Background Checking and Drug Screening Policy for Fieldwork Placement

Drug Screening Policy for Fieldwork Placement

Springfield Technical Community College is committed to providing high quality education and
excellent fieldwork experiences to students. Students are expected to perform at their highest
functional level during all educational and fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship, externship, or
field placement) experiences in order to maximize the learning environment and ensure patient/client
safety. Thus a student's performance at all times must be free of any impairment caused by
prescription or non-prescribed drugs including alcohol, marijuana, and cannabis-derived products.
Many College programs require students to undergo and pass a drug screening analysis in order to
be eligible for fieldwork placement. STCC student program fees cover the cost of this screening.
Additional scheduled and random drug and/or alcohol screenings may be required depending upon
facility and/or program guidelines.
Students who are notified of a negative-dilute result will submit to an observed urine drug test within
24 hours of the previous test (or soonest appointment made available to STCC Health Compliance
by the testing agency) in order to confirm the negative or positive finding status of the drug screening.
If a student continues to receive a negative-dilute or inconclusive drug screening result, the
subsequent drug test will be of the hair collection method until a conclusive negative or positive result
is confirmed.
Students with a positive drug screening may challenge the results by filing a written appeal to the
College's Director of Health Compliance within five (5) business days of notification of the test results.
An appeal by a student who claims that the positive test was due to a prescription drug and was
unable to clarify this matter with the medical review officer (MRO) from the drug testing lab shall
include evidence from a health care provider of the type of prescription, dates of permissible use and
dosage amounts. Students may be responsible to pay for additional drug screening conducted as
part of an appeal. Students excluded from a program due to a positive screening, failure to submit
appeal, denied appeal, or refusal to submit to a screening may re-apply for re-entry into a program
after one year. Requests for re-admission will be considered on a case by case basis and in
accordance with the program criteria.

Student Background Record Check Policy

Background record checks are required for College programs involving potentially unsupervised
contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly, including fieldwork (a clinical affiliation, internship,
externship, or field placement) with a private or public healthcare provider or daycare provider. Such
checks include data provided by the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information
Services (DCJIS); the Office of Inspector General/General Services Administration (OIG/GSA); the
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF); the Massachusetts Sex Offender
Registry Board (SORB); the state and national fingerprint databases; as well as all relevant state
and national criminal history, child welfare and sex offender registries, databases and repositories.
The purpose of the background check is to ensure a safe and protective environment for all clients,
particularly members of vulnerable populations.
Students choosing not to consent to the required background checks will be ineligible to participate
in fieldwork involving vulnerable populations. Ineligibility to participate in fieldwork may affect a
student's ability to successfully complete the program.
Based upon the results of the background record check, a student may be deemed ineligible to
participate in academic or fieldwork activities, which may impact a student's ability to successfully
complete program requirements. Background record checks are reviewed by the College’s CORI
Board. The CORI Board determines eligibility to participate in academic and/or fieldwork activities.
Students have the right to appeal the determination of the CORI Board by filing a written appeal
with the Vice President of Student Affairs within 10 business days of receiving the CORI Board’s
Furthermore, please be advised that eligibility to participate in College academic and/or fieldwork
activities following a background record check does not guarantee eligibility to sit for a professional
credentialing examination(s) or for employment upon program completion. It is the student’s
responsibility to contact the certification or licensure board for a particular healthcare or other service
profession to determine the standards that must be met for credentialing, licensing and/or
employment in that field.