Drug Free Workplace

The use and effects of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol pose very serious threats to our society.  This policy statement is intended to clearly communicate, to current and future employees and students of Marist College, our primary objective:

To eliminate, through treatment, cessation of use or the dismissal of those whose actions violate established standards of behavior, all on-campus problems, real or potential, associated with the use of illegal drugs or the abuse of alcohol.


  1. Distributing, purchasing, selling, using, possessing, manufacturing or being under the influence of any illegal drug while on campus, or anywhere while representing Marist College, is strictly prohibited. Likewise, the use of alcohol by any underage member of the College Community or by anyone in other than authorized circumstances and the abuse of alcohol by anyone at any time on campus, or anywhere while representing Marist College, is also strictly prohibited. Violation of these rules of conduct constitute grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment or permanent expulsion from the College. Such violations and any off-campus violations may also subject an individual to arrest and prosecution by law enforcement agencies. The penalties for violations of drug and alcohol statutes can be severe and can include extended prison terms.
  2. As a condition of employment and in accordance with requirements established by the Drug Free Workplace Act (1988), all employees must notify the College of any criminal drug statute convictions for a violation occurring in the workplace, no later than five (5) days after such conviction.
  3. The College recognizes that drug dependency and alcoholism are health problems which are often contributing factors to poor work or academic performance, absenteeism and related behavior. Marist does not wish to become involved in the personal affairs and activities of its employees or students. Our primary concern is that each performs satisfactorily and safely while on campus, or anywhere while representing the College. However, if an individual's job or academic performance decline can be attributed to drug or alcohol addiction, the College will treat that individual as one with a health problem and will assist him or her in meeting his or her responsibility to correct their problem using the services of those organizations capable of providing the best rehabilitative assistance.
  4. Dependency problems which manifest themselves in drug or alcohol use on-campus, or anywhere while representing the College, or which continue to adversely affect an individual's work or academic performance may subject that individual to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.
  5. Referrals for treatment or counseling will be an option available to the College within disciplinary processes for individuals found in violation of any of the provisions of this policy. Failure to comply with a disciplinary referral or to satisfactorily complete the course of treatment ordered may be grounds for dismissal.


Resource information and referral services will be provided to anyone who requests them. Information regarding requests for referral will be held in complete confidence.

Students should contact:
Office of Health Services
Student Center - Room 350
(845) 575-3270

College Staff should contact:
Office of Human Resources
Donnelly Hall - Room 120
(845) 575-3349