University of vermont student-athlete handbook 2014-15 Contents

VI. Referral to Counseling

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VI. Referral to Counseling

Students who, in the judgment of their Team Coach or the Athletic Director, evidence a need for professional assistance will be referred to appropriate counseling resources. It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to follow up on this referral and to adhere to professional recommendations.

VII. Records Privacy.

Federal and State law, and related University policy, governing the access to student records applies to the administration of this Code of Conduct. For information, see

VIII. Drug Testing.

Student-athletes are required to consent in writing to drug testing under the terms of NCAA and UVM Athletics policies on drug testing, as a condition of the privilege of participating in intercollegiate sports. Failure to provide such consent shall result in immediate suspension and possible permanent expulsion from the team.

IX. UVM Hazing Prevention Pledge
Membership in organizations, teams, and other University-affiliated groups can increase leadership and service potential; provide athletic, recreational, intellectual, and spiritual opportunities; and otherwise contribute positively to personal and social development. At the University of Vermont, we believe that students should not be demeaned or exposed to harm when pursuing involvement in campus life.

Know The Code

The University assumes that you’ve read important University policies, including the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the full Hazing Policy. The truth is you’ll be held accountable to the Code and other policies even if you have not read them. The full University hazing policy - including additional definitions, elaboration, and procedures - can be found online at

Policy Summary

The University unequivocally opposes activities that constitute hazing. You will be held accountable for any hazing behavior you do by yourself and/or with others against a student or prospective student in connection to joining or maintaining membership in any organization affiliated with UVM. Unacceptable behaviors cover a wide range of activities that isolate, humiliate, intimidate or demean an individual, as well as other behaviors that can also cause mental or physical harm. Hazing occurs regardless of the consent or willingness of a person to participate in the activity.

Hazing Prevention Pledge

I have read the UVM Hazing Prevention Pledge, and I understand the following:

  • The Department of Athletics values positive team building efforts, inclusive environments, and doing no harm to individuals.

  • I agree and pledge not to participate in activities that would meet the definition of hazing above and as elaborated in the University’s Hazing Policy.

  • I will strive to prevent hazing from happening within my organization and to intervene if I become aware of hazing.

  • I understand that if I am in violation of this policy I will be subject to discipline that may include, but is not limited to probation, suspension, and expulsion.

X. Agreement/Waiver
I understand and agree that I am required to know, understand, and follow the standards contained in the University of Vermont Department of Athletics Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. In addition, I understand and agree that I am responsible for knowing, understanding, and following the rules, policies, and procedures contained in the complete University of Vermont Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
I grant permission to the Director of Athletics and the University’s Athletic Communications staff to include customary information about me in the Department’s website, event programs, and other publications. I also grant permission to those officials to release to the media information related to alleged violations of this Code of Conduct or other disciplinary rules, as necessary to respond to media inquiries or to ensure the fairness and accuracy of public information.

Date: _____________________ __________________________________________

Signature of Student-Athlete
Sport: _____________________ __________________________________________

Printed Name





The Department of Athletics at the University of Vermont is concerned about the health, safety and wellbeing of the student-athletes who participate in its programs and represent the University in competitive athletics. In addition, UVM Athletics views the inappropriate use of drugs to be incompatible with our stated goals of academic and athletic excellence. Student-athletes are expected to make responsible, lawful decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs and to conduct themselves in accordance with University policies, the UVM Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, and federal, state and local laws.

The Department of Athletics takes the position that random drug testing and testing based on reasonable cause are appropriate to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes; to promote fair competition in intercollegiate athletics; to affirm compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), America East Conference, Hockey East Association, Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association, and University of Vermont rules and regulations concerning drug use; and to identify student-athletes who are improperly using drugs and to assist them before they harm themselves or others, compromise their academic or athletic performance, or become physiologically or psychologically dependent. Further, the Department of Athletics recognizes its responsibility to provide educational programming and support services that will help our student-athletes to make appropriate decisions regarding substance use.

Education and Consent

Consistent with NCAA minimum guidelines, UVM Athletics will offer health and safety educational sessions for all varsity teams at least once per semester. These educational sessions will strive to make student-athletes aware of the risks associated with inappropriate use of “street” drugs, prescription medications, nutritional supplements, and other performance-enhancing drugs. These sessions will also describe in detail UVM and NCAA drug testing programs.

