit to testing;
  2. Failure to appear for testing after proper notification;
  3. Failure to remain readily available for testing;
  4. Failure to provide adequate breath for alcohol testing without a valid medical explanation;
  5. Failure to provide adequate urine for drug testing without a valid medical explanation;
  6. Providing a urine sample determined by the testing laboratory and the Medical Review Officer to have been adulterated; or;
  7. Engaging in conduct that clearly obstructs the testing process.
Procedures

All applicants for listed positions will be advised of Georgia Tech's commitment to a drug free workplace and that the position for which they are applying requires a pre-employment alcohol and drug test. In addition, applicants will be advised that if selected, they will be subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post accident, return to duty, and follow-up alcohol and drug testing.

Administration
Drug and alcohol testing shall be conducted in accordance with applicable federal law, regulations, and procedures. The Georgia Institute of Technology shall enter into such contracts as may be necessary to provide for testing and verification services. Such testing programs shall give due consideration to security of sample collection, chain of custody requirements, accuracy of testing and confidentiality of testing results.

Applicability
All safety sensitive employees and applicants shall be subject to drug and alcohol testing for evidence of use of illegal drugs and/or misuse of alcohol. Prior to being placed in a position subject to testing, an employee or applicant shall be notified of the requirement for such testing and of the consequences of a positive result or having refused testing.

Expense of Drug Testing
The expense of drug and alcohol testing shall be the responsibility of the employer; provided, however, if an employee or applicant request that a split sample be submitted for separate analysis, the cost of such analysis shall be the responsibility of the employee or applicant.

Types of Testing:
Pre-employment Applicants for safety sensitive positions and employees who have not previously performed safety sensitive duties shall be required to successfully complete drug and alcohol testing prior to performing safety sensitive duties.

An employee selected for drug and alcohol testing shall be considered as being on duty for all time necessary to undergo the testing process including such time, if any, as may be required for transportation to and from the same collection facility. An applicant shall not be considered as being on duty for any time necessary to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

Random All affected employees shall be subject to random drug and alcohol testing. The numbers of employees to be tested and the scheduling of employee selection shall be determined by the Office of Human Resources in accordance with applicable law and regulations.

Post-Accident All affected employees shall be subject to post-accident drug and alcohol testing.

Return-to-Duty Any affected employee who has been subject to alcohol testing and whose test result indicates that the employee has misused alcohol, shall undergo a return-to-duty test. Such test must indicate an alcohol concentration of less than 0.02 percent before the employee can be returned to safety sensitive duties.

Follow-Up Following a determination by a Substance Abuse Professional that an employee is in need of assistance in resolving problems associated with alcohol misuse, the appointing authority shall ensure that the employee is subject to unannounced follow-up alcohol testing. Follow-up testing shall be conducted only when the employee is scheduled to perform safety sensitive functions. Testing shall be conducted at least six (6) times in the first twelve (12) months following return to safety sensitive duty and may, upon the recommendation of the Substance Abuse Professional, be continued for up to sixty (60) months.

Reasonable Suspicion Any affected employee may be required to submit to drug and/or alcohol testing when their supervisor has reasonable suspicion to believe that the employee has used illegal drugs or has misused alcohol. The determination of reasonable suspicion shall be made by a supervisor or other official who is trained to make such determinations. Such training shall consist of one (1) hour of illegal drug training and one (1) hour of alcohol training which covers physical, behavioral, speech and performance indicators of probable illegal drug use or alcohol misuse. A written record, signed by the observing official, shall be made to document the observations. Alcohol testing may be conducted only when the employee is scheduled to perform safety sensitive duties.

Disciplinary Action
If an employee refuses testing or documentation from the Medical Review Officer indicates that an employee has used an illegal drug, the supervisor shall dismiss the employee. The notice of dismissal shall include the name, address and telephone number of at least one (1) Substance Abuse Professional or counseling and treatment program.

If an applicant refuses testing or documentation from the Medical Review Officer indicates that an applicant has used an illegal drug, the applicant shall not be permitted to report for duty and the offer of employment shall be withdrawn.

Alcohol Testing
If an employee refuses testing, the employee shall be dismissed.

If the results of an employee's alcohol confirmation test indicate an alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent or greater, the employee shall be immediately removed from safety sensitive duties. Any disciplinary or adverse action deemed appropriate by the supervisor may be imposed.

Random Testing
Random Sample Once each month, the Office of Human Resources shall select, at random, a sample of positions in the subject pool.

Notice of Selection The Office of Human Resources shall notify each employee, if any, that have been selected from the subject pool. The notice shall contain the effective date to be utilized for determining the commencement of testing.

Time Limits
Employees selected for random drug testing shall be notified of the selection by the supervisor. The supervisor shall specify a date and time by which each employee must report for testing. Such date and time shall be as soon as possible, but not later than two (2) business days following the date the employee is notified to report.

Employees selected for random alcohol testing shall be notified by the supervisor. The supervisor shall specify a date, time, and location to report for testing. The date and time must be during a workday on which the employee is scheduled to perform safety sensitive duties. The employee shall not be notified more than four (4) hours prior to the time of testing. In no case shall such testing be performed more than two (2) hours before or two (2) hours after the performance of the safety sensitive duties.

Employees on Leave
If an employee selected for drug or alcohol testing was on any form of paid or unpaid leave as of the date specified in the Notice of Selection and the incumbent returns to duty within thirty (30) calendar days of the effective date, the supervisor shall specify when the employee shall report for testing.

