UCF Rejects Student Drug Testing Proposal
The University of Central Florida has denied timeshare tycoon, David Siegel’s, proposal to conduct mandatory random drug tests on students citing that doing so would be a violation of their Fourth Amendment constitutional rights protecting them from illegal search and seizures. “UCF’s stance is that it’s unconstitutional and we’re not going to do anything that is unconstitutional. Our president is very clear on that. That’s where we are at this moment,” said Anthony Jenkins, UCF Dean of Students.
Siegel approached the university’s President Hitt and administrative staff as he embarks on a mission to get middle schools, high schools and colleges to adopt his plan in the wake of his daughter’s drug overdose and death three months ago. He even went as far offering to pay for the drug tests and fund the program himself if the university would get on board with his proposal. A disappointed Siegel said of UCF’s decision, “I would like to have walked in and had them say tomorrow we’re going to start mandatory random drug testing. I realize that was way too much to hope for.” He continued, “so we are going to have our constitutional lawyers meet with their attorneys and my intention would be to take it all the way to the Supreme Court”.
President Hitt said in a statement, “I applaud Mr. Siegel for his commitment to preventing substance abuse and helping those who are in recovery. Although we may disagree on certain approaches, we share a common interest in the well-being of our students.”
The university has vowed to continue their efforts to aid students who are suffering from addiction by providing them with educational resources about substance abuse along with offering accessible treatment and recovery options. UCF has also implemented new housing guidelines to accommodate students in recovery who would prefer a roommate who is drug/alcohol free. Administrators intend to continue to work towards providing Naloxone, the medication designed to combat some overdose effects of certain street drugs, clubs drugs and prescription drugs. The hope is to have naloxone readily available to students on campus and to provide the staff with sufficient training on how to properly administer it.