Substance Testing for Students in Selected Programs

POLICY OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF PEARL RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Adopted: 
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Revision Number: 
4
Revision Date: 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Reference: 
Student Affairs
Policy: 

Pearl River Community College has a controlled substance testing program for all students in Barbering, Early Childhood Education Technology, Cosmetology, and Health Related programs. The College will adhere to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, as revised by the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (Public Law 101-226). The College will support the laws of the State of Mississippi as set forth in Sections 41-29-101 to 41-29-185, 61-1-37 to 61-1-81, 71-7-1 to 71-7-33, 81, 97-29-7 to 87-29-47, 142 of the Mississippi Code and abide by the Uniform Controlled Substances Law of the State of Mississippi. Under provisions of the Mississippi Code Nurse Practice Act, Chapter 15, Section 73-15-17, the state of Mississippi has the power to deny, revoke or suspend licensure to any person having been convicted of a drug/substance related felony or misdemeanor.

Procedure: 

All students enrolled in Barbering, Early Childhood Education Technology, Cosmetology, and Health Related programs must sign the “Substance Screen Consent” form agreeing to be tested for controlled substances. At some time, during the school semester, a percentage of all students enrolled in these programs will be chosen at random to undergo substance testing; this will be determined by the Office of Student Services. Pearl River Community College will bear the expense of random testing.

All students in the Associate Degree Nursing program are required to submit to substance testing each semester. The student is responsible for the cost of this testing, and the cost will be assessed by the College. Any follow-up testing requested by the student is at the student’s expense under the supervision of the program director.

Required substance testing of students in other programs is at the discretion of the program’s director. In addition, any student enrolled in Barbering, Early Childhood Education Technology, Cosmetology, and Health Related programs at Pearl River Community College will be required to have a substance test performed immediately if at any time sensory or behavioral symptoms suggest the use of a substance. Confirmation of sensory or behavioral symptoms is determined by the student’s instructor or other supervising professional and by the opinion of another professional. In those clinical facilities where substance testing is not available, the student will obtain a designated driver, leave the facility, and report to the Office of Student Services immediately. The student is responsible for all expenses associated with this testing and/or treatment.

If the substance screen is positive or if a student refuses to be tested for any reason, the student will obtain a designated driver and leave the facility. The student will be dismissed from the program and advised to seek rehabilitation. The student will be considered for readmission following documented counseling and appropriate treatment by an accredited agency and the student must sign and be in compliance with the Pearl River Community College “Probation Agreement” form. Refer to individual program’s policies for specifications.

Pearl River Community College affords due process to all students in accordance with the law.

Substance Screen Consent

I (print name) ____________________________ have read and understand the Substance Testing for Students in Selected Programs Policy and Procedure printed above and agree to have tests for substances at any time while enrolled in the Pearl River Community College ________________________ program.

_______________________________   _________________________    _______________
Student Signature                                        Student ID Number                       Date of Birth

______________________________________________   ________________
Program Director or Department Chair                                      Date

 

Probation Agreement Form