Security

Alcohol and Other Drugs Procedure

Policy Code: CG1992

Purpose

This procedure mandates actions and assigns responsibilities for the proper management of alcohol and drugs in University activities and on University premises to support the implementation of the Health and Safety Policy and Security Policy.

Scope

This procedure applies to:

  • any person present on University premises;
  • any person taking part in a University activity including off-campus University activities (e.g. student excursions, field work, sporting events, student practical placements, work travel, conferences, events, etc.);
  • all members of the University community whilst representing FedUni off-campus, such as in some social functions or professional gatherings; and
  • any person planning, managing, supervising or attending activities conducted by University Clubs and Societies. 

It does not apply to University student accommodation managed by FedUni Living, which are governed by their own rules regarding alcohol and drugs. 

Legislative Context

  • Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic)
  • Federation University Australia Act 2010 (Vic)
  • Liquor Control Reform Act 1998 (Vic)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)

Definitions

Complete lists of definitions relevant to this procedure are contained within the Health and Safety Policy and Security Policy.

A further list of definitions specifically relevant to this procedure is included below:

Term Definition
Alcohol Any drink that contains ethanol, such as beer, wine, whisky, etc.
Drug Includes any illicit drug (as defined), any prescription-only medicine, and any over-the-counter medicine.
Drug paraphernalia Any substance, material, document or equipment associated with the use (as defined) of an illicit drug, such as cannabis water pipes, bongs and hookahs, ice pipes, precursor chemical and apparatus, cocaine kits, etc.
EAP The services available under the University’s Employee Assistance Program.
Illicit drug Any quantity of a substance or plant classified as a drug of dependence under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic) and used (as defined) without a valid prescription.  This term also includes a deleterious or volatile substance held without valid explanation.
Impaired behaviour (In the context of this procedure only) Any alteration of the usual behaviour of a person on University premises or in University activities that creates concerns regarding safety, health, security, work/study performance, disruption, etc.  Typical impairments relevant to this procedure include drowsiness, slurred speech, difficulty concentrating, poor motor control, aggressive speech or behaviour, irregular work patterns, absenteeism, etc.
Use/used In relation to drugs and drug paraphernalia, refers to any aspect of the cultivation, manufacture, possession, storage, supply, sale, purchase or actual use of an illicit drug.

Actions

1. Minimizing risks arising from alcohol or drugs

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Establishing the University-wide policies, procedures and processes necessary to minimize risks associated with alcohol or drugs Manager – Risk, Health and Safety
  1. Maintain this procedure.
  2. Specify incident or emergency procedures related to alcohol, drugs and cases of impaired behaviour.
B. Implementing this procedure All members of the University community
  1. Ensure you are aware of, and comply with, the provisions of this procedure(see Note 1 below).
  2. Ensure the members of the University community in the activities or premises you control are aware of, and comply with, the provisions of this procedure.
  3. Immediately address impaired behaviours in accordance with the relevant requirements of this procedure.
  4. Liaise with the Security Coordinator regarding planned University activities where alcohol or drugs could present a risk, and regarding incidents involving impaired behaviours.

Note 1: Non-compliance with this procedure may result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with student legislation, staff processes, etc.

C. Serving alcohol at events Event organizer and manager
  1. Comply with applicable provisions of the Event Management Procedure (under development).
  2. Do not over-emphasize the availability of alcohol, refer to the amount of alcohol available or encourage in any way the excessive consumption of alcohol (e.g. ‘happy hour’ promotions) in advertisements for functions, whether on or off campus.  Make at least equal reference to the availability of non-alcoholic drinks.
  3. Manage the event strictly in accordance with licensing and other legal requirements.
  4. Ensure your training in Responsible Service of Alcohol and that of Event Staff is current.
  5. Attend the event for its full duration, unimpaired by alcohol or drugs.
  6. Make ample quantity of attractive, high-quality, competitively priced, non-alcoholic drinks available.  Display them at least as prominently as alcoholic drinks.
  7. Make substantial food available at any functions at which alcohol is served.  Alcohol-only functions are not permitted.
  8. Restrict the consumption of alcohol to the approved area designated for the event.
  9. Do not use alcohol as an inducement to participate in an activity (e.g. as a prize).
  10. Do not include any activity that encourages the excessive consumption of alcohol (e.g. a drinking contest).
  11. Take effective precautions to ensure that alcohol is not accessible to persons under age or to persons who appear intoxicated.
  12. Consider arranging and promoting alternative transport options* so that patrons have safe means of leaving the event venue. *Note: such options may include a dedicated driver scheme that offers free non-alcoholic drinks to the drivers.
  13. Prominently display signs that inform patrons that:
    • they must be over 18 to obtain alcohol;
    • apprentices have contractual obligations that preclude the consumption of alcohol during working hours;
    • people who appear to be intoxicated will not be served; and
    • strict rules govern the supply of alcohol at the event.

