Drug-free Workplace Policy

Policy Statement

In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act of 1990, the University of San Francisco has established this Policy regarding substance abuse in the workplace.

Reason For Policy

The University has a longstanding commitment to providing a safe work environment. Alcohol and drug abuse pose a threat to the health and safety of employees and to the security of our campus. For these reasons, and to comply with federal and state law, the University is committed to the elimination of drug and/or alcohol use and abuse in the workplace.

Who Should Read This Policy

All University employees and anyone visiting USF’s campus(es).

Policy Text

Illegal Drugs

Unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance that is illegal is prohibited on University premises or other workplaces if individuals performing work on these premises are compensated by the University of San Francisco.

Prescribed Medication

Employees are prohibited from performing their duties while taking prescribed drugs that adversely affect their ability to safely and effectively perform their job duties. Employees taking a prescribed medication must carry it in the container labeled by a licensed pharmacist or be prepared to produce it if asked. This policy does not prohibit employees from the lawful use and possession of prescribed medications. Employees must, however, consult with their doctors about the medications’ effect on their fitness for duty and ability to work safely and promptly disclose any work restrictions to their supervisor. Employees should not, however, disclose underlying medical conditions unless directed to do so.

Smoking and Tobacco

Smoking, vaping, and the use of any tobacco products (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs, pipes, cigars, water pipes, vape pens, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems, smokeless tobacco, etc.) are no longer permitted anywhere within the boundaries of university-owned or leased property and vehicles. Please visit the Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus Policy web page for more information.


Although California state law allows individuals over the age of 21 to possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use in addition to medical use, it is still considered illicit under federal law and thus will not be allowed at the University.

Employee Assistance and Drug-Free Awareness

The University of San Francisco recognizes drug and alcohol dependency as treatable conditions and offers an employee assistance program for University employees with substance dependency problems. Employees can access the program to learn more about the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Employees are encouraged to seek assistance for drug and alcohol-related problems and may request leaves of absence for this purpose, in addition to using approved vacation or sick leave, or attending the employee assistance programs outside regular working hours. Information obtained regarding an employee during participation in an employee assistance program will be treated as confidential.

Crimes Involving Drugs

USF prohibits all employees from manufacturing, distributing, dispensing, possessing or using an illegal drug in or on University premises or while conducting University business. Employees are also prohibited from misusing legally prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Law enforcement personnel shall be notified, as appropriate, when criminal activity is suspected.

If convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace, the employee is obligated to notify Human Resources in writing within five (5) calendar days after conviction.



Related Information

Type Name and Location
USF Employee Assistance Program
USF Smoke and Tobacco Free Campus Policy