Lebanon Valley College Drug & Alcohol Policy

In compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act, it is the policy of Lebanon Valley College to provide a work environment that is free from the unlawful use, sale, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs and the unlawful or abusive use of legal drugs or alcohol, and to require College employees to perform all College-related job duties, either on or off the College premises, without the presence of illegal drugs or inappropriate levels of alcohol or legal drugs in their systems.

The College complies with all federal, commonwealth and local laws regulating the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages, drugs, and other controlled substances. The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is restricted and controlled on the campus. The possession, distribution, sale or use of illegal drugs, such as narcotics, hallucinogens and other dangerous drugs, and the possession of paraphernalia related to the use of illegal drugs is prohibited.

The objective of this policy is to ensure a safe, healthy, and work-efficient environment for Lebanon Valley College employees and the College community.

Standards of Conduct: When on College-owned property or at any College activity (on or off campus), all individuals and groups will be expected to observe and comply with drug and alcohol laws. Alcohol may be served at College events that have been registered with and approved in advance by the appropriate College official. The host of any College event at which alcohol is provided in any way is responsible for complying with public laws, regulations and policies established by the College. The “host” is the person, persons or organization who provides the food, beverages or accommodations in which the activity takes place. The College reserves the right to prohibit or otherwise limit consumption of alcohol at certain events and in certain facilities.

Prohibited Conduct: Employees may not possess, use, purchase, sell, or transfer illegal drugs or controlled substances in any amount on College property (including parking lots), or in College vehicles (either owned by, leased to or used on behalf of the College), or while on College business or performing College-related duties on or off campus. Illegal drugs and substances are those which cannot be legally obtained, including controlled substances and controlled substance analogues, as well as those drugs which, although legal, have been illegally obtained (i.e., prescribed drugs not being used for prescribed purposes or not being used by the intended recipient of the prescription, including amphetamines and barbiturates). Examples of illegal drugs include marijuana, cocaine, "crack", heroin, morphine, phencyclidine (PCP), hallucinogens, narcotics, etc.

Employees may not possess, use or consume illegal drugs or substances on or off College property during working hours, lunch periods, or break or relief periods.

Employees are prohibited from bringing drug paraphernalia onto College property (including parking lots or College vehicles) at any time.

Employees may not report to work “under the influence” of alcohol or “under the influence of illegal drugs or substances. “Under the influence” means that the employee is affected by alcohol in any detectable manner. This may be established by professional opinion, a scientifically valid test, or, in some cases, by observation of impairment of physical or mental ability, such as slurring of speech, difficulty in maintaining balance, etc.

Disciplinary Action: Any employee found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action that may include warning, immediate suspension, and up to and including termination. Employees may also be required to satisfactorily participate in a substance-abuse assistance program or rehabilitation program. All such action requires the joint review by the immediate supervisor, the employee’s General Officer and the Director of Human Resources. Any illegal substance confiscated will be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for additional investigating and handling. Illegal substances include medication or prescription drugs not being used in accordance with a legitimate prescription.

Reporting Violations: As a condition of employment with the College, any employee convicted in court of any workplace violation of any criminal drug statute must report the conviction to the Director of Human Resources and supervising General Officer no later than five (5) days after such conviction. An employee who fails to report such a violation is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.

Health Risks: All drugs, including alcohol, can have side effects. Their influences can affect the safety and well being of the users as well as their friends and family.

Drugs can interfere with important brain activities including coordination, memory and learning. They increase the risk of lung cancer, destroy liver cells, initiate severe weight loss and may weaken the immune system. Users may also experience abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat and irregular breathing. Convulsions, coma and death are also possible. Combining drugs can be fatal.

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that is absorbed into the blood stream and transmitted to all parts of the body. Moderate doses reduce physical coordination and mental alertness while larger doses of alcohol drastically impair an individual’s ability to function, sometimes rendering them unconscious. Long-term drinking can increase the risk of developing liver and heart disease, circulatory and stomach problems, various forms of cancer and causes irreversible brain damage.

The legal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs are more diverse than the sanctions governing alcohol. They may vary from fines for first time misdemeanor offenses involving simple possession of certain substances to felony counts and multiple year terms of imprisonment for more serious violations.

The unlawful possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 8 grams of hashish, for example, is a misdemeanor and may carry a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and/or a fine of $500. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin and other narcotics is a felony and carries a maximum jail sentence of 15 years and/or $250,000 fine. 

A more complete summary of penalties related to alcohol and illicit drugs may be found online at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Legal Sanctions: (These legal sanctions are in effective in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as of July 2010).
The purchase, consumption, transportation or possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 is punishable by fines of up to $500 and loss of driving privileges in Pennsylvania. Misrepresentation of age to purchase alcohol and altering, selling or manufacturing of false identification is also punishable by minimum fines of $1,000 and loss of driving privileges. The selling or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to those under 21 is punishable by a mandatory fine of $1,000 for the first offense and $2,500 for each subsequent violation. Lying about age to obtain alcohol, making a false ID and furnishing alcohol to individuals under age 21 are misdemeanor offenses. It is illegal to appear in any public place manifestly under the influence of alcohol to the degree that you may endanger yourself or other persons or property or annoy persons in your vicinity. A person under the age of 21 is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle with ANY alcohol in his/ her system. Driving under the influence of alcohol (blood alcohol level of 0.08% or greater) is illegal.

The legal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs are more diverse than the sanctions governing alcohol. They may vary from fines for first-time misdemeanor offenses involving simple possession of certain substances to felony counts and multiple year terms of imprisonment for more serious violations.

The unlawful possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or less than 8 grams of hashish, for example, is a misdemeanor and may carry a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and/or a fine of $500. The manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver heroin and other narcotics is a felony and carries a maximum jail sentence of 15 years and/or $250,000 fine. A more complete summary of penalties related to alcohol and illicit drugs may be found online at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Individuals seeking legal advice regarding drug or alcohol laws should consult legal counsel.

Counseling and Treatment Programs: The College's Counseling Center has a staff of counselors who are available to employees on a limited basis for crisis contacts and referral. All services are strictly confidential. For more information call 867-6696.

If an employee has concerns about drug or alcohol use – their own or others – they may want to consult with the College’s employee assistance program (EAP) counselors at 1-800-527-2322. Referrals for counseling and treatment of drug and alcohol problems are made through the College's EAP Program or through Crisis Intervention of Lebanon County.


Reviewed and approved by G.O.’s on 08/23/2010