Drug Use and Testing Policy

Each year all student-athletes must sign a current “Acknowledgment and Consent Form” for the Drug, Alcohol and Control Substances Testing Policy for Intercollegiate Athletics before participating in intercollegiate athletics at Loyola University New Orleans. This form must be signed before the student-athlete can attend any team practice or compete in any intercollegiate game or scrimmage session for that year. The current version of the Acknowledgment and Consent Form is located at the back of the Student-Athlete Handbook.  The Drug, Alcohol and Control Substances Testing Policy may be amended, with or without notice, at the sole discretion of the University.

The University may conduct unannounced, random drug tests at any time of intercollegiate athletes. Suspicion based drug testing may also be administered to student-athletes who the coaching staff or athletic trainer suspects of using a banned substance or of the illegal use, unauthorized use or abuse of alcohol.

During a random drug test, one or more student-athletes from any of the intercollegiate teams will be randomly selected for drug testing. Reasonable suspicion drug tests may be administered at the same time as a random drug test or at any other time deemed necessary. The type of test may be urine or saliva with the detection of any banned drug or substance, or alcohol, or for any evidence of tampering with any sample or manipulating any drug or alcohol test as its intent.

Each student-athlete selected to be tested will be notified, in writing, on or before the day of the test by being served with the Student-Athlete Notification Form. This form is to be signed upon receipt, and the time and date of notification will be recorded. A student-athlete’s failure to sign the notification form, failure to arrive at the collection station at or by the designated time without justification, or failure to provide a sample according to protocol is cause for the same action(s) as evidence of use of a banned substance.

A student-athlete testing positive for any banned substance or for illegal or unauthorized use of alcohol may be subject to the following sanctions:

  • First Offense - A student-athlete who tests positive for the first time as a Loyola University team member will be suspended from the intercollegiate athletic team for fifteen percent (15%) of the competitions in the student-athlete’s respective sport. Eligibility for practice will be retained. The athletic director or designee shall notify the athlete’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and head coach. The athlete will be responsible to meet with a drug education professional at his/her own expense to establish a program which must be submitted to the athletic director before the athlete is allowed to return to competition. In addition, the athlete will be automatically tested on the next random testing date.
  • Second Offense - A student-athlete who tests positive after having previously tested positive while a Loyola University team member will be suspended from the intercollegiate athletic program for the remainder of the academic year. The athletic director or designee will notify the athlete’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and head coach. A decision concerning the athlete’s return to the sports program will be determined by the athletic director and the head coach.
  • In addition, a student-athlete found in violation of this policy may be subject to further or additional disciplinary action as outlined in the Loyola University Student Handbook.

If an athlete believes the facts on which the sanction(s) were based are erroneous, or that the sanction(s) should not be imposed, the athlete may file a written appeal with the athletic director within 15 days after the receipt of the sanction(s). The appeal must include any information that might change the factual findings of the imposed sanction(s). The athletic director will review the information and make a final decision regarding the appeal and will notify the athlete in writing of the decision.

The list of banned-drug classes is comprised of substances that are generally reported to be performance enhancing, potentially harmful to the health and safety of student-athletes and/or illegal. The Loyola athletic department recognizes that some banned substances are used for legitimate medical purposes. Accordingly, the University may allow an exception to be made for those student-athletes with a documented medical history demonstrating the need for regular use of such a drug. Exceptions may be granted for substances included in the following classes: stimulants, beta blockers, diuretics and peptide hormones. A letter from the treating physician diagnosing and explaining the athlete’s condition, the course of treatment prescribed, the medication prescribed and the dosage of the same must be presented to the athletic director. Also, an analysis of the student-athlete’s ability to safely practice, train and compete in the sport(s) in which the athlete intends to participate is required. All requests for exceptions will be reviewed by the athletic director whose determination will be final.

The Loyola athletic department bans and prohibits the use of substances and methods that alter the integrity and/or validity of urine samples provided during drug testing. This includes urine substitution.

The Loyola University athletic department prohibits the use of alcohol by its student-athletes while they are in the charge of the coaching staff (from the first day of official practice until the final contest of the season). Athletes are prohibited from possessing, consuming, using, selling or being under the influence of alcohol on school property, on athletic road trips, at school functions and prior to or during athletic practices or competitions. A student-athlete may be subject to the same sanctions detailed for unauthorized drug use.

The Loyola athletic department will retain all test results while the athlete remains at Loyola University. Upon departure, all tests results will be discarded.

The Loyola University athletic department will strive to maintain the confidentiality of the results of all positive test results. Only the following persons will be notified of a positive drug test result: the student-athlete, the athletic director, the Vice President of Student Affairs, the head coach of the athlete, the parent(s) or guardian(s) of the athlete and any university counselors or therapists if deemed necessary. The athletic department will not initiate contact with any law enforcement agency and will not disclose the results of any test conducted under these procedures to any law enforcement agency or third party except under valid court order or subpoena.

Nutritional supplements may contain banned substances. The athlete is responsible for knowing the content of any supplements he/she is taking. For questions regarding nutritional supplements, call the National Center for Drug Free Sports Resource Exchange Center at (877) 202-0769.

Loyola University athletic department will use the NCAA Banned Drug List as its guide to list substances not to be used by the student-athlete. That list can be found by going to the NCAA web site for banned substances and drug testing at NCAA Health/Safety/Drug Testing website. The following is a list of general classes for which a student-athlete may be tested.

  • Amphetamines (Stimulants - “Uppers”)
  • Barbiturates (Depressants - “Downers”)
  • Cannabinoids (Marijuana and derivatives)
  • Cocaine Metabolites (Cocaine, Crack and derivatives)
  • Bensodiazepines (Sedatives - Sleeping medications)
  • Methadone (Narcotic - Analgesic)
  • Methaqualone (Hypnotic Sedative - “Quaaludes”)
  • Opiates (Narcotic - Analgesic)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP) (Anesthetic/Hallucinogen - “Angel Dust”)
  • Propoxyphene (Narcotic - Analgesic)

Any student-athlete, in strict confidence, may advise any coach, athletic trainer, team physician or athletic director that he/she suffers from a drug/alcohol use/abuse problem without fear of jeopardizing his/her athletic eligibility provided:

  • Such disclosure is full, complete and made freely
  • The disclosure is not made in an effort to avoid an impending drug screen
  • He/she agrees voluntarily to submit to and complete a counseling and rehabilitation program as designated by Loyola University counselors/therapists if requested to do so by the athletic director.

The athletic department firmly believes and hopes that the implementation of this program will serve to benefit all connected with intercollegiate athletics and Loyola University New Orleans. In addition, the athletic department believes that the integrity of athletic contests both for the participants and spectators will be protected because of this policy. Ultimately our goal is to educate our student-athletes about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in athletics, academics and personal life and promote the physical, mental, emotional and social health of our student-athletes, along with the goals of the University.

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