The Department of Athletics has appointed a Health & Safety Advisory Team for the ongoing review of individual cases. There is also a mechanism in place for coaches and other athletics staff members to report their health and safety concerns, including but not limited to drug use, with the Health & Safety Advisory Team. Membership of this team includes representation from Athletic Medicine, Student-Athlete Development, coaching staff, and when appropriate, staff from UVM’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services office. The Health & Safety Advisory Team may seek consultation with other University officials as necessary and appropriate.

Random Selection for Drug Testing
All UVM intercollegiate student-athletes listed on an institutional squad list will be subject to random drug testing under the terms of this UVM Athletics Drug Education and Testing Policy. Student-athletes will be tested under the following conditions:

  1. As a condition of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, all student-athletes must sign the UVM and NCAA drug testing consent and authorization forms. No student-athlete will be allowed to compete until the consent forms are signed.

  2. All UVM intercollegiate student-athletes listed on the institutional squad list will be subject to random drug testing under the terms of the UVM Athletics Drug Education and Testing Policy. This includes but is not limited to student-athletes who are “red shirting,” student-athletes who are academically ineligible, student-athletes who are injured, and fifth-year student-athletes.

  3. All UVM student-athletes are subject to NCAA and institutional drug testing throughout the calendar year, including summer, under the terms of the NCAA Drug-Testing Program and UVM Athletics Drug Education and Testing Policy. Testing will be conducted at unspecified times and dates each semester.

Reasonable Cause Selection for Drug Testing
Intercollegiate student-athletes shall also be subject to reasonable cause drug testing. Circumstances, conditions, or events giving rise to individualized reasonable cause drug testing shall be submitted in writing to the Health & Safety Advisory Team which shall be the sole entity to authorize and initiate the drug testing process on grounds of reasonable cause. “Reasonable cause” shall not mean a mere “hunch” or “intuition”. It shall instead be based upon a specific event, occurrence or criteria, including but not limited to:

  1. An arrest or citation by police or University authorities, which has led to the belief that a student-athlete has used a banned substance.

  2. Direct observation by, but not limited to, athletic administrators, coaches, athletic trainers, or the team physician, of a physical or mental deficiency or of medically indicated symptomology of banned substance use, or of aberrant or otherwise patently suspicious conduct (e.g. dramatic behavioral change, unexplained absenteeism, unexplained or unreasonable mood swings, decrease in grades, incident of fighting, involvement with on-campus or off-campus legal authorities). Documentation by staff of such indications should be made to the Health & Safety Advisory Team.

  3. Information supplied by reliable third parties, including but not limited to law enforcement officials, if said information is corroborated by other objective facts that is not suspect. Suspect information includes but is not limited to that which is equivocal, contradictory or unsubstantiated.

  4. Common-sense conclusions about observed or reliably described human behavior upon which reasonable people ordinarily rely. Documentation by staff of such behaviors should be made to the Health & Safety Advisory Team.

  5. A previous positive drug test or previous SA Code of Conduct Violation having to do with drug-related offense.

Drug Testing Collection Procedures
The method adopted by the Department of Athletics for testing for banned substances shall be through independent laboratory analysis of urine samples provide by student-athletes. Student-athletes will be notified of their selection for testing no more than twenty-four hours prior to the date and time of the scheduled test. Notification will be by direct telephone or in-person contact by the Testing Coordinator, or her/his designee. Upon being notified, student-athletes will be required to complete the Drug Testing Notification Form (appendix), appear at the testing site at the indicated time, and provide an adequate urine sample.
A student-athlete who does not appear for drug testing, refuses to provide an adequate urine sample, or attempts to adulterate, manipulate, substitute or intentionally dilute a urine specimen, shall be deemed to have violated the terms of this policy and such conduct shall be cause for the same action(s) as a positive drug test result for a banned substance.
The following drug classes may be included in the sample testing through UVM or NCAA testing protocols:

  • Stimulants—e.g.cocaine, amphetamine (Adderall), caffeine (guarana), ephedrine, methylphenidate (Ritalin), etc.

  • Street drugs—marijuana, THC, heroin, synthetic cannabinoids (“spice”, K2, etc.)

