Drug and Alcohol (Policy SW-15)

Problems related to the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances lead to a loss of individual effectiveness and may interfere with the educational process. Clarkson College reaffirms its position of serious concern about and in opposition to the abuse of alcoholic beverages and use of controlled substances. Clarkson College complies with the Drug-Free School and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 through the publication of the Drug and Alcohol Policy and other written material distributed annually to students and employees. Clarkson College encourages members of the College community to participate in drug and alcohol abuse education, prevention, and treatment programs when appropriate. These regulations shall assure that Clarkson College is in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local statutes, regulations, and ordinances. Clarkson College does not accept responsibility for the conduct of individuals while they are off campus and not participating in a College activity, however, students may be held accountable for the actions of their conduct. The College realizes it cannot regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages by off-campus businesses to members of the Clarkson College community.

Within the Clarkson College Community, the following regulations dealing with drugs and alcohol apply: 

  1. Any currently enrolled student may be required to complete a drug/alcohol test.
  2. Illegal possession/use, sale, and/or sharing of drugs or drug related paraphernalia on campus property or at College sanctioned events is considered an infraction of Clarkson College policy. Clarkson College will cooperate fully with state and federal law officials in the enforcement of all state and federal laws pertaining to the possession, use, sale, and distribution of illicit substances.
  3. Possession by minors is an infraction of Neb. Re. Statute 53-180.02 and is punishable by three (3) months’ imprisonment, $500.00 fine, or both. All offenses regarding possession of drugs and/or alcohol will also be subject to the disciplinary procedures set forth by Clarkson College.
  4. The procurement of alcoholic beverages for minors is a violation of Clarkson College policy. The procurement of alcohol for minors, Neb. Rev. Statute 53-180, is punishable by a maximum of one-year imprisonment, $1,000.00 fine, or both. All offenses regarding procurement of alcohol for minors will also be subject to the disciplinary procedures set forth by Clarkson College.
  5. No alcohol shall be served at any event sponsored by Clarkson College or a recognized Clarkson College organization, unless the alcohol is sold off-campus by a licensed, independent vendor via a “cash bar” and only to persons of legal age. No College organization will be permitted to use organizational funds for the purchasing of alcohol.
  6. Guests are bound by the same rules regarding alcohol and drugs as the students. Members of the College community and their guests will be held responsible for their behavior and any destruction that occurs while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs. Violators will be asked to leave campus and/or be referred to local authorities.
  7. There will be absolutely no posted advertisement for alcoholic beverages in any College publication, private, or public area.
  8. The Vice President of Operations, the Director of Facilities, Residence Hall Coordinator, or any Student Services counselor may notify parents or law enforcement of violations. Notification may occur if it is believed that the student is potentially a danger to themselves or to others or is in danger of jeopardizing their academic career.

 

Violation of the Student Welfare Drug and Alcohol Policy

The consequences of violating the Student Welfare Drug and Alcohol Policy vary according to the circumstances surrounding the violation. Thus, each of the following categories of student violations is separated out below.

Students requiring drug/alcohol testing for their academic program requirements will be given instructions on how to complete this testing. All testing expenses are the responsibility of the student. If the results are negative, the student will proceed academically.

Penalties for Student Welfare Drug and Alcohol Policy Violations

First Offense - If the student tests positive for drugs/alcohol, the student:

  • Will be immediately administratively withdrawn from all laboratory/clinical/practicum courses but may be allowed to remain in theory classes (without co-requisite clinical courses) while undergoing required drug/alcohol treatment according to program requirements.
  • Must meet with a College-approved counselor and successfully complete the prescribed treatment plan.
  • Will be allowed to continue in current and enroll in future laboratory/clinical/practicum courses, if the student is complying with their treatment plan, and deemed as safe to return to clinical practice by a college approved counselor
  • Will be subject to random interval or scheduled interval drug/alcohol testing with or without cause for suspicion, for as long as they are an enrolled student at the College.
  • May be ineligible to continue in the program of study if clinical agency placement is not possible due to the student’s positive drug testing history.
  • May be administratively withdrawn from the College, if the student does not comply with the treatment plan set forth by the College provided counselor or refuses subsequent drug and/or alcohol testing or has a second positive drug test.
  • The Vice President of Operations, the Director of Facilities, Residence Hall Coordinator, or any Student Services counselor may notify parents of violations. Notification may occur if it is believed that the student is potentially a danger to themselves or to others or is in danger of jeopardizing their academic career.

Second Offense - Dismissal from the College and forfeiture of any Clarkson College scholarships.

