Tobacco and Drug Policy

Student Education and Assistance

Embry-Riddle promotes substance abuse awareness by sponsoring educational programs and distributing literature. The University is additionally committed to assisting students in the resolution of problems associated with substance abuse and encourages students to seek additional help through referrals from the University Health Services and Counseling Offices.

Tobacco Policy

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recognizes the need to ensure an educational and work environment that is reasonably free from various health hazards. It is well established that the use of tobacco products is attributable to certain forms of health problems. In keeping with our core value of making our environment safer for everyone, the university has implemented a comprehensive tobacco-free policy for all of our campus locations. 

This policy prohibits the use of any tobacco product whether in the form of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, dipping/snuff, smokeless cigarettes or chewing tobacco.

It is the policy of the University that tobacco products will not be allowed anywhere on University owned or leased property (including buildings, parking lots, personal vehicles, etc.). Additionally, tobacco products are prohibited in all University vehicles including vans, trucks, buses, and all University aircraft.

Any University employee or student who violates this policy shall be reminded that the use of tobacco products is not permitted anywhere on campus. Any employee or student who continues to violate or disregard this policy is subject to appropriate disciplinary actions.

Any individual conducting business with the University, or engaged in contracted services, or any visitor to the University who violates this policy, shall be reminded that use of tobacco products is prohibited on campus . Continued violations or disregard for this policy shall result in the individual being required to leave University property.

Mandatory Student Drug Testing

Success in the aviation industry requires a commitment to excel and the discipline to avoid unsafe practices. The use of illegal drugs constitutes an unsafe practice and is incompatible with an aviation environment. Therefore, the University reserves the right to immediately suspend or dismiss any student who uses or possesses illegal drugs. In the effort to maintain a work and educational environment that is safe for its employees and students, the University has established a mandatory student drug testing program. Embry-Riddle may test for drugs, synthetic drugs, alcohol, and any substance that may compromise safety.


The drug testing program applies to all students who engage in flight training at the University.

The University tests for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine (PCP) and other synthetic drugs as follows:

  1. Random testing of students engaged in flight training.
  2. Required post-accident testing for students involved in an aircraft accident. Students are tested for drugs within 24 hours after an accident. An accident is defined as any occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft that results in any person suffering death or serious injury, or where the aircraft receives substantial damage as determined by the National Transportation Safety Board. The accident can occur at any point between the time a person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and the time all have disembarked.
  3. Pre-employment testing will be required for any student who applies to work in a safety-sensitive student assistant position at the University.
  4. The University, in conjunction with judicial proceedings, may also require drug testing. Students will follow the guidelines outlined in the Student Handbook.
  5. In the event that drug testing is required, students who fail to comply with testing procedures refuse to be tested, or test positive for illegal drugs are subject to the following actions:
    1. Students who fail to comply with all University directives concerning the place of testing, the manner in which they are to arrive at the test site, and any other related matters are subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the University.
    2. Students who refuse to be tested after being requested to do so by the University will be dismissed from the flight program and possibly the University.
    3. Students whose test results show positive for the use of an illegal or non-prescribed drug, as verified by a medical review officer, will result in dismissal from the Flight program and up to and including dismissal from the University.


The cost of drug testing is the responsibility of the University. Embry-Riddle has contracted with a professional testing service as the certified laboratory for the collection and analysis of test specimens. This testing service will adhere to all requirements for chain of custody, test reporting, and specimen retention in accordance with proposed DOT and FAA regulations.


Students applying to attend the residential campuses are notified of the drug testing requirement through various University publications. The drug testing policy is also explained on appropriate flight course registration forms.