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Tobacco, Alcohol, and Substance Abuse Policy

Tobacco

The BAC is a smoke-free campus, there is no smoking on the BAC campus. The BAC supports and encourages individuals who wish to stop smoking to enter a cessation program.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse

This policy statement on illegal drugs in the workplace is designed to address The Boston Architectural College's concerns about the harmful impact of drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace, and to ensure that the BAC staff, temporary employees, faculty, administrators and students comply with the applicable law.

For the purposes of this policy illegal drugs are defined as:  (i) any substance whose sale or possession is prohibited by any law (federal, state, or local), (ii) a controlled substance as defined by federal law, or (iii) any substance whose sale or possession by the particular person is prohibited by law (for example, a prescription medication which has not been prescribed for the person who uses it).  The terms "person" or "personnel"  as used in this policy means all BAC personnel, including staff, temporary employees, faculty, administrators and students.

The BAC strongly promotes a workplace free from alcohol and drug abuse. BAC Persons and Personnel are responsible for observing all federal, state, and local laws governing the use and possession of alcohol and drugs, and are expected to assume and exercise responsibility for their own behavior.  Any person who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to, and including, suspensions or dismissal from employment, and may also be subject to criminal prosecution.

The consumption of illegal drugs or alcohol while on duty in the workplace can adversly affect the health, safety, integrity and security of the BAC community, may have an adverse effect on the judgement, productivity and attendance levels of personnel, and undermine the public confidence and trust in the College.  Accordingly, the BAC strictly prohibits the use of illegal drugs and the consumption of alcohol while on duty in the workplace.  The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illegal drugs or alcohol is prohibited on the BAC's property, or as part of any of the BAC's activities, whether on or away from the College premises.

 The distribution consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited, except with the approval of a member of the President's Cabinet (President, V.P. of Enrollment Management, V.P. of Institutional Advancement, V.P. for Finance and Administration, and Provost.) as outlined below:.

  • Events the BAC hosts at which alcoholic beverages are to be served must not be advertised in such a way as to place emphasis on alcohol.
  • No person under the legal drinking age of 21 shall be served alcoholic beverages at the BAC, nor at any events hosted by the College.
  • It shall be the responsibility of the individual or group sponsoring an activity or service at or through which alcoholic beverages are served to ensure that all participants possess proper identification (e.g., driver's licenses with photographs) verifying that they are of legal age.
  • Alcoholic beverages may not be taken from an area in which an event/service is approved for the distribution/consumption of alcoholic beverages to an area, which is not so approved.
  • At any event during which alcoholic beverages is served, nonalcoholic beverages and food must also be available.
  • In circumstances in which persons appear to have engaged in behavior in violation of this policy, the matter will be reviewed by a Grievance Committee comprised of the President's Cabinet.
  • The President, Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, or the Associate President and Dean of Students, may act upon reported violations of this policy that require immediate action, including paid or unpaid suspension or termination of employment.  In such circumstances, the Grievance Committee may convene for a final decisions and disposition.

Disciplinary actions may include, but are no limited to, written or verbal warnings, suspensions, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution.  The BAC may also require the completion of an approved rehabilitation program as a pre-requisite for continued or re-employment.  The BAC offers an Employee Assistance Program for all employees and their household members.  The EAP provides counseling and referrals for a wide variety of personal issues for you or a household member.  This is a confidential service.  There is no cost to employees, household members or dependents for use of the online services, EAP sessions, or one 30-minute consultation for each legal or financial matter.  Staff and faculty should contact the Human Resources Office at 617.585.0273, where we offer the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

To receive information, students should contact the Advising Office at 617.585.0160 or use our Student Assistance Program (SAP).