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3.6 - MIRS Drug Testing Policy

MIRS follows the OUHSC Drug Screening policy found here.

MIRS Drug Testing Procedures  
At a minimum, the procedures below will be applied.  The University reserves the right, based on the nature of the test results and other factors, to take additional or different action.  For example, the University may determine deferral of admission for newly admitted students or re-enrollment of current students is not in its best interest and neither shall be implemented.  Refer to the OUHSC Drug Screening policy for additional details. 

The responsibility lies with the student to ensure he/she is in compliance with current OUHSC policy. A refusal of a drug test will be treated procedurally as a positive drug test. 

For both procedures (newly admitted or current students), any cost incurred for drug testing, retesting, or counseling is the responsibility of the student.  

Newly Admitted Students

Procedures for new admits with diluted samples
Should a newly admitted student, a student who is recently accepted but not yet enrolled in courses, have a diluted sample on the pre-enrollment drug testing the following procedures will be followed.  

  • The student will be retested at his/her own expense.  This retest must take place within one week of receiving the results that the initial sample was diluted.  
    • Should the student not get retested within one week, the student’s admission will be deferred to the next entering class and the student will be required to submit to an additional drug test within 60 days of the entering semester.  
    • Should the student’s second test be diluted the ‘Procedure for new admits with positive samples’ will be followed.  

Procedures for new admits with positive samples
Should a newly admitted student (a student who is recently accepted but not yet enrolled in courses) test positive, or have two consecutive diluted results on the pre-enrollment drug testing, the student’s admission will be deferred to the next entering class and the student may not be admitted until each of the following is completed:    

  • The student has seen a licensed substance abuse counselor and a care plan has been created.  
  • After the initial meeting of the student and counselor, a signed letter from the licensed counselor has been sent to the student’s prospective department to verify that the counselor is licensed and to notify the Department of an estimated timeline for treatment plan completion.  
  • Once the treatment plan has been completed, a signed letter from the licensed counselor has been received by the Department indicating that the student has successfully completed all requirements of care.  
  • Following the above, the student must submit to and receive a negative drug test at an approved vendor site. 
  • The student will also be required to complete a drug test as part of the admission process. 
  • If for any reason the student tests positive on any subsequent drug test, during the retesting phase or while in the program, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Currently Enrolled Students 

Procedures for current students with diluted sample
Should an enrolled student have a diluted sample, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Students who have a diluted sample will be allowed to retest at their own expense.
  • If the second consecutive drug screen returns as a diluted sample, the student will be notified by his/her Clinical Coordinator to go to the approved vendor site, within 24 hours, for a third and final drug screen.
    • The student is not to attend clinic until a negative drug screen is received by the Department.  The student may also be excluded from classes, at the discretion of the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator. 
    • If the student’s third drug screen returns as negative; the student will be allowed to make up the time missed due to this process, which may include an “I” grade in clinic if necessary.
    • If the student’s third drug screen returns as positive or diluted sample; the MIRS Department “Procedures for current students with positive samples” will be followed.

Procedures for current students with positive sample
Should an enrolled student test positive or diluted sample on three consecutive drug tests, the student will be withdrawn from all classes.  The student may not re-enroll until the following is completed:  

  • The student has seen a licensed substance abuse counselor and a care plan has been created.  
  • After the initial meeting of the student and counselor, a signed letter from the licensed counselor has been sent to the student’s prospective department to verify that the counselor is licensed and to notify the Department of an estimated timeline for treatment plan completion.  
  • Once the treatment plan has been completed, a signed letter from the licensed counselor has been received by the Department indicating that the student has successfully completed all requirements of care.  
  • Once each of the above has occurred, the student must submit to and successfully pass a repeat drug test at an approved vendor site before reenrolling in classes. Reenrollment is subject to program requirements.   
  • Because of the sequence in which classes are arranged in each program, the deadline for drug retest may result in the student sitting out of classes and clinic for up to one year. 
  • Should a student have to wait more than 60 days to continue in the program, another drug test will be required within 60 days of the return date.   
  • If for any reason the student tests positive on any subsequent drug test, the student will be dismissed from the program.

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