Current and incoming students at Ferris deserve to have the right to a private life that is not intruded on by our university.
With mandated drug testing, the university would be doing just that. Last week, an article in the Torch was published concerning mandated drug tests. Don’t worry; you don’t have to start chugging gallons of water to flush your system. There won’t be any drug testing.
Last week’s costly and preposterous idea of required drug testing for admission to Ferris will only discourage students interested in joining our university. And not only will it discourage students, but will also completely abolish their civil rights. Every student should not suddenly be lumped into a group of suspected criminals, especially without any prior evidence.
Yes, we’re preparing for the workforce and sometimes we’ll have to pee in cups to become employed, but we come to college to learn from our experiences so we know how to prepare for our future careers. Not everything we learn is taught in a classroom.
What a person does in his free time is solely up to that person. There is no reason Ferris should keep people, who may want to better themselves through education, from paying for that justice simply because of their choices. Doing so would be discrimination.
Drug testing individual students who apply to this university will cost the university more time and money than it will save them. Even if this were applied, current and future students would know they need to take a drug test and those who are worried would prepare accordingly. Repeated drug testing would just cost the university more money and be a big waste of time.
If the university puts the cost of the drug test on the student and you’re a student who knows you are not in violation of the test then why would you willingly pay for, let’s say, a $50 drug test every semester?
I wouldn’t. If I had to shell out more money on top of my tuition each semester for a worthless drug test, I would transfer to another school that did not waste my money or my time.
If Ferris did have the audacity to waste students’ time by testing for drugs, then they should also test for one of the most commonly used drugs on campus: alcohol.
Alcohol causes more deaths on college campuses than several common illicit drugs, according to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Task Force on college drinking.
Alcohol has also been proven to be more lethal than many illegal drugs, according to Robert Gable, in his 2006 essay “The Toxicity of Recreational Drugs.”
Surely this campus has witnessed celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day and Ferris Fest, where public inebriation is rampant. Drinking alcohol is just as unproductive as any other recreational drug. Spending a weekend binge boozin’ is as big a waste of time for the students and professors as any other substance in question.
There should be no discrimination based solely on drugs simply because they are not legal. If a recreational substance is going to be judged, then all of them should be and that should be done fairly.
No matter the substance abused, balance the choice to take that with your future. Whichever one is more important to you is your decision. Any substance can tarnish your future in some way if you allow it to.
We came to college for one thing: a degree that will lead to a career. Don’t let distractions change your main focus. n