Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Substance Abuse Screening


Substance Abuse Screening


Authorizing Body:

Office of the Dean


Angela Nuzzarello, M.D., M.H.P.E.

Date Issued:

August 1, 2014

Last Update:

March 27, 2014


To ensure the safety of patients, students, faculty, and staff

Scope and Applicability:

All students enrolled in the School of Medicine

Standard Practice Guideline:

Students may be subjected to drug testing if there is reasonable suspicion of drug use or reasonable suspicion that the individual is impaired. Positive results will be referred to the SPRC and may result in dismissal from the School of Medicine.  Students who do not consent to screening will be referred to the SPRC, which may result in dismissal from the School of Medicine.


The following conditions are signs of possible alcohol or drug use (not all-inclusive):
  • Abnormally dilated or constricted pupils
  • Slowed reaction rate
  • Glazed stare, redness of eyes
  • Dulled mental process
  • Excessive, unexplained absences
  • Flushed face
  • Change of speech (i.e. faster or slower)
  • Difficulty walking
  • Constant sniffing
  • Slurred speech
  • Increased absences
  • Smell of alcohol
  • Constant fatigue or hyperactivity
  • Redness under nose
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Needle marks
  • Change in personality (i.e. paranoia)
  • Increased appetite for sweets
  • Forgetfulness
  • Performance faltering
  • Poor concentration
  • Borrowing money from co-workers or seeking an advance or any other unusual display of need for money
A staff or faculty member who suspects that a student is impaired is obligated to take immediate action.

At Beaumont Hospital:

At Beaumont Hospital the staff or faculty member will notify Beaumont Health Systems Security. A member of the Beaumont Health Systems Security team will accompany the student to the Emergency Department for mandatory toxicology screening.

On the Oakland University Campus and other locations:

The student will be required to make arrangements to go immediately to the nearest facility were a toxicology screening can be administered.


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