Drug-Free Policy

Northwest Indian College acknowledges all employees and students as role models representing the College and is there- fore committed to maintaining the Lummi campus and all Tribal sites served as environments that are free of alcohol and drugs.

To ensure the safety and well-being of all employees, students, and members of Tribal communities, Northwest Indian College endorses a drug and alcohol free workplace and campus(s) in support of academic excellence, work performance and quality of life, as well as the future well-being of all members in the communities the college serves.

The Northwest Indian College policy for a drug and alcohol free workplace encompasses these principles:

The safety and well-being of all employees, students, and members of Tribal communities, Northwest Indian College endorses a drug and alcohol free workplace and campus. Unlawful possession, manufacture, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol by students or employees on Northwest Indian College property or as part of college activities is prohibited. Any violation of Tribal, local, state, or federal law regarding the unlawful possession, manufacture, use or distribution of illicit drugs or alcohol may result in referral for prosecution and imposition of penalties.

The college will impose sanctions consistent with Tribal, local, state and federal law and adopted regulations on students and employees found to have violated this policy. Such sanctions may include recommendation for completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program, expulsion from the college or termination of employment and referral for prosecution. Student disciplinary action will be initiated in accordance with these laws.

The College adheres to a “Zero-Tolerance” policy. The definition of Zero-Tolerance is providing the employee one opportunity for rehabilitation; should the employee choose to use alcohol/drugs after the initial intervention, the employee will be terminated. Drug and alcohol issues are not part of the grievance process. This policy is in compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, P.L. 102-226.

Board of Trustees Approved 3/29/04