Good Conduct Policy

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 by demonstrating lawful and reasonable conduct. The policy shall be in effect for the entire calendar year, both during the regular school year as well as all vacation periods. 

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, 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 products, 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" 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.

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:

First Offense within the Student's High School Career 

 The student will be suspended from 25% of the competitions in the current extracurricular 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 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.

Second 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.

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 100% of the competitions in an activity season to 50% of the competitions in an activity season or no fewer than five events.

 Third 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 at the discretion of coach/sponsor and Activities Director of attending 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 third offense from a loss of eligibility of 1 year to 100% of the competitions in an activity season. 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.

Fourth Offense within the Student's High School Career

The student will be suspended from competition in all extra-curricular or co- curricular activities for the remainder of his/her high school career.


B. Fine Arts:

First Offense within the Student’s High School Career
The student will be ineligible for one major fine arts activity.

Second Offense within the Student’s High School Career
The student will be ineligible for two major fine arts activities.

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.

 

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).