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School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2016-2017
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  Dec 18, 2017
School of Allied Health Professions Student Handbook 2016-2017

State and Medical Center Regulations

The following regulations concern the definition of Contraband and its prohibition on campus, and an Administrative Directive on Substance and Alcohol Abuse. It is extremely important that you carefully read each of these regulatory statements, and follow them to the letter.

Contraband R.S. 14:402.1

It is unlawful for any person to introduce or attempt to bring into or upon the grounds or buildings of any state owned or administered hospital or medical facility except as authorized by the Dean or Administrator any of the following articles hereby declared contraband:

  1. Any intoxicating beverages or any beverage that causes an intoxicating effect. (Examples - beer, liquor, wine, or alcohol)
  2. Any narcotic or hypnotic or exciting drug of any kind (Examples - heroin, cocaine, marijuana, barbiturates, amphetamines, sleeping pills, some nasal inhalers).
  3. Any firearm or other dangerous weapon (Examples - gun, pocket knife with a blade exceeding six inches, razor, nunchaku, sap, club).

Penalty - Violators of this statute, R.S. 14:402.1, can upon conviction be imprisoned up to three years with hard labor.

If you know a fellow worker, patient, or visitor who is in violation of this law, please contact the University Police at 6160 or 6165. You have a right to a safe and secure workplace. Protect that right.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport: Policy Number: 2.8.5

Effective Date; 8/1/03
Superseded Policy: 1/1/91

Administrative Directive

2.8.5 Substance and Alcohol Abuse Policy

A. Purpose

Louisiana State Health Sciences Center Health Sciences Center - Shreveport Is committed to maintaining an environment, which supports the research, teaching, and service mission of the Health Sciences Center. Although the Health Sciences Center respects an employee’s right to privacy, the illegal use of drugs or alcohol within the Health Sciences Center community interferes with the accomplishment of the Health Sciences Center’s mission.

Louisiana State Low prohibits the consumption, possession, distribution, and possession with intent to distribute, or manufacture of drugs described as controlled dangerous substances in the Louisiana Revised Statutes 40:964; and other statutes define the illegal possession and/or use of alcohol. Further, various federal and state laws and regulations apply to the employees of Louisiana State Health Sciences Center, including the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 [Public Law 101 -226), Revised Statutes of the State of Louisiana and Executive Order MJF 93-38, This policy is specifically directed at illegal actions involving alcohol and controlled drugs. Other Health Sciences Center policies govern the legal use of alcoholic beverages in its facilities and on its premises.

B. Definitions

“drug free workplace” means a site for the performance of work at which employees are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988,

“controlled substance” means a controlled substance in schedules I through V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 812).

“criminal drug statute” means a criminal statute involving manufacture, distribution, dispensation, use, or possession of any controlled substance.

“misuse use of alcohol” means any possession, consumption or other use of an alcoholic beverage in violation of this policy.

“conviction” means a finding of guilt [including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentences, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the federal or state criminal drug statutes.

“employee” includes faculty, other academic, unclassified, classified, graduate assistants, and student employees and any other person having on employment relationship with the Health Sciences Center.

C. General Policy

Louisiana State Health Sciences Center is committed to providing a workplace free from the illegal use of drugs and alcohol and seeks to make its employees aware of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse as well as the availability of drug counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance through various communications media available to it, The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance in the workplace is prohibited as is the illegal possession and/or consumption of alcohol. Workplace shall include any location on Health Sciences Center property in addition to any location from which an individual conducts Health Sciences Center business while such business is being conducted. Without reference to any sanctions, which may be assessed through criminal justice processes, violators of this policy will be subject to Health Sciences Center disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

Employee Education, Prevention, Counseling

Human Resource Management will notify all employees at least once each year of its policies and procedures governing the illegal use of alcoholic beverages and drugs and through appropriate media, make employees aware of the dangers of abusive or illegal use of alcohol or drugs. Specific attention is directed to the harmful effects of certain illegal controlled substances described in Exhibit II. Through the Health Sciences Center Employee Assistance Program, employees with drug and alcohol related problems may seek help,

