Reporting Derogatory Information

Approved 5 Sept 03, modified 3 Feb 04

Policy: The College of Pharmacy will report (yes/no) to the State Board of Pharmacy Examiners whether there is any known "derogatory information" about a University of Iowa College of Pharmacy student when the college certifies academic status for pharmacist-intern registration and pharmacist licensure. This is a required element of the certification form completed when a student applies for a pharmacist license.

Definition of Derogatory Information ( provided by the Iowa State Board of Pharmacy Examiners). Derogatory information means any illegal or unethical conduct. Illegal conduct would include all criminal charges or accusations (OWI, theft, unlawful possession of drugs or alcohol, domestic violence, etc.). Unethical conduct would include things like allegations of unprofessional behavior including , but not limited to, verbal or physical abuse, coercion, intimidation, harassment, sexual advances, threats, degradation of character, indecent or obscene conduct, and violation of the school honor code. Derogatory Information does not prevent licensure, but is an element that is reviewed when considering a pharmacist license.

Procedures: The College of Pharmacy will report this information as “yes” when the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is aware any of the following has occurred:

  • Official notices to the College by departments or administrative units of the University of Iowa of illegal or unethical conduct by pharmacy students.
  • Official notices by law enforcement agencies (i.e., police) about illegal activities.
  • Findings by administrative units of The University of Iowa or College of Pharmacy of Non-academic misconduct.
  • The above includes all alcohol and/or other substance related incidents that do NOT end up with Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network contracts.

The College will NOT report as derogatory information situations which have lead to Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network contracts (an activity of the Iowa State Board of Pharmacy Examiners), as long as the student is in full compliance with that contract at the time derogatory information must be reported. Such information would have already been reported to the Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network and/or the Iowa State Board of Pharmacy Examiners.