Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

Drug Testing

Student-athletes, cheerleaders, student managers and student athletic trainers are required to be educated about NCAA banned drugs and the products that may contain them. Students affiliated with the athletics department agree not to use banned drugs and to submit to institutional testing as outlined in campus policy.  Student-athletes agree to NCAA drug testing during championship events and to NCAA year-round testing as approved by their division.  The athletics department complies with NCAA drug testing administrative duties and assures that compliance forms are explained and signed. Effective testing for drug use relies on the existence and implementation of standards to ensure informed consent, confidentiality, integrity of the sample, reliable laboratory procedures, integrity of the report and specified sanctions associated with positive tests.  Policies should be uniform for all sports and the athletics department abides by its written policies. 

Model Programs:

Division I

Student Athlete Handbook - University at Buffalo

  • The policy outlines tests conducted by the NCAA and the University, including the possibility of testing during the summer. Drug concentration level cut-offs are provided as well as the risks of supplements.

Drug Policy - High Point University

  • The policy provides a detailed rationale for the testing policy, specific sanctions for positive testing results and a description of the appeal process.

Drug Education and Testing Program - University of California, Los Angeles

  • A comprehensive policy that provides detailed descriptions of the testing process and separate sanctions for performance enhancing drugs and street drugs.

Division II

Drug Program - Limestone College

  • The policy addresses alcohol and other drug testing purpose, collection procedures, sanctions and notification.

Substance Abuse Policy - Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • This is a very detailed policy that includes the policy purpose, testing process, departmental and university sanctions for alcohol and other drug policy violations, and a self-referral process for those with substance use disorders.

Division III

Drug Screening Program Policies and Procedures - University of Mary Washington

  • The policy describes the testing procedures, medical exemptions, sanctions and appeal process.

Additional Resources:

NCAA Drug Testing Program - Sport Science Institute

Support for Drug Policy Development & Program Reviews - Drug Free Sport