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Drug and Alcohol Use Policy


RISD prohibits the unlawful use, possession, distribution, dispensation, and manufacture of controlled substances, other illicit drugs, and alcohol in the workplace, classroom, studio, and at any other location owned, leased, or being used by RISD, and in connection with any RISD-sponsored activities. RISD further prohibits even the lawful service and use of alcohol on the RISD campus and at any other location owned, leased, or being used by RISD unless such service and use has been pre-authorized under RISD’s Alcohol Use Regulations and Proposal Form. Individual departments and offices may impose additional prohibitions on employees and students within their jurisdiction.

Employees who violate this policy will be subject to the full range of discipline available under RISD’s Staff Corrective Action Policy and/or applicable collective bargaining agreements, up to and including termination, and may also be referred for criminal prosecution.

It is a condition of employment at RISD that any employee who is convicted of violating a criminal drug statute in the workplace must notify their immediate supervisor and the Vice President for Human Resources within five days of the conviction.

Confidential assessments, counseling, and referrals to community resources are available from AllOne Health, RISD’s employee assistance program provider, by phone at 1-800-451-1834 and on the web at (see Employee Assistance Program for additional contact information).

Revision history

This policy was last reviewed/modified on: 11/26/2019

Next scheduled review: 1/1/2022


Individuals/offices required for review and changes

Director of Employment and Employee Development

Director of Risk and Emergency Management

Coordinator of Student Conflict and Compliance