Code of Conduct

7:240-E1 Code of Conduct for Extracurricular Activities

 

Batavia School District encourages all students to take advantage of the school sponsored extra-curricular activities.  Both the School District and the community take great pride in these programs that are designed to enhance the well-balanced educational programs offered.

Rationale: Participating in extracurricular activities and representing Batavia School District is a privilege, not a right.  Students participating in extracurricular activities act as representatives of the school district.  Accordingly, they are expected to conform their conduct at all times to the highest standards.  Participants make a commitment to their peers and coaches/sponsors to follow rules and to be able to perform at their best at all times.  One of the primary goals of the extracurricular programs is to provide students with the lessons and skills necessary for success not only on the athletic field or performance stage, but also in all areas of their lives.  In addition, they have a responsibility to serve as role models for other students, as well as for others in the community.  Participants, whether in or out of uniform, carry with them not only their own reputations, but that of their families, their team/activity, and their school.

Applies to: This Code of Conduct applies to all school-sponsored activities that are neither part of an academic class nor otherwise carry credit or a grade. Sponsors shall create a roster of students who are members or participants in an extracurricular activity and maintain attendance records.

Applies when: Members must conduct themselves at all times, including after school and on days school is not in session, as good citizens and exemplars of their school – they must behave in ways that are consistent with good sportsmanship, leadership, and appropriate moral conduct. They are expected to demonstrate good citizenship and exemplary conduct in the classroom, in the community, and during all facets of the activity. This Code does not contain a complete list of inappropriate behaviors for students in extracurricular activities and athletics. This Code of Conduct will be enforced 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. A student may be excluded from activities or competition while the school is conducting an investigation regarding that student’s conduct.

Self-Reporting Policy (Pro-Kid): A student who voluntarily reports his/her first infraction to a Coach/Sponsor/Director, Athletic Director or School administrator within forty-eight (48) hours of the infraction will be considered a self-reporting student (No provision is made for weekends or holiday periods). If students self-report within the designated timeline and if the infraction occurred at a non-school related event, they may continue to participate in the activity if they do not choose activity suspension as a consequence and comply with the assessment or community service. This provision may be used only once and only for a first offense.

Conditions for Self-Reporting: Self-reporting is intended for violations that occur outside of the school day and not at school-sponsored events.  Violations that occur during a school day or at a school-sponsored event carry regular school consequences in addition to the Code of Conduct consequences. Students are required to self-report offenses when law enforcement is involved with infractions that are related to drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

Categories of Students:  Consequences vary depending on the type of extracurricular involvement.  Students who are participating or who have participated in a performance-based activity within the prior calendar year are considered to be in Category 1. Students who participate in only non-performance-based activities are considered to be in Category 2 for the purpose of this procedure.  Examples of performance-based activities include, but are not limited to, all IHSA or IESA sports and activities, fine arts productions, extracurricular music groups, and academic competitive teams. Non-performance-based activities include, but are not limited to, honor societies, service organizations, student advisory boards, and special interest clubs.

Types of Infractions: The consequences described below apply to drug, alcohol, and tobacco violations as described in Policy 7:190. Other violations of policy 7:190, not related to drugs, alcohol or tobacco, may receive extracurricular consequences as determined by administration.

Consequences for Category 1 Students

FIRST OFFENSE: SELF REPORTING FOR CATEGORY 1 STUDENTS

  1. Alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment with follow-up education or treatment.  Students may participate in conjunction with assessment and recommended follow-up. OR
  2. Two week suspension from current performance-based activity or next performance-based activity, if not currently active.  OR
  3. Fourteen hours of community service to be served at an approved organization.

FIRST OFFENSE: NON-SELF REPORTING FOR CATEGORY 1 STUDENTS

Non-self-reported offense /Found Guilty of violation: (students must comply with both a & b)

  1. Mandated alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment with follow-up education or treatment.  Students may not participate until the assessment has been completed.  Students also must comply with the recommendations made as a result of the assessment. AND
  2. Four week suspension from current performance-based activity or next performance-based activity, if not currently active.

SECOND OFFENSE:  One (1) full calendar year suspension from all performance-based activities in addition to mandatory assessment with recommended follow-up.

THIRD OFFENSE: Permanent suspension from all extracurricular activities.

Consequences for Category 2 Students

FIRST OFFENSE: SELF REPORTING FOR CATEGORY 2 STUDENTS

  1. Alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment with follow-up education or treatment.  Students may participate in conjunction with assessment and recommended follow-up. OR
  2. Two week suspension from current extracurricular activities.  OR
  3. Fourteen hours of community service to be served at an approved organization.

FIRST OFFENSE: NON-SELF REPORTING FOR CATEGORY 2 STUDENTS

Non-self-reported offense /Found Guilty of violation: (students must comply with both a & b)

  1. Mandated alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment with follow-up education or treatment.  Students may not participate until the assessment has been completed.  Students also must comply with the recommendations made as a result of the assessment. AND
  2. Four week suspension from extracurricular activities.

SECOND OFFENSE:  One (1) full calendar year suspension from extracurricular activities in addition to mandatory assessment with recommended follow-up.

THIRD OFFENSE: Permanent Suspension from all extracurricular activities.

Conditions of Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment

If a student chooses or is mandated to have an alcohol, tobacco and other drug assessment, he or she is required to follow the recommendations of that evaluation.  Both the assessment and the follow up are at the personal expense of the parent/guardian/student. Students may continue to participate in conjunction with the assessment, education and/or treatment if they self- reported.  Many of the school’s approved programs are affordable and correlate fees with family incomes on a sliding scale. The assessment must be performed by a district-approved, certified drug and alcohol program or counselor.  If families would like to use a program outside of the approved programs, they must obtain permission from our drug prevention coordinator.  Documentation of the assessment and follow-up must be provided to the school’s drug prevention coordinator.  If attendance and completion of program is not fulfilled, the administration reserves the right to permanently suspend the student from all activities for the remainder of their high school career.

Early Intervention Program Description

Drug education is a positive response to help adolescents in the early stages of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.  Using an educational approach focused on early intervention and prevention, adolescents and their families will work with trained professionals to focus on several key areas including: peer pressure, problem solving, consequences of negative behavior, communication skills and substance abuse.  All of the recommended programs consist of an assessment plus two or three, educational group sessions.  At least one parent must attend each session with their student.

Due Process Procedures

Students who are accused of violating the Code of Conduct for Extracurricular Activities are entitled to the following due process:

  1. The student should be advised of the disciplinary infraction with which he or she is being charged.
  2. The student shall be entitled to a meeting with an appropriate administrator.
  3. The student will be able to respond to any charges leveled against him or her.
  4. The student may provide any additional information he or she wishes for the administrator to consider.
  5. The administrator, with the help of other staff members if needed, may interview material witnesses or others with evidence concerning the case.
  6. If the administrator finds, after reviewing the evidence, that the violation occurred, he or she will impose consequences as described in the Code.
  7. If the student wishes to appeal the decision, they can request a review of the case by an administrator who was not involved in the original investigation. The decision based on the administrative review is final and not subject to further appeal.