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Student-Athlete Code of Conduct Student-athletes are required to read and by their signatures signify their understanding and agreement with the following Code of Conduct. Failure to do so will make a student ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Participation in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Maine at Presque Isle is a privilege, and the University's student-athletes should be aware of the responsibility that comes with representing the institution. Student-athletes are held to a higher standard of conduct than are other students. Additionally, student-athletes are not exempt from adhering to the student disciplinary code that applies to all students. All student-athletes are required to comply with: a. Civil and criminal law b. NCAA by-laws c. University Student Conduct Code d. Residence Hall Guide (if applicable) e. Team rules Student-athletes who are involved in conduct that violates civil or criminal law are subject to immediate suspension from the team and appropriate disciplinary action. Student-athletes who violate these codes will be barred from participating in contests and games. The nature and severity of the violation will determine the disciplinary action taken. Violation of primary rules (below) is considered serious, subjecting the student-athlete to the possibility of immediate suspension from the team. Discrimination or Harassment 1. "The University of Maine at Presque Isle is committed to maintaining a respectful, fair educational and work environment, free from discrimination or harassment that violates our policy prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship status, age, disability, or veteran status." (www.umpi.maine.edu/handbook Equal Opportunity policy). 2. Student-athletes must comply with and support the University’s nondiscrimination policy. They are also required to report alleged violations of this policy to a coach, an athletic administrator, or to the University’s Office of Equal Opportunity. Gambling 1. Federal, State and local laws prohibit gambling. 2. According to NCAA by-law 10.3, student-athletes of NCAA member institutions must not knowingly: a. provide information concerning intercollegiate athletics competition to any individual involved in organized gambling activities b. solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate team c. participate in any gambling activity involving intercollegiate athletics through a bookmaker, a parlay card pool, or any other method employed by organized gambling. 3. Student-athletes in violation of this regulation shall be declared ineligible for future intercollegiate competition, according to NCAA guidelines. Only the NCAA Eligibility Committee may restore eligibility after hearing an appeal. Hazing and Initiation Activities 1. In accordance with state law and Board of Trustees policy, no person or organization shall create, or permit to exist, any situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health of a student enrolled at any campus of the University of Maine System. 2. Student-athletes are strictly prohibited from engaging in any form of hazing or initiation activities, either as a direct participant or by implicit encouragement, that endangers the mental, emotional, or physical health of others. The sanctions for hazing will include a minimum two game suspension for all parties involved and educational programs. A second infraction for hazing will result in dismissal from the team. (* see Hazing policy) Sporting Attitude and Fair Play 1. The University of Maine at Presque Isle and the NCAA (Constitution Article 2.4) place great emphasis on sporting attitude and fair play. 2. The principle of a sporting attitude and fair play promotes the character development of participants, enhances the integrity of higher education, and promotes social civility. 3. Student-athletes, coaches and all others associated with the UMPI athletic programs and events are expected to adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. Failure to do so constitutes a violation of primary team rules. Substance Abuse 1. ILLEGAL DRUGS. The use or possession of illegal drugs or NCAA-banned substances by student- athletes is prohibited and will result in immediate suspension from the team until an administrative meeting with the student-athlete is arranged. 2. ALCOHOL. Student-athletes must be age 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. Student-athletes who choose to consume alcoholic beverages will do so only in moderation, in legally acceptable places, and with an awareness of public perception of drinking during their season of competition. a. Student-athletes shall not drink or be in possession of alcohol during any contest, practice, trip or at any other official team activity. b. Student-athletes shall not drink alcohol on the day or night before a competition. 3. TOBACCO PRODUCTS. According to NCAA by-law 11.1.7, the use of tobacco products is prohibited for all game personnel (players, coaches, trainers, managers, and game officials) in all sports, during any team-related activity. A person using tobacco products is not allowed to participate in athletic competition that day. A minimum of an immediate suspension for the next game will result if a student is in a violation of any of the above stated Substance Abuse policies. The second violation of Substance Abuse will face harsher penalties and sanctions. Class Attendance 1. Unless explicitly excused, student-athletes are expected to attend all classes and meet all academic eligibility requirements and responsibilities. The coach will take corrective action after three unexcused absences, which will include a minimum of a one game suspension. Further unexcused absences will result in additional disciplinary action. Dress Code 1. Appropriate dress is expected of all student-athletes when traveling for competition or visiting another institution. They are expected to be neat and well groomed; shorts, T-shirts, ratty jeans, and similar casual clothes are deemed inappropriate. 