Drug and Alcohol Policies and Regulations

As supported in the College’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act policy statement, Delgado Community College has a long-standing commitment to maintain a drug-free College and a college free of substance abuse. The physical and mental well-being of Delgado employees is necessary for them to properly carry out their responsibilities. Substance abuse causes serious consequences to users, impacting their productivity, health and safety. Students, co-workers, as well as the general public are also adversely impacted by the substance abuse of employees.

Standards of Conduct

In an effort to assure compliance with Public Law 101-226 and in accordance with the LCTCS Drug-Free Workplace policy, all facilities of Delgado Community College are designated as Drug Free Zones. The College abides by all state, federal, and local laws pertaining to alcohol and will enforce underage drinking laws. It is unlawful to possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs on Delgado property or at any college-sponsored event, whether or not the event occurs on campus.

In addition, in accordance with the LCTCS policy on alcohol use, Delgado prohibits the consumption, possession, or distribution of alcohol on campus, except at College-sponsored events that have been approved to serve alcohol. When alcoholic beverages have been approved for official College-sponsored events, responsible and legal consumption by employees is required as outlined in the College’s Responsible Employee Use of Alcohol at College Functions policy.

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Delgado may require drug and alcohol testing of its employees under conditions set forth in the College’s Drug Testing Policy, and in accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001-1021, and all other applicable federal and state laws.

College and Legal Sanctions

Employee violations may result in disciplinary action, as outlined in Delgado’s Drug-Free College policy. Depending on the nature of the offense, this can take the form of a written reprimand, suspension, demotion, reduction in pay, or termination of the person’s association with Delgado. As with all illegal activities, substance abuse can result in criminal prosecution as well, under state and federal laws, including section 22 of the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law of 101- 226). See Delgado’s Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act policy statement for more information on legal sanctions.

Employee Assistance Program

Delgado provides referral services to assist employees seeking help with various home or work issues, including substance abuse problems. Visit the webpage for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for information on confidential assistance.