Augusta State University and the Intercollegiate Athletic Department recognize the stressful nature of collegiate athletic participation. The use of controlled substances (narcotics, marijuana, stimulants, etc.), and the abuse of alcohol by student-athletes, will adversely affect their academic performance, athletic achievements and personal well-being. Student-athletes who abuse controlled substances put themselves, their teammates and the program at risk.
For these reasons, Augusta State University Athletics does not tolerate substance abuse, use of any substance banned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), underage drinking or the inappropriate use of alcohol. Participation in intercollegiate athletics at Augusta State University is optional; however, student-athletes who refuse to consent to drug screening under this policy, or refuse to participate in substance abuse prevention educational programs, will not be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Augusta State University.
The Athletic Department is committed to enhancing the life of every student-athlete who comes to our campus and chooses to participate in our athletic program. Augusta State University Athletics believes that a strong substance abuse prevention education and a drug-screening program are essential in the protection of student-athletes from the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
Alcoholism is a progressive disorder that often leads to serious physical and psychological illnesses as well as unacceptable social behavior. Any student athlete who chooses to consume alcohol will be held accountable for any alcohol related incident in which he/she is involved, whether there are legal implications or not. If a student athlete is involved in an alcohol related incident with legal implications under campus, state, or federal laws, he or she will be subjected to the same or similar sanctions as those for a positive drug test. If a student athlete is involved in an obvious alcohol related incident that is without legal implications, the head coach, athletic director, and head athletic trainer will determine if the circumstances warrant counseling intervention and/or any additional sanctions.
NCAA legislation prohibits the use of tobacco products by all athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, managers, and officials, in all sports during practice and competition. The use of smoke and smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all Augusta State University buildings including the Physical Education Athletic Complex. Use of tobacco products is also prohibited in all ASU practices, games, University vehicles and during University sponsored travel. Violators of this policy are subject to disciplinary sanctions by the head coach, and/or athletic director.
Some dietary supplements and "over-the-counter" (otc) medications such as cold medications.
may contain substances banned by the NCAA which would be detected by screening procedures. If a banned substance is detected, even though it was ingested with a legal supplement or medication, the student-athlete will be in violation of the drug screening policy. In order to help avoid these types of situations, the NCAA has contracted the Resource Exchange Center, or REC to provide student-athletes and coaches with accurate information regarding dietary supplements and "over-the-counter" (otc) medications. The REC can be contacted toll free by phone at 877-202-0769 or on-line at
Some weight reduction medications that are available over-the-counter have been linked to scores of deaths in the U.S. Therefore, all student-athletes and coaches are advised to refrain from using dietary supplements without the consent and direction of a physician. If you are seeing a physician other than an ASU team physician be sure to make them aware that you are an athlete subject to drug screening if a prescription for medication is used in your treatment.
Purpose and Goals
Augusta State University Athletics has established the following purpose and goals for the substance abuse prevention, education and drug-screening program.
Through informational team meetings and educational seminars, the Augusta State University student-athlete will be informed about the NCAA drug testing procedures and be made aware of the list of substances banned by the NCAA.
Through team meetings, meetings of all student-athletes, and educational seminars, the Augusta State University student-athlete will be made aware of the substance abuse policies of the Augusta State University Intercollegiate Athletic Department.
Augusta State University Athletics will provide educational programs concerning the effects of substance abuse on athletic activities and the health and well being of student-athletes.
Through education, Augusta State University Athletics will assist student-athletes to cope effectively with destructive behaviors and the stresses of academic-athletic life.
Augusta State University Athletics will actively promote healthy lifestyles, which will help student-athletes succeed.
Augusta State University Athletics will confidentially identify participants who may be abusing specific drugs.
Augusta State University Athletics will encourage, and in some cases require, student-athletes to seek counseling and treatment for drug or alcohol problems.
Augusta State University Athletics will promote a safe and healthy environment for all student-athletes engaging in intercollegiate athletics.
At the beginning of each academic year, the Athletic Department will present at least one substance abuse prevention education seminar. All in-coming student-athletes, freshmen and transfers, must participate in a substance abuse prevention seminar. Returning student-athletes will be required to participate in these seminars unless instructed otherwise. Augusta State University Athletics is committed to continually enhancing the educational component of the drug education program as well as other important areas and will seek to provide additional seminars throughout the academic year concerning substance abuse prevention, healthy living and academic enhancement. All educational seminars are mandatory for student-athletes as well as coaches. Coaches and staff may excuse themselves during parts of the presentation in order to permit a free dialogue between presenters and students.