2. Consuming alcohol responsibly

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Consuming alcohol on University premises or in University activities Members of the University community
  1. Avoid consuming any alcohol during work/study hours.
  2. Restrict alcohol consumption to a level that does not impair your behaviour.
  3. Do not drink any alcohol if operating machinery, handling chemicals, participating in sporting events, or undertaking any other hazardous activity as part of your work/studies.
  4. Do not walk around University premises with an open alcohol container.
  5. Staff who wish to obtain assistance regarding their alcohol consumption are encouraged to use the services of the EAP.
  6. Students who wish to obtain assistance regarding their alcohol consumption are encouraged to use the services of the Student Health and Wellbeing department.
B. Consuming alcohol at events Event attendees
  1. Restrict your alcohol consumption to a level that does not impair your behavior.
  2. Report any incident involving alcohol to Event Staff.

3. Prohibiting illicit drugs and drug paraphernalia

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Strictly prohibiting any activity involving illicit drugs on University premises or in University activities Any person present on University premises or engaged in University activities
  1. Do not use illicit drugs on University premises or in any University activity.
  2. Do not use any drug paraphernalia on University premises or in any University activity.
  3. Do not enter any University premises, attend any University activity, perform any activity for the University, or represent the University if impaired by illicit drugs.
  4. Report any incident involving illicit drugs in accordance with the Security Procedure – Action 10 Managing Drugs.

4. Managing medicines

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Using over-the-counter medicines on University premises or in University activities Any user of over-the-counter medicines
  1. Ensure that any over-the-counter medicine you take allows you to perform your work/study activities safely.
  2. If over-the-counter medicines could impair your ability to perform work/study activities safely or satisfactorily, consult a registered medical practitioner.
B. Using prescribed medicines on University premises or in University activities Any user of prescribed medicines
  1. Ensure in consultation with your prescribing registered medical practitioner that any medicine you take allows you to perform your work/study activities safely and satisfactorily.
  2. For staff: If – after consulting with your prescribing registered medical practitioner – there remains a risk that medicines could impair your ability to perform your work activities safely or satisfactorily, report to your supervisor/manager and/or the Human Resources Directorate for advice on possible workplace adjustments.
  3. For students: If – after consulting with your prescribing registered medical practitioner – there remains a risk that medicines could impair your ability to perform your study activities safely or satisfactorily, report to your lecturer/teacher and/or the Disability and Learning Access Unit (DLAU) for advice on possible adjustments.

5. Managing impaired behaviours

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Identifying and managing impaired behaviour Executive Deans/Managers/Supervisors/Lecturers/Teachers
  1. Recognize impaired behaviours among the members of the University community who take part in the activities or are present in the premises you control.
  2. At all times, limit your intervention to the management of observable aspects of the impaired behaviours.  Consider that reasons other than substance abuse could apply (e.g. medical reasons).
  3. If it is not safe to approach the person, contact Security in accordance with the University Security Procedure – Action 7 Managing Behaviours of Concern.
  4. If safe to do so, approach the person affected, instruct them to cease any hazardous activity and to move away from hazardous environments.
  5. If it is deemed necessary to send a staff member or student home, this should be done by the safest and most convenient method (e.g. next-of-kin, taxi, etc.), but the person should not be allowed to drive.
  6. Hold a meeting as soon as practicable after the incident with the person concerned to discuss the situation.  Include a support person if available.  Provide information regarding the counselling services offered by the University (EAP for staff and Student Connect for students).
  7. If impaired behaviour continues, seek advice from the Manager – Risk, Health and Safety for students, or from the Human Resources Directorate for staff.

6. Managing issues, incidents and emergencies

  ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITY STEPS
A. Identifying, responding to, recording, investigating and rectifying incidents and emergencies related to impaired behaviours All members of the University community
  1. Comply with all aspects of the Incident and Emergency Management Procedure.
B. Identifying and reporting suspected illicit drug use All members of the University community
C. Investigating and managing suspected illicit drug use Security Coordinator
  1. Respond in collaboration with the relevant Faculty/Directorate/College/Centre.

Responsibility

The Manager – Risk, Health and Safety is responsible for the maintenance of this procedure. 

Promulgation

The Alcohol and Drugs Procedure will be communicated throughout the University community in the form of:

  1. an Announcement Notice via FedNews website and on the ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page on the ‘Policies, Procedures and Forms @ the University’ website to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure; and
  2. distribution of e-mails to Executive Deans, Deans and Directors. 

Implementation

The Alcohol and Drugs Procedure will be implemented throughout the University via:

  1. an Announcement Notice via FedNews website and on the ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page on the ‘Policies, Procedures and Forms @ the University’ website to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure; and
  2. Staff and student induction/training sessions. 

Records Management

Document Title Location Responsible Officer Minimum Retention Period
Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate Individual Personnel Files Human Resources Director As for Personnel File