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A-State Closed on Jan. 16 due to winter precipitation.

Arkansas State University is closed today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, due to winter precipitation. All winter response staff members are requested to report to their duty stations.

Overnight, snow fall made conditions for students, faculty and staff hazardous.

"Our administrative team determined the snowfall was going to be heavier than forecast and while today was scheduled to be the first day of class for the spring 2018 semester, I've decided it is best that we cancel classes for today," Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said.

All classes at the Jonesboro and Paragould locations are cancelled. Online classes continue.

While offices and classes are closed, university residential life areas continue to operate to support the on-campus student population.

Important Updates

  • The American Spiritual Ensemble will perform at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall tonight at 7:30pm.
  • For students living on-campus, Acansa Dining Hall will operate under "brunch hours" with service from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • ETS testing candidates that were scheduled for today should contact the Testing Center in the Reng Student Union at 972-2038 when A-State reopens and they will assist with rescheduling.
  • The Red WOLF Center will open today on winter weather hours of noon until 5 p.m.
  • Dean B. Ellis Library is closed all day today.

For updates on A-State events, please check the university’s official website AState.edu or social media feeds, Facebook.com/ArkansasState or @ArkansasState on Twitter.

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CDL Drugs & Alcohol Abuse

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In order to promote public safety, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require ASU to test certain safety sensitive individuals (employees, commercial drivers, contractors, subcontractors, herein "Safety Sensitive Individuals") for the use of illegal Drugs and controlled substances (herein Drugs), and misuse of Alcohol in a variety of circumstances and subject to a complex scheme of procedural safeguards.

These policies and guidelines are formulated to protect the safety and security of the public, employees, facilities, and assets of and to be in compliance with the mandates drafted by the Federal Department of Transportation and/or state law and/or regulation where applicable. All items in this policy that relate to employment or contractor terminations, leave of absence, and all financial issues are not DOT requirements.

Why to these procedures exist?

Drug use, and Alcohol misuse have a significant negative impact on an individual's health, work, and personal life. Performing a Safety Sensitive Activity significantly increases the risk to society in general when an individual has used Drugs or misused Alcohol.

Who does this policy apply to?

This DOT Policy applies to employees and contractors whose positions may require them to drive certain Commercial Motor Vehicles and to applicants for such positions (collectively, Employer's "Safety Sensitive Individuals"). These Commercial Motor Vehicles are those which have a gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds (inclusive of a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight of more than 10,000 pounds), or are used in the transport of hazardous materials in a quantity requiring "placarding," or are designed to carry more than 15 passengers including the driver.

Testing Practices

When can I be tested?

All safety sensitive employees and contractors per DOT regulations are required to be in a Drug and Alcohol testing program, including random testing. These employees/contractors are subject to Drug and Alcohol testing in the following situations: Pre-Employment, Post-Accident, Reasonable Suspicion, Random, Return To Duty & Follow-Up

What is being tested?


There are serious consequences in this policy for individuals who use Drugs and misuse Alcohol (an Alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater). in addition, as required by federal regulation, there are administrative actions for an individual with an Alcohol concentration as low as 0.20. This compares with alcohol concentrations resulting in charges of "driving while intoxicated" of 0.10 and 0.08 depending on the state.

Other Drugs

In addition to alcohol, which has required hours of prohibition, the following drugs are prohibited at all times: Amphetamines, Cocaine, Marijuana, Opiates & Phencyclidine.

Supervisor Information

  • A supervisor must be trained on reasonable suspicion prior to making a reasonable suspicion determination.
  • Reasonable suspicion for drugs must be documented on a Reasonable Suspicion Recording Form. A second opinion is recommended but not required for drug testing.
  • Make sure you have filled out a Reasonable Suspicion Recording Form. The Employee must have identification on them when presented for screening.
  • No documentation is required for alcohol reasonable suspicion testing.
  • This is for employees (including student employees when on duty).
  • Contact Environmental Health & Safety to request drug and alcohol screenings.