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College Sports, Division III, Education

NCAA Division III Presidents Say “No” To Year Round Drug Testing

On August 11, 2011, the NCAA Division III Presidents Council members decided that the current championship drug-testing program would remain in place at the Division III level. This decision came after the release of a two-year pilot study to determine “whether dedicating resources to an optional year-round drug-testing program is either necessary or desirable for the only division that currently does not conduct NCAA year-round testing.”

Presidents Council chair Jim Bultman of Hope College stated “the decision not to pursue year-round testing models shouldn’t be interpreted as presidents not being concerned about drug use on our campuses. On the contrary, we believe that, given the results from the pilot, an educational approach is the more prudent use of the division’s resources in this area.”

The results from the pilot revealed that “the use of performance-enhancing drugs within the division is not significant enough to warrant a year-round program.” However, the results did indicate that alcohol abuse remains a great concern. As a result, NCAA Division III will structure their drug-and alcohol-education program to: (1) focus on effectively partnering with the student-affairs community; (2) recognize and leverage the key role coaches play in influencing behavior of student-athletes; and (3) prioritize alcohol abuse within the new educational framework.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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