Statement on U.S. States Attorney for the District of Vermont

Steroid Investigation Charges

Norwich University officials recently learned of charges filed by the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont that stem from an earlier investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security into alleged illegal possession of anabolic steroids by three Norwich students. Federal investigators notified Norwich officials of its initial investigation on April 28, 2003.

Since learning of the federal government's investigation, Norwich has initiated several measures to augment our already stringent policies that address this important issue. New steps taken by the University include implementing a random drug testing policy for all varsity athletes.

The University has also hired a fulltime strength and conditioning coach, Justin Goulet, to provide guidance to Norwich athletes. Goulet will also establish wellness programs for the University. Additionally, the University is recruiting a fulltime drug and alcohol counselor to educate and provide guidance to Norwich students on the issue of substance abuse. Norwich University will continue to monitor this situation, review the effectiveness of these measures, and implement whatever additional measures it deems necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.

The use of steroids and performance enhancing drugs has become an increasingly important issue that affects athletes starting as early as high school and continuing through college to the Olympic and professional levels. Through education and access to fulltime counseling, strength and conditioning, and wellness professionals, it is the University's goal to provide our students with the knowledge and resources they need to maintain a safe and healthy environment on campus, free from the dangers of substance abuse in any form.

aventi@norwich.edu, November 2003

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