Drug testing will be conducted on selective and random basis, usually with unannounced tests. Student-athletes may be subjected to testing during the entrance physical screening, or at anytime throughout the academic year. Testing may include team testing, pre-season testing, or post-season/championship testing. A student-athlete who refuses to participate in a drug screening, or fails to report for a scheduled screening within the allotted time, will be considered medically ineligible. Procedures and sanctions will be consistent with those of a positive test.
Individualized Reasonable Suspicion Screening
Any student-athlete may be subject to testing at any time when, if in the judgement of the Director of Athletics, there is reasonable cause to suspect that the student is engaged in the use of any of the drugs prohibited by this policy. Such individualized reasonable suspicion may be based on information from any source deemed reliable by the Director of Athletics. The content of the information may include, but is not limited to: (1) observed possession or use of substances that reasonably appear to be drugs of the type prohibited, (2) arrest or conviction for a criminal offense related to the possession, use, or trafficking of drugs of the type prohibited, and/or (3) observed abnormal appearance, conduct or behavior, including absence from academic duties, training or competition; reasonably interpretable as being caused by the use of drugs of the type prohibited.
Upon receipt of such information, the Director of Athletics shall confer with University legal and medical representatives in determining whether there is reasonable cause to suspect that the student-athlete is engaged in prohibited drug use. Individualized reasonable suspicion means that if the available facts were conveyed to a reasonable person unfamiliar with the student-athlete or the athletic program, that person would conclude that there is a factual basis for determining that the student-athlete is using a prohibited drug.
If individualized reasonable suspicion is found to exist, the Director of Athletics will meet with the student-athlete. At the meeting the student-athlete will have the opportunity to provide an explanation for his/her behavior. However, if the explanation is not satisfactory to the Director of Athletics, the Director of Athletics will provide written notice specifying the date, time, and place at which the test will be conducted. The consequences for failure to cooperate and participate in the drug screening or a positive test for a banned substance will result in sanctions consistent with those outlined for random testing.
Self Help/Safe Harbor
As a one-time opportunity, a student-athlete that has not tested positive prior to this occurrence, yet has knowingly ingested a banned substance may seek confidential help from their coach or the sports medicine staff prior to notification of a pending drug screening. At that time the student-athlete must undergo a test to determine which substances are in the system and in what amounts. The athlete will immediately be deemed medically ineligible to participate for a period of up to 30 days to allow the substance to evacuate the system. The medical staff will determine when a second drug test is to be performed as well as the need for a health assessment. While this occurrence will be considered as the student-athlete's first positive test, no other sanctions will be applied.
Sanctions For Positive Test Results
In the event that a sample tests positive at the laboratory, the lab will notify the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine. That notification will include the name of the person with the positive test as well as the substance category that was violated. That person will in turn notify the Director of Athletics with the same information. At that time the following sanctions will be applied.
The student-athlete will be notified of a positive test in a meeting with the Director of Athletics and the respective head coach. The parents of the student-athlete will be notified. The student-athlete will be considered medically ineligible, and will not be permitted to participate in practices or competition for a period of time set by the Director of Athletics. The period of ineligibility begins on the day of the official notification and lasts for a minimum period of 14 days. The Athletic Director will consider recommendations of the respective coach, the recommendation of the Director of Counseling and any other relevant circumstances. After due consideration, the Director of Athletics has the options to discontinue scholarship assistance, extend the period of ineligibility up to a period of one year, to require participation in an approved treatment or counseling program, undergo mandatory health assessments, or any combination thereof. In addition, once a student-athlete tests positive for a banned substance, random selection will no longer apply, and the student-athlete can expect to be selected for participation in drug screening more frequently than other student-athletes. Before the student-athlete can regain eligibility the student-athlete must be retested with negative findings.
A student-athlete who is otherwise in good standing as a team member yet tests positive for a second time during his or her eligibility will be declared medically ineligible to participate for one calendar year. Parents of the student-athlete will be notified. Scholarship assistance will end with the current semester of the positive test and will not be reinstated for one calendar year from the time of discontinuance.
In order to return to good standing and regain eligibility the student-athlete must have a recent negative test, must undergo regular health assessments as conducted by the sports medicine staff and provide proof of satisfactory participation in a pre-approved substance abuse counseling or treatment program. The treatment program must be approved by the Director of the Counseling Center of Augusta State University and the university will not be responsible for any charges incurred as a result of such counseling. Any student-athlete that tests positive can expect to be selected for participation in drug screening more frequently than other student-athletes.
A student-athlete who tests positive for a third time during his or her eligibility will be immediately and permanently expelled from intercollegiate athletics at Augusta State University. This includes loss of all athletic-related financial aid.
