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Criminal Background Check, Drug and Alcohol Screen and DUI

Arrest/Criminal Background Check Policy 

To ensure the safety of students, faculty, colleagues and most importantly, patients; the Physician Assistant profession requires that both students and licensed health care professionals be able to pass criminal background checks.

Therefore:

Prior to matriculation, accepted students must submit to a criminal background check.

Prior to beginning supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPEs), students must submit to a repeat criminal background check.

From time to time, students may be required to submit to additional criminal background checks, which may include fingerprinting, based on clinical affiliation agreements with the Program’s Clinical Affiliates (Clinical Sites) or at the Program Director’s discretion.

Any student arrested or formally charged with a violation of the law (other than minor traffic violations) must report the arrest or formal charge to the Program Director within two (2) business days after the arrest/formal charge.

Students are responsible for the costs of criminal background checks and fingerprinting.

The Program Director reviews any positive findings on pre-matriculation criminal background checks to determine if matriculation is appropriate. Any positive finding(s) on post-matriculation criminal background checks are reviewed by the Program Director to determine if referral to the Student Progress Committee for recommendations on progression in the Program is appropriate. Any student with felony convictions, pending felony charges, misdemeanor convictions, and pending misdemeanor charges are evaluated and advised on a case-by-case basis. 

The Program reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission and prohibit progression in the Program to any student at any time based on the results of a criminal background check(s) or student refusal to submit to a criminal background check(s).  Additionally, Clinical Affiliates reserve the right to refuse students or remove students from their Clinical Site(s) based on the results of a criminal background check(s) or student refusal to submit to a criminal background check(s)/finger printing.  Positive findings on a criminal background check or student refusal to submit to a criminal background check may prevent the student from completing one or more components required by the Program and thereby prevent graduation.  Additionally, positive findings on a criminal background check may prevent a graduate from obtaining state licensure and/or hospital/practice credentialing.

 

Drug/Alcohol Screen, and Driving while Under the Influence (DUI) Policy 

Safe and competent delivery of patient care requires all providers to be free of impairment from drugs and alcohol. Prior to matriculation and prior to beginning SCPEs, students must submit the results of a urine drug screen to the Program. At times students may also be required to submit to additional drug and/or alcohol screens. Students are responsible for the cost of drug and alcohol screens. The Program Director reviews any positive finding(s) on the pre-matriculation urine drug screen to determine if matriculation is appropriate. Any positive findings on post-matriculation drug and alcohol screens are reviewed by the Program Director to determine if referral to the Student Progress Committee for recommendations on progression in the Program is appropriate. Students with prior a DUI conviction or pending DUI charge are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.           

The Program reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission and prohibit progression in the Program to any student at any time based on the results of a drug and/or alcohol screen(s) or student refusal to submit to a drug and/or alcohol screen(s).  Additionally, Clinical Affiliates reserve the right to refuse students or remove students from their Clinical Site(s) where SCPEs occur based on the results of a drug and/or alcohol screen(s) or student refusal to submit to drug and/or alcohol screens.  Positive findings on a drug/alcohol screen(s) or DUI arrest may prevent the student from completing the SCPEs required for graduation and may prevent graduates from obtaining state licensure and/or hospital/practice credentialing.

Students under the age of 21 years may not possess, consume, sell, distribute, or be in the presence of alcoholic beverages on LMU grounds, in LMU facilities, at LMU activities, and at Clinical Sites of the Program’s Clinical Affiliates.