Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) – Employees
In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (United States Code Title 20 § 1011i), this serves as the annual notice to all employees that the unauthorized purchase, manufacture, distribution, possession, sale, storage or use of an illegal drug or controlled substance while on duty, while in or on premises or property owned or controlled by the University, or while in vehicles used for University business is prohibited.
The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (EDGAR Part 86) require universities receiving any form of federal funding to develop and implement a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.
It is the policy of the HSC to promote a safe, healthy and productive learning and working environment free from the influences of drugs and alcohol. As a health science center, HSC is responsible for the management of public health and well-being. HSC must set an example to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of its employees, students, and the citizens which it serves, by taking the appropriate steps for maintaining a drug-free workplace as mandated by State and Federal governments.
The abuse of alcohol and other drugs by members of the University community is incompatible with the goals of our academic institution and HSC has policies in place addressing both. HSC policies prohibit and HSC PD enforce laws regarding the unlawful distribution, possession, use, or illegal sale of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances and illegal drugs on campus.
The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Review Report provides information about alcohol and other drug health risks, drug and alcohol laws and penalties, and campus alcohol and other drug education and counseling resources.
As a condition of employment, the employee will: Abide by the terms of this statement, and Notify HSC Human Resources in writing of their conviction for a violation of a criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace, no later than 5 calendar days after such conviction. Employees in violation of this policy may face disciplinary action up to and including termination, in addition to facing sanctions under local, State, or federal law applicable to the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol.
Resources Available to Faculty, Staff and Dependents
A variety of resources exist for alcohol and substance abuse/prevention including education, programming, counseling, and referral.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP, powered by ComPsych GuidanceResources Online, is designed to aid employees in managing daily responsibilities, life events, work stresses or issues affecting quality of life. Confidential services are provided at no cost to employees and their benefits eligible dependents including assessments, referrals and short-term problem resolution. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 855-784-1806 (TTY: 800-697-0353).
You can also access benefits online at guidanceresources.com. (When prompted for your Web ID, enter UNTS.)
Additional services offered:
- Solution-focused counseling
- Referrals to external resources if issues expand beyond the scope of the EAP
- Trainings addressing the topic of substance abuse.
- The course, “Addiction Resource Guide” is designed to increase employees’ knowledge of the problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace, as well as to assist in identifying the signs and symptoms of substance abuse.
- Online tip sheets, interactive tools, prevention guides and self-assessments
Employees of HSC with health insurance benefits may have coverage for assistance with drug or alcohol related problems and should check with the health insurance provider for the specifics, if any, included in their policy.
HSC Police Department
The HSC Police Department offers presentations on legal aspects of alcohol and other drug use and related issues. Call for more information, (817) 735-2210.
HSC Human Resources
The HSC Human Resources office provide services, guidance, education, and training (faculty and staff), referrals to Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for faculty and staff, enforces policies and procedures for faculty and staff; assistance with disciplinary action for faculty and staff; assistance with mediation procedures for faculty and staff. Visit their webpage, email HSC.HR@untsystem.edu or call (817) 735-2690 for more information.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Fort Worth
Al-Anon / Alateen
Tarrant Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse
National Alcohol and Drug Abuse Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
988 or 1-800-273-8255
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline
This web page is intended to meet the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, United States Code Title 41, Chapter 81, and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, United States Code Title 20 § 1011i. It is published for information purposes only. Any changes to the referenced policies, rules and regulations, and laws will apply on the effective date of those changes, both to present and prospective members of the faculty and staff. This information is accurate as of the publication date.