LIU Pharmacy will conduct drug screening on all applicants for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional program. The rationale for required drug screening is multifaceted and includes the following:
The LIU College of Pharmacy Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen process does not guarantee the safety of students, patients, faculty, or staff. In addition, an acceptable criminal background check and drug screen, as defined by the school, state, or experiential site; does not guarantee the student will be eligible to complete the program or obtain a license to practice pharmacy upon graduation.
Fair Credit Reporting Act
If an employer hires an outside individual or firm to conduct a criminal background check and drug screen, the employer is subject to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Although FCRA does not explicitly include educational institutions, the applicability to colleges and schools of pharmacy may depend on legal interpretation and circumstances. A link to an individual’s rights under the federal Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) 15 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. A copy of the FCRA is available online at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/fcrasummary.pdf
Please note that the LIU Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program requires that students complete experiential learning activities at facilities external to the University. Many of the sites used for experiential learning require students to meet certain prerequisites, in addition to showing proof of immunizations, such as criminal background checks and drug screening.
A positive criminal history and/or positive drug screen may disqualify you from completing the required experiential learning at sites external to the University and may prevent you from completing the Pharm.D. program. Should a student fail a check, clearance, and/or drug screen, the College of Pharmacy cannot guarantee that it will be able to place the student at another entity for the requisite field education, thereby affecting the student’s likelihood of graduating on-schedule from the pharmacy program.
Additionally, in order to become licensed as a pharmacist, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of any misdemeanor, any felony, or any felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse. A criminal history as described above may delay or prevent licensure.