Code of Conduct and Discipline

Extra/Intra-Curricular Activites Code of Conduct

All students participating in school-sanctioned extra/intra-curricular activities (non-athletic & athletic) are subject to all school rules and guidelines, disciplinary actions, and this Code of Conduct.  In addition, class officers, club officers, and team captains may be removed from the position for drug/alcohol/tobacco violations or Code of Conduct violations at the discretion of the advisor and/or the administration.

Behavioral expectations

  1. Preamble
    • Sycamore High School recognizes the importance of both extra-curricular and intra-curricular activities.  Student involvement in activities beyond the scope of the classroom should promote leadership, enhance school spirit, and provide additional opportunities for student development.  Student activities can serve to develop the well-rounded individual who is prepared to meet future life challenges.  Students participating in these activities act as ambassadors of the school district.  Accordingly, they are expected to conform to the highest standards of propriety at all times.
    • Participation in extra-curricular, intra-curricular, and interscholastic athletics in the Sycamore School District 427 is a privilege extended to the student body by the Board of Education.  Since student activities are a privilege, students who choose to be involved have additional opportunities and accompanying responsibilities related to learning, accepting, and displaying the Sycamore School District’s Core Values of Honesty, Integrity, Trustworthiness, Loyalty, Fairness, Caring, Respect, Citizenship, Responsibility, and Cooperation.
  2. Application
    • The policy shall apply to all students in extra/intra-curricular activities and interscholastic athletics in the Sycamore School District.
  3. Definitions
    • Gross Disobedience or Misconduct is any behavior found in Section III.B.3.
    • Other Conduct is any conduct, behavior, or activity which does not meet the ideals for good character, citizenship, and sportsmanship, including, but not limited to, conduct for which an arrest is made by law enforcement officials or conduct which violates the Sycamore High School Code of Conduct and/or other school policies.
    • Alcohol, tobacco and drug offenses are covered in detail in Section IV.D.3. They are all offenses for which a suspension will be applied. It also may occur off school grounds and does not have to have a direct relationship to the school.
    • Interscholastic Athletic Activity is an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) athletic activity sponsored by the school district which involves athletic competition between students sponsored by the school district and students sponsored by other school districts or private schools.
    • Extra/Intra-Curricular Activities (including attendance at dances, assemblies, athletic events, etc.) are those activities sponsored by the school district which have open membership to interested or qualified students (including IHSA sponsored activities).  All or part of the activities take place outside the classroom (credit may or may not be issued), and interaction may or may not include students from other schools or communities.
    • Participation Rules: The Athletic/Activities Director, coaches, sponsors or other supervising faculty may establish participation rules, including, but not limited to, curfew, attendance at functions, attire, or other rules deemed necessary by the coach/sponsor.  These rules shall be explained both verbally and in writing.  In the event that a new rule is activated during the year, it is the coaches’ and/or sponsors’ responsibility to disseminate the information both verbally and in writing.
    • Suspension, as defined in the Code of Conduct, is the removal of a student from extra/intra-curricular activities or interscholastic activities for one or more activity, contest or date.  The suspension of a student for one athletic contest (date) or one extra/intra-curricular activity date can be administered by a coach, sponsor or administrator as a consequence of violating team rules, school rules or the Code of Conduct. Multiple date/event suspensions must be administered by a school administrator.
    • Review Board is the board governing any appeals within the extra/intra-curricular and interscholastic athletic programs at Sycamore School District.  This Review Board shall consist of the Principal, Assistant Principal, Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities, one non-coaching/sponsoring faculty member (appointed by the Principal) and one Coach/Sponsor (appointed by the Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities).
  4. Standard of Conduct
    • Any student who participates in extra/intra-curricular or inter-scholastic athletic activities is prohibited from engaging in gross disobedience or misconduct or any other conduct during the entire calendar year, either on or off school grounds, which does not meet the ideals for good character, citizenship, and sportsmanship including, but not limited to, conduct for which an arrest has been made by law enforcement officials.
  5. Suspension Procedure for Conduct
    • Pre-suspension Conference
      • If a multi-game or activity suspension is being considered, the Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities shall confer with the student who is under consideration for suspension prior to taking such disciplinary action.
      • The Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities shall advise the student of the reasons for the proposed suspension and the evidence in support of those reasons.  The student shall be afforded the opportunity to respond. The students will be asked to provide a written statement of the incident and what occurred.
      • The Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities shall make a written record of the date the conference occurred on.
      • The Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities, after following the above pre-suspension procedures, may then determine whether to suspend the student, in accordance with the notification procedures set forth below. The determination may occur at the initial meeting or at a later date.
      • When, in the opinion of the Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities, a student poses an immediate threat to school personnel, property or students, or poses an ongoing threat of disruption to the activity, the student may be summarily removed from the activity without holding a pre-suspension conference as set forth above.  In such event, the parent will be notified of any disciplinary decision by certified mail and regular mail. They may request a student post-suspension conference.  Failure to attend the scheduled conference shall constitute a waiver of such conference.
    • Suspension Notification
      • If the pre-suspension conference results in a decision to suspend, the parents shall be advised immediately of the decision by written notice sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.
      • The notice to the parents shall include:
        • The reason(s) for the suspension, including any school rule violation.
        • The dates and duration of the suspension.
        • The statement of the right to request a review of the suspension by the Review Board.
        • A statement that failure to request a review by the Review Board within five (5) days shall be deemed a waiver of the right to review.
  6. Application of Discipline
    • Any discipline warranting a suspension must be done so by the Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities if it involves more than one game/activity/date.
    • Disciplinary action involving a student may be initiated by the Coach/Sponsor, the Dean of Students, the Assistant Principal, the Principal, Superintendent, or designee of the Superintendent.
    • While a student-athlete may be directed to attend all practices during the suspension imposed for the first offense, he/she may not wear the school uniform or dress for games or contests. Students involved in other activities may not attend those meetings or activities involving their specific extra/intra-curricular activities during the length of their suspension.
  7. Dissemination of Policy
    • This policy shall be disseminated to all students as part of the Sycamore High School Parent/Student Handbook.

Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Policy and Guidelines

  1. Philosophy
    • The Sycamore School District stands strongly behind the commitment to support a drug-free extra/intra-curricular program and believes in the educational value of extra/intra-curricular activities.  The following rules apply to all high school extra/intra-curricular participants.  Violations of rules involve year-round training and carry significant consequences.  The consequences for rule violations are cumulative from first infraction throughout one’s senior year.
      • Every extra/intra-curricular participant shall not use or possess any form of alcoholic beverage or drugs unless prescribed by his/her physician.
      • Every extra/intra-curricular participant shall not smoke or chew tobacco nor possess it.
  2. Infraction of Rules
    • All infractions must be observed by a certified/non-certified staff member of the school district or reported by a law enforcement agency, and must be submitted to the building administrator within 10 school days of the violation (except in the case of a report from a law enforcement agency). In the event of law enforcement reporting an infraction, the school district must act on the information within 10 school days of the submission report to the school district.
    • If these infractions occur in school or at school-related events, students are also subject to disciplinary actions outlined in discipline section of this handbook.
  3. First Infraction
    • Non-Athletic Extra/Intra-Curricular
      • Suspension from participation at all extra/intra-curricular activities that the student is involved in for four weeks.  If there are fewer than four weeks remaining in the school year, the time will be prorated to the next year.
    • Interscholastic Athletic
      • Suspension from 20% of contests for the current season or, if there is not 20% remaining, the suspension will be prorated to the next season of participation.  Athletes must attend all practices or meetings, although they will not be allowed to participate in any contests.  The extra/intra-curricular participant will be strongly encouraged to seek an assessment program at his/her own expense.
  4. Self-Help Clause – First Infraction Only
    • It is the desire of Sycamore School District to assist all students with the rehabilitation of substance abuse problems.  In keeping with this philosophy, an extra/intra-curricular participant will have the opportunity to seek self-help without jeopardizing his/her immediate participation or eligibility (such a self-referral is recorded as a step one violation) by following these procedures:
      • Student must notify a building administrator or Student Teacher Assistance Team (STAT) member voluntarily of his/her involvement with drugs/alcohol or tobacco.
      • Parent notification will be made by the building administrator or STAT member.
      • Student immediately goes through school-approved assessment program at the student’s own expense.
      • Assessment recommendations must be followed at the student’s own expense.
      • Agency verification of the student’s completion of #3 and #4 must be made to the school.
  5. Second Infraction
    • Interscholastic Athletic & Non-Athletic Extra/Intra-Curricular
      • Suspension for one calendar year from all athletics and non-athletic extra/intra-curricular activities.
      • At six months the student may request a review hearing.  The student must contact Administration to ask for the review hearing in writing. The review will occur within ten school days of the request.  The review team will consist of the Principal, Assistant Principal, Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities, and two (2) faculty members.  The student must have attended counseling intervention (a minimum of three sessions at a certified center) prior to the request for the hearing.  The family will be responsible for the cost of the sessions.  Areas to be reviewed will be the disciplinary record, academic record, and attendance.  The student must also provide a written statement indicating why he/she should be reinstated. If the review board deems that the student has upheld all areas of the suspension, the suspension may be reduced or modified.
  6. Third Infraction
    • Interscholastic Athletic & Non-Athletic Extra/Intra-Curricular
      • Suspension for the remainder of attendance at Sycamore High School from all athletics and non-athletic extra/intra-curricular activities.
      • At one year the student may request a review hearing.  The student must contact the administration to ask for the review hearing in writing.  The review will occur within ten days of the request.  The review team will consist of the Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities, Guidance Department Chair, and two (2) faculty members.  The student must have attended and successfully completed an inpatient treatment program prior to making a request for a hearing.  The family is responsible for the cost of the inpatient treatment.  A report from the inpatient treatment program will be required at the time of the request; this may include recommendation for the review committee.
      • Areas to be reviewed will include the discipline record since the occurrence of the third infraction, the academic record since the third infraction, school attendance since the third infraction, and any information provided from the inpatient treatment.  The student must provide the review committee and written statement of why he/she should be reinstated.  During the review hearing the student will be allowed to make a verbal statement.  The review committee has the right to ask any question in regards to the three prior infractions or the inpatient treatment process.  After the review meeting, the committee will make a decision to uphold the suspension, modify the suspension, or reduce the suspension.

Athletic Contest Suspension 

 

Suspension Table

 

During the first suspension the athlete must attend and participate in all practices. It will be the coach’s decision as to whether he or she is allowed to attend away contests.  If the student attends, he or she may not dress in uniform. If the student does not finish the season (quits or is removed from the team) the suspension shall be pro-rated to the next season.

During the second suspension the athlete is not allowed to practice or attend games.

Club/Activity Suspension

  • First Offense – Four Weeks
  • Second Offense – One Calendar Year

During any suspension, the student is not allowed to attend meetings, events, games, dances, concerts, etc., unless it is a part of a first suspension involving athletics or performing arts where the student is required to attend but not allowed to participate.

During the second suspension the participant is not allowed to attend events of any type.