The misuse and/or abuse of drugs or chemicals endangers the safety and health of all student-athletes and are inconsistent with the educational atmosphere that should prevail in intercollegiate athletic programs. Student-athletes are high profile individuals on campus, are vulnerable to criticism by choices they make, and represent the Athletics Department and University of Utah through those choices.
As a required condition for any student-athlete to be a member of a University of Utah varsity intercollegiate athletics team, he/she must agree to participate in the Athletics Department's Drug Testing and Education Programs. These programs are considered an extension of the physical examination of our athletes and we feel it is in the best interests of both the student and the University to conduct a sound drug testing and education program.
- All members of the University of Utah athletics teams shall be tested annually. A student-athlete will be listed as testing positive if he/she is a "no show" for a scheduled drug test.
- Positive tests are cumulative during an athlete's career at the University of Utah.
- Student-athletes shall be immediately and permanently terminated from the squad and their athletically related financial aid revoked if found guilty of selling drugs.
- Drugs not listed on the penalty chart are subject to classification by our team physician for inclusion on the chart.
- Exceptions to these regulations must be authorized by the Director of Athletics.
- To deter the misuse and/or abuse of drugs or other substances that create a threat to the safety and health of the student-athlete, and disrupt order and discipline in the athletics programs.
- To identify the student-athlete who is a mis-user/abuser of legally or illegally obtained drugs, and assist the identified student-athlete in his/her effort to return to a drug-free life through education and public awareness.
- To assist the student-athlete with ways he/she can help combat peer pressure regarding recreational drug abuse.
- To assure the integrity of the intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Utah.
Any student-athlete who violates the University Drug Policy is subject to punishment by the University as well as the NCAA.
NCAA Banned-Drug Classes
The NCAA list of banned-drug classes is subject to change by the NCAA Executive Committee. Contact NCAA education services or www.ncaa.org/sports_sciences/drugtesting for the current list. The term "related compounds" comprises substances that are included in the class by their pharmacological action and/or chemical structure. No substance belonging to the prohibited class may be used, regardless of whether it is specifically listed as an example.
Many nutritional/dietary supplements contain NCAA banned substances. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not strictly regulate the supplement industry; therefore purity and safety of nutritional/dietary supplements cannot be guaranteed. Impure supplements may lead to a positive NCAA drug test. The use of supplements is at the student-athlete's own risk. Student-athletes should contact their institution's team physician or athletic trainer for further information.
Banned-drug classes include:
- Anabolic Agents
- Street Drugs
- Peptide Hormones and Analogues
This is only a summary of NCAA drug testing rules. The University has a separate drug-testing program with its own penalties (described below).
- 1st Offense: The first positive test for a banned substance results in the student-athlete becoming ineligible to compete in regular season and post-season competition for at least one calendar year following the positive test. The student-athlete will also be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition in all sports.
- 2nd Offense: A second positive test will result in the loss of all remaining eligibility in all sports.
University of Utah Penalties
- 1st Positive Test Result: Following a first positive test, the student-athlete will be required to complete a mandatory six-hour course given by the Alcohol and Drug Education Center. The student-athlete will be responsible for the $50 course fee. If a student-athlete misses a class session, he or she will be required to reschedule and pay an additional $25 fee.
- 2nd Positive Test Result: A second positive test will result in dismissal from the athletic program for one calendar year. The student-athlete will be required to submit to an alcohol and drug assessment administered by the Alcohol and Drug Education Center. Following the one-year dismissal, the student-athlete will be required to demonstrate successful completion of his or her action plan.
- 3rd Positive Test Result: A third positive test result will lead to dismissal from the athletic program and cancellation of all athletically-related financial aid.
NOTE: You are responsible for all substances in your body, regardless of how they got there!