GCCC Drug Testing

The Gulf Coast Community College Board of Trustees Thursday approved a policy that would force some employees and students to take drug tests.

Students will now have to take a drug test before they can enter health related programs. Several hospitals have started or will soon start requiring drug tests for everyone who works in their buildings. That includes interns and students.

Some of the programs at Gulf Coast have students working, or interning, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, which requires the drug tests.

If a student fails a drug test to get into a program, they can try again the next semester.

But William Cramer, Chairman of the College Trustees, says for employees a failed test could result in termination.

"That is a requirement of a dual program we're having with the Tallahassee Community College and working with our health service employees over there, and I think it's an appropriate move to take."

The policy adopted Thursday does give college administrators the authority to expand drug testing to other programs.

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