UGA takes a particularly hard stance against substance-abuse offenses that occur while operating a motor vehicle. According to the Athletic Association’s student-athlete handbook, a DUI is treated as a “Level II” violation, which is considered more serious than Level I and is equal to a positive drug test. Accordingly, violators are subjected to Georgia’s “comprehensive action plan for felony crimes and DUIs.” That includes an automatic suspension from competition, being placed in alcohol and drug awareness classes, being placed on six months probation, and possibly being subjected to a drug-testing panel known as EtG, which is a “bioworker for alcohol,” according to UGA’s student-athlete handbook.
In the past, DUIs have carried a mandatory two-game suspension for football players. However, that is not specifically cited in the 2019-20 edition of the athletic association’s policy guide, which is available online. It calls for a suspension of “at least” 10 percent of competition dates, which comes out to 1.2 in football.