Student use of illegal drugs, misuse of controlled substances (as defined by law), and alcohol abuse is a matter of concern to The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. The College Pharmacy endeavors to protect and assist students by providing reliable information about the hazards of drugs and alcohol and, where possible, assist students in receiving substance abuse treatment. The College of Pharmacy also recognizes its obligation to patient safety and the integrity of precepted student activities.


The College of Pharmacy has a specific policy related to substance abuse by students. The objectives of this policy are to:

  1. Observe state executive orders and state and federal laws.
  2. Promote a campus free of illegal drug use.
  3. Stress moderation, safety and individual accountability by those who choose to drink alcohol.
  4. Provide an atmosphere free of coercion for those who choose not to drink alcohol.
  5. Maintain a community where the effects of substance abuse are minimal and where problem behavior is reduced.
  6. Provide information and education on the health risks associated with drug and alcohol use and/or abuse.
  7. Provide information and referral for confidential guidance and counseling for those with special needs related to substance abuse.
  8. Protect patient safety and the integrity of educational practice settings.

Related Policies

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of drugs is prohibited at the University.
  2. All students must report to work, class, or any other official University activity unimpaired and remain in a condition fit to perform. Reporting to work, class or other official University activity or working while impaired by drugs or alcohol or possession of drugs or alcohol is a violation of this policy and shall subject the student to the appropriate disciplinary and/or rehabilitative action.
  3. As a condition of enrollment, every student must abide by the terms of this policy and notify the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of any drug or alcohol related conviction. If during enrollment a drug or alcohol related arrest or conviction should occur, notice is to be given no later than five days after such event; this includes, but is not limited to D.U.I. convictions.

Substance Abuse Policy of the College of Pharmacy

Education The College of Pharmacy Academic affairs staff and faculty will inform students about college policies and the issues surrounding substance abuse at various times during their academic program. These include, but are not limited to:

  1. Promoting awareness of the negative impact of substance abuse and addiction in the helping professions, especially pharmacy.
  2. Working with the College of Pharmacy to promote campus drug free policies and risk management at college-sponsored activities.
  3. Provision of the policy to each new student with discussion by faculty and current students.
  4. Documentation by student signature of their acknowledgement to drug-free experiential learning environment and the College of Pharmacy Substance Abuse policy.
  5. Periodic discussions by faculty in relevant courses.

Student Substance Abuse 

The College of Pharmacy shall abide by University policy and provide students with an opportunity to address substance abuse or dependence problems confidentially during any phase of their academic experience. The guiding philosophies of the following policy are first to protect patients from potential harm caused by impaired students in clinical practice experiences, and second to encourage the discovery and recovery of substance impaired or addicted students.

  1. The College of Pharmacy acknowledges and adopts the University of Iowa, drug-free statement and alcohol policy. Copies of this policy may be found in the Student Handbook.
  2. The College of Pharmacy acknowledges and adopts the recommendations of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy with regard to the appropriate conduct of pharmacy students and College of Pharmacy functions related to alcohol consumption.
  3. The College of Pharmacy will establish The University of Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network (UI-PRN), an ad-hoc committee of the College of Pharmacy, to assist the College of Pharmacy in its obligation under the campus drug-free policies.
  4. When reasonable information is available of a potential substance abuse problem by a student, the student will be required to obtain a clinical assessment at UI Student Health, or other acceptable medical facilities. This may be done with the assistance of IPRN (See #5 below). Students refusing assessment may be dismissed from the college.
  5. Students determined to have substance abuse problems, may consider entering into an agreement with the Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network, Inc (IPRN), which the College of Pharmacy considers the primary group empowered to assist the College of Pharmacy in serving pharmacy students’ needs for substance abuse treatment monitoring. The procedures to be followed by IPRN are included as an addendum to this policy.
  6. Students entering into and maintaining an agreement with the IPRN may continue their pharmacy education, with permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Students with substance abuse problems and not under IPRN contract will be dismissed from the College of Pharmacy.

Clerkships for students under UPRN assistance

This policy requires students to disclose elements of their situation to preceptors in a controlled and confidential manner. The College of Pharmacy will attempt to assure that preceptors maintain this confidentiality. The Clerkship Coordinator shall maintain a list of preceptors willing, with foreknowledge, to accept students under IPRN contract into their practice environment. The list of willing preceptors will be given to the student and the IPRN monitor. The monitor will then work with the student in determining appropriate rotations. The monitor is the IPRN committee member assigned to monitor the student’s progress with IPRN. Under the terms of the contract, the student will inform the preceptor upon arrival at the site.

Drug Testing 

The college shall not require random mandatory drug testing of students not under contract with IPRN. The College of Pharmacy feels strongly that adherence to current policies and procedures should result in drug free environments and that random mandatory drug testing of members of the student body is an unnecessary invasion of student privacy.

Role of UI-PRN 

The University of Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network (UI-PRN) shall be an ad-hoc committee of the College of Pharmacy and shall assist the College of Pharmacy in its obligation under the campus drug-free policies. Activities include promoting awareness of campus policies, educating students on the health aspects of abuse and addiction and making suggestions to the administration of the College of Pharmacy regarding implementation and revision of these and similar policies.

Role of​ IPRN 

A policy has been developed to assure appropriate and confidential treatment of substance abuse problems. The school will utilize the Iowa Pharmacy Recovery Network, Inc. (IPRN) to aid in the treatment of students. IPRN is a confidential resource established for the purpose of assisting impaired pharmacy professionals whose dependency and/or disability is potentially threatening to professional performance and public safety. IPRN is not a committee of the College of Pharmacy. This information will be provided by IPRN at no cost to the College of Pharmacy. The College of Pharmacy representative(s) for IPRN shall be member(s) of UI-PRN.

Approved by Faculty. November 27, 2001