It is the policy of PCOM to maintain an environment that is free of substance abuse by students, faculty and employees.
The policy includes the following:
When a student is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, that student will be reported to the Student Affairs and appropriate actions will be taken. This may include referral to counseling support programs, suspension or termination of enrollment at PCOM.
Graduate and professional education can be a time of great stress. A student may be unable to successfully adapt to these stresses and engage in potentially harmful coping mechanisms such as alcohol or drug abuse. The College policy on drug and alcohol abuse represents the intent of the College to enable students to resolve substance abuse problems by requesting and receiving compassionate, confidential professional assistance.
In an effort to help our students and to protect patients and others from the harm that an impaired student may cause, PCOM's goals include:
Students at the Philadelphia campus concerned about their own potential substance abuse should contact the assistant dean for Student Affairs or the College psychiatrist at 215-871-6870.
Students on the Georgia campus concerned about their own potential substance abuse should contact the coordinator for Student Affairs at 678-225-7534 or the Talbot Recovery Center at 800-445-4232 or 770-994-0185.
If a student suspects impairment of another student, Philadelphia campus students should seek guidance from the assistant dean for Student Affairs or the campus psychiatrist. Students on the Georgia campus should seek guidance from the Student Affairs coordinator.
At the discretion of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, a student may be required to submit to psychological assessment and/or a urine and/or blood screening to detect alcohol abuse or the presence of illegal drugs based on reasonable suspicion of impairment. Medical professionals will perform such assessments and toxicology tests, with reports sent in confidence to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, at no cost to the student.
If such screening measures detect impairment, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs may remand the matter to the Student Professional Conduct Committee. Students who have declined an assessment and/or recovery plan will automatically be remanded to the Student Professional Conduct Committee for dismissal proceedings.
In accordance with the College disciplinary policy, any student found guilty of the use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs, either on-campus or off-campus will be subject to permanent termination of enrollment.
PCOM is in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local drug and alcohol laws, and vehicle codes. Any student convicted of a drug-related offense will be suspended which includes immediate termination of all forms of financial aid.
All students should be aware of the legal sanctions under state, local, and federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of prescription or illicit drugs and alcohol, as well as the health risks associated with abuse of controlled substances or alcohol.
A question on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form asks if the student has ever been convicted of a drug related offense. Failure to answer this question will automatically disqualify the student from receiving federal aid. Falsely answering this question, if discovered, could result in fines up to $20,000, imprisonment, or both.
Under the Higher Education Act, a student may become ineligible for federal student aid upon conviction of any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving Title IV federal financial aid. Federal aid includes Federal Direct Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal ACG Grants, Federal SMART Grants, Federal TEACH Grants, Federal Work Study, and Perkins Loans.
The following financial aid penalties apply to those convicted of the possession or sale of illegal drugs:
According to the United States Department of Education, if a student is convicted of a drug offense after receiving Federal aid, he or she must notify the Financial Aid Department immediately and that student will be ineligible for further aid and required to pay back all aid received after the conviction.
A student can regain eligibility for federal student aid funds by successfully completing a drug rehabilitation program. To be sufficient to reinstate financial aid eligibility, the program must: include at least two unannounced drug tests AND be recognized as a Federal, State, or local government agency program. A student will regain eligibility on the date of successfully completing the program.