Georgia Tech’s substance-abuse policy has been in place since the 2012-13 academic year. Athletic director Todd Stansbury believes it’s time to take a look at it. He has the backing of his most prominent coaches, Paul Johnson and Josh Pastner. In examining Tech’s policy, which has a “three-strikes” component, the school is joining what he called a national trend.
“We’ve got to remember that we’re educators, so (we should be) coming from a philosophy of education,” Stansbury told the AJC. “That has a lot do with how the policy is set up and really relying on research and the experts.”
Shortly after his hire a year ago, Stansbury was asked by school president G.P. “Bud” Peterson to review all of the athletic department’s policies, including the one governing substance abuse by Yellow Jackets athletes.
While Stansbury said that he felt “pretty good” about the policy, he also said that “you try to make it so that the consequences aren’t punitive and it’s not a ‘gotcha’ type of deal.”
Tech athletes are subject to testing at random, before their season, upon