PCHCS Handbook 2023-2024

Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences (PCHCS) 2023–2024 127 Drug Policy—Zero Tolerance NSU’s PCHCS has a zero tolerance policy for drug use. This includes the use of illegal drugs; the use of controlled substances without a prescription; the use of marijuana, even if prescribed or certified by a physician; and the use of, or being under the influence of, alcohol while on rotation/clinical experience or in class. Should a student receive a positive drug or alcohol screen and a positive follow-up screen, the student will be referred to the CSP for disciplinary action, which may include expulsion/dismissal from the student’s program and the PCHCS. Note: Students who receive a positive drug or alcohol screen must complete a follow-up drug or alcohol screening within one business day, following receipt of a request, unless prior approval is received from the program director. If a student reports to the academic program for help with a personal drug or alcohol concern prior to being informed of an impending drug test, the student will be required to report to the dean’s office for referral to the HPD Student Assistance Program. The student will only be permitted to report to class or a rotation/clinical experience if cleared by the HPD Student Assistance Program and the PCHCS’ dean office. Drug Testing Policy NSU’s PCHCS recognizes that substance abuse is a career- and life-threatening problem and encourages students to seek help in overcoming addiction. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Student Affairs for help in seeking services for drug and alcohol counseling or contact any of the behavioral health resources available to PCHCS students. Any student may be required to submit to drug and/or alcohol testing based upon what the faculty members and administration consider to be reasonable grounds to suspect drug or alcohol use, including, but not limited to • direct observation of drug or alcohol use or possession • physical behaviors related to the influence of drugs or alcohol • abnormal or erratic behavior that is disruptive or a risk to others • arrest or conviction of a drug or alcohol related offense on or off campus • documented information from a credible source submitting a complaint • evidence that a previous drug or alcohol test was tampered with • possession of drug paraphernalia • after treatment for drug or alcohol use PCHCS administration will require that drug testing be performed at a qualified designated laboratory site identified by the college. Students who • test positive on a drug or alcohol urine screen