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Drug-Free Workplace Policy Statement

Viterbo University is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in compliance with applicable state and federal laws.  The unlawful possession, use, distribution, dispensation, sale or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on University premises and at University work sites.  Use of alcoholic beverages at University events is prohibited except when approved by the President.

Employee violation of this policy may be cause for action including, but not limited to referral to appropriate agency or agencies for evaluation and to determine the appropriate treatment or rehabilitation, participation in a drug rehabilitation program, separation from University duty; termination of employment, and/or referral for prosecution.  Participation in a treatment program will not affect future employment or career advancement, nor will participation protect employees from disciplinary action for substandard job performance.  Students who violate this policy will be governed by the University's Code of Student Conduct and subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion and referral for prosecution. 

Under the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, employees who are convicted of any criminal drug offense must notify his or her supervisor within 5 days.  When notified of an employee conviction for an offense occurring in the workplace by an employee working on a federal grant or contract, the University will inform the granting or contracting federal agency within 10 days. 

The illegal use of controlled substances can seriously impair employee health, endanger the safety and well-being of fellow employees and adversely affect individual performance and work force efficiency.  Hence, the University encourages those with conditions related to alcohol or controlled substances to seek professional treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment of chemical abuse is in the best interest of the individual and the University. This list of resources to assist students and employees with counseling, rehabilitation and treatment programs is provided as required by the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988.

Viterbo Counseling Services

4 Student Development Center


Viterbo Health Services

3 Student Development Center


Confidential 24/7 Crisis and Referral

211or 608-775-4344


AA Intergroup Answering Service

217 S. 7th Street, La Crosse


Coulee Council on Addictions

921 West Avenue South., La Crosse


Drop-In Center

921 West Avenue South., La Crosse


Franciscan Skemp Behavioral Health

212 S. 11th St., La Crosse


Gunderson Lutheran Behavioral Health

1900 South Ave., La Crosse
123 S. 16th Avenue., Onalaska


La Crescent Counseling Clinic

33 S. Walnut, La Crescent, MN


Smoking Quit Line


Under the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the University must provide a list of applicable legal sanctions under local, state or federal law for unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.  The legal sanctions are include these community sanctions.

First Offense - Underage Possession or Consumption

Second Offense - Underage Possession or Consumption

Third Offense - Underage Possession or Consumption

$222 Fine

$379.50 Fine

$528 Fine

First Offense - Underage Attempt or Procurement, Attempt or Entering a Tavern

Second Offense - Underage Attempt or Procurement, Attempt or Entering a Tavern

Third Offense - Underage Attempt or Procurement, Attempt or Entering a Tavern

$222 Fine

$379.50 Fine

$528 Fine

False Identification

Public Alcohol Consumption

Selling Alcohol to a Minor

Selling Alcohol without License

First Offense Operating Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated

Illegal Alcohol Service from an Unregistered Keg in La Crosse

$159 Fine

$96 Fine

$285 Fine

$1,608 Fine

$703 Fine and 6 Month Revocation

$1,000 Fine

The Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Chapter 961, of the Wisconsin Statutes regulates controlled substances and details the penalties for violations.  An individual convicted for first-time possession of a controlled substance may receive a sentence of up to $5,000 and one year in prison.  A person convicted for manufacturing, delivering or possessing a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture or deliver may be imprisoned for up to 30 years and be fined up to $100,000.

Federal Legal Sanctions for other drug violations include imprisonment for up to six (6) years for possession of a small amount including less than 250 grams of marijuana.  Possession of more than five (5) grams of cocaine with the intent to deliver may result in the penalty of 10 to 16 years imprisonment.  A life sentence may be the result of conviction of possession of a controlled substance that results in bodily injury or death.  Other sanctions for possession of a controlled substance include fines up to $ 250,000, forfeiture of property, confiscation of property, community service, denial of federal benefits including student loans and financial aid, fines, imprisonment, mandatory assessment, suspension of driver's license, and/or probation. The severity of the disciplinary action depends upon the amount and type of controlled substance, the number of previous offenses, and the site and nature of the criminal activity.

