High School Code of Conduct
Student Eligibility for Extra Curricular Activities (Updated 6/01/06)
The Board of Directors of the Denison Community School District offers a variety of voluntary activities designed to enhance the classroom education of its students. Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school district throughout the calendar year, whether away from or at school. Students who wish to exercise the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities that are illegal, immoral, unhealthy, or highly inappropriate. Participation in these activities is a privilege, conditioned upon meeting the eligibility criteria established by the board, administration, and individual activity coaches and sponsors. The activities director shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Rule.
The following activities are covered by the board’s policy and these rules:
Athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, all co-curricular clubs (e.g., Art Club, Language Club), all honorary and elected offices (e.g., Homecoming King/Queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), state contests and performances for cheerleading and drill team, mock trial, Academic Decathlon, or any other activity where the student represents the school outside the classroom.
Good Conduct Rule
To retain eligibility for participation in Denison High School extracurricular activities, students must conduct themselves as good citizens both in and out of school at all times. This policy is in effect and applied to student conduct 365 days a year for students in grades 9-12. Students who represent the school in an activity are expected to serve as good role models to other students and to the members of the community.
Any student who, after a hearing at which the student shall be confronted with the allegation, the basis of the allegation, and given an opportunity to tell the student’s side, is found to have violated the school’s Good Conduct Rule will be deemed ineligible for a period of time, as described below. A student may lose eligibility under the Good Conduct Rule for any of the following behaviors:
- possession, use or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age;
- possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine ("use" includes having the odor of alcohol on one’s breath);
- possession, use or purchase of illegal drugs or the unauthorized possession, use or purchase of otherwise lawful drugs;
- engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system, excluding minor traffic offenses, regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted, or adjudicated for the act(s);
- inappropriate or offensive conduct that constitutes a Level V Suspension (Five Days at the Boys and Girls Home) or greater.
- if a student transfers in from another school or school district and the student had not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Rule in the previous school or school district, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school (district) of the fact of the student’s violation in the previous district.
LEVEL 1 - 1/3 of Activities or Performances
First Offense - The student will not be permitted to dress for, or participate in, the assigned number of consecutive contests or performances of the activity in which he or she is presently participating in or plans to participate in after the violation.
LEVEL II - 2/3 of Activities or Performances
LEVEL III - If a third offense occurs within a student’s high school career the students activity eligibility will be terminated.
- Each day of actual activity/performance/competition will count as one event when completing the period of ineligibility.
- If a student’s period of ineligibility begins at a point in the season or activity where less than the ineligible number of contests or performances remain, the ineligibility will carry over into the next season or activity. The percentage of contests or performances in which the student has been ineligible will be computed. The student will be ineligible for the remaining percentage of activities in his or her next season or activity. All fractions of 1/2 or larger will be rounded off to the next whole number.
- Penalties for a violation will carry over from one school year to the next school year.
- Penalty code violation levels carry over from one school year to the next.
- The student may practice during the period of ineligibility if the sponsor of the activity requires attendance at practice.
- Students who receives a Level V Suspension (Five Days at the Boys and Girls Home) will serve a Level I ineligibility.
- Each activity sponsor shall retain the prerogative to add additional regulations pertaining to the activity.
EXAMPLE: Training hours, attendance requirement at practice, a penalty for substance abuse, attendance at: beer parties or "keggers", etc. A copy of these regulations should be on file with the activities director.
- In the event that a situation occurs which is not covered in the code, the building administrator will provide a ruling based upon the intentions of the code.
- In the event that a student is guilty of making a statement or statements that he/she knows to be false, especially with the intent to deceive (lie), when questioned about a violation, the penalty for code violations will automatically advance to the next succeeding level.
- If a participant is a member of two teams involving the same activity, i.e., varsity and JV, he or she will be ineligible to participate in either level of activity during the length of the ineligibility.
- Students must complete each extra-curricular/co-curricular activity season in good standing with the coach or sponsor for the ineligibility to be completed. Failure to do so may jeopardize future eligibility.
- Students not involved in any school activity at the time they violated the Good Conduct Code will serve their ineligibility during their next activity.
- Students in violation are ineligible for each of the activities they presently participate. For those
involved in numerous activities it is common for a student to regain eligibility in one activity while continuing to serve a suspension in another.
- If a student violates the code while already ineligible, the first ineligibility must be served before the second begins.
- When a student chooses the Reduction in Penalty option after the second violation there will be a reduction from 2/3rd to 1/2 of the total seasonal performances for each activity the student is participating.
- Eligibility will not automatically be restored if law enforcement officials drop the charges. The school administration will review the facts to determine whether the Good Conducts Code has been violated.
If a student voluntarily admits a violation of the rules related to tobacco, alcoholic beverages, or controlled substances, prior to knowledge by school officials, the student’s penalty shall be reduced subject to the conditions established below. This provision is available to a student only once during his/her high school career.
- Submit to an evaluation conducted by an approved treatment facility.
- Complete a prescribed or recommend treatment as a result of evaluation.
- Release of information form to the Dean of Students.
Voluntary admission is not applicable when a student is charged by a law enforcement agency.
Voluntary admission may only be used on the first offense.
Voluntary admission will count as a Level I violation.
Voluntary admission of an infraction of the rules involving lying, stealing, vandalism, or other prohibited conduct/behavior shall reduce the suspension to 1/2 of the Level I suspension. If the student does not complete the deferment program, full penalty will be assessed the student according to the code. In the case of a fractional number, the total events that a student shall be withheld from will be determined by rounding to the nearest whole number. A student will be suspended for a minimum of one performance or event.
Reduction in Penalty
Evaluation and Treatment: A student who has a second violation of the alcohol or drug provision of the Good Conduct Rule may elect to seek an evaluation and, if recommended, treatment from a recognized substance abuse facility at the student’s or student’s parent/guardian’s expense. If the student seeks the evaluation and agrees to waive confidentiality to allow the facility to report back to the superintendent or designee regarding recommendations for treatment or follow-up care, the student’s penalty for the second violation may be reduced to 1/2 the performance, events or the equivalent. This reduction is not available for first or third violations.
Whenever a student is suspected of violating the code for student activities, the administrators of the school shall review all circumstances in a just and equitable manner and the procedures stated in this code shall be followed. The determination of ineligibility and the period of the ineligibility is the responsibility of the activities director.
If a student is dissatisfied, he or she may follow the appeal process outlined in the Board Policy 502.04. The grounds for appeal are limited to the following: the student did not violate the Good Conduct Rule; the student was given inadequate due process in the investigation and determination; or the penalty is in violation of the Handbook Rule or Board Policy. The penalty will remain in effect pending the outcome of the appeal process.
If at any appeal level the decision is reversed, the student shall be immediately eligible and shall have any record of the ineligibility period and violation deleted from the student’s record.