Post Accident Testing
Any employee performing safety sensitive duties who is involved in an on-the-job vehicular accident shall be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing as soon as possible following the accident. Such testing shall only be conducted if the employee is cited under state or local law with a moving violation or the accident involved the loss of human life.

If the accident involved the loss of human life, any employee present in the vehicle at the time of the accident shall be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing.

Under no circumstances shall an employee who may be subject to post-accident testing consume alcohol between the time of the accident and the administration of an alcohol test or until efforts to administer such test have been discontinued.

A drug test shall be administered as soon as possible following an accident, but not later than thirty-two (32) hours following an accident.

In any instance in which an employee is not tested within specified time limits, the supervisor shall prepare and maintain on file a record of the reasons the test was not promptly administered.

Alcohol Testing Results
Any employee whose test indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent or greater shall be given an alcohol confirmation test not less than fifteen (15) minutes nor more than twenty (20) minutes after the original test.

Any employee whose alcohol confirmation test indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent or greater shall be immediately removed from safety sensitive duties for a period of not less than twenty-four (24) hours.

Any employee whose alcohol confirmation test indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent or greater shall not be returned to safety sensitive duties until the employee has been evaluated by a Substance Abuse Professional and is able to provide documentation that the Substance Abuse Professional has certified that the employee is fit to return to duty.

Any employee whose alcohol confirmation test indicated an alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent or greater shall not be returned to safety sensitive duties until a subsequent test indicates an alcohol concentration of less than 0.02 percent.

Unsuitable Sample
If the testing laboratory and the Medical Review Officer determine that a urine sample is unsuitable for testing without legitimate medical explanation, the employee shall be directed to appear for retesting. Such retesting shall be conducted as an observed sample.

Rejected Sample
An employee whose sample is rejected by the testing laboratory or cancelled by the Medical Review Officer shall be directed to appear for retesting.

Insufficient Sample
If an employee, while at a collection facility, is unable to produce at least forty-five (45) milliliters of urine after following the procedures of the collection facility, the employee shall be directed to appear the next business day for retesting.

Positive Results From Testing
Any employee whose drug testing results indicate the use of illegal drugs shall be dismissed.

Confidentiality of Results
Results of drug testing shall be accessible only as is necessary to comply with state and federal laws.

Medical Review Officer - Drug Testing
Laboratory Reports
The testing laboratory shall forward the results of all drug testing to the Medical Review Officer who shall assure the security of such results.

Negative Results
The Medical Review Officer shall forward negative results of drug testing to the Office of Human Resources as soon as practical.

Positive Results
Laboratory reports indicating the presence of an illegal drug(s) shall be retained by the Medical Review Officer for five (5) years. Such information shall be confidential and shall only be available to the Medical Review Officer or designee and the affected employee. Positive laboratory reports shall be reviewed by the Medical Review Officer who shall make determination of legal or illegal usage.

Employee Contact Procedure
The Medical Review Officer or designee shall, upon receipt of a laboratory report indicating the presence of an illegal drug, attempt to contact the employee at the daytime or home phone number indicated on the drug testing form and shall attempt to establish a time at which a private discussion may be conducted regarding the results of the random drug testing.

If the employee expressly refuses to discuss with the Medical Review Officer the results of the random drug testing, declines the opportunity to provide an explanation of the results, or admits to the usage of an illegal drug(s), the Medical Review Officer, without further action or review, shall report to the Office of Human Resources that the results of the random drug testing indicate that the employee has used an illegal drug(s).

If the Medical Review Officer is, within two (2) business days of the initial attempt, unable to directly contact the employee, the Medical Review Officer or designee shall contact the Office of Human Resources, who shall contact the employee. The supervisor shall inform the employee that the employee must contact the Medical Review Officer by the end of the next business day, or the employee shall be considered to have refused to contact the Medical Review Officer and, to have used an illegal drug.

Reporting Determination of Illegal Drug Usage
If after appropriate review, the Medical Review Officer determines that the results of a random drug testing indicate that an employee has used an illegal drug, the Medical Review Officer shall, in writing, notify the Office of Human Resources. Such notification shall include the specific drug(s) the employee has been deemed to have illegally used.

Disqualification from Employment
Period of Disqualification
Applicant Any applicant who refuses drug or alcohol testing or whose testing results indicate the use of illegal drugs or the misuse of alcohol shall be disqualified from employment for a minimum of two years from the date of testing.

Employee Any employee whose employment is terminated due to refusing drug or alcohol testing or whose testing results indicate the use of illegal drugs, shall be disqualified from employment for a minimum of two years from the date of termination.

Positive Alcohol Or Drug Test Result
Employees who violate the alcohol misuse rules will be removed from safety sensitive duty, and be referred to a substance abuse professional for evaluation. Before being returned to a safety sensitive position, the employee must:

  1. be evaluated by a substance abuse professional;
  2. comply with any recommended treatment;
  3. have a negative result on a return-to-duty alcohol test;
  4. subject his/herself to unannounced follow up tests.

As with an alcohol misuse violation, an employee who has a positive test result will be removed from duty and be referred to a substance abuse professional for evaluation. The result is not considered positive until the Medical Review Officer has interviewed the employee and determined that the positive drug test resulted from the unauthorized use of a controlled substance. Before being returned to a safety sensitive position, an employee must:

  1. be evaluated by a substance abuse professional;
  2. comply with any recommended treatment;
  3. have a negative result on a return-to-duty alcohol test;
  4. subject his/herself to unannounced follow-up-drug tests.

