Q. When does drug testing begin in the NAIA? What types of drugs will the NAIA be testing for?
A. The NAIA will begin drug testing at national championship events beginning in Fall 2017, testing for performance enhancing drugs. You can view the Banned Substances List here: NAIA Banned Substance List
Q. Will testing be done at all championships? How will student-athletes be selected?
A. Testing may be done at any National Championship competition. In accordance with guidelines set forth by the National Drug Testing and Education Committee, the national office will select which championships will incorporate drug testing each year.
Any student-athlete who appears on a team’s postseason roster could be tested. For team championship events, student-athletes may be selected based on random selection, playing time, and/or position. For individual championship events, student-athletes may be selected based on random selection, record-setting performance, competitive ranking and/or place of finish.
Q. What is the Consent Form? When is it required?
A. Each academic year, each student-athlete must sign a Consent Form in which the student consents to be tested for the use of prohibited performance enhancing drugs. The form must be signed before the student may participate in any NAIA National Championship competition. A student who has not signed a Consent Form cannot participate in any NAIA National Championship competition. You can view the form here: National Championship Student Drug Testing Consent form
Q. What is the Medical Exemption Form? When is it required?
A. The Medical Exemption Form provides a student-athlete with an opportunity to submit verification that the student was taking doctor-prescribed medication that could result in a positive drug test. In most cases, the Medical Exemption Form does not have to be submitted prior to competition; rather, if a student-athlete is selected for testing and does test positive, the form can be provided to appeal the positive test. The form and appropriate documentation can be completed by a doctor (M.D. or D.O.) in advance and kept on file with the athletics department, or can be completed after the test occurs. You can view the form here: Medical Exemption Form
Q. I’m an NAIA Athletic Director, and I’m gearing up for the start of the season. I don’t have to do anything related to drug testing until we get to postseason, right?
A. As a best practice, we would also recommend that you work with any of your student-athletes who are taking any other type of doctor-prescribed medication that could result in a positive test to complete the Medical Exemption Form. Additionally, another best practice is to proactively collect signed Consent Forms from each of your student-athletes in advance and keep them on file.
Q. What are the penalties for a student-athlete if the student tests positive?
A. As a first offense, a student-athlete will be immediately suspended from any competition in any sport for 365 days from the date of the test. The student will also be charged one additional season of competition in all sports. Any student-athlete who tests positive a second time will lose all eligibility within the NAIA in all sports. (See Bylaws Article VIII, Section B for more information.)