PROVO — The Brigham Young University Testing Center has come under fire this week after a scandal involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs, or PEDs.
Chance Dipthong, a sophomore from Baltimore, Maryland, finished his Chemistry 105 midterm on Tuesday with the highest score in his class. The legitimacy of his grade, however, was called into question when a classmate discovered that Dipthong had been taking a PED known as Excedrin, a pain reliever containing the controversial substance caffeine.
While the Testing Center has no current policy on PEDs, students erupted in a wave of criticism on the Testing Center’s Facebook page, claiming that PEDs gave students an unfair advantage and pushed for a ban on their use.
Rebecca Lawlor, a representative from the Testing Center, stated that the organization is taking the criticism seriously. “As an officially licensed testing center, we are equipped for complete drug tests of all students taking exams. Until now, however, we have only administered drug tests to students with beards and those majoring in art.”
The Testing Center is expected to make an official statement on the issue next Tuesday immediately following campus devotional. Until then, precautionary measures are being implemented, including mandatory bag searches and pat downs, looking for any PEDs such as Excedrin, Coca-Cola, Mountain Dew, or excessive amounts of chocolate. Students found to be in possession of these substances will have their test scores displayed with an asterisk on Testing Center screens and may be subject to further Honor Code disciplinary action.