Drug Testing

The Department of Athletics at Marshalltown Community College advocates the development of healthy and responsible lifestyles for student-athletes during their years of eligibility as a long term enrichment and enhancement of their lives. In addition, this policy underscores the importance of the role our student-athletes serve as college representatives and role models to our campus and community. The use of illegal substances, drugs and alcohol is a crime and will not be condoned. The use of performance enhancing drugs is detrimental to student health and as a form of cheating, constitutes unacceptable behavior. Alcohol use by student-athletes who are under the legal drinking age in Iowa is against the law; for those student-athletes who are of legal drinking age in Iowa, high risk alcohol use is ill-advised and is strongly discouraged.

 

The MCC Department of Athletics Drug & Alcohol Program includes:

• Education of student-athletes

• Evaluation/Assessment

• Treatment/Counseling

• Discipline/Consequences

• Monitoring by Athletic Department & College staff

 

Types of Testing

• Random testing. Periodic testing of a portion of the total student-athlete population will occur at regular intervals. This list will be randomly generated by a computer from each squad list. All student-athletes are

eligible for every test.

• Total team testing. Total teams may be tested at any time at the request of any appropriate college official.

• Just cause testing. Student-athletes may be tested individually or as a part of a regularly scheduled test. This test will be used for student-athletes who demonstrate symptoms or behaviors which are indicative of substance abuse.

• Reasonable cause testing. Student-athletes who have previous violations of the program will be tested individually or as part of a regularly scheduled test.

 

***IMPORTANT NOTE***

Failure to appear for a scheduled drug test or refusing to give a specimen will be cause for immediate suspension of the student-athlete from competition and/or practice and provides a basis for reasonable cause testing. This suspension will be in effect until reinstated by the Athletic Department.

 

Drug Testing Procedures

1. Zero notification is the norm for the majority of drug tests that are performed for individual teams. Most testing will occur before or after a regularly scheduled practice time.

2. The student-athlete will not leave the testing area until a specimen is produced and will be under constant supervision of an athletic department designee.

3. If the student-athlete is unable to produce a specimen, they will remain under constant supervision of the athletic department designee until an adequate specimen is provided.

4. The student-athlete may leave the testing area once an adequate specimen is provided, and will be informed of the test results following assessment of the test.

 

Consequences

  • First Positive Test
    • Head Coach will be made aware of the positive test results.
    • SA will be suspended until evaluated by a licensed counselor, approved by the Department of Athletics and Student Assistance Program.
    • Athletic Administration, Head Coach and counselor will determine a plan for the SA and will receive periodic updates on their progress.
    • SA will be subject to reasonable cause testing as determined by Administration, Head Coach and/or counselor.
    • Head Coach has the authority to proceed with further penalties, including and up to loss of athletic aid.
  • Second Positive Test
    • Head Coach will be made aware of the positive test results.
    • SA will be re-evaluated by a licensed counselor, approved by the Department of Athletics and Student Assistance Program, to determine subsequent treatment options.
    • SA will be immediately suspended for 25% of their season, which can carry over to the following season.
    • Reinstatement to the team will be considered by Athletic Administration and the Head Coach following suspension.
    • SA will be subject to reasonable cause testing as determined by Administration, Head Coach and/or counselor.
    • Head Coach has the authority to proceed with further penalties, including and up to loss of further athletic aid.
  • Third Positive Test
    • Head Coach will be made aware of the positive test results.
    • SA will be suspended from all department functions for a minimum of 1 calendar year, further athletic aid will be cancelled.
    • Head Coach has the authority to proceed with further penalties.
 

All athletes will be handled in this manner. Failure to comply with the recommendations of the Administration, Head Coach and/or licensed counselor will result in immediate suspension from all team activities and functions and will require meeting with the above listed personnel to discuss future options.

 

Appeals Process

To appeal either a positive finding or the sanction imposed, the SA must file a written appeal accompanied by all supporting evidence. The appeal must be filed within 48 hours of notification. Each student athlete at Marshalltown Community College is required to sign the following statement. It is assumed that this statement will apply to the student for the duration of their enrollment at Marshalltown Community College.

 

The full responsibility for following the Drug/Alcohol Policy at MCC rests solely with each individual student:

I am aware of the Drug/Alcohol Policy at Marshalltown Community College; it is my responsibility to adhere to the guidelines set forth and I understand its implications for me as a student athlete. I understand that as a student athlete I am expected to uphold higher standards than the rest of the student body. I realize that by signing this statement I agree to follow the Drug/Alcohol Policy in the MCC Student Athlete Handbook.