SUBJECT: Drug Testing: Reporting of Team Competition Results

Amend Bylaws Article VI, Section C as follows:

The NAIA National Eligibility Committee, and/or National Conduct and Ethics Committee, and/or National Drug Testing and Education Committee, after reviewing the violation(s), shall apply one or more of the following courses of action.

  1.  Place any or all of the institution’s athletics program on official warning for a specified time. A warning is an institutional notification that a violation has occurred and notification that future violations will lead to stronger penalties.
  2. Place any or all of the institution’s athletics program on official reprimand for a specified time. A reprimand is an institutional notification that a violation has occurred which requires a written response of corrective measures to be taken by the institution. After ten days has expired without a proper written response, a reminder shall be sent from the national office. This reminder shall constitute notice to the institution that if a second 10-day period expires without a response, the school shall be suspended from postseason until it is filed. Continued failure to file or repeated failure to respond on time may result in additional penalties.
  3. Place any or all of the institution’s athletics program or staff on probation for a specified time. Probation is an institutional notification that a violation has occurred which requires a written response of corrective measures to be taken by the institution. Any future violation while on probation is likely to lead to suspension of any or all athletics programs. Probation shall be listed on the NAIA website.After ten days has expired without a proper written response, a reminder shall be sent from the national office. This reminder shall constitute notice to the institution that if a second 10-day period expires without a response, the school shall be suspended from postseason until it is filed. Continued failure to file or repeated failure to respond on time may result in additional penalties.
  4. Require the institution to withhold the student in question from competing in one or more contests during the current or next sport season and/or charge the student with one or more additional seasons of competition and/or ban the student from further intercollegiate competition. Banning of a student may result from improper conduct, withholding information or supplying false information about previous seasons of competition or attendance at institutions of higher learning.
  5. Require the institution to relieve athletic staff of NAIA-designated responsibilities for a set period of time and/or ban the staff member(s) from further involvement in the institution’s NAIA-sponsored athletic programs. During this time the staff member(s) is prohibited from engaging in all NAIA-sponsored activities involved with any NAIA member’s athletics program. Banning of athletic staff may result from improper conduct, violating the NAIA Coaches Code or supplying false information regarding eligibility or financial aid. All decisions in which an NAIA member institution’s athletic staff representative is banned will be reviewed by the NAIA Council of Presidents prior to notification of the staff member and the NAIA member institution and is subject to review and modification at the discretion of the Council of Presidents at any time.
  6. Place any or all of the institution’s athletics program or staff on suspension for a specified time. Suspension shall deny the institution’s participants and/or staff member(s) in the affected sport(s) the opportunity to participate in any postseason competition. The specific sport(s) and their participants shall also be excluded from the national awards program, and all statistical services during the period of suspension. Institutional suspensions shall be listed on the NAIA website during the suspension period.An institution that properly declares its intent to participate in postseason play, and is later suspended under the provisions of this regulation, shall count toward an approved qualifying group’s membership total for determining whether the qualifying group earns a single automatic qualification to the NAIA national competition. The institution shall also count toward any sport-specific minimum participant requirements for the applicable NAIA qualifying tournament. The suspended institution shall not count toward the approved qualifying group’s membership total that enables the qualifying group to earn multiple automatic qualifications to NAIA national competition.
  7. Deny voting privileges during the suspension to institutions which have their total athletics program on suspension. Such institutions are no longer considered to be in good standing within the Association.
  8. Recommend to the NAIA Council of Presidents the denial of specific sports sponsorship for a member institution for a specified time.
  9. Recommend to the NAIA Council of Presidents the withdrawal of institutional membership.

AND

Add Bylaws Article VIII, Section D as follows:

(Renumber accordingly.)

ARTICLE VIII SECTION D REPORTING OF TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS

1. the sports of baseball, basketball, competitive cheer and dance, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball, if a student-athlete who competed as a member of the team at the national championship tests positive, any determination regarding the team’s placement or honors will be determined by the National Drug Testing and Education Committee.

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Intent: To clearly state that if a student-athlete who has competed in national championship competition for a team sport tests positive, the National Drug Testing and Education Committee will determine any/all resulting implications to the team’s final placing or honors received, and permit the committee to apply penalties.

Effective date: August 1, 2018

Submitted by: National Drug Testing and Education Committee

 

 

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