1 SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, and OTHER DRUG-EDUCATION GUIDELINES and the DRUG-TESTING PROGRAM for STUDENT-ATHLETES Student-athletes are responsible for anything they ingest. The overall goal of Southeastern Oklahoma State University s (SOSU) Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug- Education Guidelines and Drug-Testing Program is to promote a year-round drug free environment in the SOSU Athletic Program. Objectives within the overall goal are to: Protect the health, safety, and welfare of the student-athlete. Address student-athletes problems and concerns with regard to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Inform and educate the student-athlete and others associated with athletic teams about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as the effects of their use/abuse. Assure compliance with all University, Great American Conference, and National Collegiate Athletics Association policies and procedures. The first priority of SOSU s program is the health, safety, and welfare of the student-athletes. The approach is from a medical perspective with an emphasis on education, testing, and referral for treatment of student-athletes and others who are a part of the intercollegiate athletics program at SOSU. The program focuses on three concerns to ensure the health of the student-athlete. The first focus is on the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is involved in most of the undesirable behavior observed among students on college campuses. The second focus is the use of tobacco products. There is solid evidence that points to the dangers of tobacco use. SOSU is a Tobacco Free Campus and is banned by the NCAA during practice and competition.
2 The third focus is on other drugs commonly believed to be performance enhancing drugs, street drugs, and supplements. There is sufficient evidence to substantiate that the use of these substances could impair or injure an athlete during athletic activities. Education and counseling are the essential cornerstones of the program and are directed toward alerting student-athletes and coaches to the potential harm of substance abuse. Since studies indicate that education alone is not a sufficient deterrent to drug use, education and counseling will be supplemented with a substance testing component. The SOSU protocol for drug-testing is designed to be fair, to achieve reliability of testing results, and to protect the privacy rights of the student-athlete s medical records. Test results will not be released except in accordance with the policy of this Program or as otherwise required by law. This Program and its consequences are independent of the NCAA Drug Testing Program DRUG-EDUCATION COMPONENT There are two facets to the Educational Program: (A) explanation of SOSU s Drug-Education Guidelines and Drug-Testing Program to student-athletes and others, and (B) dissemination of information to student-athletes and those associated with athletic teams regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, their use and abuse, and the effect on the student-athlete, his/her team, and teammates as a result of this use or abuse. A. Explanation of SOSU s Program To The Student-Athletes 1. At the beginning of each school year, a presentation will be made to each athletic team. The presentation will outline and review SOSU s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug- Education Guidelines as well as the Drug-Testing Program, its purposes, the plan for implementing it, and the consequences for violating the policies of the program. There will be an additional meeting held for those student-athletes entering SOSU s Athletic Program at mid-year. 2. Any student-athlete who does not sign both the NCAA and SOSU Consent Forms will not be permitted to participate in intercollegiate athletics and will forfeit all athletic financial aid. A student-athlete who fails to submit drug-testing as provided in this program, after initially consenting to such testing, shall be considered to have made a decision not to participate in the program and will immediately be banned from all athletic activity and will forfeit athletic financial aid.
3 B. Education of Student-Athletes and Others Concerning Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use and Abuse. 1. Education programs are designed to: a. educate the student-athlete and other appropriate personnel about the associated problems of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use/abuse and how such use/abuse and how such use/abuse may adversely affect the studentathlete and his/her team and teammates. b. educate, inform, and teach those associated with intercollegiate athletics how to recognize the warning signs of usage and the side effects of specific substances, e.g., alcohol, tobacco, street drugs, performance enhancers, supplements, and others. c. encourage open discussion about the consumption of alcohol as well as the use of tobacco and other drugs. d. familiarize the student-athlete with rehabilitation and treatment programs. 2. Athletic department will provide any dissemination information to student-athletes with educational opportunities that will include guest speakers, educational videos, interactive educational programming, and visual aids posted in athletic facilities, including locker rooms, training rooms, bulletin boards, and classrooms. 3. Each team and coaching staff will provide once a year an educational session that will focus on information regarding the dangers of using alcohol, tobacco, and performanceenhancing drugs, street drugs, and supplements. 4. Attendance of the student-athlete at scheduled educational sessions is mandatory. Absences will only be permitted with the approval of the Head Coach. Any absences will result in the student-athlete being required to attend a make-up session.
