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NCAA Drug Testing Policy

The NCAA conducts an on-campus, year-round random drug testing program. If you are selected to participate in an NCAA drug test, you will be notified in advance, via direct telephone communication or in person. You will be given the date, time, and location of the testing event and will be required to sign the Student-Athlete Notification Form.

When you report for testing, you will be required to provide photo identification. Student-athletes are tested through urinalysis. An institutional representative will be present in the collection station to certify the identity of student-athletes, will assist with security of the collection station, and will remain in the collection station until the testing has been completed.

In order to maintain the integrity of the specimen, student-athletes will be monitored while providing their urine specimen. Student-athletes will not be allowed to leave the collection station (except to meet academic obligations and exercise) until an adequate sample has been collected.

If you do not show up to the test once you have been notified of your selection, it will be treated as a positive test for a banned substance other than a street drug and the student-athlete will be declared immediately ineligible.

The NCAA also conducts drug-testing at championship events and off-campus during the summer.

Penalties for a Positive Test

Ineligibility for Use of Banned Drugs

A student-athlete who, as a result of a drug test administered by the NCAA, is found to have used a substance on the list of banned drug classes, as set forth in Bylaw 31.2.3.1, shall be declared ineligible for further participation in postseason and regular-season competition in accordance with the ineligibility provisions in this bylaw.

Duration of Ineligibility-Banned Drug Classes Other than "Street Drugs"

A student-athlete who, as a result of a drug test administered by the NCAA, tests positive shall be charged with the loss of one season of competition in all sports in addition to the use of a season, pursuant to Bylaw 12.8.3.1, if he or she has participated in intercollegiate competition during the same year. In addition, the student-athlete shall remain ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition during the time period ending one calendar year (365 days) after the collection of the student-athlete's positive drug-test specimen and until the student-athlete tests negative and the student-athlete's eligibility is restored by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. If the student-athlete participates in any contests from the time of collection until the confirmation of the positive result, he or she must be withheld from an equal number of contests after the 365-day period of ineligibility.

Duration of Ineligibility-"Street Drugs"

A student-athlete who, as a result of a drug test administered by the NCAA, is found to have used a substance in the banned drug class "street drugs" shall be charged with the loss of competition during a minimum of 50 percent of a season in all sports (at least the first 50 percent of regular-season contests or dates of competition in the season following the positive test). The student-athlete shall remain ineligible until the prescribed penalty is fulfilled, the student-athlete tests negative and his or her eligibility is restored by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement.

Tampering With Drug-Test Sample

A student-athlete who is involved in a case of clearly observed tampering with an NCAA drug-test sample, as documented per NCAA drug-testing protocol by a drug-testing crew member, shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of two seasons of competition in all sports if the season of competition has not yet begun for that student-athlete or a minimum of the equivalent of two full seasons of competition in all sports if the student-athlete is involved in the tampering with a drug-test sample during his or her season of competition (the remainder of contests in the current season and contests in the following two seasons up to the period of time in the initial season in which the student-athlete was declared ineligible). The student-athlete shall remain ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition during the time period ending two calendar years (730 days) after the student-athlete was involved in the tampering with a drug-test sample and until the student-athlete tests negative (in accordance with the testing methods authorized by the Executive Committee) and the student-athlete's eligibility is restored by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement.

Testing Positive on More than One Occasion

If the student-athlete tests positive for the use of any banned drug other than a "street drug" after having previously tested positive for any banned drug other than a "street drug," he or she shall lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports. If the student-athlete tests positive for the use of a "street drug" after having tested positive for use of any banned drug, he or she shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one additional season of competition in all sports and also shall remain ineligible for regular-season and postseason competition during the time period ending one calendar year (365 days) after the collection of the student-athlete's positive drug-test specimen.

North Texas Drug Testing Policy

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NCAA Banned Substances

The NCAA publishes a list of banned substances each year that is available at: ncaa.org. There is no complete list of banned substances, so be sure to check with the athletic training staff if you have any questions. You are 100% responsible for what you put into your body.

Please be extremely cautious when considering nutritional supplements. These supplements are not closely regulated by the FDA and may contain substances that have been banned by the NCAA. It is your responsibility to know what's in the supplements you are taking. Claiming that you were unaware that a product you were taking contained a banned substance is NEVER an excuse!

The 8 major banned drug classes are: stimulants; anabolic agents; alcohol and beta blockers (banned for rifle only); diuretics; street drugs; peptide hormones and analogues; anti-estrogens; and beta-2 agonists.

2016-17 NCAA Banned Substance List

To find out if a prescription drug or nutritional supplement contains a substance banned by the NCAA, please check with the North Texas Athletics Training Room staff before taking anything you are unsure of. You can also inquire about the substances found in prescription drugs and nutritional supplements through the Resource Exchange Center website here. The password is ncaa1.

NCAA Drug Testing Website