Cal Poly's drug policy calls for random testing for NCAA-banned drugs

Cal Poly has a drug policy in place that spells out the kinds of substances banned for its student-athletes and the punishments for violations. The policy has been in place since 2012, according to the university.

The Cal Poly Intercollegiate Athletics Drug Testing and Education program reflects the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2012-13 guidelines of banned substances.

Categories include stimulants, street drugs, and anabolic and masking agents.

All Cal Poly student-athletes who participate in NCAA sports may be selected by the university’s medical review officer for random drug testing. Cal Poly’s athletic director, Don Oberhelman, also may refer student-athletes for testing and “all student-athletes should expect to be tested,” the policy states.

Some of the drugs banned under NCAA regulations that Cal Poly tests for include:

  • stimulants such as Adderall, cocaine, ephedrine and bath salts.
  • street drugs including heroin, marijuana and THC.
  • performance enhancers including testosterone, androstenedione and human growth hormone.
  • Blood doping and manipulation of urine samples is prohibited. The policy lays out the sanctions students face for nonsteroid offenses, which include:

    • First offense: A educational program and substance abuse counseling; increased drug testing; suspension from 25 percent of upcoming NCAA competitions if education and counseling programs aren’t completed.
  • Second offense: Suspension from 25 percent of upcoming NCAA competitions, continued enrollment in education and counseling programs; permanent expulsion from the team if programs aren’t completed and termination of all athletic financial aid.
  • Third offense: Permanent expulsion from all teams, and termination of athletic financial aid.
  • Steroid offenses result in the same sanctions as the first offense of a nonsteroid violation, as well as a one-year ban from competition. A second offense results in permanent expulsion from the team and termination of athletic financial aid.

    Students who aren’t sure whether they’re taking an appropriate supplement can check with athletic department staff. Those who have prescriptions for uses of substances on the banned list have an opportunity to present medical documentation if they test positive.

    The policy states that student-athletes are role models who should avoid using banned substances.

    Cal Poly officials didn’t say Tuesday how often drug testing occurs. But university President Jeffrey Armstrong issued a statement Tuesday saying Cal Poly is planning to ramp up testing of its football team.

    “We will expand drug testing to include all members of the football team,” Armstrong wrote. “This will screen for a wider array of illegal substances than has been covered by the Athletics Department’s existing, NCAA-guided random testing program for all student-athletes.”

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