Drug Testing Policy for Student-Athletes

The use of drugs is illegal by state law and prohibited by College policy. Lynchburg College vigorously opposes the use of drugs by any student.

The College recognizes the particular pressure on and vulnerability of student-athletes to use drugs that affect performance. The College also recognizes that athletes and their coaches have a close relationship that makes it appropriate for coaches to assume a special obligation to counsel student-athletes regarding the use of drugs.

The NCAA has declared that it will randomly test Division III athletes engaged in post-season national competition. Lynchburg College reserves the right to test for drugs in any student-athlete at any time.

Upon confirmation of a positive drug test result by the College physician, the director of athletics communicates the student-athlete's name and test results to the Office of the Dean of Students for review in accordance with the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and Regulations. Similarly, when a student-athlete is found responsible for violation of drug-related policies in the Honor and Student Conduct Codes, the Office of the Dean of Students notifies the director of athletics of the incident, including charges and sanctions issued.

Suspension from Lynchburg College is the standard sanction for a first-time violation of drug-related policies in the Honor and Student Conduct Code; expulsion is issued in more serious cases and for second drug-related infractions. In addition, a student-athlete found responsible for a first-time drug violation or positive drug test is suspended from athletic participation for one year, in accordance with the Lynchburg College Athletic Department Drug and Alcohol Policy; a student-athlete found responsible for a subsequent drug violation or positive drug test is suspended permanently from athletic participation.