  • Anabolic agents—boldenone, clenbuterol, DHEA, nandrolone, stanozolo, testosterone, androstenedione, etc.

  • Diuretics and other masking agents—bumetanide, chlorothiazide, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide, probenecid, etc.

  • Peptide hormones and analogues—human growth hormone (hGH), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), erythropoietin (EPO), etc.

  • Anti-Estrogens—anastrozole, clomihene, tamoxifen, formestane, etc.

  • Beta-2 Agonists—bambuterol, formoterol, salbutamol, salmeterol, etc.

Any substance that is chemically related to the class of banned drugs, even if not listed as an example, is also banned.
All samples will be divided into two samples, packaged and sealed in view of the student-athlete. Samples will be assigned an identification number (no name attached), and forwarded to Mobile Testing Lab for testing. Results will be forwarded only to the UVM Testing Coordinator. Drug testing records shall be kept in a secure place separate from a student-athlete's other educational or medical records.
If a sample tests positive for a banned substance, the A sample is tested further to confirm the presence and specific amounts of the banned substance. If this second test confirms the positive findings, the test will be considered positive. If the student-athlete wishes to contest these findings, both the A and B samples may be forwarded, upon the student-athlete’s request and at the student-athlete’s expense, to another lab for further testing using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry methods.
Actions as a Result of Positive Institutional Drug Tests
Any student-athlete who tests positive for a banned substance, or who refuses to submit to or fails to take a required drug test as described in this policy, shall be subject to the actions listed below and possible additional sanctions as described in the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. Positive drug test results and other drug-related offenses are cumulative throughout a student-athlete’s career at UVM. Multiple violations or positive tests will result in additional sanctions. A positive NCAA drug test following enrollment at UVM will be considered a positive UVM drug test result.
Upon confirmation of a positive drug test to UVM’s Testing Coordinator, the student-athlete will be required to:

  1. Meet with Head Athletic Trainer and/or Team Physician, then Head Coach and Sport Supervisor;

  2. Have a mandatory assessment and consult with a staff member in the Center for Health & Wellbeing. Cathy Rahill, Student-Athlete Development Coordinator, will serve as point of contact within Athletics to manage this process. Student-athlete should contact Cathy within 72 hours of their meeting with Head Coach. Under the terms of this policy, a student-athlete testing positive will agree to sign a verification of attendance form so that the Athletic Department may confirm attendance at the assessment/consult.

  3. Abide by recommendations made by the counselor. If ongoing counseling is recommended, a student-athlete will agree to sign a release to allow the counselor to provide periodic information that the student-athlete is attending scheduled counseling sessions;

  4. Be subject to unannounced testing for the duration of student-athlete’s tenure.

  5. Suspension from outside competition at the discretion of the Athletic Director and Head Coach.

Additional sanctions may be applied, depending on circumstances and consistent with the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. Possible additional sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • Community Service.

  • Parental Notification. If deemed appropriate by counseling or medical staff.

  • Temporary Suspension. Removal of a student-athlete from all Athletic Department activities, including athletic participation in team events, for a limited period of time.

  • Suspension. Removal of a student-athlete from all Athletic Department activities, including athletic participation in team events, for a specified period of no less than one season.

  • Expulsion. Permanent removal from a team and/or Athletic Department activities.

  • Withdrawal of Financial Aid. Termination of athletic-related financial aid at first opportunity allowable by NCAA regulations.

Right to Appeal
Further testing of a positive A sample is built in to the testing procedures. An appeal of a sanction imposed as a result of a confirmed positive test is available consistent with the appeal process outlined in the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct—i.e. only in the case of season-long suspension or expulsion from athletics team participation or removal of athletics-based financial aid.
Medical Exception Process
UVM recognizes that some banned substances are used for legitimate medical purposes. Accordingly, the Department of Athletics allows exceptions to be made for those student-athletes with a documented medical history demonstrating a need for regular prescribed use of such a substance. Exceptions may be granted for substances included in the following classes of banned drugs: stimulants, beta-blockers, diuretics and peptide hormones.
In such a case, the student-athlete is required to inform the Head Athletic Trainer, or designee, of all medications he or she is taking at the time of the pre-participation screening or at the first opportunity upon a new or altered prescription. UVM will maintain in the student-athlete’s medical records a letter from the prescribing physician that documents the student-athlete’s medical history demonstrating the need for regular use of such a drug. The letter should contain information as to the diagnosis, medical history, dosage information and time when the prescription will expire or no further refills will be prescribed.
In the event a student-athlete tests positive, the Head Athletic Trainer in consultation with the Team Physician will review the student-athlete’s medical record to determine whether a medical exception should be granted.

