Troy athletic director John Hartwell said Thursday that all the school's athletes will be tested for drugs after a series of deaths and arrests struck the university.
Hartwell said that all the athletes will be tested within 30 days. He met with staff and coaches and every available athlete on Wednesday to inform them of the decision.
"I told them this is a time where certainly there are some people in this room hurting,'' he said.
He said Troy will also increase the frequency of random testing in the future.
Four students died in off-campus incidents during the holiday break. Troy is planning a candlelight vigil next Wednesday.
Troy football player Jadarius Garner was found dead on Jan. 2 after being struck by a vehicle.
Former Trojans football player Dimitri Miles is charged with murder in connection with a shooting in Troy, and 2013 signee Taylor Diggers is charged with manslaughter in the death of another Troy student, Kristin Fuller. Fuller was the sister of Troy football player Justin Fuller.
"I said we've got to take every precaution that we can to protect any further loss from our family, the Troy family,'' Hartwell said. "The intertwining thing, without getting into the details of any case, is clearly you had weapons involved, you had alcohol and/or drugs and you had late-night incidents.
"The message is, 'Hey, we've got to do what we can to protect ourselves from getting in those situations.'''
Hartwell said the men's and women's basketball teams were on the road, and he expects to meet with them within a few days.
Under department policy, the first positive drug test leads to notification of parents or guardians. Hartwell said Troy will provide help to athletes who are suffering from the losses and those who test positive for drugs.
"We want to take this as an opportunity for us to get better and try to minimize the opportunity for these things to happen again in the future and to make sure we send the proper message to our student-athletes,'' he said.