Health Risks

A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol as shown here as required by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.


  • Is a mind altering drug because it contains ethanol and the chemical ability to depress the nervous system.
  • As a depressant, alcohol affects motor coordination, speech and vision even at low levels of blood alcohol.
  • Great amounts can affect respiration and heart rate.  Death may result when blood alcohol exceeds 0.40 %.
  • Prolonged use can lead to alcoholism, malnutrition, cirrhosis, and increased risk of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver and heart. 


  • Smoking is addictive and is the cause of bad breath, yellowed fingers, foul smelling clothing, shortness of breath, and decreased athletic performance.
  • Smoking is associated with coronary heart disease, stroke, ulcers, respiratory infections, lung cancer (as well as cancer of the larynx, esophagus, pancreas, stomach and uterine cervix), bronchitis, emphysema, early menopause and stillborn and premature children. Tobacco causes 30% of all cancer deaths. One in three smokers will die prematurely from tobacco use.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke causes respiratory diseases in children, including pneumonia, asthma exacerbation, and middle ear infections.
  • Smokeless tobacco is the cause of addiction to nicotine, bad breath, unhealthy eating habits, stained teeth, inflamed gums, receding gums leading to tooth loss, tooth decay, frequent sores and precancerous patches in the mouth.

Marijuana and Hashish

  • Are harmful to health and impair short-term memory and the comprehension of the user.
  • Alter the sense of time and reduce the ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination.
  • Increases heart rate and appetite. Users risk chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, paranoia and psychosis.
  • Cannabis products are usually inhaled as unfiltered smoke and have more cancer-causing agents than tobacco.


  • Is a powerfully addictive central nervous system stimulant.
  • Immediate effects may be agitation or violent behavior, insomnia, decreased appetite, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, convulsions or heart attack.
  • Chronic use can cause paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive behavior, delusions of parasites crawling under skin, psychosis, aggressive behavior, stroke and death.


  • Stimulate the central nervous system and are extremely and rapidly addictive.
  • Can cause physical and psychological dependency that may lead to dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia and seizures.
  • Can cause death by disturbing the brain's ability to control heart functions and respiration.


  • Is a stimulant and a hallucinogen.
  • Side effects include memory or coordination loss, dizziness, fainting, depression, sleep problems, chills or sweating, slurred speech, dehydration, hypertension, loss of control over voluntary body movements, tremors, reduced appetite, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, seizure, an increase in body temperature.
  • Ecstasy use can be fatal especially when combined with alcohol and other drugs.

Hallucinogens - LSD, PCP, Mescaline, Psilocybin and Peyote

  • Interrupt brain messages that control the intellect and keep instincts in check.
  • Because the brain's pain sensors are stopped, hallucinogens may result in self-inflicted injury.
  • Large doses can cause convulsions, coma and death.
  • Prolonged users report memory and speech difficulties up to a year after usage.

Inhalants - Gas, Aerosols, Glue, Nitrates, White-Out

  • Use of inhalants is a very high risk activity.
  • Permanent brain, liver and kidney damage, bronchitis, heart arrhythmia, seizures, coma and death can occur even with the first usage.


  • Drugs such as morphine, codeine or heroin, are very addictive.  Their usage leads to loss of appetite, extreme drowsiness, mental impairment and slowing of reflexes. 
  • An overdose of narcotics may lead to convulsions, coma or death.


  • Steroids are injected or taken orally.  Some common names of steroids are testosterone, nandrolone and oxymetholone. 
  • Use of steroids is associated with liver disease, cancer, growth problems, bone fusion, sexual dysfunction and aggressive behavior.

Stimulants and Amphetamine

  • Can have the same effect as cocaine and cause increased heart rate and blood pressure that can result in a stroke or heart failure.
  • Symptoms include dizziness, sleeplessness and anxiety.
  • Use can also lead to psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, and even physical collapse.

A copy of this policy will be given to every employee.  Requests for assistance required to comply with this policy should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.