Drug Free Workplace Policy


Consistent with its obligations under applicable laws, it is the policy of Harvey Mudd College to maintain a drug and alcohol abuse free environment. That policy prohibits the unlawful: manufacture, possession, distribution, dispensation, sale, transportation, offer to sell, promotion, purchase and/or use of drugs or alcohol on the HMC campus or its offsite locations, or as any part of its activities. In addition, employees shall not report for work or work under the influence of any drug or alcohol or other substance which will impair work performance, alertness, coordination or response, or affect the safety of others on the job.

Reporting Obligations

In accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, any employee who is convicted (including a plea of nolo contendere [no contest]) of a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must, within five (5) days after the conviction, notify HMC of such conviction by informing the Assistant Vice President, Human Resources; Vice President and Dean of Faculty or President. If required, appropriate government agencies will be notified within ten (10) days after HMC has been informed of such a conviction.


All employees of HMC, including faculty, staff and student employees, must comply with this policy as a condition of employment. Persons who are not employees of the college but who perform work at the college for its benefit (such as contractors and their employees, temporary employees provided by agencies, visitors engaged in joint projects, etc.) are required to comply with this policy; violation of this policy by such persons is likely to result in their being barred from the workplace upon the first offense.

Health Risks

All drugs are toxic and poisonous when abused. Health risks of drug abuse include, but are not limited to, sleep disorders, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, depression, malnutrition, liver and kidney damage, cardiac irregularities, hepatitis and neurological damage.

Alcohol is a depressant. It depresses the central nervous system and can cause serious physical damage. Abuse of alcohol can damage the liver (cirrhosis), cause hypertension, cardiac irregularities, ulcers, pancreatitis, kidney disease, memory loss, tremors, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies and cancer of the esophagus, liver, bladder or lungs. Abuse of alcohol or drugs during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, spontaneous abortion and stillbirth.

Local, State and Federal Legal Sanctions

Local, state and federal laws establish severe penalties for unlawful possession or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol. These sanctions, upon conviction, may range from a fine to life imprisonment. In the case of possession and distribution of illegal drugs, these sanctions could include seizure and summary forfeiture of property, including vehicles. It is especially important to know that federal penalties for illegally distributing drugs include life imprisonment and fines in excess of $1,000,000.

Some examples of local or state laws are:

  • Unlawful possession of a narcotic drug is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison.
  • The purchase, possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage (including beer and wine) by any person under the age of 21 is prohibited.
  • It is not permissible to provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21.
  • Selling, either directly or indirectly, any alcoholic beverages to anyone, except under the authority of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control License, is prohibited.
  • It is a felony to induce another person to take various drugs and “intoxicating agents” with the intent of enabling oneself or the drugged person to commit a felony. The person who induced the other may be a principal in any crime committed.
  • Any person found to be under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or drug in a public place and unable to care for his/her own safety or interfering with the use of a public way is guilty of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor.

Available Resource, Education and Assistance

The college recognizes drug and alcohol abuse as treatable conditions. Employees who are concerned about problems related to substance use, abuse and rehabilitation should be aware that The Claremont Colleges sponsor and present seminars and workshops on these topics, from time to time, for all members of the college community. Other programs are available through the health insurance plans and the employee assistance program of The Claremont Colleges. The Human Resources Office can also provide referral services for confidential, professional counseling, providing a constructive way for employees to voluntarily deal with drug or alcohol related and other problems. Employees who are also students should seek assistance for similar problems through the Student Health Center, Monsour Counseling Center or the Dean of Students’ office.


Harvey Mudd College will impose sanctions on individuals and/or organizations who violate this policy. These sanctions will be consistently enforced and penalties will depend upon the severity of the offense. Penalties may include termination from employment and referral for prosecution of the most serious violations of law and this policy. For example, an employee found to be selling illegal drugs will be subject to discipline up to and including discharge from employment. Disciplinary action may be invoked entirely apart from any civil or criminal penalties that may apply to the employee or organization.


Reviewed and Reaffirmed by HMC President’s Cabinet

  • September 19, 2012
  • September 3, 2010
  • February 6, 2008

Reviewed and Reaffirmed by HMC Senior Staff

  • January 31, 2006
  • March 29, 2004
  • August 28, 2002
  • June 6, 2000
  • August 20, 1998
  • March 26, 1996
  • May 10, 1994
  • August 3, 1992