Southwest Conference athletic directors and faculty representatives have approved a plan to conduct random testing for steroid use among college athletes.

With the 8-0-1 vote in favor of the plan, the SWC became the first conference in the country to go this far with a drug-testing proposal.

SWC President Michael Johnson said testing for other drugs in the future is a possibility, but "we wanted to do something quickly about steroids."

The plan calls for testing of 50 athletes at each member school -- 36 football players and 14 other athletes. Those tested will be selected randomly by a yet undetermined conference committee.

During the first year, any punishment will be the responsibility of the institution. In the second year, athletes who test positive for steroid use will be declared ineligible for one year . . .

University of Virginia Athletic Director Dick Schultz says student athletes charged with drug-related offenses will be suspended from participating in sports until they are cleared of the charges.

Students who are acquitted of drug charges will be reinstated, but those who are convicted of drug violations will be barred permanently from intercollegiate competition, Schultz said.

Schultz said it has always been the university's policy to suspend athletes for drug convictions. But he said allegations of growing drug use convinced him "it's time to get it up front" with the athletic department's position.

A federal grand jury investigating drug use in the Charlottesville area has resulted in indictments against some Virginia students.

In testimony in a separate federal court hearing last week, university police Sgt. William J. Morris testified that former Cavaliers football running back Kevin Turner sold cocaine to students. BASEBALL

Rod Carew, the former California Angels first baseman whose contract was not extended when it expired at the end of the 1985 season, has apparently rejected a playing offer from the San Francisco Giants.

Carew is expected to make an announcement regarding his future Monday. He remained unavailable for comment yesterday amid speculation that he would officially announce his retirement.

"We talked to Rod two weeks ago," Ralph Nelson, the Giants' assistant general manager, said yesterday. " . . . Two days later he called back to tell us he was appreciative of the offer but wasn't interested in playing."

The offer was the first for Carew since he left the Angels . . .

A group of Cincinnati Reds owners has hired an accounting firm to examine some of the club's records, the Cincinnati Post reported yesterday.

The newspaper said in a copyright story that the owners are unhappy with financial decisions of majority owner Marge Schott.

The Post, quoting unnamed sources, reported last week that Schott gave herself a $133,000 "incentive payment" last winter. Schott denied the report. OLYMPICS

A top South Korean sports official is quoted as saying North Korea would be allowed to be host of some events of the Asian Games this fall and the Summer Olympics in 1988 if it expresses its willingness to participate in those games.

South Korean Sports Minister Park Seh-jik reportedly said such a concession of events to North Korea will be made "within the framework of the rules and regulations of OCA Olympic Council of Asia and IOC International Olympic Committee if North Korea desires to do so."

He made the remarks in an interview with the English-language monthly Diplomacy. Park also is president of the Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee and the Seoul Asian Games Organizing Committee.

The sports minister, however, did not specify what events Seoul planned to allow North Korea if the Communist regime decided to take part in the two games.

North Korea has not yet announced its intention to participate in either the Asian or the Olympic Games in Seoul. RUNNING

Ingrid Kristiansen scored an impressive front-running victory in the L'eggs Mini Marathon in New York, beating Joan Benoit Samuelson by more than a minute.

Kristiansen was clocked in 31 minutes 45 seconds for the 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) course.

Samuelson finished a distant second in 33:03, just one second ahead of Marty Cooksey of St. Louis. LOCALLY

The Maryland team won two of three games in the opening rounds of the U.S. Soccer Federation state select team tournament in Baltimore. Teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia are competing for the 22 Region I spots at the national tournament later this summer, and possibly to compete for spots on the United States Olympic team in 1988.

Led by Phillip Gyau, a student at Howard University, the Maryland team lost to Southern New York, 2-1, before defeating Delaware, 6-1, and D.C.-Virginia, 3-1.

Tournament finals will be held today at 2 p.m. at UMBC.