The Institute will provide information on contacting substance abuse professionals, counseling and treatment programs. All employees who test positive for alcohol or drug misuse will be encouraged to fully participate in case management and treatment follow-up services available through the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. Participation is a voluntary adjunct to, not a replacement of rehabilitation. The employee assistance counselor may act as the substance abuse professional, or the counselor may refer the employee to a substance abuse professional appropriate to the employee's insurance plan.

Employee Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use

Employee Alcohol and Illegal Drug Use
Type of Policy
Administrative
srodriguez31 Fri, 05/11/2012 - 16:34
Policy No
5.5
Effective Date
Last Revised
Review Date
Policy Owner
Human Resources
Contact Name
Corey Givens
Contact Title
Employee Relations Consultant
Contact Email
corey.givens@ohr.gatech.edu
Reason for Policy

Georgia Tech has a vital interest in maintaining safe and healthy working conditions for its employees. Being under the influence of a drug or alcohol on the job may pose serious safety and health risks not only to the user and to those who work with the user, but also to the students and public we serve. In compliance with the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and Drug-Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Georgia Tech has established this policy on employee alcohol and illegal drug use.

Policy Statement

Georgia Tech employees must not perform job duties while using any substance in any manner that has a negative effect on performance of assigned duties or adversely affects Georgia Tech business. In accordance with federal and state laws and because of the potential detriment to the health and well-being of Georgia Tech employees, all employees are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances (including marijuana), or other dangerous drugs on the campus of Georgia Tech (including all property owned or leased by Georgia Tech) and at all Georgia Tech activities on or off campus. 

Federal, state, and local sanctions for those convicted of violating laws prohibiting the unlawful use, sale, possession, or distribution of alcohol, controlled substances, or other dangerous drugs include heavy fines, incarceration for various periods of time including life, forfeiture of assets, and suspension or loss of driver, business, or professional licenses.

It is Georgia Tech’s policy to educate our employees about wellness and the hazards of alcohol and drug abuse and the impact this has on their health and well-being, and to provide appropriate referrals to health professionals when problems are reported. Georgia Tech operates an Employee Assistance Program that provides free information and referrals to professional services for its faculty and staff on matters related to the abuse of alcohol and drugs. For more information about the Employee Assistance Program, please visit the Georgia Tech Office of Health & Well-Being website: http://hwb.gatech.edu/eap

Scope

This policy applies to all employees, both faculty and staff (including full-time, part-time, student, temporary, intermittent and contracted employees).

Subcontracts with other organizations may require additional procedures for Georgia Tech employees working under those contracts.

Definitions

Alcohol

The intoxicating agent in beverage alcohol, ethyl alcohol, or other low molecular weight alcohol including methyl and isopropyl alcohol.

Controlled Substance

Any drug (including marijuana), substance, or immediate precursor in Schedules I through V of Official Code of Georgia Sections 16-13-25, 16-13-26, 16-13-27, 16-13-28, and 16-13-29 and Schedules I through V of 21 C.F.R. Part 1308 (see “controlled substance” definition in Official Code of Georgia Section 16-13-21 (4)), as well as Schedules I through V of the Federal Controlled Substances Act: 21 United States Code Section 812 et seq.

Dangerous Drug

Prescription drugs as defined in the Official Code of Georgia Section 16-13-71.

Illegal Drug

All controlled substances and the illegal use of dangerous drugs. The term illegal drug shall not include any drug when used pursuant to a valid prescription or when used as otherwise authorized by state or federal law.

Procedures

5.1 Annual Notice

Office of Human Resources

The Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources is responsible for ensuring that this policy is distributed annually to each employee of Georgia Tech.

 

5.2 Drug & Alcohol Testing

Office of Human Resources

The Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources manages the process for pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up to rehabilitation drug and/or alcohol testing for employees per the Pre-Employment and Substance Abuse Screening Policy and Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.

 

5.3 Disclosure

Pre-Arrest Disclosure

Per the University System of Georgia Policy 8.2.17 Voluntary Disclosure of Drug Use, if prior to arrest for an offense involving a controlled substance, including marijuana, or a dangerous drug, an employee notifies his or her supervisor that he or she illegally uses a controlled substance, including marijuana, or a dangerous drug, and is receiving or agrees to receive treatment under a substance abuse and education program approved by Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources, such employee shall be eligible to retain their position for up to 1 year, provided such employee follows the treatment program and is subject to random drug testing.

Retention of such employee is conditioned upon satisfactory job performance and does not affect any disciplinary action for criminal conviction or drug related misconduct on the job. The employee’s work activities may be restructured if in the opinion of the immediate supervisor it is deemed advisable. This option is available to employees only once during a 5 year period and shall not apply to any such employee who has refused to be tested or who has tested positive for a controlled substance, including marijuana, or dangerous drug.

Criminal Charge Disclosure

 

Pursuant to University System of Georgia General Criteria for Employment Policy, any current employee charged with a crime (other than a minor traffic offense) must report being charged with such crime in writing to the Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources (hr.ask@ohr.gatech.edu) within 72 hours of becoming aware of such a charge.

Failure to report being charged with such a crime may result in appropriate disciplinary action, including termination of employment. The Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources will review the nature of the crime and determine what, if any, action should be taken regarding the employee’s employment status until resolution of the charge.

