East Tennessee State University desires to maintain a campus environment for all employees and students which is safe and free of illegal drugs. Therefore, pursuant to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, ETSU's Policy Statement on Drug-Free Campus prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol and illicit drugs on the ETSU campus, in the workplace (on- or off-campus), on property owned or controlled by ETSU, or as part of any activity of ETSU. Under the Institutional Student Disciplinary Rules, the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of any drug or controlled substance is prohibited. The use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages on university-owned or university-controlled property is also prohibited by TBR policy.
The university and local community provide a variety of educational programs and services to respond to the problems associated with alcohol and drug abuse. The Substance Abuse Educational Program at ETSU is designed to serve the campus community by providing information related to alcohol awareness and chemical dependency. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs offers a variety of educational programs/workshops which seek to involve university student organizations. During orientation, students within the medical school receive a session on substance abuse conducted by the Tennessee Impaired Physicians Association. Substance abuse is also integrated into medical student coursework. The university counseling center is also available to all students requiring counseling and referral services. Eligible employees may participate in the statewide Employee Assistance Program to receive consultation and referral for alcoholism or substance abuse. All university employees are also eligible for referral assistance throuth the ETSU Employee Assistance Program, which is coordinated by the Office of Human Resources. The Office of Human Resources maintains a list of campus and community agencies which provide referral information and/or counseling to students and employees.