4 DRUG-TESTING COMPONENT A. General Provisions 1. The testing program will be conducted by athletic training staff and will consist of random testing and testing under suspicion. This collection will be handled by a third party and the use of instant testing cups. 2. Southeastern Athletics test mirror the drug classifications tested for by the NCAA. For a complete list please refer to Appendix A. 3. Each team will be subjected to testing of all team members at any time. 4. All student-athletes will be subject to random, unannounced drug-testing throughout their career as a Southeastern student-athlete. 5. All student-athletes, regardless of previous test results, will be subjected to random selection for on-campus and/or off-campus drug-testing. 6. All student-athletes will be subjected to drug-testing under suspicion throughout their career as a Southeastern student-athlete. 7. The Director of Athletics and the Head Athletic Trainer will handle records of test results in strict confidentiality. The results will only be released under the provisions stated in this document or as otherwise required by law. 8. All positive test results will remain with the student-athlete throughout his/her athletic career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. B. Amnesty Program 1. Any student-athlete who self-reports that he/she believes he/she may have violated the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Drug Policy will be required to attend drug-education and treatment programs as prescribed by the Athletic Department. A self-reported studentathlete will be required to immediately submit to a drug test and will be treated as a first offense without any sanction from the Athletic Department. 2. Upon successful completion of the program, including a negative post-test, the studentathlete will be deemed not to have violated any offenses listed in this policy. A positive posttest results in a 2 nd offense and is subject to consequences outlined in this document. 3. A student-athlete is not eligible for the Amnesty Program if he/she has been informed of an impending drug test or has previously received a positive test result at SOSU. 4. This Amnesty Program is a one-time opportunity. Further positive drug tests will be handled according to the procedures stated in this document. 5. NCAA testing supersedes this amnesty program.
5 C. Testing Under Reasonable Suspicion. Southeastern Oklahoma State University Athletic Department reserves the right to test any studentathlete for the use of alcohol, prohibited drugs, or controlled substances when actions of said studentathlete indicate reasonable suspicion of the use of alcohol, prohibited drugs, or controlled substances. Any coach and/or administrator may report reasonable suspicion to the Athletic Director and/or Head Coach who will make a decision regarding the need for drug-screening. A report should be a written statement including facts such as times, dates, and parties involved. Reasonable suspicion is defined as proof or evidence that is more than intuition or strong feeling, but less than probable cause. Such reasonable suspicion must be based on specific observations including but not limited to appearance, behavior, speech, and/or body odors of the student-athlete. Testing under this provision permits SOSU to test following an incident outside of athletics, e.g., dorm incidents, arrests, or confrontations. These observations may include but not be limited to indications of the chronic and/or withdrawal effects of prohibited substances or any of the following: Reduced quality of academic or athletic performance; Patterns of unexcused absences or tardiness in regards to academic classes or athletic meetings; Inability to get along with others or excessive withdrawal and isolation; Decreased manual dexterity, short-term memory loss; Periods of unusual hyperactivity, irritability, or drowsiness; When an administrator, coach or support staff has suspicion created through the senses of smell, sight, or sound; or Presence or possession by a student-athlete of illegal or controlled drugs or drug-related paraphernalia. D. Appeals 1. A student-athlete may appeal any sanction as the result of a positive drug test. A studentathlete desiring to appeal must file a written Notice of Appeal with the Director of Athletics within two consecutive university working days of notification of a positive test result. 2. The Appeals Committee is composed of the Director of Athletics, Faculty Athletic Representative, Head Athletic Trainer, Director of Compliance, and other athletic personnel as selected by the Director of Athletics. 3. The Appeals Committee will be responsible for conducting each appeals hearing. 4. The Appeals Committee will reach a decision of an appeal and inform the student-athlete of the decision within three (3) university working days. 5. In the appeals phase, a student-athlete would provide a new urine sample: If the result of the appeals test is positive, the student-athlete will incur the expense of the test. If the result of the appeals test is negative, the student-athlete will appear before the appeals committee for a final decision.
