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Background Checks and Drug Testing of Health Professions Program Students 3.406

(IDPH)- Healthcare Worker Background Check Code and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (TJC) have established regulations that require Elgin Community College to request criminal background checks (CBC) and drug testing (DT) of all students in the Health Professions Division who participate in clinical training. The college will comply fully with the IDPH and the TJC regulations governing criminal background checks and drug testing, and those requirements have been incorporated into this procedure.  The results of all individual criminal background checks and drug testing will be kept in a secure location with controlled access. All individual test results will be considered confidential.

Criminal background checks (CBC) and drug testing (DT) are required of all students upon admission. CBC must be done no more than 90 day before the beginning of classes in the Health Professions Division. DT must be done no more than 30 days before the beginning of classes in the Health Professions Division. Students with a history of a felony or disqualifying offense without a waiver from IDPH and/or a positive drug test for illegal substances, will be denied admission and/or dismissed from the Health Professions Division.

In addition, students:

  • will be responsible for independently securing all criminal background checks and drug tests from a source recommended by the Health Professions Division
  • who leave the Health Professions Division for one or more semesters will be required to be re-tested upon re-admission
  • who are convicted of a disqualifying offense after program admission are responsible for reporting that conviction immediately to the Health Professions Division
  • who refuse to be tested will be considered to be positive for CBC and/or DT
  • with a positive drug test will be referred to the student assistance program at ECC
  • with a positive drug test may not reapply to a health professions program for a period of one year and must supply a letter from a professional source documenting successful rehabilitation
  • with a second positive drug test will be permanently dismissed from the Health Professions Division
  • must repeat the drug test annually and for cause will be responsible for all costs associated with the criminal background check and drug test
 
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