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POLICIES AND PROCEDURES FOR CHEMICAL TESTING PHILOSOPHY

The Athletics Department is committed to enhancing the quality of life of every student-athlete at DePaul University. From this perspective, we have addressed the use and/or abuse of illegal or legal chemicals that endanger the safety and health of all DePaul student-athletes.

The Athletics Department's policy of drug detection is an integral part of a comprehensive program whose emphasis is abstention through education. The purpose of initiating a program-wide detection program is to ensure an equitable approach to the problem of drug abuse. The intention is to identify an illicit drug user in order to implement a program of early intervention and treatment. The NCAA, of which DePaul is a member, has implemented a policy of drug detection at its championship events and does year-round testing in select sports. The list of drugs banned by the NCAA is widely available in the sports medicine and strength and conditioning areas and also may be accessed at www.drugfreesport.com It is the Athletics Department's belief that, in order to comply with that policy, drug detection must be implemented in our program at this time. Our policies and outcomes are separate and distinct from those of the NCAA.

UNIVERSITY STAFF INVOLVEMENT

  •  President
  •  Director of Athletics
  •  Associate Athletic Director for Varsity Sports
  •  Head Coach
  •  Legal Counsel
  •  Psychological Services
  •  Director of Sports Medicine

PURPOSE

    1. To deter the misuse/abuse of legal or illegal substances that create a threat to the safety and health of our student-athletes.

    2. To identify misusers/abusers of legally or illegally obtained drugs.

    3. To assist identified misusers/abusers in their effort to achieve a drug-free life through education and related problem awareness.

POLICY The Athletics Department may request all student-athletes to volunteer a urine specimen to be analyzed on an annual basis and upon request at any time during the academic year. The confidentially of test results has been provided for and will be respected during the entire procedure. Analysis will be performed for the department by an off-campus laboratory and accepted personnel. A person with a positive test result will have an opportunity to pursue a counseling program designated to assist him/her in his/her return to a drug free life. The procedure has been set up to ensure the proper chain of custody of the samples and to respect the confidentiality of the student-athletes who are involved in the testing.

PROCEDURES

    1. The student-athlete's signature on his/her grant-in-aid indicates his/her willingness to comply with the department's drug detection program.

    2. Any student-athlete who has a concern with the policy or procedure of drug detection may discuss that concern with the Athletics Director.

    3. All testing will be performed in a random and mandatory manner. The student-athlete can be asked at any time to produce a sample.

    4. The student-athlete will be given a sealed container and be asked to produce a urine sample for testing. This will be done in a private room with a same-sex witness present.

    5. The student-athlete will then reseal the container and turn it over to the witness for testing.

    6. A negative test result will end the procedure upon notification of the Athletics Trainer.

    7. A positive test result will require a second confirmation test using an alternate procedure.

    8. A student-athlete can request that the positive sample be re-tested at a laboratory of their choice at their expense.

    9. The Director of Sports Medicine will notify the Athletics Director, Associate Athletics Director for Varsity Sports, specific Head Coach, Team Physician and Team Psychologist of all positive results. All aforementioned staff members will be informed of the need to insure confidentiality and will be required to abide by it.

    10. There will be no punitive action taken after the first positive test result. The student-athlete will be required to discuss the positive test result with the aforementioned staff members.

    11. In addition, all student-athletes testing positive will be required to submit samples for detection on a random and regular basis for the remainder of their athletic career. When the student athlete is notified by a sports medicine staff member, he/she must respond to the call in person or verbally within 6-8hrs (leaving a message is not acceptable). Student athletes will also be required to schedule an appointment with Insight Psychological Services Failure to do so will result in suspension.

    12. A second positive test result will require suspension from the team until there is record of a successful completion of a drug abuse program, which includes a follow-up treatment plan by a trained mental health provider. The University will assist the student-athlete in placement in a drug abuse program, but will not be responsible for payment.

    13. A second positive test result will require additional drug detection on a random and regular basis.

    14. A third positive test result will require probation from participation in the athletics program.

    15. Return to participation after a third positive test result would be possible only upon agreement by the aforementioned staff members and the student-athlete's mental health care provider has prescribed an appropriate treatment plan and has documented that the student is complying with the treatment plan for designated length of time.

MANIPULATION OF URINE SAMPLES

    The NCAA and DePaul prohibit the use of substances and methods that alter the integrity and/or validity of urine samples provided during drug testing and presence of such substances would be considered a positive test. Examples of banned methods are catheterization, urine substitution and/or tampering or modification of renal excretion by the use of diuretics, bromantan or related compounds and epitestosterone administration.