If a student feels that the results of the test are in error, they may request that the split part of the sample be retested at the same laboratory that performed the original test at their expense. If the student-athlete feels that sanctions are unduly harsh or unfair due to unusual circumstances, they may appeal in writing, to the Vice President for Student Affairs within two weeks of the official notification of sanctions by the Director of Athletics. The Vice President for Student Affairs will render a final decision in writing. The student-athlete will remain ineligible during the appeal process.
Screening and Testing Procedures
The following procedures have been established to provide a safe and secure program for screening Augusta State University student-athletes for substance abuse.
Drug screening will be coordinated by the Augusta State University department of Sports Medicine which will take the necessary steps to insure that specimen collection procedures are strictly followed.
Notification of a pending drug screening will be made to an athlete's coach, who will notify their respective student-athletes that they have been selected. The student-athletes must report to the testing site at the assigned time. Once notified, failure for any reason to report to the testing site and within that timeframe will automatically be considered the same as a positive test and will be treated as such.
Student-athletes will be required to present a picture I.D. at the time of the screening.
Urine specimens will be taken under direct observation in order to prevent specimen tampering and/or substitution. Any attempt to adulterate or manipulate the urine specimen will constitute a positive test.
The specimen will be divided at the lab with a portion reserved for re-testing if the initial testing of the specimen is either positive or suspect, or if the student-athlete sees the need to appeal the findings.
At the time of drug screening, the student-athlete will have an opportunity to disclose the names and/or types of any medically prescribed or over-the counter substances they might have been taking that may affect the results of the screening.
The student-athletes must remain at the collection site until excused by the lab personnel.
If the laboratory determines that any banned substances are present in the sample, the Director of Athletics will be confidentially notified through the Director of Sports Medicine of the identity of the athlete with the positive test.
The Director of Athletics will arrange a meeting with the student-athlete and the respective head coach. No other person will be notified unless the Director of Athletics deems such a notification is necessary to protect the student-athlete's health and interests.
Terms And Definitions
Student-Athlete: For the purposes of this policy, a student-athlete is any team member in any sport in which Augusta State University competes in NCAA sanctioned competitions. Student-athletes who are ineligible or have red-shirt status will also be subjected to drug screening.
Compliance: Student-athletes who refuse to participate in drug education and screening will not be eligible to practice or compete as a member of any team at Augusta State University. Student-athletes who have tested positive for banned substances and fail to comply with imposed sanctions will not be eligible to practice or compete as a member of any team at Augusta State University.
Regulations: This policy details the regulations and actions for the Augusta State University Intercollegiate Athletics Department regarding substance abuse issues. Student-athletes at Augusta State University are expected to be aware of, and to follow any additional policies outlined by the NCAA and Augusta State University.
NCAA Policy: If a student-athlete is subjected to testing by the NCAA and the result is a positive test, the following will apply: the student-athlete shall remain ineligible for all regular-season and post-season competition during the time period ending one calendar year after the student-athlete's positive drug test, and until the student-athlete re-tests negative. (NCAA By-Law 220.127.116.11.1.)
GSU System: Regulations of the Georgia State University system apply to all student-athletes at Augusta State University. Student-athletes will be held accountable for violations of the student conduct code regarding substance abuse.
Tests will be conducted for THC/marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP, amphetamines, anabolic steroids and barbiturates. In addition, the Athletic Department reserves the right to test for any other drugs banned by the NCAA (see attached NCAA banned substance list). The student-athlete should consult the NCAA banned substance list when purchasing over the counter medications or when receiving a prescription from his or her private physician. The ASU team physician is familiar with this list and is a good source of information.
Referral and Assessment
Student-athletes who test positive for drug use will be encouraged, and in some cases may be required, to participate in a program that provides assessment and counseling. The Counseling Center is a resource that is available on campus to provide assessment and counseling at no cost to students. However, a list of other acceptable counseling programs will be provided upon request for the student-athlete to utilize if they wish. However, the student will be responsible for any and all charges incurred for services rendered from outside vendors. It will also be the responsibility of the student-athlete to insure that any counseling program chosen is acceptable to Director of Counseling Services at Augusta State University for the type of counseling required. Additionally, the student-athlete must make arrangements to have information released to ASU officials regarding satisfactory attendance rates and the outcome of the program.
Augusta State University and the Intercollegiate Athletic Department, reserve the right to amend or change the Substance Abuse Policy, Education and Screening Program.
Printable Forms (pdf)
Reasonable Suspicion Form
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