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