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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation

NCAA Banned Substances & Alcohol

NCAA Drug Policy

Any student-athlete who has been tested by the NCAA and is found to have utilized a substance on the list of banned drugs will be ineligible for one calendar year after the positive drug test, and will lose a minimum of one season of competition in all sports. The student-athlete will remain ineligible until the student-athlete tests negative and eligibility is restored by the Eligibility Subcommittee. If the student tests positive a second time for the use of any drug other than a “street drug” as defined by the NCAA, he or she shall lose all remaining regular season and post-season eligibility in all sports. If the student-athlete tests positive for the use of a “street drug” after being restored to eligibility, he or she shall lose a minimum of one additional season of competition in all sports and also shall remain ineligible for regular season and post-season competition at least through the next calendar year.



The drinking age in the State of Illinois is 21, therefore, no student-athlete under the age of 21 shall be provided with or consume any alcoholic beverages. Fall sport athletes are prohibited from the consumption of alcohol during the pre-season period. Teams representing the University of Chicago are prohibited the use of alcoholic beverages while on any university-sponsored trip. Prospects hosted for recruiting visits may not be served alcohol or other drugs.



Tobacco use is banned at all practices and competitions.


Nutritional Ergogenic Aids

Nutritional supplements are marketed to athletes to improve performance, recovery time required after a workout or to build muscles. Many athletes use nutritional supplements despite the lack of long-term studies to assess possible harmful side effects. In addition, such substances may be ineffective, are expensive, and may be harmful to health or performance. Contents of many of these compounds are not subject to the strict regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may contain impurities or banned substances which may cause a student-athlete to test positive. Athletics & Recreation strongly discourages their use and coaches will not distribute or endorse "nutritional" supplements.


* All nutritional/dietary supplements carry some risk of containing an NCAA banned substance because they are not well regulated and may be contaminated. Failure to check out any supplement with your sports medicine staff prior to use may result in a failed appeal for a positive drug test. Student-athletes are responsible for anything they ingest.

* It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance.


The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs:

a. Stimulants.
b. Anabolic Agents.
c. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only).
d. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents.
e. Illicit Drugs.
f. Peptide Hormones and Analogues.
g. Anti-estrogens.
h. Beta-2 Agonists.

Note: Any substance chemically related to these classes is also banned.
The institution and the student-athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified. See exceptions in the following examples listed for each class.

Drugs and Procedures Subject to Restrictions:

a. Blood Doping.
b. Gene Doping.
c. Local Anesthetics (under some conditions).
d. Manipulation of Urine Samples.
e. Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation (i.e. Albuterol).

NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements WARNING:
Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product with the appropriate or designated athletics department staff!
• Dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result.
• Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility using dietary supplements.
• Many dietary supplements are contaminated with banned drugs not listed on the label.
• Any product containing a dietary supplement ingredient is taken at your own risk.
Check with your athletics department staff prior to using a supplement.
Some Examples of NCAA Banned Substances in Each Drug Class.
Do not rely on this list to rule out any label ingredient.
amphetamine (Adderall); caffeine (guarana); cocaine; ephedrine; methamphetamine; methylphenidate (Ritalin); synephrine (bitter orange); dimethylamylamine (DMAA, methylhexanamine); “bath salts” (mephedrone); Octopamine; hordenine; dimethylbutylamine (DMBA, AMP, 4-amino methylpentane citrate); phenethylamines (PEAs); dimethylhexylamine (DMHA, Octodrine) etc.
exceptions: phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are not banned.
Anabolic Agents (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17-androstenetrione):
Androstenedione; boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA (7-Keto); epi-trenbolone; testosterone; etiocholanolone; methasterone; methandienone; nandrolone; norandrostenedione; stanozolol; stenbolone; trenbolone; SARMS (ostarine, ligandrol, LGD-4033); etc.
Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only):
alcohol; atenolol; metoprolol; nadolol; pindolol; propranolol; timolol; etc.
Diuretics (water pills) and Other Masking Agents:
bumetanide; chlorothiazide; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid; spironolactone (canrenone); triameterene; trichlormethiazide; etc.
exceptions: finasteride is not banned.

Illicit Drugs:
heroin; marijuana; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., spice, K2, JWH-018, JWH-073).

Peptide Hormones and Analogues:
growth hormone (hGH); human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG); erythropoietin (EPO); IGF-1 (colostrum, deer antler velvet); etc.
exceptions: insulin, Synthroid are not banned.
anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; ATD, clomiphene; SERMS (nolvadex); Arimidex; clomid; evista; fulvestrant; aromatase inhibitors (Androst-3,5-dien-7,17-dione), letrozole; etc.

Beta-2 Agonists:
bambuterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; higenamine; norcoclaurine; etc.
Any substance that is chemically related to one of the above classes, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned!

Information about ingredients in medications and nutritional/dietary supplements can be obtained by contacting
Drug Free Sport AXIS, 877-202-0769 or     password ncaa1, ncaa2 or ncaa3.
It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance.