LSTC Drug Screening Program
Frequently Asked Questions
***The program is currently on hold due to an injunction issued by the Federal Courts. Future and/or enrolled students will be notified of any change made by the courts.***
LSTC will implement a drug screening program in the Fall 2011 semester. This program supports the LSTC mission to “prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning,” by guiding students in the development of safe workplace habits.
1.) Q = Who will LSTC begin drug screening in Fall of 2011?
A = Linn State Technical College will begin a drug screening program for students who are newly classified as degree or certificate seeking at the Linn State Technical College Campus or any Linn State Technical College location and degree or certificate seeking students returning after one or more semesters of non-enrollment. Drug screening will be conducted 5 to 10 days after the semester starts. Refusal to screen will result in an administrative or student-initiated withdrawal. Those students whose drug screen is positive will not be withdrawn from the college, but will have a period of approximately 45 days to rescreen and test negative to remain enrolled.
2.) Q = Why is LSTC drug screening students?
A = The mission of LSTC is to prepare students for profitable employment and a life of learning. Drug screening is becoming an increasingly important part of the world of work. It is also believed it will better provide a safe, healthy, and productive environment for everyone who learns and works at LSTC by detecting, preventing, and deterring drug use and abuse among students.
3.) Q = Does Linn State Technical College have a drug problem?
A = It is not believed that LSTC has any greater student drug use issue than other colleges, but we do differ in our mission and teaching environment.
4.) Q = When will the drug screening take place?
A = The drug screen will occur post-enrollment after the start of the Fall 2011 semester.
5.) Q = How will students be screened?
A = An outside agency, which specializes in the collection and analysis of urine samples, will be contracted to administer the drug screening program.
6.) Q = Can students refuse to participate in the drug screening program?
A = Failure to participate in the drug screening program will result in a student initiated withdrawal or administrative withdrawal from LSTC.
7.) Q = What drugs will the screening detect?
A = An 11 panel screen will be used; it will identify the following drugs:
8.) Q = If students have a positive first screening, will they be excluded from LSTC?
A = No, an initial positive result will not exclude students from LSTC. They will be placed on probation, and depending on the drug detected, they will be required to complete either an online educational program at the student’s cost of $35 or assigned to complete appropriate activities. Students will have an approximate 45 day “grace period” to re-screen. A second positive result will result in a student initiated withdrawal or an administrative withdrawal from LSTC.
9.) Q = If students have a positive first result but the second result is negative, will they be screened again?
A = Students who have an initial positive result followed by a negative result will be subject to a later random date screening and will remain on probation to the end of the semester.
10.) Q = What support/guidance will LSTC provide to those students who test positive?
A = Depending on the drug detected, they will be required to complete either an online educational program at the student’s cost of $35 or assigned to complete appropriate activities. In addition, students who test positive may be referred for professional assistance.
11.) Q = Will students attending classes in Mexico, Jefferson City, Three Rivers Community College and North Central Missouri College also be subject to the drug screening program?
A = Yes, LSTC students attending classes in Mexico, Jefferson City, Three Rivers Community College and North Central Community College are subject to the same drug screening program.
12.) Q = Why is a urine sample used for the drug screen?
A = Research has indicated that the use of urine samples provides a more accurate determination of drug use than other samples.
13.) Q = If I test positive the second time and voluntarily withdraw or am administratively withdrawn from LSTC, will I receive a refund for my classes?
A = If the second positive result is after the refund date, then the answer is no. The refund schedule will be followed as outlined in the LSTC Catalog.
14.) Q = Will my results be posted on my transcript or recorded on my permanent record?
A = No.
15.) Q = If I test negative to the initial screening, will I be subject to testing in the future?
A = Only if there is cause to do so, as outlined under the current procedures in the LSTC Student Handbook.
16.) Q = Should I report any prescriptions that I am taking at the time of the screening?
A = No. If you have a positive result the Medical Review Officer will contact you directly for a legitimate medical explanation for the drugs detected in the screening.
17.) Q = Is there anyone present during the urine collection process?
A = No.
18.) Q = How accurate are the screenings?
A = Lab based testing is extremely accurate.
19.) Q = What guidelines are being followed in respect to how the urine samples are collected?
A = The drug screening company will follow the federal guidelines found on the Federal Drug Screening Policy website, www.dot.gov/ost/dapc/udsc. You can refer to Subpart E (Urine Specimen Collections) to review those guidelines.
20.) Q = Will I have to pay for the initial drug screening?
A = Yes, all students who are newly classified as degree or certificate seeking at the Linn State Technical College Campus or any Linn State Technical College location and degree or certificate seeking students returning after one or more semesters of non-enrollment will be assessed a $50 fee.
21.) Q = How will the positive screeners be notified?
A = The College will provide all positive screeners with official notification
sometime during the week of September 19th.
If you have any questions that are not listed in this document, please contact Richard R. Pemberton, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, at 573-897-5193.
Note: more information can be found in the LSTC Catalog and/or Student Handbook.