Student Handbook on Academic Policies and Procedures, Spring 2019 Edition
DRUGS & DRUG TESTING
Federal and State Regulations regarding alcohol and controlled substance abuse are identified in Appendix II of the Student Handbook. The CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) requires that all students comply with current New York State law and CUNY policies (http://www2.cuny.edu/wp-
content/uploads/sites/4/page-assets/about/administration/offices/legal-affairs/policies-procedures/Policy- Against-Drugs-and-Alcohol.pdf ) regarding the use of substances in order to remain eligible for clinical activities (even if they visit another locality, state or foreign country where such substances may be permitted). Students shall be responsible for assuring that they do not participate in activities or ingest substances when visiting other U.S. states or foreign countries which may cause them to be ineligible to participate in clinical activities because these substances are not permitted in New York State. Failure to do so is a violation of CSOM policy and is subject to academic sanctions for failure to comply with CUNY and CSOM academic standards, as well as potentially disciplinary charges.
When the CSOM receives notification that a medical student has a positive drug test, either from a clinical site or from a drug test that may have been voluntarily undertaken by the student (e.g., such as in preparation for an away elective), the following shall occur:
1. The student will be notified by the associate dean for student affairs (or designee) that a positive drug test report has been received.
2. The student will be informed that he/she must take another drug test (usually within one week of our receipt of the drug test report) through CertifiedBackground.com, or another approved vendor, at the student’s expense.
3. The student will not be allowed to participate in clinical activities until clearance (fitness for duty) has been obtained.
4. If the second drug test is negative, then the student will resume participation in clinical activities and warned that any subsequent positive drug tests will lead to appearance before the Student Academic Progress Committee (SAPC) and/or possible external reporting to the New York State Committee for Physician Health.
5. If the second drug test is positive or if the student declines to take a second drug test, then the student will be required to appear before the SAPC for consideration of academic probation/suspension/leave and/or will be reported to the New York State Committee for Physician Health.
6. Information about the positive second drug test and subsequent outcome will be included in the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE) for residency application.
CSOM POLICY STATEMENT ON ALCOHOL AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ABUSE
In addition to the CUNY policy on alcohol and controlled substance use (http://www2.cuny.edu/wp- content/uploads/sites/4/page-assets/about/administration/offices/legal-affairs/policies-procedures/Policy- Against-Drugs-and-Alcohol.pdf), CSOM has specific policies and consequences for substance use indicated below:
1. Violation of Alcoholic Beverages Policies:
Possession of alcohol or consumption of alcohol while engaged in clinical or learning duties or in a manner which renders them unfit for clinical or learning duties. Students are prohibited from being under the influence of alcohol while engaged in clinical or learning duties. Unlawful possession or use of alcohol as part of any CSOM required curricular activity is prohibited.
1st Offense: Probation and referral to a community substance abuse program.
2nd Offense: Suspension for one semester; reinstatement subject to completion of a certified substance abuse program.
3rd Offense: Suspension for one year or expulsion if circumstances warrant.
2. Violation of Drugs Policies
2.1 Students are prohibited from unlawful possession of controlled substances**, consumption of controlled substances** or from being under the influence of controlled substances** as part of any CSOM activity.
1st Offense: Probation and participation in a community substance abuse program and possible referral for criminal prosecution.
2nd Offense: Suspension for one semester; reinstatement subject to completion of a certified substance abuse program and possible referral for criminal prosecution.
3rd Offense: Suspension for one year or expulsion and possible referral for criminal prosecution.
2.2 Unlawful possession of any substance** with intent to sell or in quantities sufficient to constitute a felony under the Penal Law of New York State as part of any CSOM activity is prohibited. (See information on New York State felony drug offenses.)
1st Offense: Expulsion and referral for criminal prosecution.
2.3 Unlawful distribution, dispensing, sale, attempted sale, or purchase of any substance** as part of any CSOM activity is prohibited.
1st Offense: See 2.02
2.4 Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia as part of any CSOM activity is prohibited. 1st Offense: See 2.01
2nd Offense: See 2.01 3rd Offense: See 2.01
** As used in this section “substance(s)” is any drug listed in the following Policy Statement.
Counseling, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Re-Entry Programs
Any student who may have developed a drug-related problem, suspects he/she is at risk, or seeks information about illegal or controlled drugs, may seek confidential advice from the director of counseling services to an appropriate treatment program. Please note, however, that such a referral does not exempt any student from any action by CSOM. A full range of detoxification, outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation and re-entry programs is available in New York City. The programs listed below will refer clients based on individual needs.
Alcoholics Anonymous 212-870-3400
Greater NY Regional Help Line 212-929-6262
N.Y.S. Addictions Hotline 800-522-5353
Federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services 800-662-HELP
For medical students and PA students (licensed or unlicensed), The Committee for Physicians’ Health at 800-338-1833 or The Professional Assistance Program at 518-474-3817, Ext. 480
SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT PROGRAMS IN NEW YORK CITY WITH TRACKS FOR IMPAIRED PROFESSIONALS
In-Patient Treatment Programs
Holliswood Hospital, 87-37 Palermo Street, Holliswood, NY 11423: Most insurances, sliding scale for self pays, adults 17 and above; dual diagnosis program. HOLLISWOODHOSPITAL.COM (800) 486- 3005.
Smithers Alcoholism Treatment Center (St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital), 2 Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10703: Most major medical insurances; Medicaid/Medicare; Adults 18 and over; gay and lesbian tracks (914) 964-7873
South Beach Alcoholism Treatment Center, 777 Seaview Avenue, Bldg. #1, Staten Island, NY 10305: Most private insurances, Medicaid/Medicare, sliding scale for self-pay, no charge; adults 18 and over. (718) 667-5202
Out-Patient Treatment Programs
Arms Acres Manhattan Outpatient Services, 80-02 Q Garden Road, Q Garden, NY, 11415; 3584 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, NY 10467. Most private insurance, sliding scale for self-pay; adults 18 and over; 3 months-1 year program; day, evening and intensive care programs.
ARMSACRES.COM/OUTPATIENT (888) 227-4641
Bedford Stuyvesant Alcoholism Treatment Center, 1121 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216: Most private insurance, Medicaid/ Medicare, sliding scale for self-pay, no charge; adults 18 and over; dual diagnosis program; alcoholism treatment only. (718) 636-4200
Bellevue Hospital Outpatient Clinic 462 1st Avenue at 30th Street, New York, NY 10016: Most private insurance, sliding scale for self-pay Medicaid/Medicare; adults 18 and over; alcoholism treatment only. G/I 212 562-4141, App 212 562-5555
Cumberland Neighborhood Family Care Center-Alcoholism Treatment Center, 100 North Portland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205: Most private insurance, Medicaid/Medicare, sliding scale for self-pay, no charge; adults 21 and over; alcohol and other drugs; dual diagnosis program; length of program varies. (718) 260-7500
Montefiore North Medical Center (718) 920-9000
South Bronx Mental Health Council, 1241 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx, NY: Most private insurance, sliding scale for self-pay, no charge; adults 18 and over; alcohol and other drugs; dual diagnosis program; Spanish speaking services; length of program 12-18 months; gay and lesbian program. (718) 993-1400
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, 327 Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691: Most private insurance, sliding scale for self-pay, Medicare/Medicaid; adults 18-65; dual diagnosis program; average length of program 18 months. EHS.ORG (718) 869-7000