MIAA Chemical Health Policy
"During the entire academic year, a student shall not, regardless of the quantity, use or consume, possess, buy/sell or give away any beverage containing alcohol; any tobacco product; marijuana; steroids; or any controlled substance. It is not a violation for a student to be in possession of a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student's own use by his/her doctor.The year begins with the first day of fall practice.
a. Minimum penalties:
(1) First Violation:
When the principal confirms, following an opportunity for
student to be heard, that a violation occurred, the student shall lose eligibility for the following interscholastic contests totaling 25% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. For the student, these penalties will be determined by the season the violation occurs. All decimal parts of an event will be truncated, i.e all fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating the 25% of the season. No exception is permitted for a student who becomes a participant in a treatment program. It is recommended that the student be allowed to remain at practice for the purpose of rehabilitation.
(2) Second and Subsequent Violations
When the principal confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a second or subsequent violation occurred, student shall lose eligibility of the next consecutive interscholastic contests totaling 60% of all interscholastic contests in that sport. For the student, these penalities will be determined by the seaon the violation occurs. All decimal parts of an event will be truncated, i.e. all fractional parts of an event will be dropped when calculating the 60% of the season. If after the second or subsequent violations, the student on his/her own volition becomes a participant in an approved chemical dependency program or treatment program, the student may be certified for reinstatement in MIAA activities after a minimum period of 40% of events. Such certification must be issued by the director or a counselor of a chemical dependency treatment center. Penalties shall be cumulative each academic year, but a penalty period will extend into the next academic year (e.g. if the penalty period is not completed during the season of violation, the penalty shall carry over to the student's next season of participation, which may affect the eligibility status of the student during the next academic year)."