Federal court upholds State Tech student drug screenings

2 years 8 months 1 week ago Wednesday, December 09 2015 Dec 9, 2015 Wednesday, December 09, 2015 12:16:00 PM CST December 09, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a mid-Missouri technical college can require all students to take drug tests.

The St. Louis-based 8th Circuit Court of Appeals issued its 2-1 ruling Monday. At issue is a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union filed after the Linn-based State Technical College of Missouri began drug testing all first-year students and some returning students in 2011. The ACLU claimed the school's widespread drug testing violated students' Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful searches and seizures.

A federal judge ruled in 2013 that the two-year technical school could use drug tests only in five specific programs. The Jefferson City News Tribune (http://bit.ly/1maJ3SP) reports that the appeals court ruled that the decision was too narrow.

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