Policy on Substance Abuse

Policy on Substance Abuse


In order for the Center to maintain a drug-free workplace each student must comply with the following policy:

Student use, misuse, or abuse of alcohol, any illegal drug, or any controlled substance on Center premises or while acting in any capacity as a representative of MSK, shall be considered misconduct, and will subject the student to a drug test and/or disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from GSK.  Such misconduct includes but is not limited to being under the influence of alcohol, any illegal drug, or any controlled substance.  Under the influence includes, but is not limited to, the presence of a physically detectable quantity of alcohol, any illegal drug, or any controlled substance in the body considered significant by the Center.

MSK prohibits the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, sale, and distribution of drugs in the workplace.  MSK also prohibits workforce members from being under the influence of alcohol, any illegal drug, or any non-prescribed controlled substance while at work or conducting business as a representative of MSK.  MSK reserves the right to search employee’s belongings while employees are on MSK premises.  This helps to ensure the safety and protection of our employees, as well as our patients and visitors.  A violation shall be grounds for immediate discipline, up to and including dismissal from GSK.

Conviction for a drug-related offense on or off MSK premises shall be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from GSK.

Students are required to report to GSK any criminal conviction for a drug-related offense within five (5) days after such conviction.

Students are expected to cooperate fully in any required testing or prescribed treatment program, and with all monitoring requirements. Failure to cooperate may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the GSK.

Requirements and procedures related to academic performance and conduct continue to be applicable when a student:

  • has been referred for drug testing and/or treatment
  • is treated for substance abuse
  • has re-enrolled after treatment for substance abuse

The Center complies with and abides by all federal, state and local laws and regulations pertaining to this subject.

Students with alcoholism and substance abuse issues may contact the Magellan Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and/or Employee Health Service.  These services are readily available to a student who voluntarily seeks counseling and rehabilitation services.  The EAP offers free, confidential, short-term counseling and supportive services 24/7/365 to you or the members of your household.  Licensed counselors are available in person, by phone, or via messaging therapy (Talkspace) to support a broad range of issues.  On demand resources are also available.  Go to MagellanAscend.com to sign up.  For in- person counseling and Telehealth support, you may call (800) 327-8793 or visit MagellanAscend.com to find care online.  

This policy does not apply to the student’s use of prescription drugs in accordance with a physician’s orders, the consumption of reasonable amounts of alcohol at Center- sponsored activities or the consumption of reasonable amounts of alcohol by a student when s/he is acting as a representative of the Center, when this consumption is appropriate.


Anyone observing something in an individual’s performance or behavior that indicates that this individual may be violating this policy should refer the matter to the Dean of GSK.  The Dean should contact an Employee Relations representative for evaluation and advice.  Employee Relations will contact Employee Health Service when appropriate.

If the observation occurs when the Employee Relations Office is closed, the Nursing Supervisor will be available and should be contacted.  In consultation with the Dean, the Nursing Supervisor will determine whether or not to refer the employee to the Urgent Care Center.  The Nursing Supervisor can be contacted by calling the Page Operator (639-7900) and asking to speak to the Nursing Supervisor.

The student may be placed on academic probation and informed not to return to class/laboratory pending a discussion with the mentor, an Employee Relations representative, and the Medical Director of Employee Health Service (or designee).

The student may be asked to undergo medical evaluation to determine whether or not this policy has been violated.  At this time the student will be required to sign a release for a medical evaluation and disclosure of the evaluation results to the Dean of GSK.

A student who refuses to sign the release, or to be medically evaluated, or to cooperate in a required or recommended treatment program may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the GSK.

If it is suspected or known that a student has violated this policy, the matter should be referred to the Dean of GSK.

In the event that this policy has been violated, a determination will be made as to the action to be taken. This determination will result from discussion between the mentor, the Dean of GSK, an Employee Relations representative and, when appropriate, a representative from Employee Health Service.

Actions that may be required include, but are not limited to:

  • referral to the Employee Assistance Program
  • referral to an outside program for either in-patient or outpatient treatment
  • periodic medical follow-up by the Employee Health Service or Employee Assistance Program
  • disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from GSK.