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Drug Testing Appeals Process

The NCAA drug-testing program allows an institution to appeal a positive drug test on behalf of a student-athlete who has tested positive or who violated NCAA drug-testing protocol.

  • The institution must submit in writing the grounds for the appeal and a summary of the institutional drug-education program.
  • At least three members of the drug education and drug-testing subcommittee of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) hear appeals.
  • Appeals are conducted by telephone conference.
  • The director of athletics or designee and the student-athlete must be on the appeal call.
  • The NCAA will not restrict access for any reason to an institution that wishes to appeal and has satisfied the appeal procedures.
  • In the event that the appeal is accepted, no further action regarding the student-athlete’seligibility need be taken. In the event that the subcommittee denies the appeal, the provisions of Bylaw will be applicable.

Last Updated: May 7, 2013