Nutritional/Dietary Supplements Warning

Manufacturers of nutritional ergogenic supplements often make claims about the beneficial effects of these products which do not withstand scientific scrutiny. Aside from appropriate hydration and the well-documented positive effect of a high carbohydrate diet on training, evidence for performance enhancement from most dietary supplements is lacking. Moreover, the manufacturers of ergogenic supplements are not bound by governmental standards which would require documentation of the safety and efficacy of these products. Student-athletes are therefore at risk when using products which, at best, may have no effect on their performance and at worst may subject them to health risks or render them ineligible for competition.

Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product and its label with your Athletic Trainer. Dietary supplements are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result. Any product containing a dietary supplement ingredient is taken at your own risk.
Voluntary Disclosure / Safe Harbor
A student-athlete who has engaged in prohibited drug or alcohol use is encouraged to seek assistance from the Athletic Department by voluntarily disclosing his or her use to the Head Athletic Trainer or a member of the medical or training staff. If a student-athlete makes a voluntary disclosure, the following shall apply:

  1. If the student-athlete seeks assistance prior to being identified as having violated this policy or being notified that he or she must undergo screening, the impermissible use will not be deemed an offense for purposes of determining sanctions under this policy.

  2. The student-athlete will be required to undergo an evaluation by a substance abuse counselor. The counselor shall determine the appropriate form(s) of intervention and rehabilitation needed by the student-athlete, based on the circumstances of the case. The counselor will provide verification of attendance to the Athletic Director or designee.

  3. A student-athlete will be permitted to remain in the Safe Harbor Program for a reasonable period of time, not to exceed thirty (30) days, as determined by the treatment plan. However, the student-athlete may not be permitted to return to participation in intercollegiate athletics if the team physician determines there is an associated health risk, and will only return when it has been determined that reentry into intercollegiate sports is appropriate.

  4. Failing to complete the treatment recommended by the counselor, having a positive test for any banned substance after entering the Safe Harbor Program, or having a positive result on a reentry drug or alcohol test will be deemed a second offense under this policy.

  5. If the student-athlete regains his or her eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports, he or she may be required to undergo unannounced follow-up drug testing at the discretion of the Health & Safety Advisory Team.

  6. These voluntary safe harbor program provisions apply only one time during a student-athlete’s athletic career at UVM, and only to the first-time disclosure of personal use of prohibited drugs or alcohol by the student-athlete him/herself and not to any other activity or conduct, whether or not related to the personal use disclosed.

  7. Voluntary disclosure of drug use or other prohibited acts under the terms of the UVM Athletics Drug Education and Testing Policy shall not constitute immunity from University, local, state or federal citations or charges.



Student-Athlete Consent and Authorization for Release of Information

I hereby acknowledge that I have received a copy of the UVM Athletics Drug Education and Testing Policy. I further acknowledge that I have read said Policy, that it has been explained to me, and that I fully understand the provisions of the Policy.

I hereby consent to have samples of my urine collected and tested for the presence of certain banned substances in accordance with the provisions of the UVM Athletics Drug Education and Testing Policy during the Academic year 2014-15.
I further authorize UVM Athletics to make a confidential release of any information and records, including drug testing results, collected and maintained pursuant to this policy, to the appropriate Athletics Department administrator, the Head Athletic Trainer, to the head coach of any intercollegiate sport in which I am a team member, and to the office or agency to which I am referred for counseling or treatment. I accordingly waive to that extent any confidential privilege I may have in connection with such information.
I understand that any urine samples will be sent to a certified analytical laboratory for actual testing. I further understand that any and all urine samples become the property of the University of Vermont.
The University of Vermont, and its officers, employees, and agents are hereby released from legal responsibility or liability for the release of such information and records as authorized by this document.


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