VIII. 806 - Equipment and Vehicle Usage

Equipment and vehicles essential in accomplishing job duties are expensive and may be difficult to replace. When using property, staff members are expected to exercise care, perform required maintenance, and follow all operating instructions, safety standards, and guidelines. Staff members operating a motor vehicle are required to possess a valid driver's license.

A staff member must notify the supervisor if any equipment, machines, tools, or vehicles appear to be damaged, defective, or in need of repair. Prompt reporting of damages, defects, and the need for repairs could prevent deterioration of equipment and possible injury to staff members or others. The supervisor can answer any questions about a staff member's responsibility for maintenance and care of equipment or vehicles used on the job.

The improper, careless, negligent, destructive, or unsafe use or operation of equipment or vehicles, as well as excessive or avoidable traffic and parking violations, can result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Staff members are prohibited from operating vehicles without a valid license as required by law. Staff members may not possess alcohol, controlled, or illegal substances while operating university vehicles. Staff members may not operate vehicles under the influence of alcohol, controlled, or illegal substances.