Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The substance use/drug policy is designed to prevent substance abuse among Central Washington University student athletes by implementing probable-cause drug testing. The intent is to protect the personal health and safety of each athlete as well as to ensure an atmosphere of competitive equality. It will also provide an opportunity to intervene on behalf of an individual who has a drug abuse history or a perceived drug problem. This is a new proposal and does not change existing rules.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.10.528 and 28B.35.120(12).
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-23-086 on November 16, 2005.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 6, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: February 3, 2006.
Jerilyn S. McIntyre
SUBSTANCE USE AND DRUG TESTING
(3) Marijuana (THC).
(4) Anabolic steroids (testosterone levels greater than 6:1).
(a) Direct observation by coaches, athletic trainers, or physicians involving suspicious medical symptomatic changes inherent to suspected substance abuse;
(b) Frequent, unexplained absenteeism;
(c) Significant changes in behavior;
(d) Obviously suspicious conduct;
(e) Common sense conclusions of abnormal human behavior;
(f) Previously positive drug test;
(g) Evidence reported from a reliable third party;
(h) Physical evidence pointing to drug abuse; and
(i) Possession of drug paraphernalia.
Each event or reasonable suspicion must be separate and unrelated to a previous incident.
(2) A drug test can also be requested by anyone who has objective information within the realms of reasonable suspicion. This may include reliable third parties. This request is to be made verbally (in person or by phone) or in writing (letter, fax or e-mail) to the team physician or other medical practitioner at the Central Washington University student health center (SHC), should the team physician be unavailable. SHC personnel shall decide if the suspicion warrants the drug testing process and, if warranted, authorize it.
(3) Athletes may also self-refer, if they feel that they may have accidentally or inadvertently taken any controlled substance. Any positive test based on this "safe harbor" testing shall result in the individual being referred to the CWU wellness center to determine the cause of the positive test and how it can be avoided in the future. The student athlete is eligible for self-referral one time only unless indicated otherwise by their counselor.
(2) Consumption of alcohol is expressly prohibited in connection with any official intercollegiate team function; that is, any activity held at or under the direction and supervision of a member of the coaching staff.
(3) Sanctions for involvement with alcohol under conditions prohibited by the athletic department, but in which there are no legal implications, will be determined by the head coach and athletic director. Depending upon circumstances, sanctions may include suspension from practice and/or competition as well as other appropriate consequences to include referral to the division of student affairs and enrollment management for proper action under the student judicial code.
(4) According to Washington Administrative Code (WAC 106-120-027), a student shall be subject to disciplinary action or sanction upon violation of the university policy on alcoholic beverages which states:
(a) Persons twenty-one years of age or older may possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages within the privacy of their residence hall rooms or apartments. Washington state law provides severe penalties for the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under twenty-one years of age and for persons who furnish alcoholic beverages to minors.
(b) The university does not condone the consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors at functions sponsored by Central Washington University organizations. Organizations are held responsible for the conduct of their members at functions sponsored by the organization and for failure to comply with Washington state law.
(c) The campus judicial council, including the vice-president for student affairs and enrollment management, may place any organization on probation or prohibit a specific campus social function when the consumption of alcoholic beverages has become a problem of concern to the university.
(5) Violations of the rules of student conduct will result in sanctions imposed by the division of student affairs and enrollment management and will include:
(b) Disciplinary probations;
(d) Deferred suspension;
(e) Suspension; or
A complete explanation of each of these penalties and a complete copy of the Central Washington University drug and alcohol policy is available in the office of the vice-president for student affairs and enrollment management.