After two approvals March 13, Texas Wesleyan atheltics officials will start to implement a new drug testing program for athletes starting Fall 2012.

On March 13, the policy was presented to the Student Life Committee and after they approved the policy, it was then presented to the Trustees at noon the same day. The Trustees also approved the policy and it will take effect in fall 2012.

Steven Trachier, athletic director at Wesleyan, said the program is designed to educate student athletes about the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol by testing student athletes.

“Besides the fact that recreational or performance enhancing drugs are illegal, our primary concern is for the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Trachier said.

Trachier said the program is also meant be a deterrent and to give students a reason to say no when pressured to experiment with illicit substances.

“Additionally, it is a mechanism to identify individuals who need treatment and help with a problem,” Trachier said. “Most importantly we want to protect the integrity of the university and the athletic programs by taking a stand against illegal drugs.”

On March 6, the Student Life Committee and the Trustees Executive Committee came together to discuss the program’s approval. The new program is expected to cost around $5,000 dollars.

Katherine Rosenbusch, sophomore athletic training major and volleyball player, said she thinks the new policy is pointless.

“I think it is a waste of money,” Rosenbusch said. “I think that the people that are using drugs will find a way to pass the test anyway.”

Rosenbusch said the money should be used to fund scholarships for athletes.

Dillon Wilson, senior psychology major and baseball player, agrees with Rosenbusch.

On the other hand, Angelica Arroyo, junior psychology major, said she thinks it is a good idea.

“I don’t mind because I am not involved in that kind of stuff, and I trust that my team is not as well,” Arroyo said.

Several non-athlete students have opinions about this new program as well.

Daniela Torres, junior psychology major, said even though she is not an athlete, this program could possibly be a good idea.

“I think that if the school feels that it’s necessary then they should do it,” Torres said. “If the team is not doing anything wrong then they have nothing to hide.”

Tracier said the details about how many athletes will be tested and how often have not been decided yet.

Stephanie Randall

Slrandall@ txwes.edu