D. Prohibitions

To establish and maintain a safe work environment, LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT prohibits an employee being on the job while having alcohol in his/her body that is above the prohibited alcohol concentration levels, prohibit the use of or presence of illegal drugs or other dangerous substances in the bodies of its employees while on duty, on call and/or engaged in LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT business on or off LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT premises. LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT further prohibits the sale, purchase, transfer, concealment, transportation, storage, possession, distribution, cultivation, manufacture, and dispensing of illegal or unauthorized drugs or related paraphernalia while on duty. on call and/or engaged in LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT business on or off LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT premises,

The prohibitions of this policy extend to the following;

  1. Illegal drugs, unauthorized controlled substances, abuse of inhalants, look-alike drugs, designer and synthetic drugs, and any other unauthorized drugs, abnormal or dangerous substances which may affect an employee’s mood, senses, responses, motor functions, or alter or affect a person’s perception, performance, judgment or reactions while working, including those drugs identified in Schedules I through V of Louisiana R,S. 40:964 or Section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C, 812. NOTE: Illegal drugs include:
    1. Any drug which Is not legally obtainable.
    2. Any drug which is legally obtainable but has not been legally obtained; or
    3. Legally obtained (prescription) drugs not being used for prescribed purposes or in excess of prescribed dosages,
    4. Misuse of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages; and
    5. Drug related paraphernalia as defined in R,S. 40:1031, including any unauthorized material or equipment or items used or designated for use in testing, packaging, storing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body those substances covered by this policy.
E. Alcohol Misuse Policy

Alcohol misuse is prohibited. This prohibition extends to 1) use of alcohol on the job; 2) having a prohibited alcohol concentration level in the individual’s blood system while on the job. Any employee exhibiting behavior and/or appearance characteristic of alcohol misuse or whose job performance appears to be impaired by alcohol or who is involved in an accident in which the misuse of alcohol is suspected may be required to submit to a test for the presence of alcohol.

F. Prescription/Legal Drugs

The use of drugs/medications prescribed by a licensed physician is permitted provided that it will not affect the employee’s work performance, The employee shall notify his/her direct supervisor of any drugs/medications prescribed by a licensed physician in those instances when the physician or pharmacy advises that the employee’s performance could be impaired or when the employee believes use of the prescribed drugs/ medications will impair his/her ability to perform his/her usual duties and responsibilities, Employees are encouraged to utilize accrued leave, with approval, in those instances where impaired functioning is a distinct possibility.

Employees are encouraged to maintain prescribed drugs/medications in the original prescription containers, which properly identify the employee’s name, medication name, issuing physician, and dosage.

LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT reserves the right to have the Medical Director for Occupational Health determine If use of a prescription drug/medication produces effects which may impair the employee’s performance or increase the risk of injury to the employee or others.

If such is the case, LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT reserves the right to suspend the work activity of the employee during the period in which the employee’s ability to safely perform his/her Job may be adversely affected by the consumption of such medication.

G. Drug Tests/Screens

LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT reserves the right to require drug screening for pre-employment, re-employment or reinstatement. All employees are subject to being tested for drugs under the following circumstances:

  1. Post-Accident/Incident - following an accident that occurs during the course and scope of an employee’s employment that a) involves circumstances leading to a reasonable suspicion of the employee’s drug use, b) results in d fatality, c) results in or causes the release of hazardous waste or materials, or d) involves an on-the-job injury or potentially serious accident, injury, or incident in which safety precautions were violated, equipment or property was damaged, or unusually careless acts were performed. Such testing is required of any employee who is directly involved in such an incident and whose action or inaction may have been a causative factor.
  2. Reasonable Suspicion - a supervisor’s belief, based upon reliable, objective, and articulable facts that a person is violating this policy. A decision to test must be based on direct observation of specific physical, behavioral, or performance indicators based on, but not limited to, any of the following:

Observable behavior or physical symptoms
A pattern of abnormal or erratic behavior
Arrest of a drug-related offense
Being identified as the subject of a criminal investigation regarding drugs
Evidence of drug tampering or misappropriation
Patterns of absenteeism or tardiness
Drowsiness or sleepiness
Alcohol or drug odors on the breath
Confusion, slurred or incoherent speech
Unusually aggressive behavior
Unexplained mood changes
Lock of manual dexterity or excessive sloppiness
Unexplained work/school related accidents or injuries
Illegible or errant charting
Leaving work areas for extended periods or unexplained reasons

  1. Rehabilitative - required for those employees participating in substance abuse after-core treatment, pursuant to the terms of the rehabilitation agreement.
  2. Random Testing - randomly performed for those employees whose responsibilities of employment include operating a public vehicle, performing maintenance on a public vehicle or supervising any public employee who operates or maintains a public vehicle (the Office of Human Resource Management maintains a complete list of designated positions).