 

5.4 Conviction Notice

All Convictions

Pursuant to University System of Georgia General Criteria for Employment Policy, any current employee convicted of a crime (other than a minor traffic offense) shall report such conviction in writing to the Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources (hr.ask@ohr.gatech.edu) within 24 hours of the conviction.

Failure to report such conviction may result in appropriate disciplinary action, including termination of employment. The Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources will review the nature of the crime and determine what, if any, action should be taken regarding the employee’s employment status.

Employees Working under Federal Contracts

If the employee is working under a federal contract, Georgia Tech Office of Sponsored Programs will notify the federal contracting agency within 10 calendar days after receiving notice from the employee, or otherwise receiving notice, of drug convictions that occur in the workplace.

 

5.5 Employee Assistance Program

Office of Health & Well-Being

The Office of Health & Well-Being leads prevention and education efforts related to alcohol and other drug use and abuse for the Georgia Tech community and is responsible for ensuring that information about well-being, the hazards of alcohol and drug abuse, and the availability of appropriate referrals to health professionals through the Employee Assistance Program are given annually to each employee of Georgia Tech.

The Employee Assistance Program confidentially refers employees to resources such as clinics, physicians, and agencies. The Employee Assistance Program is provided at no cost to employees; however, the employee may be responsible for payment of services that are beyond the number of sessions provided by the Employee Assistance Program.

For more information about the Employee Assistance Program, please visit the Office of Health & Well-Being website: http://hwb.gatech.edu/eap

Enforcement

Employee misconduct related to alcohol or drug abuse in violation of this policy will not be tolerated. Any employee who violates this policy or any state or federal law regarding the unlawful use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, and sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances (including marijuana), or other dangerous drugs shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary actions and penalties up to and including termination of employment and referral to appropriate federal, state, or local authorities for prosecution in the courts. Employees may be required, at the discretion of Georgia Tech, or as mandated by law, to participate satisfactorily in a substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

To report suspected instances of noncompliance with this policy, please contact the Georgia Tech Office of Human Resources:  employee-relations@ohr.gatech.edu or (404) 894-4847, or visit Georgia Tech’s Ethics Hotline, a secure and confidential reporting system, at: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/en/report_custom.asp?clientid=7508

Policy History
Revision Date Author Description

October 2009

Office of Human Resources

New Policy

October 2011

Office of Human Resources

Legal compliance update

March 2018

Office of Human Resources

Legal compliance update

Pre-employment and Substance Abuse Screening

Pre-employment and Substance Abuse Screening
Type of Policy
Administrative
jgastley3 Thu, 05/31/2012 - 14:19
Policy No
5.6
Effective Date
Last Revised
Review Date
Policy Owner
Human Resources
Contact Name
Charvette Webb
Contact Title
Talent Acquisition Manager
Contact Email
charvette.webb@ohr.gatech.edu
Reason for Policy

To establish policies and procedures for pre-employment drug testing as required by O.C.G.A 45-20-111.

Policy Statement

The Georgia Institute of Technology will conduct pre-employment screening examinations designed to prevent hiring individuals who use illegal drugs or individuals whose use of legal drugs indicate a potential for impaired or unsafe job performance.

Georgia Tech has vital interest in maintaining safe, healthful and efficient working conditions for its students and employees. Being under the influence of a drug or alcohol on the job may pose serious safety and health risks not only to the user, and to those who work with the user, but also to the public we serve. The possession, use or sale of an illegal drug or alcohol in the workplace may also pose unacceptable risks for a safe, healthful and efficient operation.

Designated job applicants at Georgia Tech will undergo screening for the presence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs as a condition for employment. Applicants will be required to submit to a urinalysis test at a laboratory chosen by Georgia Tech.

Georgia Tech will not discriminate against applicants for employment because of past abuse of drugs or alcohol. It is the current abuse of drugs or alcohol which prevents employees from properly performing their jobs that the Institute will not tolerate.

Policy Terms

Applicant
a candidate who may be offered employment regular and/or temporary with Georgia Tech or has commenced employment but has not submitted to an established test for illegal drugs.

Job
a defined set of key responsibilities and performance standards encompassing one or more positions sufficiently similar in responsibilities and performance standards to be grouped together.

Position
a set of duties and responsibilities assigned or delegated by competent authority for performance by one person.

Illegal Drug
means marijuana/cannabinoids (THC), cocaine, amphetamines/methamphetamines, opiates, or phencyclidine (PCP). The term

illegal drug
shall not include any drug when used pursuant to a valid prescription or when used as otherwise authorized by state or federal law.

Establish Test
the collection and testing of bodily fluids administered in a manner equivalent to that required by the mandatory (Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs (HHS) regulations 53 Fed. Reg. 11979, et seq., as amended).

Medical Review Officer/
a properly licensed physician who reviews and interprets results of drug testing and evaluates those results together with medical history or any other relevant biomedical information to confirm positive and negative results.

Procedures

Positions to Be Tested
Positions to be tested

Testing
Fill out the Applicant's Disclosure and Consent Release of Information form.

An applicant who is offered employment in a position requiring a drug test shall, prior to commencing employment, submit to an established test for alcohol and/or illegal drugs.

Any applicant who declines an offer of employment for reasons not related to drug testing shall not be deemed to have refused drug testing.

