Student Substance Use and Drug Testing Policy


UNR Med strives to provide a safe and healthy learning and work environment. In any situation where student responsibility for patients is required, or may be required, the student may never risk patient welfare by acting under the influence of drugs, including alcohol. The student who endangers patients or others through the use of alcohol or drugs, including prescription drugs, or who violates the trust of the special position granted to them as a trainee, is subject to disciplinary action through UNR Med, independent of any action, which may be taken by other authorities. In addition, many hospitals and healthcare facilities have policies requiring drug testing and/or criminal background checks for students or may adopt these policies in the future to mandate that students who test positive for drugs, or who have certain types of information in their criminal background checks, are ineligible to work in their facility and unable to complete their medical education requirements.

UNR Med adheres to the UNR Med Student Substance Use and Drug Testing Policy and the  Substance Abuse Prevention policies for Students set forth in the University of Nevada, Reno University Administrative Manual.  See section 3,010 Substance Abuse Prevention Policies for Students.  UNR Med is unequivocally opposed to substance abuse and prohibits the abuse, unlawful possession, distribution and illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol by students, including marijuana and its related products.  

We recognize that medical students may have pre-existing or develop alcohol and other drug use disorders. UNR Med is committed to assisting students in regaining their health while protecting the well-being of patients as well as classmates, faculty, staff and residents.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Support and Resources

If you are experiencing problems with alcohol and/or substance abuse there are professional resources available to students.