Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Academic and Staff Employees:

UCLA strives to foster the highest standards of personal and institutional integrity throughout the campus community.  To that end, I urge each of you to help in ensuring that our community is free of the problems of substance abuse and dependency.

The harmful effects of substance abuse, which include health problems, difficulties in personal and work relationships, decreased productivity, and workplace accidents, diminish the quality of our campus life.  It is especially troubling to me when the ability to teach and learn is affected.

UCLA’s long-standing and steadfast commitment to preventing this type of behavior has had impressive results—the vast majority of UCLA faculty and staff abstain from illegal drug use and report no use or low-risk use of alcohol. 

Still, our campus is not immune to this problem.  Nor are we immune to the tragedies that can occur when alcohol and/or drugs impair our judgment.  Our commitment to excellence demands high levels of personal responsibility and a steadfast pledge to maintain a safe campus.

For the small number of faculty and staff for whom alcohol and/or drug dependency is a problem, I want to take this opportunity to note that assistance is available and that the condition is treatable.  UCLA offers confidential programs and services to assist those with substance-abuse problems.  I encourage all members of the campus community who feel that they may have a problem, or who are interested in learning more about preventing such a problem, to seek help.

To assist in achieving a campus free of the problems of substance abuse, the University has adopted policies prohibiting the unlawful manufacture, sale, distribution, possession, or use of controlled substances and alcohol on University property or at official functions, on-campus or off.  Any member of the campus community who violates these policies and regulations will be subject to disciplinary action.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, a copy of this official notice must be made available to every UCLA academic and staff employee.  Campus Human Resources can provide a printed version of this information to those employees who don't have easy access to a computer.  Department administrators should ensure that their current employees have copies and that new academic and staff employees are given a copy when hired.  Failure by the University to provide this notice may result in the loss of eligibility for federal funds, including contracts and grants and financial aid.

Employees may contact one of the following offices if they have questions regarding University policies or assistance programs:

  • Academic Personnel
  • Campus Human Resources
  • Healthcare Human Resources
  • Staff and Faculty Counseling Center



Gene Block
UCLA Chancellor