Any applicant who expressly declines drug testing or engages in conduct that clearly obstructs the testing process shall be deemed to have refused drug testing.

Any applicant who fails to appear for drug testing after proper notification shall be deemed to have refused drug testing.

Any applicant who fails to provide adequate urine for testing without a valid medical reason shall be deemed to have refused testing.

Screening Results
Adulterated Sample: If the testing laboratory and the Medical Review Officer determine that the sample of an applicant has been adulterated, the applicant shall be deemed to have refused drug testing.

Rejected Sample: An applicant whose sample is rejected by the testing laboratory may, at the discretion of the Office of Human Resources, be directed to appear for retesting.

Unsuitable Sample: If the testing laboratory and the Medical Review Officer determine that the sample of an applicant is unsuitable for testing without legitimate medical explanation, the applicant may, at the discretion of the Office of Human Resources, be directed to appear for retesting. Such retesting shall be conducted as an observed sample.

Negative Results: An applicant whose results of drug testing do not indicate illegal drug usage may be considered as eligible for employment. Such negative results may be utilized by any other state employer for a period of thirty (30) calendar days after the date the test was administered.

Positive Results: An applicant whose results of drug testing indicate that the applicant has used an illegal drug(s) shall be disqualified from employment.

Non-Disclosure: The results of pre-employment drug testing shall remain confidential and shall not be a public record unless necessary for the administration of this rule or otherwise mandated by other state or federal law.

Laboratory Reports: The testing laboratory shall forward the results of all pre-employment drug tests to the Medical Review Officer who shall assure the security of such results.

Reporting Negative Results: The Medical Review Officer shall forward negative results of pre-employment drug tests to the Office of Human Resources as soon as practicable. The Office of Human Resources shall notify the appropriate personnel that the applicant is eligible for employment.

Reporting Positive Results: Laboratory reports indicating the presence of an illegal drug(s) shall be retained by the Medical Review Officer until a final determination is reached. Such information shall be confidential and shall only be available to the Medical Review Officer or designee and the affected applicant. Positive laboratory reports shall be reviewed and determinations of legal or illegal usage shall be made in accordance with procedures established by the Medical Review Officer.

Confirmatory Test
Any test which indicates the presence of illegal drugs shall be followed by a confirmatory test using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis. If results of the confirmatory test indicate the presence of illegal drugs, such results shall be reviewed and interpreted by a Medical Review Officer (MRO) to determine if there is an alternative medical explanation. The testing facility will contact the individual directly if confirmatory test and medical review is necessary.If the applicant provides appropriate documentation and the Medical Review Officer determines that it is a legitimate usage of the substance, the results shall be reported as negative.

Applicant Contact Procedure

The Medical Review Officer shall, upon receipt of a positive laboratory report, attempt to contact the applicant at the daytime or home phone number indicated on the drug testing form. The Medical Review Officer shall attempt to determine if there is an alternative medical explanation for the positive report.

If the applicant expressly refuses to discuss with the Medical Review Officer the results of the pre-employment drug testing, declines the opportunity to provide an explanation of the results, or admits to the usage of an illegal drug(s), the Medical Review Officer, without further action or review, shall report to the Office of Human Resources that the results of the drug testing indicates that the employee has used an illegal drug(s). The Office of Human Resources shall report to the supervisor that the applicant is disqualified from employment.

If the Medical Review Officer is, within two (2) business days of the initial attempt, unable to directly contact the applicant, the Medical Review Officer shall contact the Employment or Tech Temp Supervisor in the Office of Human Resources, who shall attempt to contact the applicant and shall inform the applicant that the applicant must contact the Medical Review Officer by the end of the next business day, or the applicant shall be considered to have tested positive for the use of illegal drugs, and as specified, to have been disqualified from holding any position with the employer for a period of two (2) years from the date the test was administered.

If the Employment or Tech Temp Supervisor is unable to contact the applicant within two (2) business days of the initial attempt, the Supervisor shall so notify the Medical Review Officer. The Medical Review Officer shall then deem the applicant to have tested positive.

Reporting Determination of Illegal Drug Usage: If an applicant is unable or fails to provide an alternative medical explanation for the presence of an illegal drug(s), the Medical Review Officer, after appropriate review, shall notify the Employment or Tech Temp Supervisor that the applicant is disqualified from employment. The results of the test shall remain confidential and shall not be public record unless necessary for the administration of these provisions or otherwise mandated by other state or federal law.

Hiring Process

Advertising
Advertisements for positions (117) listed in this document will include the following statement: "The Georgia Institute of Technology is committed to a drug free workplace. This position will require a pre-employment drug test." This statement will be included in every outside advertisement, i.e. Atlanta Journal/Constitution and Atlanta Daily World, etc..

Georgia Tech Job Bulletin
Positions requiring a pre-employment drug test will be advertised in the Internal and External Job Bulletins under the Qualifications section as follows: "The Georgia Institute of Technology is committed to a drug free workplace. This position will require a pre-employment drug test."

Job Request Form
The Office of Human Resources will be responsible for annotating on the Job Request Form when the position requires a pre-employment drug test.

Recruiting, Prescreening and Interviewing
All applicants for listed (117) positions will be advised of Georgia Tech's commitment to a drug free workplace and that the position for which they are applying requires a pre-employment drug test.

