Student-Athlete Code of Conduct by hcj


									                                     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." ( 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.

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
         a. initial warning with immediate corrective measures
         b. temporary suspension from team
         c. permanent suspension from team

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
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
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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