Following a meeting with David Siegel, who is currently spearheading a random drug-testing program for college students, Dean of Students Anthony Jenkins announced that UCF will not implement the program because it is a violation of constitutional rights.
“We’re not going to do anything that is unconstitutional, and our president is very clear on that,” Jenkins said.
Siegel, who embarked on his mission after losing his 18-year-old daughter to a drug overdose in June, said he is prepared to take the constitutional issue to the Supreme Court and will fund the effort himself.
“Today was a positive day,” he said. “I don’t feel defeated. Obviously if they started drug testing tomorrow, I would be elated, but I don’t give up easily. I can guarantee you, someday in the near future, this university will be drug free and they will do mandatory random drug testing.”
Until then, Jenkins said that university leaders discussed the possibility of introducing Naloxone, an anti-drug to heroin, to campus facilities. The drug could help stop heroin overdoses and would be distributed among residence halls, along with the implementation of staff and officials trained to administer it.
Daniela Marin is the Entertainment Editor for the Central Florida Future. Email her at DanielaM@centralfloridafuture.com.