Former Employees Rehired at Georgia Tech
If an employee worked in one of the 117 safety sensitive positions, listed in this policy and terminates, the negative test results applied only to that position. If that individual is rehired in the same or another safety sensitive position listed in this policy, the candidate must be retested prior to reporting on the first day of work. Departments must not allow the selected candidate to start working until notification of a negative test result is verified by the Office of Human Resources.

Drug Testing Process:

  1. After the department interviews and selects the number one candidate, the paperwork will be returned to OHR/Employment. OHR will refer the candidate to the drug testing facility.
  2. The drug testing facility, upon completing the test, will notify the Employment or Tech Temp Supervisor (or a designee) of the test results.
  3. If the test is positive, the department will be notified by OHR that the candidate is disqualified for employment. The candidate will be notified by OHR regarding the disqualification.
  4. If the test is negative, the OHR Supervisor (or designee) will notify the hiring department to make the job offer to the candidate. Disqualification from Employment An applicant who refuses to submit to or fails to appear for an established test for alcohol or illegal drugs or whose test results are positive, shall be disqualified from employment by the state. Such disqualification shall not be removed for a period of two years from the date that such test was administered or offered, whichever is later.

Disqualification from Employment
An applicant who refuses to submit to or fails to appear for an established test for alcohol or illegal drugs or whose test results are positive, shall be disqualified from employment by the state. Such disqualification shall not be removed for a period of two years from the date that such test was administered or offered, whichever is later.

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Hazardous Weather/Emergency Conditions Plan

Hazardous Weather/Emergency Conditions Plan
Type of Policy
Administrative
jgastley3 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 14:52
Policy No
2.9
Effective Date
Review Date
Policy Owner
Security and Police
Contact Name
William Smith
Contact Title
Dir-Emergency Preparedness
Contact Email
william.smith@ep.gatech.edu
Reason for Policy

The purpose of the plan is to set forth policies, procedures, lines of responsibility, authority, and communications necessary to effect a rapid and orderly process for either canceling classes or closing the campus in the event of hazardous weather conditions or other emergency situations.

Policy Statement

Situation
Weather (or other emergency situations) may make it necessary for Georgia Tech to declare either CLASSES CANCELED or CAMPUS CLOSED conditions. Which declaration is made will determine which employees are required to come to work.

When the CLASSES CANCELED condition is in effect, all classes and instructional laboratories are canceled. Students and instructional faculty are not to report to campus. Administrative and research activities not directly tied to the instruction function will generally continue as normal, unless otherwise instructed by a supervisor. Other support employees may also be instructed not to report to work at the discretion of the administrator responsible for each major division.

When a CAMPUS CLOSED condition is in effect; no employees are to report to work, except those previously designated as "emergency essential" by their department, or otherwise instructed by a supervisor.

When a DELAYED OPENING UNTIL TIME condition is declared.

Procedures

Excecution
Weather conditions may change drastically at any time of the day or night presenting hazardous conditions affecting employees working all shifts.

When the decision is made by the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance (or alternate), in consultation with the President, to declare CLASSES CANCELED, CAMPUS CLOSED or DELAYED OPENING UNTIL TIME, the Associate Vice President of Institute Communications and Public Affairs will immediately notify local radio and television stations and place the campus status decision on the Institute's main Web page ( http://www.gatech.edu/ ). The AVP will also contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to place a message on the main campus phone line, 404.894.2000, noting the status of the campus.

The Georgia Tech Police Department will also immediately notify the administrators on the Hazardous Weather/Emergency Conditions Notification List . Each administrator will then notify appropriate people in their own departments.

Since safety of employees and students is of primary concern, it is of utmost importance that a decision process and a notification process be established so those who might otherwise be traveling to campus will be notified of campus conditions prior to the time they would normally begin their commute to campus. Conditions permitting, all decision processes will be completed immediately upon the determination of a current or imminent hazardous weather condition and all notifications of CAMPUS CLOSED be made as soon as possible after the decision is rendered by the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance.

Employees and students should listen or watch the major radio and/or television media in the Atlanta area to learn about the campus' status. For those with Internet access, check the Georgia Tech home page ( http://www.gatech.edu/ ) frequently for the most up to date information. Employees and students may also call the main Georgia Tech phone number (404.894.2000) to hear a pre-recorded message.

Tornado Safety Information

In the Atlanta metropolitan area, the period from March through May is normally the peak season for tornadoes. Tornado "Watch" and "Warning" information is announced over radio and television stations and weather alert radios which are automatically tuned to the national weather broadcast frequency.

It is recommended that each vice president, dean, director, department head, and lab director obtain a weather alert radio and have it located in an area which is occupied at all times during normal Institute working hours. These weather alert radios automatically broadcast information on all hazardous weather identified by the National Weather Service for the metropolitan area.

If a tornado warning is issued for the Atlanta area, faculty, staff, and students should seek shelter in the basement or in the interior corridors, stairways, or rooms of the lowest floor of the building.

Atlanta Media Contacts Regarding Inclement/Emergency Weather Conditions

Updated June 14, 2006

Main Campus, including Cobb County Research Facility and NEETRAC Facility (south of the airport)

TV

WAGA Channel 5
WGCL Channel 46
WSB Channel 2
WXIA Channel 11

Radio

WGST 640 AM/105.7 FM (includes WPCH 94.9 FM, WKLS 96.1 FM)
WSB Radio Group (includes NewsTalk 750 WSB, B-98.5 FM, KISS 104.1 FM,
Fox97 WFOX, and 95.5 The Beat.)

