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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation

Drug, Alcohol, & Tobacco Policy

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 postseason competition at least through the next calendar year.


University of Chicago Student Manual

All UChicago students are also subject to the policies and regulations laid out in the student manual:



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.



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. Physical Education & Athletics discourages their use and coaches will not distribute or endorse "nutritional" supplements. The use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco are banned during recruit visits.

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.