Drug & Alcohol Testing

To ensure the health and wellbeing of our students, the Academy reserves the right to require drug testing. Any time drug testing is required by the Academy, refusal to submit a specimen will be interpreted as a positive result. The cost of drug and alcohol testing is the financial responsibility of the parents and will be billed to the student’s account.

Drug Testing for Suspected Use

  • When a faculty member suspects that a student, due to his or her behavior or circumstance, has been drinking alcohol or using drugs, a dean or their designee may administer a breathalyzer test or bring the student to the Health Center where a blood or urine sample may be collected.
  • Testing does not require the consent of parents.
  • Collection of blood or urine samples will proceed in accordance with the Health Center policy for such sample collection. Blood and urine samples will be sent to an outside laboratory for processing, and the results will be reported to the school physician.
  • If the testing laboratory reports that a specimen has been tampered with or substituted in any way, the test will be considered positive.
  • A positive test for alcohol or drugs will be interpreted as evidence a major school rule violation and the student will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Prospective Drug Testing After a Discipline Event

  • Prospective random drug testing may be performed after a disciplinary event involving drugs and alcohol.
  • Parents and students are notified before prospective testing begins, but their consent is not required.
  • Health Center staff administer the testing. Collection of blood, urine, or breathalyzer samples will proceed in accordance with Health Center policy, and results will be reported to the school physician. The spectrum of testing will be determined by the school physician or the Dean of Students and may vary.
  • If the testing laboratory reports that a specimen has been tampered with or substituted in any way, the test will be considered positive.
  • A positive test for alcohol or drugs will be interpreted as evidence a major school rule violation and the student will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.
  • The duration of the prospective testing period will be determined by the Dean of Students and, under most circumstances, will not exceed one calendar year.

Drug Testing Due to Community Concern

  • When a pattern of behavior or circumstances is observed that raises significant community concern that a student may be abusing drugs or alcohol, the Dean of Students may require drug or alcohol testing.
  • Testing typically involves a baseline test for drugs and alcohol followed by prospective random testing as described above.
  • When testing is done due to community concern, a positive result on the baseline test will not be treated as a disciplinary event. However, evidence of continued use of drugs or alcohol on subsequent random testing will be considered a violation of a major school rule and the student will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Drug Testing for Medical Reasons

  • When, in the course of providing medical or mental health care to a student, the Health Center staff or the counseling staff becomes concerned about the possible abuse of drugs or alcohol, the school physician may require testing for drugs or alcohol including a baseline test and prospective random testing.
  • Parents will be notified of such testing.
  • The results of such testing will be confidential and a positive test will not result in disciplinary proceeding.
  • The response to a positive test will be a medical response. Recurrent positive test results consistent with continued abuse of drugs or alcohol will likely cause a medical leave of absence.