If positive result is due to a legally prescribed medication:

  • The student must have the form signed by the prescribing health care provider stating he/she is prescribed that medication. 
  • A list of all the medications the student has been prescribed should be included on the form and returned within seven (7) business days after the student is notified of a positive test. The form will be sent to the Office of the VPAA, who coordinates drug and alcohol results.
  • The medication list will be approved/disapproved by the counselor and/or College designee within three (3) business days.
  • If the medication list is not approved by College designee, it will be viewed as a positive drug screen.
  • The student will not be allowed to participate in clinical setting until the proof of treatment process is completed.

Medical Amnesty

A Clarkson College student seeking emergency medical attention for self or for another person due to alcohol or drug consumption will not be charged with violation(s) of the Clarkson College Drug and Alcohol policy as long as the student fully cooperates with authorities involved, and complies with any required formal drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment recommendations. Said evaluation will be conducted at the student’s expense. Failure to fully cooperate will invalidate the medical amnesty, and standard disciplinary action will be taken. Further, medical amnesty does not protect students from disciplinary action who are found to be in violation of other Clarkson College policies, such as destruction of property, assault, and/or theft. Medical amnesty will not be abused. Should a student who invokes medical amnesty have a subsequent drug or alcohol experience requiring emergency medical attention, he/she may be excluded from medical amnesty and be subject to disciplinary action.

Nebraska LB 439 outlines provisions for the reporting of persons who may be affected by acute alcohol poisoning due to severe intoxication. In such circumstances, these provisions allow for the person to report him/herself or another person to the authorities and be granted immunity from prosecution. The reporter must remain on the scene and fully cooperate with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel. LB 439 does not provide legal amnesty for drug-related offenses.

 

Procedure:

On-Campus Testing:

If student is on campus (Nebraska Medicine/UNMC/Clarkson College):

  1. The faculty/staff will notify UNMC Public Safety at (402) 559-5111 immediately and Program Director or designee with location information.
  2. UNMC Public Safety will remove the student from class/area and take to a private setting and wait for further assessment.
  3. UNMC Public Safety will call Midlands Testing Services (MTS) at (402) 658-1122 and notify them of the site and contact person.
  4. MTS will come directly to the site to complete the testing. Upon arrival, MTS will call the contact phone number for the location of the student.
  5. The faculty/staff will complete the checklist for making reasonable cause determination.
  6. After testing, UNMC Public Safety will direct the student to contact a family member/friend for transportation to be removed from the site. If needed, UNMC Public Safety will arrange taxi service for the student. Taxi expenses will be the responsibility of the student.
  7. The faculty/staff will discuss the checklist with the Program Director or designee.
  8. The faculty/staff will also schedule a debriefing with the VPO/VPAA Program Director/BIT member the next business day.
  9. Students who refuse testing or fail to comply with any step in the processes above will be considered a positive test result.
  10. The student will pay for all costs associated with the testing, including transportation costs.
  11. If the student appears to be a threat to self or others: Contact local authorities immediately-Call 911

 

Off-Campus Testing:

If student is at an off campus/non-Nebraska Medicine/UNMC/Clarkson College Campus/clinical site or other College approved activity:

  1. Remove the student from patient care/activity and arrange for student oversight based on the clinical/facility policy. The student is to remain in that location until testing is completed unless clinical site policy/procedure is to follow another process. Please consult in advance with the clinical site to determine how to address these situations.
  2. Person/s who suspects the student is under the influence will contact the Program Director or designee to report suspected student impairment and provide the following information – name and contact phone number of person reporting the incident, clinical site location (include full address for clinical site and department), student name and program.
  3. The Program Director or designee will call Midlands Testing Services (MTS) at (402) 658-1122 and notify them of the site and contact person.
  4. MTS will come directly to the site to complete the testing. Upon arrival, MTS will call the contact phone number for the location of the student and follow onsite testing procedures.
  5. The Program Director or designee will complete the Checklist (Appendix D) for Reasonable Cause Determination and submit this to the VPAA and VPO, as soon as possible.
  6. After testing, the person/s who suspects the student is under the influence will direct the student to contact a family member/friend for transportation to be removed from the site. If needed, taxi service for the student will be arranged. Taxi expenses will be the responsibility of the student.
  7. Students who refuse testing or fail to comply with any step in the processes above will be considered a positive test result.
  8. The student will pay for all costs associated with the for-cause testing, including transportation costs.
  9. If the student appears to be a threat to self or others:Contact local authorities immediately-Call 911!

 

Student confidentiality of all information will be maintained.

Drug testing on minors may need parental or guardian consent. If consent is not obtained, so that drug testing cannot be completed, the minor student will be treated as though they were tested, and the results were positive.