2. For contact sports, earrings, watches or other jewelry (such as tongue rings) may not be worn during team workouts or competition. 3. Teams may choose to wear matching warm-ups for travel or home games. Language or Gestures 1. Profane, derogatory, or abusive language or gestures during team-related activities, practices or games are absolutely prohibited. 2. Music played at events, games, or practices shall not include profane, derogatory, or abusive language. This includes team workouts in the weight room, the locker room, and/or the athletic training room. Practice and Game Participation 1. Attendance is mandatory at practice, contests, and team meetings. 2. The coach will excuse student-athletes from participating in team-related activities if absence is due to academic obligations, family emergencies, or illness. 3. In case of planned absence for academic obligations, an emergency, or impending tardiness, student- athletes are responsible for notifying their head coach. Press and Media 1. Student-athletes may be asked to give media interviews. Provided that the requests are reasonable and do not conflict with class schedules or team-related activities, student-athletes should comply. 2. Whenever possible, student-athletes should consult with the Athletic Director prior to granting interviews or responding to media questions. Team Travel 1. Student-athletes will travel in University-provided transportation. 2. Often it is necessary for 21 year old or older student to drive one of the team vans. The student-athlete and/or student must hold the appropriate license and have passed a driving test coordinated through Motor Pool with university vehicles. In those instances where a student driver is used, the order of vehicles traveling on the road is to be determined by the head coach, director of athletics, and environmental conditions. Speeding and unsafe driving is absolutely forbidden and will result in a suspension from athletics and revocation of driving privilege of University vehicles. 3. On overnight trips, student-athletes will remain within the hotel after the curfew hour that is determined by the head coach. 4. Visitors and family will have left the area of the hotel occupied by the team prior to the curfew hour. 5. If student-athletes plan to join parents during a trip or plan to go home with them after an away game, the head coach must grant permission. 6. A head coach will release a student-athlete only to a parent or guardian. 7. The Athletic Department will provide a green-sheet for the student-athlete to complete prior to travel for their departure from the team. Be sure to secure appropriate signatures. Uniforms and Equipment 1. Student-athletes are personally responsible for the care and return of all equipment and/or uniforms issued to them. Uniforms will be returned to the designated equipment room no later than the morning after each contest. Disciplinary Action The head coach and the Director of Athletics (or designee) have the authority to take appropriate disciplinary action for violations of standards established by the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. Disciplinary actions will be chosen according to NCAA guidelines and may include any or all of the following: a. initial warning with immediate corrective measures b. temporary suspension from team c. permanent suspension from team PROCESS TO BE FOLLOWED 1. The head coach, in cooperation with other appropriate personnel as needed (e.g., law enforcement, campus, local, or state authorities; the Campus Conduct Code Officer; Director for Compliance; Director of Academic Support Services), will investigate any circumstance that suggests a student-athlete may have violated the Code of Conduct. Coaches will update Athletic Director of all potential problems or situations. 2. If, upon evaluation, it appears that a probable violation of this code has occurred and sufficient evidence exists to warrant further action, the head coach shall: a. immediately notify the Director of Athletics (or a designee). b. provide a written statement of charges to the student-athlete, with copy to the Director of Athletics (or designee), within 24 hours. 3. The written statement shall contain: a. the specific misconduct alleged to have been committed b. a concise summary of the facts upon which charges are based c. a recommendation of the disciplinary action which may be imposed d. the specific time and place for a conference with the Director of Athletics, coach, and the student-athlete. 4. The student-athlete, along with a representative if he or she chooses one, will meet with the Director of Athletics (or a designee) and the coach to explain the alleged violation. 5. At the appropriate time after the conference, the head coach will communicate to the student-athlete the factors that were considered to determine the decision. 6. A student-athlete may appeal sanctions or disciplinary actions imposed by the Department of Athletics to the University Vice-President of Student Affairs (who may assign a designee to consider the appeal).
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