Australian University Esports Association (AUEA) - Anti-Doping Policy

Introduction:

The AUEA is dedicated to maintaining a competitive esports environment that is free from performance-enhancing substances. The AUEA adopts the Anti-Doping Policy of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) and requires all members to comply with it.

  1. ESIC’s Role and Authority:

ESIC is responsible for ensuring integrity in esports, which includes overseeing anti-doping regulations. ESIC has developed an Anti-Doping Policy and a Prohibited Substances List. As a member of the AUEA, you agree to adhere to ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy and submit to ESIC’s jurisdiction for all matters related to doping.

  1. Compliance with ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy:

Members are required to familiarise themselves with ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy and the Prohibited Substances List. They must ensure that they, and all players representing them, comply with these policies at all times. Members must also cooperate fully with any investigations or drug testing conducted by ESIC.

  1. Incorporating ESIC’s Jurisdiction into Contracts and Terms and Conditions:

Members should include a clause in all relevant contracts and terms and conditions that acknowledges ESIC’s jurisdiction and the applicability of its Anti-Doping Policy. An example of such a clause is as follows:

“By entering into this agreement/participating in this tournament, you agree to abide by the Esports Integrity Commission’s Anti-Doping Policy and to submit to the jurisdiction of the Esports Integrity Commission for any matters related to doping. Any violation of the Anti-Doping Policy may result in sanctions, including disqualification and banning from future tournaments.”

  1. Reporting and Investigation:

Any suspected violation of ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy should be reported to ESIC immediately. ESIC will investigate the matter and determine any appropriate sanctions in accordance with its policy. The AUEA will cooperate fully with any such investigations and expects all members to do the same.

  1. Education and Prevention:

The AUEA is committed to educating its members about the risks of doping and how to prevent it. The AUEA will provide resources and training on ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy, and members are encouraged to promote these within their own institutions.

  1. Support for Whistleblowers:

The AUEA recognises the importance of whistleblowing in detecting and preventing doping. Any person who suspects a violation of ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy is encouraged to report it to ESIC or to the AUEA. The AUEA and ESIC will treat all reports confidentially and protect whistleblowers from retaliation. Members are expected to foster an environment that supports whistleblowing and refrains from any form of retaliation against those who raise concerns.

  1. Sanctions:

Sanctions for violations of ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy are determined by ESIC and may include disqualification from tournaments, fines, and banning from esports. The AUEA will respect and enforce all sanctions imposed by ESIC. Members failing to enforce ESIC’s sanctions may face disciplinary action from the AUEA, including termination of membership.

  1. Review and Updates:

This policy will be reviewed periodically to ensure it continues to effectively prevent doping in esports. Members will be notified of any changes and are responsible for ensuring they continue to comply with the policy.

  1. Contact Information:

If you have any questions about this policy or ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy, or if you wish to report a suspected violation, you can contact the AUEAat investigations@auea.org.au

  1. Responsibility and Accountability:

All members, players, and affiliates have a shared responsibility to uphold and promote the highest standards of integrity in esports. Members are accountable for the actions of their players and associates and are expected to educate them about ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy, Prohibited Substances List, and the risks associated with doping.

  1. Prohibited Substances List:

Members should regularly review ESIC’s Prohibited Substances List and ensure their players and associates are informed about the list. Any substances listed are strictly prohibited, and the use, possession, trafficking, or administration of such substances constitutes a violation of this policy.

  1. Medical Exceptions:

Players with legitimate medical conditions requiring the use of prohibited substances may apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) in accordance with ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy. It is the player’s and member’s responsibility to ensure all required documentation for a TUE is properly submitted.

By being a member of the AUEA, you reaffirm your commitment to a fair and doping-free esports environment, and you accept the rules and provisions outlined in ESIC’s Anti-Doping Policy and this AUEA Anti-Doping Policy. Violations of these policies may result in disciplinary action, including the possibility of termination of membership.