Good Conduct Policy

The objective of the Good Conduct Rule is to establish and provide for the enforcement of specific standards for all students attending Carlisle High School who are involved in extra-curricular and/or co-curricular activities.  It is the philosophy of Carlisle Community Schools that participation in extra-curricular and/or co-curricular activities is a privilege to be earned by not only demonstrating a particular talent or ability, but also by demonstrating lawful and reasonable conduct.  This policy shall be in effect for the entire calendar year, both during the regular school year as well as all vacation periods. This good conduct rule applies to all athletic activities, to all other extracurricular activities, and to all co-curricular activities for grades 7-12.  Student offenses of good conduct rule will not transfer from middle school to high school.  

It should be clearly understood that students who participate in activities may not use alcohol, tobacco, nicotine products or controlled substances at any time in any location to remain eligible. This policy applies in all countries and locations throughout the world (including international waters).

This rule shall govern the following activities:  athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, FHA, National Honor Society, Student Council, all co-curricular clubs, 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, dance, mock trial, Academic Decathlon, or any other activity where the student represents the school outside the classroom.

A student will be found to be in violation of the District’s Good Conduct Rule if the violation is observed by a staff member or a law enforcement official, the student admits the violation, or the violation is supported by substantial evidence.  This investigation shall not be limited by any formal rules of evidence or procedure.

A student may lose eligibility under the Good Conduct Rule for any of the following behaviors:

  1. Possession, use, or purchase of tobacco or nicotine products, “look-a-likes” regardless of the student's age;
  2. Possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine (having the odor of alcohol on one's breath is evidence of "use"; "possession" has been defined by the Iowa Supreme Court as being within reach of or in "close proximity to"  the contraband [e.g., alcohol or other drugs]);
  3. Possession, use, purchase, or attempted sale/purchase of illegal drugs or simulated substances, or the unauthorized possession, use, purchase, or attempted sale/purchase of otherwise lawful drugs;
  4. Engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system (excluding minor offenses such as traffic or hunting/fishing violations), regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted, or adjudicated for the act(s);
  5. Exceedingly inappropriate or offensive conduct such as assaulting staff or students, misuse of technology, phone or computer, gross insubordination (talking back or refusing to cooperate with authorities), hazing or harassment of others. This could include group conduct.

I. VALID REPORTERS:

  1. All reports and evidence from a reliable source will be investigated by the school administration. Reliable information may include but is not limited to witness statements, police reports, photographs, or information from social networking Web-Sites.
  2. Anonymous reports will not be considered. 
  3. Each school administrator will determine the reliability of the reporting source and any evidence presented.

II. PENALTIES:

Any student involved in activities who, after a meeting with the administration, is found to have violated the Good Conduct Rule, during the school year or summer, is subject to a loss of eligibility as follows:

      A.  Athletics:

1.  First Offense within the Student's High School Career

The student will be suspended from 25% of the competitions in the current extra-curricular activity season (including any post season competition) or no fewer than three events.  If the student is not competing in an activity at the time of the violation, the penalty will be enforced during the next activity in which the student is involved.  The before-mentioned activity’s season must be completed in good standing with the coach for the loss of eligibility to be considered served.  If the loss of eligibility occurs at a point in the season where the number of competitions remaining is less than the number of competitions in the loss of eligibility, the loss of eligibility will carry over into the next activity in which the student participates.  Post-season activities will be counted towards satisfying the terms of the loss of eligibility.  An ineligible student must attend all practices or rehearsals but may not "suit up" nor perform/participate.

A student who self-reports or admits his/her Good Conduct Rule violation in a good-faith and honest manner, prior to being confronted by the building principal or not more than 48 hours after the occurrence, may receive a reduced penalty for a first offense from a loss of eligibility of 25% of the competitions in an activity season to 15% of the competitions in an activity season or no fewer than two events.

2.  Second Offense within the Student's High School Career

The student will be suspended from 50% of the competitions in the current extra-curricular activity season (including any post season competition).  If the student is not competing in an activity at the time of the violation, the penalty will be enforced during the next activity in which the student is involved.  The before-mentioned activity’s season must be completed in good standing with the coach for the loss of eligibility to be considered served.  If the loss of eligibility occurs at a point in the season where the number of competitions remaining is less than the number of competitions in the loss of eligibility, the loss of eligibility will carry over into the next activity in which the student participates.  Post-season activities will be counted towards satisfying the terms of the loss of eligibility.  An ineligible student must attend all practices or rehearsals but may not "suit up" nor perform/participate.

A student who self-reports or admits his/her Good Conduct Rule violation in a good-faith and honest manner, prior to being confronted by the building principal or not more than 48 hours after the occurrence, may receive a reduced penalty for a second offense from a loss of eligibility of 50% of the competitions in an activity season to 25% of the competitions in an activity season or no fewer than five events.


