As a recipient of federal funds, the University complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Department of Defense Drug-Free Workforce Rule of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. The Department of Human Resources notifies employees of the standards of conduct which is applicable while on Western Kentucky University’s property, and/or at University sponsored activities. Conduct which does not comply with this policy poses unacceptable risks and disregard for the health, safety, and welfare of the University community.
Annually, Western Kentucky University informs employees of the dangers associated with drug and alcohol abuse, the existence of this policy and its penalties for violations, and available drug and alcohol counseling, rehabilitation, and assistance programs through the following activities: distribution, at least annually, of this policy to all University employees including study abroad participants, communication to new employees during new hire orientation concerning resources and professional assistance, communication of the Drug and Alcohol Awareness Program and distribution of materials through the WKU Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Resource webpage.
Alcohol Awareness is a program designed to inform and educate the students on the dangers, effects, and consequences related to the abuse of alcohol, is in place at WKU. The program is conducted by the WKU Police Department in concert with Student Affairs and Housing and Residence Life. Students are given real life situations and past experiences that officers have encountered throughout their career in Law Enforcement. Students are given information on topics ranging from the social drinking to binge drinking through lectures, statistics, and examples.
Alcohol and Drug Programming
Partnering with the WKU Police Department, Counseling and Testing Center, and Student Health Services, several student staff members offer alcohol awareness educational programs, which revolve around responsible drinking decisions.
In an effort to council students with regard to alcohol policies on campus, the Conduct Committee of the Department of Housing and Residence Life coordinates the campus-wide participation of Alcohol 101 for first time offenders of the university’s alcohol policy. This ninety minute session educates students on the effects of alcohol and issues associated with alcohol use on college campuses and assists in providing a venue for responsible use in the future.