Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

It is the intent of the School of Podiatric Medicine to maintain a healthy and drug-free learning environment and workplace. Consequently, prior to matriculation into the School of Podiatric Medicine, all applicants are required to undergo a criminal background check (including a fingerprint check) and a drug screening. All fees assessed due to the background check will be the responsibility of the student. If the background check reveals a criminal conviction or a plea of no contest, the offer of a place to the applicant may be withdrawn. Clinical rotation sites can also require a criminal background check and may refuse to accept students with documented criminal histories. If a criminal conviction, or a plea of no contest, occurs after matriculation into the program, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Many clinical rotation sites also require drug screening of students prior to entering and, in some cases, during the course of clinical training. The School of Podiatric Medicine will dismiss students who either fail a drug screening prior to, or after, matriculating into the program or who refuse to submit to a drug screening. The School of Podiatric Medicine will also withdraw the offer of a place to applicants who either refuse to submit to a drug screening or fail a drug screening.