SDA 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 head 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 expert consultants, the head team physician can determine whether a test has produced a valid positive result. If the result is determined not to be valid, the head team physician can invalidate the result and order repeat testing.

During treatment, it is understood that the most important aspects of treatment are compliance with the overall treatment program to assist the student-athlete. If, during treatment, the student-athlete either has a positive drug test as per SDA 405 (see Drug Testing, Positive Drug Test, for those already in a prescribed treatment program), or the student-athlete fails to adhere and engage with any part of the prescribed treatment program (appointments, counseling sessions, etc.) developed by the Clinical Treatment Team (CTT), the student-athlete will be immediately suspended from practice and/or competition until test levels show a decline and/or the student-athlete has begun to demonstrate compliance/engagement in treatment. The CTT will communicate compliance/engagement with the prescribed treatment program to the Student-Athlete Care Coordination Team (SACCT).

If the SACCT believes that the penalty for non-compliance should be modified, enhanced or waived because such modification, enhancement or waiver would further support the student-athlete’s success in treatment, the SACCT 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 SDA 405E.


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 referred to the CTT to facilitate timely substance use assessment conducted by a substance abuse specialist approved by ASU Counseling Services and/or ASU Health Services (ASUHS). Results of the assessment will inform the development of a comprehensive treatment plan. Sun Devil Athletics (SDA) will mandate student-athlete compliance with all approved treatment recommendations. If the student-athlete misses any appointment, the student-athlete will not be considered compliant with the treatment program and will be subject to immediate suspension until the appointment is made up.
  • The student-athlete is notified that any subsequent positive will result in second positive and suspension of at least 10% of competition season as described in this policy.
  • The student-athlete will be subject to repeated unannounced drug testing to be conducted at any time under the supervision of Drug Free Sport, ASUHS, 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 may inform the student’s parents or guardian.

Second Positive

If a student-athlete receives a second positive test result while outside of a prescribed treatment program 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 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 referred to the CTT to facilitate further assessment. For student-athletes in active treatment, the second positive test result will be shared with the CTT who will develop recommendations for further intervention.
    Note: The CTT will consider all available information to inform these recommendations, including assessment of treatment engagement and progress toward treatment goals.
  • 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, the student-athlete will not be considered compliant with the treatment program and will be subject to immediate suspension until the appointment is made up.
  • The student-athlete will be suspended from at least 10% of the athletic contests during the traditional playing season and up to the sanctions as described below, at the next available opportunity following any sample’s requested retesting. The student-athlete is notified that any subsequent positive will result in a third positive and the appropriate sanctions as described within this policy.
  • The student-athlete will be subject to repeated unannounced drug testing to be conducted at any time under the supervision of Drug Free Sport, ASUHS, 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 may also notify the student’s parents or guardian.

Third Positive

If a student-athlete receives a third positive test for a 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 non-renewal of athletic financial aid for all ensuing academic years.
  • The student-athlete will be referred to the CTT and ASU Counseling Services, which will offer assessment and treatment services and support.

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