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Drug-Free/Smoke-free Workplace Policies

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts adheres to the principles of the Drug-Free Workplace Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.  The use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse at the College workplace, on College property or at College activities both on and off campus impairs the safety and health of College community members, inhibits the personal and academic growth of students and undermines the public's confidence in the College.  Only in an environment free of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse can the College fulfill its mission of developing the professional, social, cultural and intellectual potential of each member of its community.  For these reasons, it shall be the policy of MCLA that all College activities, College property and the College workplace shall be free of the use of illegal drugs and the "abuse" of alcohol.

Responsible use of alcohol will be allowed at College activities and on College property only under specified conditions.  First, possession and consumption is limited to persons of legal age and is confined to particular locations and/or events.  Second, events where alcohol will be served shall be managed through the campus dining services.  Third, resident students who are of legal age shall observe the regulations which control the possession, use or distribution of alcohol within residence areas.  Students should refer to the Resident Student Handbook and Guidelines for Community Living for these regulations.

The College affirms that fundamental responsibility for personal behavior associated with the use of alcohol rests with the individual; however, the College will provide constructive leadership for promoting a positive environment for its members.  In addition, the College will maintain and enforce rules and regulations deemed appropriate and necessary to preserve conditions essential to academic and personal wellbeing.

The staff of MCLA shall not unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use controlled substances or alcohol on College property, in conjunction with any College activity or in the College workplace.  No alcohol shall be present at any staff or student meetings or events where College business related efforts are being conducted. Any employee or student employee must notify the College's Director of Human Resources within five days of being convicted of violating a criminal drug statute in the workplace.  The College will notify appropriate authorities, as required, that an employee or student employee has been convicted of a drug-related offense within 10 days.

Smoking Policy

Recognizing that exposure to tobacco smoke (both active and passive) presents an unhealthy environment and has been linked to many serious health problems, the Governor's Executive Office for Administration and Finance issued a smoking policy on May 15, 1987, affecting all state agencies.  The Massachusetts State Legislature amended the Massachusetts General laws, effective January, 1988, restricting smoking in all public buildings.  More recently, the American College Health Association and the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University have issued specific guidelines concerning college campuses.  In the absence of separate, adequately ventilated indoor areas that meet the recommended criteria, smoking is not permitted inside any public buildings on campus.

Designated, outdoor, protected areas with proper receptacles are available, subject to cleanliness standards and adherence to safety regulations.

No smoking is permitted inside any student dormitories at the College.


It is expected that all members of the College community will exercise self-discipline in modifying their behavior and will demonstrate good judgment in respecting the rights of others.  It is expected that all members of the College community and visitors will abide by this policy.

Smokers are expected to show consideration for the health and safety of others.  Any employee, or student, who believes he or she is being subjected to secondhand smoke in violation of this policy, should inform the offending party that this policy exists and request that he or she adhere to the policy.  If the offending party does not comply with this request, the violation should be reported to the department head or administrator who is in charge of the area in which the violation occurred.  That individual will be responsible for addressing the problem with the offending person or persons.  Problems which cannot be resolved at that level should be referred to the Vice President who oversees the department.