April 21, 2014

Code of Conduct

  1. SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY OF ATHLETICS

  2. Athletics are part of the total educational program in the Dansville Schools.
    All educational programs, including athletics, should stress the cooperative,
    contributing, creative and competitive values found in our society.

    If athletics are to be educational, they must reinforce the positive attitude
    of young people, make demands and give direction. Hard work, commitment and
    continuous display of good sportsmanship are essential to the program and to
    the student athlete.

    A student who elects to participate in athletics is voluntarily making a choice
    of self discipline and self denial. Being a member of an athletic team is a
    privilege and must be treated as such.

    In addition to the rules and regulations established in the student handbook,
    the Dansville School Board policies and practices and the Michigan High School
    Athletic Association, a student-athlete must adhere to the athletic training
    rules. Training rules will be in effect 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week for
    12 months of the year, for students who are participating or attempting to participate
    in athletics.

    Every effort should be made to assure broad based student participation. Continued
    emphasis shall reinforce the philosophy that the educational sports program
    is an integral part of the educational program and is justifiable only to the
    extent that it provides desirable learning experiences. All athletic activities
    should be coordinated with the aims and objectives of the total school program.

    Extra curricular activities are provided as an extension of the students’
    education. All must function to serve students’ needs and are only justified
    on the basis of student needs. Each principal is responsible for recommending
    to the Board of Education changes, additions or deletions in the areas of extra
    curricular activities.

  3. CODE OF ETHICS

    1. To emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair
      play.
    2. To show cordial courtesy to visiting teams and officials and to establish
      a positive relationship between visitors and hosts.
    3. To respect the integrity and judgment of sports officials and athletes.
    4. To achieve a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game
      and the standards of eligibility.
    5. To recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental,
      moral, social, and emotional well-being of the individual players.
    1. DISCIPLINE FOR VIOLATION OF TRAINING RULES

    2. Definition: A “day” is defined as a day that school is in session or was scheduled
      to be in session, or days that an athletic competition is held in the sport
      for which the suspension occurs.

    3. THE POSSESSION OR USE OF ALCOHOL OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS

      1. A certified substance abuse counselor, approved by the school district will
        evaluate the student-athlete.
      2. The student-athlete shall follow the program prescribed by the counselor.
      3. The student-athlete will attend a substance abuse class approved by the
        school district.
      4. The parent/guardian will provide proof of 1-3.
      5. If any of the above steps are not followed, the suspension will remain 20
        days.
      6. Any evaluation or treatment will be paid by the parent or guardian.
    4. FIRST OFFENSE: The possession or use of alcohol or tobacco products
      will mean suspension from game participation for 20 days. Once the violation
      has been deemed valid, discipline will begin with the next scheduled event.
      If it is necessary to carry a suspension over to the following sport or year,
      the punishment will continue with the next game in which the athlete could participate.
      For offenses dealing with possession, the school district reserves the right
      to lower the suspension when exculpatory circumstances are presented.

      The student-athlete may have the suspension reduced to 15 days provided the
      student and his/her parent/guardian agree that:

      SECOND OFFENSE: For a second violation, there will be a suspension
      from the team for 60 days or the remainder of the season, whichever is greater.
      If it is necessary to carry suspension over to the next sport or year, punishment
      will continue with the next game in which the athlete could participate.

      THIRD OFFENSE: If a third offense occurs, there will be a 12 month
      suspension from athletic participation from the date of the last offense.

    5. THE POSSESSION OR USE OF DRUGS

      1. A certified substance abuse counselor, approved by the school district will
        evaluate the student- athlete.
      2. The student-athlete shall follow the program prescribed by the counselor.
      3. The student-athlete will attend a substance abuse class approved by the
        school district.
      4. The parent/guardian will provide proof of 1-3.
      5. If any of the above steps are not followed, the suspension will remain 90
        days.
      6. Any evaluation or treatment will be paid by the parent or guardian.
    6. FIRST OFFENSE: The possession or use of drugs will result in suspension
      from game participation for 90 school days.

      The student-athlete may have the suspension reduced to 72 days provided the
      student-athlete and his/her parents/guardian agree that:

      SECOND OFFENSE: Suspension from athletics for 180 days.

      THIRD OFFENSE: Permanent suspension from athletics.

    7. Any illegal or disgraceful behavior that results in arrest or conviction
      or behavior that reflects in a seriously degrading fashion against our athletic
      program and accepted standards of conduct will result in suspension of twenty
      (20) days and shall include a minimum of the next four official contests. The
      school may impose a longer suspension or exclusion depending on individual circumstances.
      The technicality of having charges dropped or reduced by a civil authority does
      not automatically clear the student-athlete from these rules; school investigation
      and findings will prevail over legal findings. Continued violations will result
      in punishment as in “The Third Offense” above. Disgraceful behavior shall include
      a violation as in “The Third Offense” above when in uniform, or going to/coming
      from a game.
    8. The sale of alcohol, drugs, serious illegal activities or felonies that result
      in arrest or conviction, will result in a full suspension from athletics for
      twelve (12) calendar months from the date of the decision. A longer
      suspension/exclusion from athletics may be imposed by the athletic director
      and/or building principal.
       

    9. Any athlete, cheerleader, or student manager will be expected to participate
      in practice sessions during any disciplinary suspension involving the above
      training rules. Except in “E” above.
    10. All discipline against an athlete for violation of these training rules or
      practice procedures will be handled by the coach. All assistant coaches will
      confer with the head coach of that sport; if there is disagreement, the position
      of the head coach will prevail.
    11. All decisions of the coach are subject to immediate review by the athletic
      director. All decisions of the athletic director are subject to review by the
      building principal. Decisions of the building principal are subject to review
      by the Superintendent and then the Board of Education if the person requests
      in writing to be placed on the agenda of the next board meeting.