Savannah Campus

TV

WJCL Channel 22
WTGS Channel 28
WSAV
WTOC

Radio

WRHQ FM
WSVH FM 91.9
WHCJ FM
WVGS FM

Hazardous Weather/Emergency Conditions Notification List

Upon being alerted to hazardous weather, weather-related hazardous conditions, or other emergency situations that affect the campus, the campus police will notify the Associate Vice President for Facilities (or designated alternates) of the hazardous weather, campus and area conditions, or other emergency factors.

After being notified of a "CLASSES CANCELED," "CAMPUS CLOSED" or “DELAYED OPENING” decision by the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance (or alternate) for both Georgia Tech - Main Campus and Georgia Tech - Cobb County Research Facility, campus police will then notify each of the following administrators (or designated alternates):

Executive Assistant to the President
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice President, Student Affairs
Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Academic Affairs
Vice Provost for Distance Learning, Continuing Education and Outreach
Vice President and Director, GTRI
Vice President, Development
Dean, College of Architecture
Dean, College of Computing
Dean, College of Management
Dean, College of Engineering
Dean, Ivan Allen College
Dean, College of Sciences
Dean and Director of Libraries
Director of Athletics
Registrar
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Associate Vice President, Auxiliary Services
Associate Vice President, Financial Services
Associate Vice President, Budget and Planning
Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Provost, Information Technology
Secretary to the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
Institute of Paper Sciences & Technology
GCATT

The administrators shown above should notify those administrative units reporting directly to them.

 

 

Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy

Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy
Type of Policy
Administrative
jgastley3 Thu, 05/31/2012 - 14:39
Policy No
5.15
Effective Date
Last Revised
Review Date
Policy Owner
Human Resources
Policy Owners
Administration and Finance
Human Resources
Student Health Services
Contact Names
Julie-Anne Williamson, Assistant VP, Administration and Finance, julieanne.williamson@carnegie.gatech.edu,
Eric White, Strategic Performance Consultant, eric.white@ohr.gatech.edu,
Suzy Harrington, Executive Director, Health & Well-Being, suzy.harrington@gatech.edu
Policy Statement

The Georgia Institute of Technology is committed to taking all practical measures to create a safe and healthy work environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Georgia Tech complies with the Board of Regents Tobacco and Smoke-Free Campus Policy (6.10).

Compliance
Management is responsible for ensuring adherence to the policy. Violators of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. Questions or concerns regarding this policy or other related matters should be addressed to the appropriate department manager or to the Office of Human Resources.

Policy History
Revision Date Author Description
10-2015 Policy Specialist Policy Owner and contacts update
10-2014 Human Resources Updates to verbiage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors in the Workplace

Visitors in the Workplace
Type of Policy
Administrative
jgastley3 Thu, 05/31/2012 - 14:41
Policy No
5.19
Effective Date
Last Revised
Review Date
Policy Owner
Human Resources
Contact Name
Ivy B. Gardner
Contact Title
Director of Employee Relations
Contact Email
ivy.gardner@ohr.gatech.edu
Policy Statement

It is the policy of Georgia Tech to provide a workplace for all employees that is professional and free from distraction.

Procedures

Individual department managers may impose restrictions, which are considered appropriate to the successful operation of the individual unit, on visitors in the workplace.

Except when authorized by the department-head/manager, all visitors including relatives of employees, who do not have official business with the department may be restricted from prolonged visits to the workplace. Time spent attending to a personal visitor, especially a child, detracts from work production of not only the employee, but also co-workers. In no case should the work site become a substitute for a day care center.

Work areas, laboratories, closed stacks, trade shops, machine rooms, and other Institute work areas should be off limits to anyone but employees authorized access to minimize physical risk to the individual as well as risk to the Institute. However, if visitors must visit risk associated areas, they should be accompanied by an authorized employee.

Workplace Violence

Workplace Violence
Type of Policy
Administrative
jgastley3 Tue, 05/29/2012 - 15:41
Policy No
5.2
Effective Date
Last Revised
Review Date
Policy Owner
Security and Police
Contact Name
Rob Connolly
Contact Title
Chief of Police
Contact Email
robert.connolly@police.gatech.edu
Reason for Policy

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is committed to providing a workplace that is free from violence by establishing preventative measures, by holding perpetrators of violence accountable, and by providing assistance and support to victims. This procedure provides a collaborative, cross-functional approach to assessing and responding to individuals who might pose either an immediate threat to themselves or others or a less immediate threat, and establishes a Consultation and Assessment Team to evaluate and review workplace violence on campus.

Policy Statement

A safe and secure environment is a fundamental prerequisite for effectiveness and innovation in teaching and learning, research advances, and entrepreneurship in all sectors of society. Georgia Tech reaffirms the basic right of students, faculty, staff and visitors to a safe campus work environment. Threatening behavior or violence on the campus of Georgia Tech, satellite locations, and sanctioned functions off campus are prohibited and will not be tolerated. Violence, for the purpose of this policy includes, but is not limited to: intimidation, bullying, stalking, threatening behavior, physical attack, property damage, or domestic and family violence.

Scope

This policy applies to Georgia Tech students, faculty, staff, vendors, clients, and visitors.

Definitions:

Bullying

Offensive and malicious behavior that undermines an individual or group through persistently negative attacks. The behavior may include an element of vindictiveness, and is intended to undermine, patronize, humiliate, intimidate or demean the recipient.

