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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 (Narcotics, Cannabinoids)
f. Peptide Hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics
g. Hormone and metabolic modulators (anti-estrogens)
h. Beta-2 Agonists

Note: Any substance chemically/pharmacologically related to all classes listed above and with no current approval by any governmental regulatory health authority for human therapeutic use (e.g., drugs under pre-clinical or clinical development or discontinued, designer drugs, substances approved only for veterinary use) 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. Examples of substances under each class can be found at There is no complete list of banned substances.

Substances and Methods Subject to Restrictions:

a. Blood and gene doping
b. Local anesthetics (permitted under some conditions)
c. Manipulation and tampering of urine samples
d. Beta-2 agonists (permitted only by inhalation with prescription) 

NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements WARNING:
Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product with the appropriate or designated athletics department staff!
• Nutritional/Dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test.
• Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility using nutritional/dietary supplements.
• Many nutritional/dietary supplements are contaminated with banned substances not listed on the label.
Any product containing a nutritional/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, Dimethylbutylamine (DMBA; AMP), Dimethylhexylamine (DMHA; Octodrine), Ephedrine, Heptaminol, Hordenine, Methamphetamine, Methylhexanamine (DMAA; Forthane), Methylphenidate (Ritalin), Mephedrone (bath salts), Modafinil, Octopamine, Phenethylamines (PEAs), Phentermine Synephrine (bitter orange).
  • Exceptions: Phenylephrine and Pseudoephedrine are not banned.
Anabolic Agents (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17-androstenetrione):
  • Androstenedione, Boldenone, Clenbuterol, DHCMT (Oral Turinabol), DHEA (7-Keto), Drostanolone, Epitrenbolone, Etiocholanolone, Methandienone, Methasterone, Nandrolone, Norandrostenedione, Oxandrolone, SARMS [Ligandrol (LGD-4033); Ostarine; RAD140; S-23], Stanozolol, Stenbolone, Testosterone, Trenbolone.

Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only)

  • Alcohol, Atenolol, Metoprolol, Nadolol, Pindolol, Propranolol, Timolol.
Diuretics (water pills) and Other Masking Agents:
  • Bumetanide, Chlorothiazide, Furosemide, Hydrochlorothiazide, Probenecid, Spironolactone (canrenone), Triameterene, Trichlormethiazide.
  • Exceptions: Finasteride is not banned.

  • Buprenorphine, Dextromoramide, Diamorphine (heroin), Fentanyl, and its derivatives, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Methadone, Morphine, Nicomorphine, Oxycodone, Oxymorphone, Pentazocine, Pethidine.


  • Marijuana, Synthetic cannabinoids (Spice; K2; JWH-018; JWH-073), Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Peptide Hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics:
  • Growth hormone (hGH,) Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), Erythropoietin (EPO), IGF-1 (colostrum; deer antler velvet), Ibutamoren (MK-677).
  • Exceptions: Insulin, Synthroid and Forteo are not banned.
Hormone and Metabolic Modulators:
  • Aromatase Inhibitors [Anastrozole (Arimidex); ATD (androstatrienedione); Formestane; Letrozole], Clomiphene (Clomid), Fulvestrant GW1516 (Cardarine; Endurobol), SERMS [Raloxifene (Evista); Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)].

Beta-2 Agonists:
  • Bambuterol, Formoterol, Higenamine, Norcoclaurine, Salbutamol, Salmeterol.
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 at 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.