A federal court is allowing a public college in Missouri to issue mandatory drug tests.
In September of 2011, Linn State Technical College announced its plan to force all students to pay $50 to submit to drug screening within the first 10 days of the semester. Those who failed would have 45 days to rescreen and test negative in order to remain enrolled.
With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Michael Barrett IV and other students filed a suit against the school — claiming that the rule violated their Fourth Amendment right as Americans to protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
In November, the students won an injunction which halted further testing and barred the school from screening the samples that students had already provided.
But this past January, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit lifted the injunction, arguing that the tests were Constitutional due to concerns about public safety.