Hi I am new to this board. I was accepted into the nursing program at Comm. College of Phila. and I have already taken all of the classes needed except for the 4 nursing classes which I was to start in Sept. I got all the required shots, CPR cert., checkup by my doc, dentist, child abuse screening and my criminal background. Well 2 years ago I had a drinking and driving arrest. However, on my paper it says "Driving under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance" Well it was just alcohol but they (school officials) don't know that. They are telling me that there is a good chance that I will not be admitted into the program because of this!
I have worked so hard to get to this point - can they really do this to me for a misdemeanor?
If anyone knows anything about the laws concerning this I would appreciate hearing from you. My classes are supposed to start in 2 weeks, I paid my tuition in cash, I bought all $500 worth of the books and I bought the ugly uniforms already! They are having a committee meeting tomorrow morning to decide on my fate, wish me luck!
Aug 21, '01
I know it stinks, but yes, they can keep you out of nursing school for that. There is no discrimination law when it comes to alcohol and drug related offenses. Because of the schools athority to select its attendance, they have a right to say no to your application. I know this is tough, and you can try to fight it, but I am not sure that you have a legal "leg to stand on". I know that several nursing students here have been kicked out for MIPs (Minor in Possession of Alcohol). If that is legal, I am sure the same would apply for a DUI. I am sorry this is happening to you, and I know it must be rough, and I am trying to be supportive as I can be, but I must say... You made a very poor decicion, yes, I understand that anyone can make a poor decision, but you really could have hurt someone. I feel for you, but I would also understand your nursing programs view on it too. As nurses, we are responsible for peoples lives on a daily basis. They might see your act as being against that value. You were drinking, while driving, and they might see that as a disregard for your life, as well as any other persons' lives that might have been on the road with you. Its a hard thing to review rationally... I really do wish you the best, and PRAY that you never ever did that again (ever). If you can get a committee meeting, try to go in and explain to them that it was 2 years ago, you have learned a lot since then, and have tried to do your best to be a more responsible adult. If they dont listen, and dont take all of that into account, find a more understanding nursing program. Tuition should be refundable, and most colleges will let you sell your books back for full price before the 3rd week of classes begin. Good luck, I am sure you will have a bumpy road ahead. Let us know how it goes!
Last edit by BrandyBSN on Aug 22, '01