Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1989

This federal certification requirement, designed to prevent individuals and institutions from receiving federal funding unless they have a drug-free workplace policy, applies to all federal grants and (with rare exceptions) to federal contracts for $25,000 or more. It applies to controlled substances as defined in 21 CFR 1308, but not to alcohol. Middlebury College must:

  • notify employees that controlled substances are prohibited in the workplace and specifies the penalties for infraction
  • establish a drug-free awareness program
  • inform employees on federally funded projects that they must follow the College’s policy and must notify the College, within five days, about any drug conviction that occurs at the workplace
  • notify the funding agency within ten days of learning of a drug conviction
  • punish convicted employees and require them to attend drug abuse assistance or rehab

Individuals must certify that they comply with the College’s policy.

Violations may result in termination of the grant or suspension or debarment of the institution or individual.

Middlebury's policy on Drug Free Schools and Communities is posted here.