Section XI. Health and Safety

A.    Drug Free Workplace

The University of Illinois is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in compliance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 enacted by the United States Congress. The unlawful possession, use, distribution, dispensation, sale or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on University premises. Violation of this policy may result in the imposition of employment discipline as defined for specific employee categories by existing University policies, statutes, rules, regulations, employment contracts and labor agreements.

1.      Alcohol

UIC supports the choice of students and employees who are 21 or over to abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages or to consume alcoholic beverages responsibly. UIC prohibits alcohol consumption by minors and violators of this policy will be subjected to the full penalties of the laws governing the state of Illinois. The policy is designed to promote the positive, healthy use of alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner. Students and employees must ensure that their consumption of alcohol at university functions and/or in residence halls will not create a hazard to themselves, other students/staff/faculty, university property, the university’s reputation, or the public. The university permits the consumption of alcoholic beverages at certain conventions, conferences, and cultural and educational activities. The specific approval of the chancellor is required on an event-by-event basis to sell or serve alcoholic beverages.

2.      Use of Alcoholic Beverages in Residence Halls

The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in residence halls is governed by regulations in the Resident Student Handbook.  UIC prohibits alcohol consumption by minors and violators of this policy will be subjected to the full penalties of the laws governing the state of Illinois.  The alcohol policy for the residence halls has been instituted with the understanding that alcoholic beverages may be consumed in accordance with Illinois state law by individuals in student rooms.  The university expects students who choose to consume alcoholic beverages to drink sensibly and responsibly.

3.      Illegal Drugs

The unlawful or unauthorized possession, use, distribution, dispensation, sale, or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on university premises.

4.      Smoking

UIC became a tobacco-free campus on July 1, 2013.  Under this policy, all forms of tobacco are prohibited anywhere within campus boundaries.  For further information, visit the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services or Tobacco-Free at UIC.

B.     Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) provides free professional confidential assessments, short-term counseling referrals, and follow-up for UIC employees and their families for:

  • Individual, marital, or family problems
  • Emotional stress or depression
  • Financial difficulties
  • Alcohol and other drug dependencies

In addition, the EAP provides

  • Employee orientations
  • Employee assistance training for supervisors
  • Assistance with linkage to managed care and HMO-approved providers
  • Specialized sessions for units in crisis
  • Workshops on relevant topics (e.g., stress management, communication building)
  1. Evaluation of Ability to Work

In July 2004, the Evaluation of Ability to Work was endorsed as a university policy. This policy recognizes the fact that occasionally a member of the academic staff’s job performance or personal conduct may give reasonable cause to believe that a physical or mental condition adversely affects the employee’s ability to perform his or her job or poses a threat to the safety of the employee or others. This policy attempts to establish the rights and obligations of both the employer and a member of the academic staff in such situations, as well as attending to the rights of those served by the University.

C.    Illinois Healthcare Workers Act

Candidates for new hire at the University of Illinois or individuals currently employed in any of the designated components of the University that are covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 are required to be in compliance with the Medicare-Medicaid Anti-Fraud and Abuse Amendments to the Illinois Health Care Worker Criminal Background Check Act (HCWCBCA). These employees will be screened for any instance of an appearance on any Medicare-Medicaid sanction list or other list where they are found to be required to be excluded from participation in Federal or State Health Care Programs.  Initial hires to the University of Illinois at Chicago must complete the Criminal Background Check/Sanctions Release Form.

The appropriate college will conduct the sanction check. If the sanction check indicates the applicant, who has been given a conditional offer of employment, is sanctioned and therefore has been excluded from participation in federal or state healthcare programs, the applicant will be denied employment or terminated immediately, unless the applicant can validate that he/she is not the person identified on the sanctions listing.  The applicant/employee is responsible for all costs associated with the identity validation process.

All current employees in the designed components covered by HIPAA will undergo a sanction review once every year. The UIC campus Human Resources Office will conduct the annual review. If the review indicates appearance on any sanctions listing, the employee will be terminated immediately from the position(s). Termination procedures will be coordinated with the appropriate campus human resources office. The employee may seek to validate identity by contacting the excluding governmental body. The employee is responsible for all costs associated with the identity validation process.

D.     University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System

In 1913, the faculty of Illinois’ then-independent College of Physicians and Surgeons joined together to purchase its outstanding stock and donate it to the University of Illinois. This benevolent gesture created the state’s first college of medicine. Since its establishment, the UIC College of Medicine and the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System (UI Health) have been providing superior health care, innovative medical research and expertly trained physicians to the people of Illinois, the United States and the world.

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System is committed to providing the highest quality care for all patients and to reducing health disparities.  UI Health is a leader in patient care, research and education, and serves as the primary teaching facility for the UIC College of Medicine.  The system includes seven health sciences colleges, a 495-bed tertiary care hospital, 22 outpatient clinics, and several federally qualified Mile Square Health Centers located throughout Chicago.

Their physicians’ breadth of expertise, coupled with the latest advances in technology, help provide an integrated continuum of care – from preventive medicine and routine check-ups to highly specialized surgeries and innovative treatments. Their teams collaborate with each other and with referring professionals to provide superior care to the people of Illinois and beyond.

To learn more about the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System access the link above.

E.     Wellness Center

The Wellness Center at UIC is a health education unit that serves students and supports staff and faculty in their work with students.  The Center’s philosophy is to address wellness holistically.  Following the 8-Dimensions of Wellness the center’s activities, focus on: social, emotional, intellectual, sexual, occupational, environmental, spiritual, and physical well-being.

Faculty are encouraged to keep the following list of services and resources in mind as they move through the academic year:

  • Food Insecurity: The Wellness Center, managing the Pop-Up Pantry, distributes on average, a 1,000 bags of groceries a year.  This resource is a free food pantry exclusively for UIC students supported by the generosity of the UIC community. The pantry occurs once -a-month; however, if you have a student with an immediate food need, please contact the Center to receive assistance on any day.
  • Wellness Individual Consultation: This is a one-time consultation that offers students an opportunity to vent, discuss, and identify concrete strategies to manage life stressors.
  • Health Education Workshops: Center workshops are free, 50-minutes long, and interactive.  Further information can be found on the Wellness Center website under Workshops.
  • College Success Guide: This a free comprehensive guide written by the Wellness Center exclusively for UIC students. Covering most of the wellness challenges encountered by first year students it is a good resource for academic advisors to share with students.  It is also a good resource for students attending a First-year Experience or college transition seminar.  Contact the Wellness Center to receive a free copy.

Please refer to the Wellness Center website for additional Health and Wellness Resources and Literature.

F.    Workplace Violence

The University of Illinois at Chicago is committed to a nonviolent environment for all employees and students. Acts of violence and threats of violence committed by or against employees, faculty, students, patients, visitors, or other third parties are not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Violent acts and threats of violence should be reported to the UIC Police and to supervisors immediately. For additional information, refer to the Campus Violence Prevention and Response Plan.