3.  Third Offense within the Student's High School Career

The student will be suspended from 100% of the competitions in the current extra-curricular activity season (including any post season competition).  If the student is not competing in an activity at the time of the violation, the penalty will be enforced during the next activity in which the student is involved.  The before-mentioned activity’s season must be completed in good standing with the coach for the loss of eligibility to be considered served.  If the loss of eligibility occurs at a point in the season where the number of competitions remaining is less than the number of competitions in the loss of eligibility, the loss of eligibility will carry over into the next activity in which the student participates.  Post-season activities will be counted towards satisfying the terms of the loss of eligibility.  An ineligible student must attend all practices or rehearsals but may not "suit up" nor perform/participate.

4.  Fourth Offense within the Student's High School Career

The student will be suspended from competition in all extra-curricular activities for one year (including any post season competition), effective immediately.   An ineligible student shall have the option of attending all practices or rehearsals but may not "suit up" nor perform/participate.

      B.  Fine Arts:

 1.  First Offense within the Student’s High School Career

The student will be ineligible for one major fine arts activity.

2.  Second Offense within the Student’s High School Career

The student will be ineligible for two major fine arts activities.

3.  Third Offense within the Student’s High School Career

The student will be suspended from all major fine arts activities for one year, effective immediately. 

      C.  Non-Athletics:

A student will be declared ineligible to participate/serve in the current or next non-athletic activity for a period of time determined by a committee made up of an activity sponsor and the Administration.

 

III.  PENALTY CONSIDERATIONS FOR ALL GOOD CONDUCT VIOLATIONS:

  1. The period of ineligibility begins immediately upon a finding of a violation, if the student is eligible for and currently engaged in an extracurricular activity.   If the period of ineligibility is not completed during the current activity or if the student is not currently engaged in an extracurricular activity, the period of ineligibility will begin when the student seeks to go out for the next activity or contest. 
  2. However, if the period of time between a violation and an activity is twelve calendar months or more, the student shall not serve an ineligibility period for the violation.
  3. The number of competitions the student will miss as a result of the loss of eligibility will be determined by computing the percentage based on the offense (round up) of the regular season schedule.  Clarification of what makes up the regular season will be determined prior to the beginning of the school year by the Administration and the coach or activity leader.
  4. If a student transfers in from another Iowa school or school district and the student has not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Rule in the previous school, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school district of the student's misconduct or violation in the previous district.
  5. Infraction of the Good Conduct Policy will result in a period of ineligibility from any student and/or faculty elected position(s) for the remainder of the school year.  (Student will become eligible for elections, if elections for the next year occur during ineligibility period.)  If the violation occurs in the summer, the period of ineligibility begins the first day of the next school year. 
  6. If a student violates the Good Conduct Rule while ineligible due to an earlier violation, the penalty for the subsequent offense will attach at the completion of the earlier penalty.
  7. If it has been at least two calendar years since a finding of a violation, the offense number may be reduced by one level (i.e. second offense to first offense).

 

IV.  ACADEMIC CONSEQUENCES:
There will be no academic consequences for the violation (e.g., detention, loss of academic eligibility, expulsion from school, or grade reduction/withholding) unless the violation of the Good Conduct Rule occurred (a) on school grounds, (b) at a school event regardless of location, or (c) the violation has a direct and immediate negative impact on the efficient operation of the school despite occurring off school grounds/time.

Athletic-36.15(2)  Scholarship rules:

A.  All contestants must be enrolled and in good standing in a school that is a member or associate member in good standing of the organization sponsoring the event.

B.  All contestants must be under 20 years of age.

C.  All contestants shall be enrolled students of the school in good standing. They shall receive credit in at least four subjects, each of one period or “hour” or the equivalent thereof, at all times.

To qualify under this rule, a “subject” must meet the requirements of 281—Chapter 12. Coursework taken under the provisions of Iowa Code chapter 261C, postsecondary enrollment options, for which a school district or accredited nonpublic school grants academic credit toward high school graduation shall be used in determining eligibility. No student shall be denied eligibility if the student’s school program deviates from the traditional two-semester school year.

  1. Each contestant shall be passing all coursework for which credit is given and   shall be making adequate progress toward graduation requirements at the end of each grading period. Grading period, graduation requirements, and any interim periods of ineligibility are determined by local policy. For purposes of this sub rule, “grading period” shall mean the period of time at the end of which a student in grades 9 through 12 receives a final grade and course credit is awarded for passing grades.
  2. Subject to the provision below regarding contestants in interscholastic baseball or softball, if at the end of any grading period a contestant is given a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, the contestant is ineligible to dress for and compete in the next occurring interscholastic athletic contests and competitions in which the contestant is a bona fide contestant for 20 consecutive school days. For purposes of this sub rule, a “bona fide contestant” means a student who presently is or previously has competed in the interscholastic athletic activity to which the student’s period of ineligibility herein applies. This definition shall not apply to a student in the ninth grade.
  3. At the end of a grading period that is the final grading period in a school year, a bona fide contestant in interscholastic baseball or softball who receives a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded is ineligible to dress for and compete in interscholastic baseball or softball for the four consecutive weeks following the end of the final grading period.
  4. A student with a disability who has an individualized education program shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress, as determined by school officials, towards the goals and objectives on the student’s individualized education program.
  5. A student who meets all other qualifications may be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics for a maximum of eight consecutive semesters upon entering the ninth grade for the first time. However, a student who engages in athletics during the summer following eighth grade is also eligible to compete during the summer following twelfth grade. Extenuating circumstances, such as health, may be the basis for an appeal to the executive board which may extend the eligibility of a student when the executive board finds that the interests of the student and interscholastic athletics will be benefited.
  6.    All member schools shall provide appropriate interventions and necessary academic supports for students who fail or who are at risk to fail, and shall report to the department regarding those interventions on the comprehensive school improvement plan.
  7. A student is academically eligible upon entering the ninth grade. No student shall be eligible to participate in any given interscholastic athletic sport if the student has engaged in that sport professionally.
  8. No student who has been a member of a college squad or who has trained with a college squad or participated in a college contest shall be eligible for any athletic contest. 
  9.    A student who is eligible at the close of a semester is academically eligible until the beginning of the subsequent semester.   
  10. The local superintendent of schools, with the approval of the local board of education, may give permission to a dropout student to participate in athletics upon return to school if the student is otherwise eligible under these rules.

