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Drug Policy

The possession, use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs, the misuse or abuse of medications or other legal drugs on the Rhodes campus is prohibited.

The faculty and staff of Rhodes, as citizens, are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable state and local laws that make it a crime to possess, sell, deliver or manufacture those drugs considered to be “controlled substances” by the state of Tennessee. Any member of the Rhodes community who violates the law is subject to both prosecution and punishment by civil or criminal authorities and to disciplinary proceedings by the College.

All Rhodes employees are responsible for compliance with the College Drug Policy. The following employee regulations represent the College’s policy concerning illegal drugs:

  • While at work, all employees are prohibited from being under the influence of illegal drugs. Violations of this regulation will be subject to discipline, including termination.
  • The sale, possession, transfer, manufacture or purchase of illegal drugs or the misuse of legal drugs on College property or while performing College business is strictly prohibited. Any such actions will be reported to appropriate law enforcement officials and is cause for immediate termination.
  • Employees who exhibit chronic erratic or unusual behavior, incur excessive absences or incidents of tardiness, are involved in a work-related accident, or otherwise give the College reasonable cause to believe they are under the influence of drugs will be subject to drug and alcohol testing and possible disciplinary action as stated in the procedures for “Employee Discipline.”