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Student Drug Testing Administrative Rule

Saturday, September 23, 2017

I. PURPOSE

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College has an obligation to provide a safe learning environment for students. UA-PTC offers various programs that require students to work with and around hazardous equipment with the potential to cause severe injury or death. UA-PTC​ also offers allied health programs that require direct patient care. Students in these shop areas and patient care areas must be attentive and focused on their actions, as well as other students around them. Students with impaired or delayed reaction time, loss of concentration, or impaired decision making are a hazard to others. Students that are impaired due to prescription medications or illicit drug use pose a serious risk. The purpose of this policy is to promote safety and prevent a potential safety risk to others. This Drug Screening Program shall not be used for law enforcement purposes.

Areas of concern are Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Automotive, Collision Repair, Diesel, Machining, Outdoor Performance Equipment and Welding.

  • Air Conditioning students use shears, oxy/acetylene torches and high pressure refrigerants.
  • Automotive and Diesel students use automotive and heavy lifts, tire machines and brake lathes.
  • Collision Repair students use automotive lifts and frame alignment equipment.
  • Machine Shop students operate milling machines, lathes, and high temperature heat treatment ovens.
  • Outdoor Performance Equipment students use a dynamometer.
  • Welding students are required to shear half inch steel plate using hydraulic metal sheers, operate hand-held abrasive grinders and cut off wheels, and high-frequency welders.
  • Areas of concern in the allied health programs are anesthesia technology, occupational therapy assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy, licensed practical nursing, and dental assisting.

II. POLICY

A. Technical and Industrial Programs

In providing a safe learning environment, UA-PTC​ realizes that students who are impaired due to prescription medications or illicit drug use are a danger to others. Therefore, certain technical programs cited below will participate in a drug screening program. Students eligible for acceptance into the technical programs listed in this rule are required to have a drug screen completed before admission to the program. All enrolled students in these specified programs will participate in a random drug screen program at UA-PTC​. Applicants/students who have a positive drug screen will be denied entry.

Results or specimens submitted that have been determined to be altered by the student shall result in administrative dismissal from the program by the appropriate dean. Students refusing to submit for drug screenings will be dismissed from the program. The normal refund policy of the campus will apply and students may reapply for entry at a later date.

Students who are taking a current medically prescribed drug that can alter behavior, physical ability or mental function in such a way that their ability to safely perform his/her assigned tasks, must report the use of this drug to the Vice Chancellor for Learning who will determine whether any action should be taken.

Students who do not successfully pass the drug test may re-test and apply to the program the following semester or at a later date.

This policy is for enrollment in the following programs:

  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • Automotive
  • Collision Repair
  • Diesel
  • Machining
  • Outdoor Performance Equipment
  • Welding

Specific courses affected are those with the following course abbreviations: ACR, AST, CRT, DTM, MST, SER, WLD

B. Allied Health Programs

Accreditation standards and partner requirements have determined that this drug policy also applies to the following Allied Health Programs:

  • Anesthesia Technology
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Radiography
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Licensed Practical Nursing
  • Dental Assisting

However, this policy outlines only the minimum requirements of medicalpartners. Stricter, more rigid requirements may apply in some cases.

III. PROCEDURES

A. INITIAL ENROLLMENT:

Students applying for the programs cited in this policy are responsible for obtaining their own drug screening through a vendor approved by the college or, in the case of some allied health programs, through a partner healthcare provider. Outcomes of the testing are considered confidential and will be managed accordingly.

  1. The test result shall be forwarded directly, by the lab, to both the admissions office and the division office of the program of study.
  2. The Admissions Office will take action on students enrollment according to policy and inform the student of negative results of student testing.
  3. The student will receive a copy of the test results from the administering laboratory.
  4. Students may appeal the results of the tests to the Medical Review Officer of the administering laboratory.

B. INCUMBENT STUDENTS:

Random screens will be coordinated by the deans of the affected areas and will be conducted at a minimum of once per year.

  1. UA-PTC​ will contract with a reputable vendor to provide an on-site screening laboratory.
  2. All students enrolled in the cited programs will be included in a random sample.
  3. Each semester two (2) designated administrators will randomly select the predetermined number of currently enrolled students to be tested.
  4. An administrator will then locate the students selected and notify the dean and the instructors of the students.
  5. On the appropriate day, the instructors of the selected students will privately notify the students that they have one (1) clock hour to report to the designated campus location and provide the specimen; the student is required to comply. The instructor fills in the notification time on the Student Random Drug Screen Notification Form and, along with selected student, signs the form. The original is submitted to the appropriate program dean, and the student is given a copy to take to the drug screening.
  6. Students must have the laboratory sign their time of arrival on their notification form and return it to the dean. The student will also sign specimen custody and control forms.
  7. The test result shall be forwarded directly, by the lab, to the office of the appropriate dean. Students with a positive drug screen will be dropped from the program.

C. CONFIDENTIALITY

  1. All reports submitted and received will be kept strictly confidential.
  2. No information from reports will be revealed to any other person except those whose duty requires him/her to have this information.
  3. Reported information can be used only as outlined in this policy and for no other purposes unless directed by court order.
  4. Information obtained through this policy will not be transferred to other institutions.
  5. University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College will abide by HIPPA regulations throughout this process.
  6. No information regarding screening outcomes shall be released to law enforcement.

IV. FORMS

A. Student Random Drug Screen Notification Form
B. Vendor Forms for Specimen Custody and Control