503.60 Good Conduct Rule

Participation in District activities is a privilege. District activities provide benefits of promoting additional interests and abilities in the students during their school years and for their lifetimes.

Students who participate in competitive clubs or extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the District throughout the calendar year, whether away from school or at school. Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in competitive clubs or extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with Board policy and must refrain from activities which are in violation of policies, illegal, immoral or unhealthy.

Students who fail to abide by this policy and the administrative regulations supporting it may be subject to disciplinary measures. The Principal/Activity Director will keep records of violations of the good conduct rule.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee to develop rules and regulations for District activities. Students wanting to participate in District activities must meet the requirements set out by the District for participation in the activity.


Legal Reference:
Bunger v. Iowa High School Athletic Assn., 197 N.W.2d 555 (Iowa 1972).
In re Jason Clark, 1 D.P.I. App. Dec. 167 (1978).
Iowa Code §§ 280.13, .13A (2007).
281 I.A.C. 12.3(6); 36.15(1).

Cross Reference:
#502 Series Student Behavior and Discipline
#503 Series Student Activities


Adopted:
December 17, 1984

 

Reviewed:
May 17, 2010

June 15, 2015

April 18, 2016
 
Revised:
May 17, 2010
June 15, 2015
April 18, 2016 


R.R. for Policy #503.60

I. INFRACTIONS INVOLVING ATHLETIC RELATED PROGRAMS AND NON-ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

A. POLICY VIOLATION

 

Students who wish to have the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with Board policy.
 
1. A student who is participating in interscholastic athletics and related programs, including school clubs will be in violation of this policy including, but not limited to the following examples: 
a) Sell, manufacture or distribute illegal drugs, controlled substances, imitation controlled substances or drug paraphernalia. (Refer to #502.20)
b) Possess, use or threaten to use any instrument that is generally considered a weapon or an imitation weapon or an explosive.
c) Possess, use, or be under the influence of illegal drugs, controlled substances, imitation controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia. (Refer to #502.20)
d) Misuse of prescription or over the counter drugs.
e) The use, consumption, possession or distribution of alcoholic liquor, wine, beer or of any controlled substance as defined in Chapter 124 of the Iowa Code or of “look-alike” substances.
f) Assault or physically abuse any person at school or during school activities or coming to and/or going from school or a school activity.
g) Use, possesses, and/or transmit tobacco or imitation substances. (Refer to #502.20)
h) Participate in any conduct which, by Iowa, is illegal, whether or not an arrest or conviction occurs, except simple misdemeanor traffic violations.
i) Use inappropriate or offensive conduct such as fighting, hazing, bullying or harassment of others including inappropriate use of technology for “sexting” or identity theft.

 

2. Inappropriate conduct during the school year or during the summer months so as to make the student unworthy to represent the ideals, principles, and standards of the District. The Activity Director/Principal has discretion to determine which of the Boad policies would either by severity of offense or progressive discipline triggers the Good Conduct Policy;

 

3. Admittance by the student to jurisdiction of any court for juvenile delinquency or placement on probation, or criminal activity whether through admission or being found guilty, except for minor traffic violations;

4. Any student’s ineligibility under a prior school district's Good Conduct Rule will be documented in writing. The Superintendent/designee shall determine if the violation would violate the District’s Conduct Rule and if so, shall determine the length and nature of ineligibility, which shall take into consideration the nature of the conduct, the time which has expired since the violation, and the notoriety of the offense; and/or
 
5. Violation of the rules of the governing organizations.
 
B. PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION: Grades 9-12 ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS

 

The Principal/designee will be responsible for enforcing penalties under this policy. The penalties under this policy will change effective August 1, 2015. Any prior violations are subject to Policy 503.60 Good Conduct  Rule in force at the time violation was committed. Thus, if a student has committed prior violations before August 1, then any subsequent violations will be controlled by the new policy language, except in the case where the student is prohibited from further play due to a third violation. In that case, the prohibition will continue through the student’s academic career.

 

The student who violates this policy shall be declared ineligible to represent the District for the following periods:


First Violation: One sixth of the schedule season if the student self-reports or one third of the season if administrative discovery.

 
Second Violation: 2/3 of the schedule season and there is no lesser penalty for a self-report. If the second offense is a second offense for alcohol and/or substance abuse, the student must complete an approved school treatment program. Student is responsible for providing evidence of satisfactory progress toward completion before returning to competition. Student and parent will be given a list of treatment providers.
 
