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.
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:
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:
However, this policy outlines only the minimum requirements of medicalpartners. Stricter, more rigid requirements may apply in some cases.
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.
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.
A. Student Random Drug Screen Notification Form
B. Vendor Forms for Specimen Custody and Control