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Humboldt State to test athletes for drugs, alcohol

Posted: August 23, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2012 3:00 p.m.

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — Humboldt State University plans to start random drug and alcohol testing for all its student-athletes following an alleged hazing incident involving its men's soccer team.

The Eureka Times-Standard ( reports the school's new policy will be in addition to random testing for performance enhancing drugs by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Athletic Director Dan Collen says he hopes the new testing will help change the type of behavior that led to the alleged hazing incident involving more than 20 soccer players at Aug. 4 off-campus party.

School officials say they believed alcohol played a large role in alleged hazing activities "designed to humiliate and degrade players."

The incident prompted school officials to suspend the men's soccer season.

Sonoma State University instituted the similar drug and alcohol testing policy in 2009.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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