Drug Prevention Program


Annual notification of the Drug Prevention Program will be distributed to all employees and students of Central School of Practical Nursing at the beginning of each enrollment. This notice shall include:

  • Standards of Conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
  • A description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, State, or Federal law for the unlawful
  • possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
  • A listing of any counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation programs that are available to students and employees.
  • A clear statement that Central School of Practical Nursing will enact disciplinary sanctions on any students or employees in violations of the Standards of Conduct.

(a)1. Standards of Conduct
Students: (From the Student Handbook)

Drug Policy
It is the policy of Central School of Practical Nursing to maintain an educational environment that is free from drug and alcohol use. The possession, use/and or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol or controlled substance abuse represents a danger to all students and employees of Central School of Practical Nursing, Inc. CSPN recognizes its responsibility to maintain a drug-free environment. In keeping with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Central School of Practical Nursing will not tolerate the distribution, dispensation, possession or use of illegal drugs, controlled substances, or alcohol in the School environment which includes clinical settings off of CSPN property and any occasion on which an individual is in the role of a student. Central School reserves the right to have students screened for drugs/alcohol whenever there is reasonable suspicion.

Per the guidelines of CSPN’s clinical affiliations, all students will be required to submit a clean drug test as part of the admissions process. The cost of the drug screening is $40, and at the expense of the prospective applicant.  In addition, random drug testing will be conducted throughout the program. Students will be selected by computer for random testing.

The following guidelines are non-negotiable and must be followed under penalty of discipline, up to and including dismissal from CSPN:

  • Central School of Practical Nursing has a zero-tolerance policy for drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Students undergoing drug/alcohol testing must remain with the Director of Student Services or her designee from the time they are notified until they begin the test. Students are not permitted to go to lockers, etc.
  • Refusal to submit to a drug/alcohol screening at the time requested will result in immediate dismissal.
  • Any student who tests positive for drugs or alcohol will be dismissed from the nursing program immediately.
  • Drug/alcohol testing results are considered final and binding. The School will neither consider nor grant requests from students to be retested.
  • Students taking controlled prescription drugs, prescribed for them, must disclose to the testing agent the name of the medication and the prescribing physician during testing. If a student tests positive for controlled substances, and no acknowledgement has been made, this will result in immediate dismissal. *(See below).
  • Any attempt to tamper with a specimen will be viewed as a positive test for drugs/alcohol and will result in immediate dismissal. An adulterated specimen will be treated as a positive specimen. Similarly, any specimen that is deemed unacceptable for testing, due to abnormal temperature or other tampering may also result in dismissal.
  • Testing must occur in the manner and location prescribed by CSPN in order for the test to be valid.
  • Decisions about students under the drug and alcohol policy are final and not subject to the Grievance Resolution procedures. Additionally, students dismissed under this policy are permanently ineligible to reapply to CSPN.

*Please note: The following medications are some examples of drugs that must be disclosed:

  • Opiates/painkillers (examples: Vicodin, Percodan/Percocet, Oxycontin/Oxycodone, Demerol, Suboxone, codeine, morphine, etc.)
  • Benzodiazepines/anti-anxiety medications/ hypnotics (examples: Ativan, Xanax, Valium, Ambien, Lunesta)
  • Amphetamines/stimulants (examples: Adderall, Ritalin, diet pills)

If a newly enrolled student fails the drug test, no monies will be returned for seat and materials fee(s).

Employees: (From the Employee Handbook)

Minimally, employees of CSPN are required to not participate in the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Chemical Screening
The executive director will make arrangements for screening of faculty or staff in the event there is reasonable suspicion. Refusal to comply with testing will result in termination.


(a)2. Legal Sanctions

CSPN complies with local, State and Federal regulations regarding drug use and prevention. Possession, use of or distribution of illegal drugs, and unlawful possession and use of alcohol are strictly prohibited. Anyone who is found to be in violation of this will be subject to legal and/or disciplinary actions.

(a)3. Health Risks

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs-charts), “Most drugs of abuse can alter a person’s thinking and judgment, leading to health risks, including addiction, drugged driving and infectious disease…”.

For more detailed descriptions of commonly abused drugs, please visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse at: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-drugs-charts.

(a)4. Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation

Any person seeking a referral for counseling, treatment and/or rehabilitation should contact the Director of Student Services, Rachel Roberts at 216-901-4400, ext. 105.

Additionally, referrals for counseling, treatment and/or rehabilitation can be given through 211.

(a)5. Statement of Disciplinary Sanctions

Any student found in violation of the Central School of Practical Nursing drug free policy will be immediately dismissed from the program.

Any employee found in violation of the Central School of Practical Nursing’s policies will be subject to termination.

(b)1. Biennial Review

This program will be reviewed on a biennial basis to ensure effectiveness. Changes will be made as needed to ensure the program is current and effective.

Reviewed: 4/2018