6 SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS PROGRAM SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY A. Elements of the Policy. The Policy is in effect from the initial full-time enrollment at SOSU throughout the studentathlete s SOSU playing career, including SOSU vacation periods. This Policy is in effect during all school-related field trips, activities, athletic events, and other extracurricular events, whether such activities are on-campus or off-campus. The Policy is in effect for any and all student-athletes whose misconduct related to the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal and/or controlled drugs outside of the University. Random unannounced testing will occur periodically as directed by the Head Athletic Trainer and approved by the Director of Athletics. Drug-testing may occur based on suspicion as outlined in this document. Unannounced, on-campus instant testing, can be performed at any time as requested by the Director of Athletics and/or the respective Head Coach. Failure of a student-athlete to appear at scheduled test will be considered a positive result. A diluted specimen will be considered positive. The student-athlete will be financially responsible for the re-test. If the re-test is negative, the University will pay for the re-test. With any positive result, the respective Head Coach can enforce team policies which may be stricter than those in the SOSU Substance Abuse Policy. Each team s policy will be kept on file in the office of the Director of Athletics. If the student-athlete has a positive result on a test, the student-athlete, respective Head Coach, Head Athletic Trainer, and Director of Athletics will meet to discuss the test and the consequences involved. B. Positive Test Results and Consequences 1. First Offense: First Positive Result Confidentiality of test results will be observed except for: Student-Athlete Director of Athletics Head Athletic Trainer Head Coach Others as required by the Director of Athletics Consequences: a. Mandatory counseling will be scheduled with a substance abuse counselor. The cost of the mandatory counseling session will be at the student-athlete s expense. The Head Athletic Trainer will schedule the first appointment. The student-athlete will schedule subsequent meetings. Failure to attend any counseling session or failure to pay for counseling will result in a Second Offense. The counselor may allow changing or missing an appointment if there excuse is deemed legitimate. The student-athlete s reinstatement occurs when the counselor formally notifies the Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Athletics in writing of completion of counseling sessions. b. A re-test may be required at the discretion of the Director of Athletics.
7 2. Second Offense: Second Positive Result If a second positive result occurs at any time, a meeting will be held with the following individuals: Student-Athlete Director of Athletics Head Athletic Trainer Head Coach Compliance Coordinator Others as required by the Director of Athletics Consequences: a. The student-athlete will forfeit 30% of his/her athletic financial aid in the next full-time semester. This is applicable for all student-athletes except those in the last semester of receiving athletic aid, in which the student-athlete may lose 30% of the athletic aid in the current semester. In the case of a non-scholarship student-athlete, he/she will lose 30% of athletic contests and/or 30% of future athletic aid. The balance of the season may be such that the total number of suspended games will have to carry over into post-season play and even into the next season. b. Mandatory counseling will continue. The cost is the student-athlete s responsibility. Failure to attend or to pay for any counseling sessions (unless excused by counselor) will result in a Third Offense. A student-athlete s reinstatement is allowed upon mutual agreement between the Director of Athletics and the counselor. c. A re-test may be required at the discretion of the Director of Athletics. 3. Third Offense: Third Positive Result If a third positive result occurs at any time, a meeting will be held with the following individuals: Student-Athlete Director of Athletics Head Athletic Trainer Head Coach Others as required by the Director of Athletics Consequences: a. The student-athlete will be banned from all participation in athletics at Southeastern. b. Athletic scholarships will automatically and immediately be forfeited. c. The student-athlete may apply to the Director of Athletics for reinstatement for participation in the intercollegiate athletic program. This application for reinstatement may not be made until the student-athlete passes a drug test and has had a year of non-participation in any intercollegiate athletic activity.