Third Violation: 1 Calendar Year
 
See chart below: 
 
How Violations are Determined
Activity Dates/Games First Offense 1/6 First Offense 1/3 Second Offense 2/3
Football 9 games  2 3 6
Boys Golf 12 dates  2 4 8
Boys Cross Country 10 dates 2 3 7
Girls Cross Country 10 dates  2 3 7
Volleyball 14 dates 3 5 10
Girls Swimming 12 dates 2 4 8
Boys Swimming 12 dates 2 4 8
Girls Bowling 12 dates 2 4 8
Boys Bowling 12 dates 2 4 8
Wrestling 15 dates 3 5 10
Boys Basketball 21 games  14 
Girls Basketball 21 games  14 
Boys Tennis 12 dates 
 Girls Tennis 12 dates 
Boys Track 13 dates  2 4 8
Girls Track 12 dates 
Boys Soccer 15 dates  10 
Girls Soccer 17 dates  11 
Girls Golf 12 dates 
Baseball 40 games  14  27 
 Softball 40 games  14  27 
Cheerleading** Season Specific  TBD  TBD  TBD 
 Dance Team Season Specific  TBD  TBD  TBD 
 Vocal Music Program Season Specific   TBD TBD  TBD 
Instrumental Music Program  Season Specific  TBD  TBD  TBD 
 Drama Season Specific   TBD TBD  TBD 
Debate Season Specific   TBD TBD  TBD 
Speech Season Specific   TBD TBD  TBD
 Competitive Clubs Season Specific   TBD TBD  TBD 

 

C. PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION: Grade 8 ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS

 

The school principal/designee will be responsible for enforcing penalties under this policy.

The student who violates this policy shall be declared ineligible to represent the District for the following periods:

 

First Violation: Two (2) weeks of competition and/or participation in school activities and clubs.
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Second Violation: No extracurricular activities for remainder of the school year.

 

A student, after completing the 8th grade school year and/or 8th grade competition, will have his/her record concerning violations of Policy #503.60 cleared, unless the penalty for subsequent violations has not been completed. Students will officially change grade levels on August 1st each year.


II. INFRACTIONS INVOLVING ATHLETIC, ATHLETIC RELATED, AND NON-ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

For students who are involved in athletic, athletic related, and non-athletic programs, violation of this policy will result in a period of ineligibility. Students involved in more than one activity will serve out their ineligibility concurrently with the penalty percentage previously specified determined by the Activities Director and Principal.

III. PARTICIPATION UNDER BOARD POLICY #502.31 - SUBSTANCE USE/ABUSE TREATMENT

If a student voluntarily admits himself/herself to a District approved treatment program and is not alleged to have violated Board Policy #503.60 Good Conduct Rule, the Principal/designee has the authority to waive penalties. Future Good Conduct violations are not waived if the behavior reoccurs during the treatment program.

IV. NOTIFICATION AND APPEAL PROCESS

Whenever a student is found to be in violation of this policy, the following procedure will be set in motion:

A. The student and the student's parent/guardian shall be notified by certified mail. In this communication, the length of the period of ineligibility and a specific explanation of the reasons for the ineligibility will be stated. In addition, the parent/guardian will be invited for a conference regarding the situation of their student.

B. The student or the student's parent/guardian has the right to appeal the Good Conduct decision. This appeal must be filed, in writing, with the Superintendent/designee within three school days of receipt of the notification letter or of the conference between the Principal and parent/guardian.  The appeal process for Good Conduct is a separate appeal process from the Student Conduct policy.  However, both appeals may be coordinated and heard together if appealed to the Board using the Student Conduct appeal timelines.

C. Upon receipt of the appeal, the Superintendent/designee shall review the circumstances and evidence regarding the case. The Superintendent/designee shall have three school days to render a decision, and the student and the student's parent/guardian shall be notified by letter of that decision. The student will remain ineligible during the appeal process.
 
D. The student or the student's parent/guardian will be given three school days after receipt of the notification letter to file a subsequent appeal, in writing, with the Board. The appeal will be heard at the earliest possible opportunity but no later than 10 days following the filing of an appeal.

 

E. The appeal will be conducted in closed session, before the Board, with the student, his/her parent/guardian and legal representative, if desired. The District's representation during the closed session may involve administrative personnel, including building principal, assistant principal, and activities director/designee coach/sponsoring staff and legal representative. However, any formal action by the Board concerning this case must be taken at an open meeting.

 

Approved:
December 17, 1984

 

Reviewed:
March 10, 2010
June 15, 2015
April 18, 2016 

 

Revised:
May 17, 2010
June 15, 2015
April 18, 2016