Drug/Alcohol Testing Summary

Summary of the JCCC Drug and Alcohol testing and Education Policy and Procedure

JCCC Athletes will be subject to random and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. Most random drug tests (RDTs) will be announced no earlier than 18 hours prior to the date and time of the RDT. The athlete will be expected to reply immediately to the notification that they have been selected to participate in an RDT. Notifications will usually be made by text.

Failure to check text, email or voice mail is not considered an adequate excuse to miss or be tardy to a RDT. Time conflicts with class or work must be disclosed immediately at the time of the athlete’s notification of an RDT.

A.  Arrival of the athlete at the drug testing site more than 20 minutes late shall be considered an automatic first positive test based on failure to cooperate with the drug and alcohol testing and education program.

B.  An athlete has the right to be accompanied by one companion 18 years or older, to witness the drug testing process with the athlete. The companion must sign in and produce a picture I.D. in order to participate.

C.  A first positive RDT will lead to:

      1.      Suspension from the number of games equal to 10 percent of the scheduled regular season games for that athlete’s sport, to commence immediately with the earliest game to be played

      2.      Written permission to return to play, along with recommendations for ongoing care, must be provided by the athlete’s drug and alcohol abuse counselor before the athlete will be allowed to resume playing in games.

      3.      The athlete will be subject to periodic repeat drug tests for the remainder of the athlete’s career at JCCC.

D.  A second positive RDT will lead to:

      1.      Immediate dismissal of the athlete from the JCCC athletics program.

      2.      Withdrawal of all athletics based financial aid.

E.  A first positive alcohol test or alcohol related incident will lead to:

      1.      Treatment as a positive drug test in every way except that the immediate game suspension will be waived at the discretion of JCCC.

      2.      The athlete will be required to participate in the regular counseling phase of the program.

F.  A second positive alcohol test or alcohol related incident will lead to:

      1.      Suspension from the number games equal to a minimum of 10 percent of the number of regular season games for that athlete’s sport, to commence with the earliest regular season game to be played.

      2.      The athlete will be required a second time to go through the counseling phase of the program.

G.  A third positive alcohol test or alcohol related incident will lead to:

      1.      Immediate dismissal of the athlete from the JCCC athletics program.

      2.      Removal of all athletics based financial aid.

H.  Safe Haven Rule:

      An athlete’s self-reported use of an illegal substance or of receiving an MIP or DUI, will be treated as a positive drug or alcohol test in every way except that the game suspensions will be waived.
      NOTE: The self-report may not be the result of the athlete having been selected to participate in a RDT.
      The report must be spontaneous and unrelated to a RDT.

I.  Reasonable Suspicion:

      Coaches have the right to request, in writing, that an athlete or athletes be tested based upon reasonable suspicion of substance use or abuse by an athlete or athletes. However, the coach must apply specified rules of observation on which to base his or her suspicions of illegal drug use or abuse. The drug testing coordinator has sole discretion on whether or not the coach’s suspicions are adequate or reasonable, and may deny a request for testing. Sanctions for a positive drug test or alcohol test based upon reasonable suspicion are the same as set forth above.

J.  Appeals:

      1.      Athletes who test positive on a random or reasonable suspicion drug or alcohol test have the right to a “split sample” re-test of the athlete’s urine.

      2.      Appeals must be submitted in writing within 48 hours of notification of a positive RDT, to the Director of Athletics and subject to the approval of the Vice President of Student Success and Engagement.