Individuals will have an equal chance of being chosen, regardless of whether they have been previously tested.
Once an individual is notified they have been chosen for random testing, they must report to the Occupational Health Clinic within two [2) hours of notification. Failure to report and submit to the drug screen may result in immediate termination of employment.

H. Target Drugs

Drug testing of LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT employees pursuant to this policy shall target the presence of the following drugs or their metabolites in the body:

  1. Cannabinoids (marijuana);
  2. Opiates;
  3. Methamphetamine;
  4. Cocaine metabolite; and
  5. Phencyclidine [PCP)

Additional tests for additional drugs or their metabolites may be performed if circumstances warrant, Further, LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT will test for the presence of alcohol through breath or blood testing methodologies if circumstances warrant.

Testing Procedure

LSUHSC-Shreveport requires any individual who observes an LSUHSC-Shreveport affiliated individual whose behavior appears impaired or unsafe due to the possible use/abuse of alcohol or drugs to report the observations to their supervisor immediately. An individual whose behavior is impaired or unsafe while at work is required to immediately submit to alcohol and drug testing, Refusal to submit for testing when requested may result in immediate termination of employment.

Supervisors who observe or receive any information about an individual’s impairment or unsafe conditions from alcohol or drugs or who have an individual involved in on accident for which testing is appropriate should proceed as follows: [1) If possible, have a witness observe the individual’s behavior or physical condition, (2) Inform the individual that refusal to submit to the alcohol/drug test is a terminable offense, (3) Escort the individual to the Occupational Health Clinic or if after hours contact the House Supervisor on duty for the administration of the alcohol/drug screen, (4) The individual will be sent home by taxi and suspended without pay pending the test results, [5] Should an individual refuse to be tested, the supervisor in charge will suspend the individual without pay; notify Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, so that the process for termination can be initiated. Procedures to account for the integrity of each urine specimen by tracking its handling and storage from point of specimen collection to final disposition of the specimen:

These procedures shall require that an appropriate chain of custody form be used from the time of collection to receipt by the laboratory and that, upon receipt in the laboratory, an appropriate laboratory chain of custody forms shall, at a minimum, include the entry documenting date and purpose each time a specimen or aliquot Is handled or transferred and shall identify each individual in the chain of custody,

Test results shall be documented and maintained with strict confidentially, Positive test results and samples will be maintained in accordance with law and applicable medical standards.

J. Searches/Inspections

In furtherance of this policy, employees are hereby notified that Health Sciences Center offices and work sites are the property of the Health Sciences Center and there is no expectation of privacy with regard to Health Sciences Center offices and work sites. Under appropriate circumstances and in accordance with the law, the Health Sciences Center, in conjunction with law enforcement authorities, reserves the right to conduct unannounced searches and inspection of LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT facilities and properties, including vehicles,

K. Enforcement

Each alleged violation of this policy will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Certain employees may be rehabilitated, while others may have manifested total disregard for the health, welfare, and safety of themselves or others. Participation in the LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT Employee Assistance Program may be treated by the Health Sciences Center as a positive attempt by the employee to combat his/her substance abuse problem and indicative of a future desire to adhere to this policy. However, participation in the EAP will not shield the employee from enforcement of this policy and disciplinary action, where appropriate. After a review of all data, including any offenses or additional test results produced by the employee, appropriate action will be taken, up to and including termination.

