A. Requirement and
Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHCO) now requires
background checks for all students completing clinical educational experiences. Many
community pharmacies also require background checks on employees working in the
pharmacy department. Prior to the assignment of Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy
practice experiences, students must satisfactorily pass criminal background
checks each year prior to the start of each Introductory Practice Experience and the Advanced Practice Experiences. The university has contracted with an
outside vendor to facilitate this process. This background
check is strictly for purposes of the Introductory and Advanced Practice
Experiences and does NOT replace the background check required for the New Jersey state licensure exam.
Criminal background checks and urine drug screens are required during the program prior to assignment of Introductory, Intermediate, or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.
Students suspended or
taking a leave of absence from the program may be required to complete a new
criminal background check and/or urine drug screen prior to returning at the discretion of the dean or
his or her designee.
B. Positive Result
If a positive result or a "hit" is obtained on the criminal background check for any student, the following policy will be followed.
First, once the background check is received by the School of Pharmacy, the student will be required to provide a complete written explanation including time, date, and specific details surrounding the arrest. Students are encouraged to provide any additional documentation such as police reports or other court documents, which may help in providing an explanation to potential rotation sites.
The School of Pharmacy reserves the right to pursue judicial action under the University Code of Student Conduct, if appropriate. Results of such action (e.g., suspension, expulsion) may prevent a student from completing the program on time or at all.
If judicial action is deemed necessary/appropriate, the student's rotation assignment through the rotation selection process may be delayed. If no university judicial action is deemed necessary, after rotation assignments have been made, each preceptor for a student with a hit on his or her criminal background check (CBC) will be notified of the CBC results and given the opportunity to accept or decline the student. Sites or preceptors requesting more information will be provided the written explanation of the student along with any documentation provided to the school.
If a site declines the student, an alternative rotation site with open availability for the same cycle will be identified and given the opportunity to accept or decline the student based on CBC results. Three attempts per rejected rotation will be made to find alternative sites.
In the event that the above circumstances (e.g., no sites agree to accept the student or judicial action results in expulsion) prevent a student from completing the doctor of pharmacy degree, the School of Pharmacy will work with the student to help him or her transfer to another unit of the university and pursue a degree in another major. However, decisions regarding accepting transfer students are made by the "receiving" unit and acceptance cannot be guaranteed.