ICA 405A

Consequences of Positive Tests

A student-athlete who uses tobacco products during a practice or competition shall be disqualified for the remainder of that practice or competition.

Notwithstanding anything in this policy, the team physician may suspend from play or practice a student-athlete at any time as a result of a positive drug test if in the professional opinion of the team physician it is in the best interests of the student-athlete’s health to do so.

After consultation with the testing facility or other consultant selected by SDA, the head physician has the discretion not to count a positive test result as a positive test under this policy if the level of the substance in question is determined to be a “declining level.” To be treated as a declining level, the student-athlete must have had a recent previous positive test for the substance, and the level at the later test would be expected given the time between the tests and no use of the substance following the first test.

During the course of the treatment program, the level of banned substance should decrease. If the level of banned substance does not decrease, or a new banned substance or masking agent is detected, the student-athlete will be immediately suspended from all practice and competition until levels again show a decline. A student-athlete’s failure to adhere to any part of the treatment program (appointments, counseling sessions, etc.) will lead to immediate suspension from practice and/or competition.

If the treatment team believes that the penalty for non-compliance should be modified, enhanced, or waived as part of a treatment plan because such modification, enhancement, or waiver would further the substance abuse treatment for the student-athlete, the treatment team may make such recommendation in writing to the vice president for University Athletics who may adjust the penalty otherwise set out in this policy: provided, however, the vice president may not adjust the penalty for any drug deemed by this policy, the NCAA, or the Pac-12 to be a performance enhancing drug.

A student-athlete may appeal the imposition of the sanctions for a positive drug test. To appeal, the student-athlete should notify the senior associate athletic director or his/her designee and follow the appeals process outlined in ICA 405E.


Consequences of Positive Tests

First Positive

If a student-athlete receives a positive test result for any banned substance or if a missed test is treated as a first positive, the student-athlete shall be notified that the following minimum consequences will also occur:

  • The student-athlete will meet with the senior associate athletic director or his/her designee and be referred to the team physician who will review the positive drug test results.
  • The team physician may suspend the student from practice or play, if medically indicated.
  • The student-athlete will be immediately assessed by a substance abuse specialist.
  • Based on the assessment, a plan of action/intervention will be designed that will be mandated for the student-athlete.
  • If the student-athlete misses any appointment, immediate suspension is imposed until the appointment is made-up.
  • The student-athlete is notified that ANY subsequent positive will result in a second positive and suspension of 10% of competition season.
  • The student-athlete will be subject to repeated unannounced drug testing to be conducted at any time under the supervision of Drug Free Sport, the ASU Student Health Center, the team physician, or sports medicine staff.

The team physician or senior associate athletic director or his/her designee will provide notice of the positive test and its consequences to the head coach and the student’s parents or guardian.

Second Positive

If a student-athlete receives a second positive test result for any banned substance (the substance does not need to be the same substance that resulted in any earlier positive test) or if a missed test is treated as a second positive, the following minimum consequences will occur:

  • The student-athlete will meet with the drug testing coordinator and the senior associate athletic director and be referred to the team physician who will review the positive drug test results.
  • The team physician may suspend the student from practice or play, if medically indicated.
  • The student-athlete will either be referred for further assessment or continue with any current treatment plan. Based on the assessment/counseling, a plan of action/intervention will be designed that will be mandated for the student-athlete.
  • If the student-athlete misses any appointment, immediate suspension is imposed until the appointment is made-up.
  • The student-athlete will be suspended from 10% of the athletic contests during the traditional playing season at the next available opportunity.
  • The student-athlete is notified that ANY subsequent positive will result in a third positive and the appropriate sanctions.
  • The student-athlete will be subject to repeated unannounced drug testing to be conducted at any time under the supervision of Drug Free Sport, the Student Health Center, the team physician, or sports medicine staff.

The team physician or senior associate athletic director or his/her designee will provide notice of the positive test and its consequences to the head coach and will also notify the student’s parents or guardian.

Third Positive

If a student-athlete receives a third positive test for any banned substance (the substance does not need to be the same substance that resulted in any earlier positive test) or if a missed test is treated as a third positive, the following consequences will occur:

  • The student-athlete will meet with the drug testing coordinator and the senior associate athletic director and be referred to the team physician who will review the positive drug test results.
  • The student-athlete will be permanently suspended from the team and will lose all athletic financial aid for the subsequent semester, if any, in the current academic year and nonrenewal of athletic financial aid for all ensuing academic years.

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