L. Drug and Alcohol Arrests/Convictions

Any LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT employee convicted of a criminal drug or drug-related offense, which occurs on or off duty, must notify his/her immediate supervisor within the next workday or immediately upon the employee’s-return to the workplace. Upon final disposition of the criminal proceedings, LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT will review all evidence to determine whether disciplinary action, including termination, is warranted. In oil cases involving an employee’s arrest on a drug or drug-related offense, which occurs on the job or on LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT premises, prompt investigation will be conducted, and, disciplinary action taken, if warranted,

The Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires that each employee notify his/her supervisor within five (5) days of conviction of any criminal drug statues when such offense occurred in the workplace, while on official business, during work hours, or when in on-call duty status. Federal law requires that LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT report within ten [10) days any such criminal drug statute conviction to each Federal Agency from which grants or contracts are received.

Employees whose jobs require driving, are required to notify their immediate supervisor if their driving privileges are suspended or revoked, Supervisors are required to report all suspensions and/or revocations to the Employee Relations Section of Human Resource Management. DUI convictions create a distinct problem in the workplace as a result of the driver’s license forfeiture provisions of Louisiana R.S, 32:4i 4 and Louisiana R.S. 32:661, ET SEQ.
Employees who operate department vehicles on a regular and recurring basis may be forced to utilize accrued annual leave or be placed in leave without pay status during the pendency of any period of suspension. Affected employees are encouraged to seek restricted/hardship licenses, which authorize driving for employment purposes. Employees returning to work after any such suspension shall be required to provide proof of restoration of driving privileges.

M. Criminal Penalties

Employees are responsible under both Health Sciences Center policy and state law for their conduct. It is the policy of the LSUHSC- Shreveport to arrest and refer for prosecution any person who violates state or federal law concerning alcohol or drugs while within the jurisdiction of the LSUHSC-Shreveport Police Department.

It is unlawful in Louisiana to produce, manufacture, distribute or dispense or possess with intent to produce, manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedule I, Schedule II, Schedule HI, Schedule IV or Schedule IV unless such substance was obtained directly or pursuant to a valid prescription or order from a practitioner or as a provider in R.S. 40:978, while acting in the course of his or her professional practice, or except otherwise authorized by law.

Penalties under Louisiana law for violation of laws regulating controlled dangerous substances are as follows:

Schedule I (R.S, 40:966 includes various opiates, hallucinogens, depressants, and stimulants), The maximum penalty provided by law for possession of Schedule 1 drugs, upon conviction, is imprisonment at hard labor for not less than four years nor more than ten years without benefit of probation or suspension of sentence and, in addition, may require a fine to be paid up to $5,000.

Schedule II (R,S, 40:967 includes other opiates and depressants), The maximum penalty for violating Louisiana law concerning controlled dangerous substances under Schedule II, upon conviction, is imprisonment at hard labor for not less than 5 years nor more than 30 years and, in addition, may require a fine of not more than $ 15,000.

Schedule III and IV [R. S, 40:968 and 40:969 includes stimulants, depressants, and other narcotics]. The maximum penalty for violating Louisiana law concerning controlled dangerous substances under Schedules III and IV, upon conviction, shall be a maximum term of imprisonment at- hard labor for not more than 10 years, and in addition, may be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $15,000.

Schedule V (R.S, 40:970). The maximum penalty for violating Louisiana law concerning controlled dangerous substances under Schedule V, upon conviction, is a term of imprisonment at hard labor for not more than 5 years and, in addition, may be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $5,000,

The Revised Louisiana Criminal Code carries specific penalties for possession of marijuana. For a first conviction, the offender shall be fined not more than $500, imprisoned in the parish jail for not more than 6 months, or both. For a second conviction of possession of marijuana, the offender shall be fined not more than $2,000 and imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 5 years, or both.

For a third conviction of possession of marijuana, the offender shall be sentenced to imprisonment with or without hard labor for not more than 20 years. More severe penalties exist for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and for the actual distribution of marijuana.

The Louisiana Criminal Code [R.S, 14:91.5) defines the unlawful purchase, consumption and public possession of alcoholic beverages by any person under the age of twenty-one years (except under narrowly specified exceptions). A fifty dollar fine is assessed for violation of this statute. For the unlawful purchase of alcoholic beverages by adults on behalf of minors (R.S. 14:91.3), the penalty is a fine of not more than $300 or imprisonment for not more than 30 days, For operating a vehicle while intoxicated (R.S. 14:98), the penalty for a first conviction is a fine of not less than $ 125 nor more than $500 and imprisonment for not less than ten days nor more than six months which may be modified by imposing a court-approved substance abuse program and driver improvement program. For second and third convictions, more serious penalties are imposed.

