Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

The University has two DOT-regulated Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs for drivers. One is for drivers covered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations--this program involves the majority of University drivers, mechanics, and dispatchers. The other program is for drivers covered by the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) regulations--this program involves only paratransit drivers, mechanics, and dispatchers.

If your department is adding drivers who must have a CDL and who drive a vehicle

  • with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 26,001 or more lbs, or
  • with the capacity to carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or
  • of any size that is used to transport hazardous materials which require the vehicle to be placarded

then you should contact Tricia Van Ee Molbert, the Designated Employer Representative, at uohs@umn.edu or (612) 626-5886 to enroll your drivers in the program.

Paperwork for New Hires

Applicants for DOT-covered positions at the University must submit the following paperwork to University Health and Safety-Occupational Health (UHS-OH) and complete a pre-employment drug test before beginning safety-sensitive functions. Such functions include (but are not limited to) waiting to be dispatched, inspecting or servicing any commercial motor vehicle, and loading or unloading a vehicle. Current employees of the University whose job duties change to include driving functions must also complete this paperwork and a pre-employment test.

Additionally, drivers must be provided a copy of the policy pertinent to their position:

If you have any questions about the University's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program, please contact Tricia Van Ee Molbert, the Designated Employer Representative, at uohs@umn.edu or (612) 626-5008.

Accident Procedures

According to the DOT, a driver involved in an accident is responsible for deciding whether or not a post-accident drug and alcohol test is required. Download the document for a checklist and guide.

Accident Procedures for FMCSA Covered Drivers (pdf)

Accident Procedures for FTA Covered Drivers (pdf)

Reasonable Suspicion Testing

The University requires an employee to submit to "reasonable suspicion" drug and/or alcohol testing when a supervisor has reason to believe that an employee has engaged in prohibited conduct. Only a supervisor or University official trained in compliance with FMCSA rules and regulations can determine that an employee should be tested.

Reasonable suspicion means a belief that a driver has violated alcohol or controlled substances prohibitions, based on specific, contemporaneous, documentable observations concerning the appearance, behavior, speech, or body odors of that driver. In the case of controlled substances, the observations may include indicators of the chronic and withdrawal effects of controlled substances.

Reasonable Suspicion Checklist (pdf)

Incident Report Form for Documenting Reasonable Suspicion (pdf)