2017-2018 Student Handbook

Student Testing Procedures

A student may be required to submit to a drug or alcohol test any time there is reasonable suspicion that the student is using or has used illegal drugs or alcohol in violation of College policy. A student may also be required to submit to a drug or alcohol test as a sanction for violation of the Code of Student Conduct as determined by either the Chief Student Affairs Officer or a Hearing Panel.

  1. Reasonable suspicion drug testing means that the testing is based on a belief that a student is using or has used drugs in violation of College policy. Reasonable suspicion may be based on the following:
    • direct observation of drug use;
    • direct observations of physical symptoms or manifestations of being under the influence;
    • pattern of abnormal conduct or erratic behavior in the classroom, during College activities, or while on College or Foundation properties;
    • an official incident report from a law enforcement agency indicating an alleged violation of the Code of Student Conduct as related to drug and/or alcohol abuse;
    • evidence of tampering with a drug test;
    • significant deterioration in course work performance over a period of time; and/or
    • evidence that student used, possessed, sold, solicited, or transferred drugs or drug paraphernalia while on the College property.
  2. The Chief Student Affairs Officer will direct the student to provide a urine sample using a reputable preliminary screening test. The Director of Athletics and Wellness will coordinate the screening process.
  3. Before and after testing, the student will be given the opportunity to confidentially report the use of prescription or non-prescription drugs which may affect test results. This information is to be reported to the testing facility and will be kept confidential along with the testing results.
  4. Refusal to submit to testing will be treated as an unsatisfactory result for purposes of discipline and may result in the student’s suspension or expulsion.
  5. If the preliminary screening test sample is negative, no record will be placed in the student’s confidential file. If the testing is positive, the student may accept the accusation of the appropriate violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Or, the student may exercise the option to be transported immediately by a College official to a certified laboratory near the College campus for a second screening. If the student selects this option, he or she will bear the cost of the second drug screening. At the time of the visit to the certified laboratory, the student may consult with a medical review officer or laboratory official about technical information regarding prescription and non-prescription medications.
  6. If the sample is confirmed positive, the student will be charged with the appropriate violations of the Code of Student Conduct if violation has not already been determined.
  7. For students who are required to undergo random drug testing as part of the sanctions imposed for violating the Code of Student Conduct, confirmed positive testing will result in expulsion.

(CF Administrative Procedure: Drug-Free Campus Procedure)