NEVER MISS A STORY: GET THE PIX11 NEWS APP FOR IMPORTANT UPDATES

Rutgers University’s new drug policy for athletes reduces penalties for marijuana use

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers University has instituted a new drug testing policy that covers all teams that reduces penalties for marijuana use while varying treatment and punishment for drugs.

The 13-page document obtained by NJ Advance Media went into effect in August 2016 and superseded a drug testing policy adopted in 2008.

The new policy outlines steps to take, including counseling and mandatory drug-test monitoring.

A first violation for a performance-enhancing drug or other hard-drugs such as cocaine or heroin will result in the athlete receiving a suspension of "0 to 10 percent" for one season. A first failed marijuana test won't result in a suspension.

Four violations for drugs result in dismissal while it takes five violations for marijuana to be dismissed from the team.