Tobacco and Drug Policy

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. 

Students are prohibited from using any tobacco product whether in the form of cigarettes, cigars, pipes, dipping/snuff, smokeless cigarettes, electronic cigarettes/vaping, hookahs, e-liquids, vapor products, and/or alternative nicotine products, or chewing tobacco on campus.

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.

Drug Policy 

Embry-Riddle has a responsibility to educate and promote healthy, low-risk choices within our student population and to support similar policies found within the aviation, aerospace, and related industries. The University intends to be clear on its position regarding the use, possession, and/or sale of illegal drugs and toward those who have knowledge of violations of any federal, state, and local laws. Additionally, the University will take serious action regarding the abuse of legal substances or the illegal sale of legal substances. Students are subject to the Illegal Drugs & Other Substances or Paraphernalia Honor Code.

The University intends to comply with the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, federal student aid rules on criminal convictions, Department of Transportation regulations, and Federal Aviation Administration regulations regarding drug and alcohol abuse..

Additional Drug Testing Policies:

  • Flight Students: refer to the Flight Operations Manual (FOM) for all policies and procedures.  The drug testing program applies to all students who engage in flight training at the University.  
  • Athletes: student athletes participating in intercollegiate sports and representing Embry-Riddle are subject to drug testing as outlined by the Athletic Department; for information, see the University Director of Sports Medicine in the Athletic Department
  • ROTC Cadets: ROTC programs follow Department of Defense regulations
  • Aviation Maintenance Science Students: reference the Aviation Maintenance Science Random Drug Testing Program provided by the AMS Department”

Flight Department Drug Testing

The Flight Department 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 Honor Code.
  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.