N. Rehabilitation

Management may, as a condition of continued employment, require the employee to enter a treatment/rehabilitation program. If time off is required for the treatment program, the Medical Center’s leave policies will apply. The employee must provide permission for the treatment center to provide continuing communication and regular reports to the Medical Center’s Medical Review Officer.

After successful completion of the treatment/rehabilitation program, the employee must continue with an appropriate follow-up program that usually runs one to three years. The Medical Center’s Medical Review Officer will determine the follow-up treatment program,

Withdrawal or failure to successfully complete the treatment program may result in termination,

Submission to periodic random drug screen upon request is required and is a condition for continued employment.

Personnel returning to work will not be allowed to have possession of narcotic keys or to work with controlled substances until the employee demonstrate to the satisfaction of management that he/she can administer narcotics.

Any continuing evidence of chemical abuse will result in notification to state or federal law enforcement agencies and/or National Licensing Boards, if appropriate.

0. Reporting

In accordance with Executive Order MJF 98-38, the LSU System Office will report to the Office of Governor the number of employees affected by the drug testing program, the categories of testing being conducted, the costs of testing, and the effectiveness of the program annually Source; Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. Drug- Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Executive Order MJF 98-38.

R Confidentiality

LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT respects the individual rights of its employees. Any employee involvement in the LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or other rehabilitative program for substance abuse problems will be handled with confidentiality. Employees seeking such assistance shall be protected from abuse, ridicule, retribution, and retaliatory action. All medical information obtained will be protected as confidential unless otherwise required by law or overriding public health and safety concerns.

The results of all drug screens obtained in compliance with this policy will be confidential, except on a need to know basis. LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT may deliver any illegal drug, controlled dangerous substance, or other substance prohibited by this policy, discovered on LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT property or on the person of a LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT employee to appropriate law enforcement agencies. Likewise, any employee engaged in the sale, attempted sale, distribution, or transfer of illegal drugs or controlled substances while on duty or on LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT property will be referred to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Q. Conclusion

The use of illegal drugs and abuse of alcohol or other controlled substances, on or off duty, is inconsistent with low-abiding behavior expected of the citizens of the State of Louisiana. LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT will not tolerate substance abuse or use, which imperils the health and well being of its employees and the public, or threatens its service to the public. LSUHSC-Shreveport’s intention, through this policy, is to adhere to the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101 -226), Revised Statues of the State of Louisiana and Executive Order No. MJF 98-38 all in an effort to maintain a safe, healthful, and productive work environment for its employees and to promote public safety.

Exhibit I

Drug Free Workplace

The Federal Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 contains specific requirements relating to Health Sciences Center employees who are engaged in the performance of a federal grant or contract as follows:

Each such employee must receive a copy of the Health Sciences Center policy providing a drug free workplace, which shall be provided through the official promulgation of this Policy Statement and such other means as may be appropriate, and each such employee:

  1. Agrees as a condition of employment to abide by the terms of the drug free workplace policy.
  2. Must notify the LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT Office of Human Resource Management of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than 5 days after such conviction,

The Health Sciences Center is required to:

  1. Notify the granting agency; within 10 days after receiving notice of conviction as above, or otherwise receiving notice of such conviction which notification shall be by the LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT Office of Human Resource Management,
  2. Within 30 days after receiving such notice, impose a sanction on, up to and including termination, or require satisfactory participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency by any employee so convicted with such sanction or required participation to be coordinated by the Office of Human Resource Management through the normal LSUHSC-SHREVEPORT administrative processes.
  3. Make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug free workplace through implementation of the requirements of the Act.
Exhibit II

Alcohol - Uses and Effects

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior, Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident, Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including peer, spouse, and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information, Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death, If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions, Alcohol withdrawal con be life threatening, Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain, liver, and digestive system.

Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other children of becoming alcoholics.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - Shreveport: Policy Number: 2.1.1

Effective Date: 6-1-99
Superseded Policy: 6-1-86

Administrative Directive


A. Policy

LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport is committed to providing a professional work environment that maintains equality, dignity and respect for ail members of its community. In keeping with this commitment, the Health Sciences Center prohibits discriminatory practices, including sexual harassment. Any sexual harassment, whether verbal, physical or environmental, is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The purpose of this policy is to define sexual harassment and to establish a procedure whereby alleged sexually harassed employees, staff and students may lodge a complaint immediately.

B. Definition

Sexual harassment is illegal under federal (section 703 of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964), state and local law. It is defined as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

  1. Submission to the conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment;
  2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as basis for an employment decision affecting the individual; or
  3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonable interfering with the individual’s performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

Types of behavior that constitute sexual harassment may include, but are not limited to:

  • unwelcome sexual flirtations, advances or propositions;
  • derogatory, vulgar or graphic written or oral statements regarding one’s sexuality, gender or sexual experience;
  • unnecessary touching, patting, pinching or attention to an individual’s body;
  • physical assault;
  • unwanted sexual compliments, innuendo, suggestions or jokes; or the display of sexually suggestive pictures or objects
C. Procedures

Any member of the Health Sciences Center Community who has a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor, co-worker, visitor, faculty member, student or other person, has the right and obligation to bring the problem to Health Sciences Center’s attention. Any supervisor who witnesses such conduct or receives a complaint must report the incident to Human Resource Management, an appropriate administrator or the Dean of the respective school. It is the responsibility of all LSU Health Sciences Center employees in a supervisory capacity to ensure that the work/academic environment is free from sexual harassment.

A staff member who believes he or she has been sexually harassed, should immediately report the incident to the Assistant Director of Employee Relations, Human Resource Management (318-675-5611) or to the Director of Human Resource Management (318-675-5610) or to an appropriate administrator or the Dean of the respective school. In addition, staff members may report the incident to any supervisor. Any recipient of such a complaint shall notify Human Resource Management.

The Department of Human Resource Management will be responsible for investigating complaints of sexual harassment occurring between staff members; complaints made by staff against students; and complaints made by staff against other third parties. Human Resource Management will either investigate or assist those responsible for investigating complaints made by or against faculty members, students or House Staff Officers.

Actions taken to investigate and resolve sexual harassment complaints shall be conducted confidentially to the extent practicable and appropriate in order to protect the privacy of persons involved. An investigation may include interviews with the parties involved, and if necessary, with individuals who may have observed the incident or conduct or who have other relevant knowledge. The individuals involved in the complaint will be notified of the results of the investigation.

The Health Sciences Center will not tolerate discrimination or retaliation against any individual who makes a good-faith sexual harassment complaint, even if the investigation produces insufficient evidence to support the complaint, or any other individual who participates in the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint. If the investigation substantiates the complaint, appropriate corrective measures and/or disciplinary action, up to and including termination, will be taken swiftly.

LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport will make every reasonable effort to ensure that all members of the Health Sciences Center community are familiar with this policy. You are encouraged to address questions or concerns regarding this policy with the Assistant Director for Employee Relations, Human Resource Management-

LSU Health Shreveport Chancellor’s Memoranda 10 - No Smoking Policy

Effective Date: July 13, 2010
Supersedes: July 1, 2010

It is the policy of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (HSC) to respect the rights of smokers and non-smokers alike. In addition, in accordance with laws and regulations cited below, the LSU Health Sciences Center reserves the right to prohibit smoking on its premises for reasons of public health and safety, improved customer satisfaction, the protection of environmentally sensitive materials and to address the concerns of individual non-smokers.

Effective July 1, 2010, LSUHSC-Shreveport properties is a smoke free organization. Smoking will be prohibited on all properties, leased or owned, of the Health Sciences Center. This policy is in effect for all employees, students, patients, and visitors of the Health Sciences Center.

On an ongoing basis, the Health Sciences Center will make resources available to help employees with their personal smoking cessation efforts. Furthermore, and as it relates to employees, it is the responsibility of supervisors to ensure that employees comply with the No Smoking Policy. Employees who violate the No Smoking Policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Clinical staff will inform patients of the policy and ensure they are in compliance. Health Sciences Center administrative and supervisory personnel are directed to advise persons of the no smoking policy when they encounter violations and to inform Human Resources and/or the LSUHSCS University Police Department (UPD) as appropriate.

