Drug Testing

The NCAA and the FGCU Department of Athletics have drug-testing policies that require mandatory drug testing of all student-athletes.  Both the NCAA and FGCU drug testing programs conduct year around testing.  Before competing in intercollegiate athletics each year, a student-athlete must sign both an NCAA Drug Testing Consent and FGCU Drug Testing Consent.  Failure to complete and sign this form will result in ineligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics at FGCU.

For further FGCU Department of Athletics drug testing information, penalties for positive results, and the appeals process please see the FGCU Drug Testing Policy at:

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For a complete list of the NCAA banned drugs, see the FGCU Sports Medicine website at:

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For further NCAA drug testing information and penalties for positive results, please see the NCAA drug testing policy by clicking HERE.

Once a year, (during student-athlete orientation), a presentation will be conducted by the Associate Athletic Director for Health Performance relative to drug/alcohol abuse. All student-athletes are required to attend.  On-campus counseling is available if requested by the student-athlete pursuant to the FGCU Drug Testing Policy.  All such requests must be made through the office of the Associate Athletic Director for Health Performance.


Medical Exceptions

The NCAA list of banned drug classes is composed of substances that are generally reported to be performance enhancing and harmful to one's health. The NCAA bans performance enhancing drugs to protect student-athlete health and safety and ensure a level playing field, and it also recognizes that some of these substances may be legitimately used as medications to treat student-athletes with learning disabilities and other medical conditions.

Accordingly, the NCAA allows exceptions to be made for those student-athletes with a documented medical history demonstrating the need for regular use of such a drug. The benefit of a medical exception procedure is that in most cases the student-athlete's eligibility remains intact during the process.

If you are taking any medication that is listed on the NCAA Banned Substance List you are required to report it to the FGCU Associate Athletic Director for Health Performance prior to the start of the academic year.  Failure to report these medications can result in a one year loss of eligibility by the NCAA in the event of a positive drug test from these medications.

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