Court Blocks Mandatory Drug Screening at State College


In an article for Reason, Jacob Sullum reports:

“Last week a federal appeals court ruled that requiring incoming students at a state college to surrender their urine for drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches. . . .

“Linn State Technical College, now known as the State Technical College of Missouri, started demanding incoming students’ urine  in 2011 because members of its advisory council thought it was a good idea, not because there was any reason to believe the school had any special drug­related safety problems.

“‘Accidents are not common at Linn State, and the college has not attributed any accidents to student drug use,’ the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit notes in its decision upholding a federal judge’s injunction against the college’s drug testing program. ‘Linn State had no reason to believe that it had a student drug­use problem greater than any…

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