UPD is authorized to enforce the smoking policy as police officers deem appropriate. Violators will be encouraged to extinguish smoking material and/or to smoke on the public sidewalks. In dealing with violators, police officers are authorized to:

  • remind violators that second-hand smoke is harmful to patients and employees
  • issue verbal warnings
  • issue written citations
  • prohibit non-emergency readmission to HSC facilities
  • bar persons from HSC property, and ultimately to
  • arrest/prosecute persons who refuse to comply.

Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA, Chancellor July 13, 2010
For additional information, please consult
LSA-R.S.23:966 which prohibits discrimination in employment or conditions of employment for non-workplace related smoking
LSA R.S. 40:1300.21 et sag. which regulates smoking in the office workplace.
LSA-R.S.14:63.3 which addresses trespassing / remaining after forbidden
LSA-R.S. 40:2115 section D. which addresses smoking / no smoking laws

Chancellor’s Reaffirmation Statement

Our institutional core principles are the principles that we need to embrace across our institution each day. As LSU Health Shreveport’s chief executive officer, and holding the organization’s moral compass, I wish to reaffirm that I unequivocally support these core principles and that these represent a standard for all faculty and staff of the LSU University Hospital, the EA Conway Medical Center, the Huey P. Long Medical Center and the Schools of Medicine, Graduate Studies and Allied Health Professions.

The first core principle is that the LSU Health Shreveport leadership team promotes diversity. Discrimination in any form against fellow employees, patients or students will not be tolerated. There is no place on the Health Sciences Center team for those who discriminate. As members of a public institution, we must remain committed to civil liberties, equal opportunity and equal rights. We are a stronger organization as a result of our diverse faculty, staff and student body. Persons found discriminating against patients, employees, or students will have no place on the LSU Health Shreveport team. Furthermore, LSU Health Shreveport provides equal care to all - regardless of race, national origin, religious preference, gender, sexual orientation or financial status.

Secondly, concepts of fairness and equity are essential in everything that we do. At the same time that we demonstrate compassion and attentiveness, we must also be ethical in our decisions and actions. We must conduct ourselves with integrity at all times as a matter of deserving the public trust we hold.

A third core principle relates to confidentiality and transparency. While these concepts may be seemingly contradictory to some, they are actually complementary. To maintain the public’s trust, we must protect information that is entrusted to us by patients, employees and others - and prevailing laws and rules provide guidance in this regard. Furthermore, in every facet of our performance we must be prepared to withstand scrutiny and to share business information with auditors and other compliance officials as appropriate. For example, we are continuously monitored not only by internal checks and balances, but also by various accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as myriad state and federal agencies.

A fourth principle is that we must embrace change and a spirit of improvement both as individuals and as an organization. Can we improve the way in which we do things? Most certainly. There are no perfect organizations and we must all strive to improve. We must commit to improving processes, services and outcomes even further. Our academic programs and patient care services are top notch - but we must challenge ourselves to be even better. Toward those goals, initiatives are underway to make our organization more patient-friendly, more employee-friendly and student-friendly over the coming months and years.
The above mentioned principles are important in patient care, educational, research, administrative and other settings alike. To succeed in the 21st century, our organization must be prepared to transform without abandoning the core principles that anchor us. We must remain committed to our core principles and our missions of education, research, patient care and community service - particularly with an eye to those less fortunate. This focus will ensure that positive and even amazing things will continue to happen here well into the future.

LSU Health Shreveport is a special place and our mission is a noble one. I believe the team we have assembled is also special and can rise to any challenge. As we work to improve the health of individuals, families and communities - both near and far – please keep in mind that you and all other faculty, staff and student members are both appreciated and vitally important to this organization.

Yours truly,

Robert A. Barish, MD MBA
LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport

For additional guidance, please consult LSUHSCS University Hospital policy #3.14; Huey P. Long Medical Center policy #ADM-RI-017 or the EA Conway Medical Center Employee Handbook.