Drug-free Campus and Workplace

Rush University Medical Center is committed to achieving and maintaining a drug-free campus and workplace. The Medical Center has established a drug-free policy consistent with its commitment and goals. The policy states in part:

The illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensing, use, sale and/or possession of controlled substances on Medical Center property or while performing Medical Center business is strictly prohibited. An employee or student engaged in any such conduct will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion or termination. In addition, students and employees are subject to all applicable criminal penalties under local, state or federal law for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Within five days of the conviction, employees and students must report to the Medical Center any conviction for violation of a criminal drug statute occurring within the Medical Center. The health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol are many and varied. Some drugs may cause psychological and physical dependence or addiction. Others attack the central nervous system, making the user dangerous to himself and others. In the extreme, they can result in convulsions, psychosis, coma and possible death.

An Employee Assistance Program is available for any employee experiencing problems from, among other things, drug or alcohol abuse or dependency. Use of the program can be made by contacting the Employee Assistance Program. Students may seek similar assistance through the Rush University Counseling Center by calling extension 23687. The drug-free policy is a condition of employment that all employees accept by continuing to work here. It is also a condition of enrollment that all students accept by continuing to study here.