Domestic, Relationship, and / or Family Violence

Abusive or violent behavior, including threats and intimidation, between people who have an ongoing or a prior intimate relationship (including people who are married, live together or date, or who have been married, lived together or dated) or between family members.

Intimidation

Behavior intended to frighten, coerce, or induce duress.

Physical Attack

Unwanted or hostile physical contact including, but not limited to, hitting, fighting with, shoving, restraining, or throwing objects at a person.

Property Damage

Intentional damage to property, including property owned by Georgia Tech or by employees, students, clients, visitors, or vendors.

Stalking

Following a person, placing a person under surveillance, or contacting a person for the purpose of harassment or intimidation.

Threatening Behavior

The expression of intent to cause physical or mental harm. An expression constitutes a threat without regard to whether the party communicating the threat has the present ability to carry out the threat and without regard to whether the expression is contingent, conditional, or future.

Workplace Violence

Acts of violence committed by or against any individual on the campus of Georgia Tech, at satellite locations, or at sanctioned functions off campus that involve students, faculty, staff, vendors, clients, and/or visitors.

 

5.1 The Consultation and Assessment Team

Facilitators

The Consultation and Assessment Team will be facilitated by:

  • The Chief of the Georgia Tech Police Department
  • The Associate Vice President of Human Resources (for situations involving faculty and/or staff)
  • The General Counsel and Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or designee

Support Team Members

The threat of or act of violence being assessed may require varying expertise and /or perspectives. Only those needed to assess and manage a specific situation will need to be included in the Team. Those who might be called upon to participate in a threat assessment include:

  • The Director of Health Services
  • The Director of the Georgia Tech Counseling Center
  • The General Counsel and Vice President for Ethics and Compliance or designee
  • The Director of Environmental Health and Safety
  • The Associate Director of Residence Life
  • The Director of the Women's Resource Center
  • The Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Any other individual with knowledge of or expertise related to the situation, as identified by the facilitator(s).

 

5.2 Threats and Acts of Violence

Immediate Threats

Any member of the Georgia Tech community observing violent or threatening behavior is expected to first secure his/her own safety and then immediately contact the Georgia Tach Police Department. If the incident occurs off campus or at satellite locations, the observer should first call 911 or the emergency number of the facility at which he/she is located. The Police Department will notify the Consultation and Assessment Team (CAT) of the facts of the event.

A facilitator with knowledge of the event(s) will determine which team members will be needed to investigate and assess the event to determine if preventive measures should be established, changed, or added. If necessary, counselors will be made available to provide stress debriefings for members of the Georgia Tech community affected by the incident.

Less Immediate Threats

When a possible threat is identified, the person who is concerned will contact the appropriate facilitator (or his/her designee). If the incident arises during non-business hours, the person who is concerned will contact any other individuals who can assist in reporting to the appropriate facilitator.

The facilitator will determine which team members are needed to assess and manage the situation, and convene those individuals. This group will assess the potential danger, explore possible outcomes of various approaches to managing the threat, and then implement a plan. Anyone with a follow-up assignment will update the team members involved via email, telephone, or in person.  Personally identifiable information should be kept to a minimum on email (i.e., use initials or refer to "the person we discussed"). After the plan is implemented, the facilitator will be responsible for coordinating follow-up to insure that the threat has been appropriately managed.

Team members must recognize and respect that there are members of the campus community and visitors who will have legal and ethical limitations on information that may be shared when discussing a concern.  It is the responsibility of each team member to exercise his or her best professional judgment in determining what information may be shared with the team.

5.1 Training and Resources

Supervisory Training

Employees who have supervisory responsibilities should receive training in the identification of and how to deal with workplace violence.  This training may include, but will not be limited to, conflict resolution, counseling and stress management. All training will emphasize the need to address workplace violence with professionalism, sensitivity, and respect for all individuals involved.

Resource Coordination

Facilitators will work to develop relationships and coordinate their procedures with relevant off-campus resources (law enforcement, hospitals, etc.) to ensure the availability of these resources when needed.

Policy Review

Facilitators will meet quarterly to review campus needs, and if indicated, facilitate the revision of policies and procedures to address workplace violence.

Responsibilities

1. Chief of Police
The Chief of Police is responsible for forming and facilitating Consultation and Assessment Teams to assess and/or manage workplace violence incidents involving individuals who are not Georgia Tech students, faculty or staff. As a designated facilitator the Police Chief is responsible for resource coordination, policy review and ensuring supervisory training for Police Department personnel. The Chief of Police may designate a member of the Police Department to perform the required tasks.

2. The Associate Vice President of Human Resources
The Associate Vice President of Human Resources is responsible for forming and facilitating Consultation and Assessment Teams to assess and/or manage workplace violence incidents involving faculty or staff. As a designated facilitator the Associate Vice President is responsible for resource coordination, policy review and ensuring supervisory training for staff personnel. The Associate Vice President may designate a member of the Office of Human Resources to perform the required tasks.

3. The Dean of Students
The Dean of Students is responsible for forming and facilitating Consultation and Assessment Teams to assess and/or manage workplace violence incidents involving students. As a designated facilitator the Dean of Students is responsible for resource coordination and policy review. The Dean of Students may designate a member of the Dean’s Office to perform the required tasks.

Enforcement

To report suspected instances of noncompliance with this policy, please visit Georgia Tech’s EthicsPoint, a secure and confidential reporting system, at: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/  or call 1-866-294-5565.