8 ALCOHOL POLICY In developing a policy regarding the consumption of alcohol by student-athletes, it should be viewed in the context that lawful responsible consumption or abstinence is expected from the student-athlete and that consumption and/or possession of alcohol by minors in the state of Oklahoma is illegal. On-campus or off-campus incidents involving alcohol will be governed by the consequences of the SOSU Student Code of Conduct and as set forth in section B of this document. The Head Coach could have team rules regarding the consumption and possession of alcohol that may affect the student-athlete s eligibility for practice and competition. TOBACCO POLICY In developing a policy regarding the use of tobacco products by student-athletes, Southeastern Oklahoma State University recognizes the stipulations set forth by the NCAA. Tobacco use in all forms is prohibited during practice and competition by student-athletes and game personnel in all sports and may result in ejection from the game. SOSU is a Tobacco Free Campus. OTHER ISSUES All student-athletes must also abide by the rules of the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma which states: The use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, and/or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or low point beer, as defined by Oklahoma law, on the campus or at any on-campus activity sponsored by or for a student organization or any other university sponsored activity for students is not permitted. Campus includes but is not limited to university housing including sorority and fraternity housing. Each university is authorized to develop and implement a policy regulating consumption of alcohol at officially sponsored off-campus activites. Oncampus or off-campus incidents in violation of the Board of Regents of the Regional University System of Oklahoma which states statement will be governed by the consequences of the SOSU Student Code of Conduct. The Head Coach could have team rules addressing this violation that may affect the studentathlete s eligibility for practice and competition. Any student-athlete who is involved with distributing, attempting, or conspiring to distribute illegal drugs (alcohol, including banned dietary supplements or other performance enhancing drugs) may be immediately suspended from any connection with the SOSU Athletics Program and may be permanently banned from participation pending final adjudication of the case. On-campus or off-campus incidents violating this Policy will be governed by the consequences of the SOSU Student Code of Conduct. NOTE: THIS POLICY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME AND THE APPLICATION OF THIS POLICY IS AT THE DISCRETION OF THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS. ALL HEAD COACHES WILL HAVE TEAM POLICIES ON FILE WITH THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS. TEAM POLICIES MAY BE STRICTER THAN SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY S ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND OTHER DRUGS POLICY.
9 Appendix A NCAA BANNED DRUG CLASSES The NCAA list of banned drug classes is subject to change by the NCAA Executive Committee. An updated list of banned drugs is available by contacting NCAA Educational Services at The term related compounds comprises substances that are included in the class by their pharmacological action and/or chemical structure. No substance belonging to the prohibited class may be used, regardless of whether it is specifically listed as an example. NOTE: There is no complete list of banned substances. Any substance that is chemically related to the class, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned. Prior to consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, it is the responsibility of the studentathlete to review the product with the appropriate athletics training staff. Because nutritional supplements are not strictly regulated any may contain substances banned by the NCAA, any product containing a dietary supplement ingredient is taken at the risk of the respective student-athlete. SOUTHEASTERN BANNED SUBSTANCES Amphetamine AMP Barbiturates BAR Benzodiazepines BZO Cocaine COC Marijuana THC Metadone MTD Methamphetamine mamp Ecstasy MDMA Opiates 300 MOP Opiates 2000 OPI Oxycodone OXY Phencyclidine PCP Propoxyphene PPX Tricyclic Antidepressants TCA
10 SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS DRUG-TESTING CONSENT FORM I have read and understand the Southeastern Oklahoma State University policy for drug-testing, drug-education, and assistance to help ensure the health, safety, and welfare of its studentathletes and to ensure the continued integrity of the university s intercollegiate athletic program. I agree to submit to drug-testing and understand that non-compliance with Southeastern Oklahoma State University s intercollegiate athletics drug-education, drugtesting, and counseling program and procedures will be a breach of this agreement which permits the Department of Athletics to remove me from participation in the athletic program and to cancel all of my athletic financial aid. Print Name Date Signature SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS PRESCRIPTION DRUG AGREEMENT FORM I understand that if I take drugs pursuant to a prescription, I am required to register this information with the Head Athletic Trainer in writing and to supply such additional information as requested by the Head Athletic Trainer. I understand that some prescription drugs may result in a positive drug test in this program and the NCAA Drug-Testing Program. I understand that this information will be kept confidential. Print Name Date Signature
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