Music-Scholarship Rule:

All participants must be enrolled and in good standing in a school that is a member or associate member in good standing with the Iowa High School Music Association.  All participants must be under 20 years of age.  All participants shall be enrolled students of the school and in good standing; they shall be enrolled in at least four full-credit subjects, each of one period or “hour” or the equivalent thereof, at all times.  Coursework taken under the provisions of Iowa Code chapter 261C, postsecondary enrollment options, for which a school district or accredited nonpublic school grants academic credit toward high school graduation shall be used in determining eligibility.

Each contestant shall be passing all coursework for which credit is given and shall be making adequate progress toward graduation requirements at the end of each grading period.  “Grading period,” graduation requirements, and any interim periods of ineligibility are determined by local policy.  For the purposes of this rule, ”grading period” shall mean the period of time at the end of which a student in grades 9 through 12 receives a final passing grade and course credit is awarded. If at the end of any grading period a participant receives a failing grade in any course

for which credit is awarded, the participant is ineligible to participate in any competitive event sanctioned by the IHSMA or any IHSMA sponsored event that is non-graded (event doesn’t affect course GPA) within a period of 30 consecutive school days.  The period of ineligibility will begin with the first school day following the day grades are issued by the school district. A student with a disability who has an individualized education program (IEP) shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress, as determined by school officials, towards the goals and objectives on the student’s individualized education program.

 

V. DETERMINATION AND APPEAL PROCESS:

A student who has allegedly violated the Good Conduct Rule will be notified of the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Rule, given the information which supports the allegations, and will be given an opportunity to respond.  Upon review of all evidence and circumstances, the Principal or his/her designee will make a decision regarding the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Rule.  If the Principal or his/her designee determines that the student has violated the Good Conduct Rule, the Principal or his/her designee will then determine a period of ineligibility based on the before-mentioned guidelines.

The penalty will remain in effect during the entire appeal process.  Whenever a student is declared ineligible under the Good Conduct Rule, the following procedures shall apply:

  1. A conference will be held with the Principal or his/her designee and the student. At that time, the period of ineligibility and a specific explanation of the reasons for ineligibility will be discussed. The offense and the consequences will thereafter be put in writing and sent to the student and parent(s).  If the student or parent(s) do not wish to appeal the ineligibility decision, the Principal’s or his/her designee’s decision will be in effect and be considered final.
  2. If the student or parent(s) wish to appeal the Principal or his/her designee’s decision, they must do so in writing to the Superintendent within three (3) business days of the receipt of the Principal’s or his/her designee’s decision. Any student who is ruled ineligible prior to the appeal will remain ineligible until the appeal process is completed.  The Superintendent shall consider the circumstances and evidence of the case and shall make a decision, which will be communicated in writing to the student, parent(s), and the Principal. The decision of the Superintendent shall be made within ten (10) business days following the date on which the appeal was received.
  1. If the student or parent(s) wish to appeal the Superintendent's decision, they must do so in writing to the Board of Education within three (3) business days of the receipt of the Superintendent's decision. The review shall be held by the Board at the earliest feasible opportunity; however, a special meeting of the board need not be called. The review by the board will be in closed session unless the student's parent (or the student, if the student is 18) requests an open session. The grounds for review by the school board are limited to the following:
    1. new evidence is presented that indicates that the student did not violate the Good Conduct Rule;
    2. the student was given inadequate due process in the investigation and determination;
    3. or the penalty is in violation of the Handbook Rule or Board Policy. 

If the school board reverses the decision of the administration, the student shall be immediately eligible and shall have any record of the ineligibility period and violation deleted from the student's record.

 

Legal References: 

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 (1989).

281 Iowa Admin. Code 11.5(2).

281 Iowa Admin. Code 12.3(8)

 

Cross Reference:    

501                 Student Attendance

502                 Student Rights and Responsibilities

503                 Student Discipline

504                 Student Activities    

507                 Student Health and Well-Being