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Administrative Procedure - Code of Conduct for Extra-Curricular Activities

This Code of Conduct applies to all school-sponsored activities and athletics that are neither part of an academic class nor otherwise carry credit or a grade.  Sponsors shall create a roster of students who are members or participants in an extra-curricular activity and maintain attendance records in order to implement this procedure.


The goal of our extra-curricular program is to provide opportunities for students to pursue interests and develop life skills beyond the classroom.  An additional goal of our athletic program is to develop the physical skills of our athletes, which will allow them to compete to the best of their ability within the Board of Education policies and the by-laws of the Illinois High School Association.


Students must behave in ways which are consistent with good sportsmanship, leadership, and appropriate moral conduct. The Code of Conduct below describes the expectations and goals of the athletic program and other extra-curricular programs.  This code does not contain a complete list of inappropriate behaviors for students in extra-curricular activities and athletics.


A student may be excluded from competition or activities during any period of time in which an investigation is being conducted by the school regarding that student’s conduct.  Members of ALL extra-curricular programs and athletics will be expected to demonstrate good citizenship and exemplary conduct in the classroom, in the community, and during all facets of the activity.


This Code of Conduct will be enforced 365 days a year 24 hours a day.  Students and their parents are encouraged to seek assistance from the Student Assistance Program (SAP) coordinator reporting adolescent alcohol or other drug problems.  Family referrals or self-referrals to the SAP will be taken into consideration in determining consequences for Code of Conduct violations. 


Code of Conduct

A student participating in the athletic or activity program in the Niles Township High Schools will be subject to disciplinary action if he or she violates the Athletic and Extra-Curricular Code of Conduct.  Anonymous reports of Code violations may be investigated by District administrators.  Students not currently involved in extra-curricular activities at the time of an investigation will have the results of any such investigation entered into the violation record.  Should such a student later become involved in the extra-curricular program, additional violations will be treated cumulatively.


Violations will be treated cumulatively, with disciplinary penalties increasing with subsequent violations.  The student shall not:


  1. use a beverage containing alcohol (except for religious purposes, culinary course work or the use of containers or packaging as props for theater);
  2. use tobacco in any form;
  3. use, possess, buy, sell, barter, or distribute any illegal substance or paraphernalia;
  4. use, possess, buy, sell, barter, or distribute any object that is or could be considered a weapon or any item that is denominated as a “look alike” weapon (except that this prohibition does not prohibit legal use of weapons in cooking and in sports, such as archery, martial arts practice, target shooting, hunting, and skeet);
  5. attend a party or other gathering and/or ride in a vehicle where alcoholic beverages and/or controlled substances are being consumed by minors;
  6. act in an unsportsmanlike manner;
  7. vandalize or steal;
  8. haze other students;
  9. violate the written rules for the activity or sport;
  10. behave in a manner which is detrimental to the good of the group or organization;
  11. falsify any of the information contained on any permit or permission form required by the activity or sport.


Due Process Procedures


Students who are accused of violating the District Code of Conduct for Extra-Curricular Activities are entitled to the following due process:


1.       The student should be advised of the disciplinary infraction with which he or she is being charged.

2.       The student, along with his/her parents, shall be entitled to a hearing before the appropriate administrator leveling the charges against him or her and the school’s Student Assistance Program Coordinator.

3.       The student will be able to respond to any charges leveled by the administrator against him or her.

4.       The student may provide any additional information he or she wishes for the administrator to consider.

5.       The administrator may interview material witnesses or others with evidence concerning the case.  If the administrator finds, after reviewing the evidence, that the violation occurred, he/she will impose sanctions on the student, as follows:

6.       Sanctions for violations other than drug and alcohol will be based on the nature of the offense, and the number of previous offenses, and may include suspension from all activities or sports, to be determined by the Building Principal or designee:

  • for a specified period of time or percentage of events, competitions, or practices;
  • for the remainder of the season or for the next season;
  • for an entire calendar year;
  • for the remainder of the student’s high school career.

7.       Sanctions for alcohol and other drug violations will be based on the following minimum guidelines and may increase, based on the severity of the offense and the determination of the relevant administrator(s):


First violation:

a.       A suspension of one-third of performances, activities, or competitions (or the equivalent time period).

b.       The student will be required to practice with the group, regardless of the violation (unless suspended from school by the Deans).


Second violation:

a.       A suspension of one season, including suspension from all performances, activities; or competitions during this period.

b.       The student may be required to practice with the group.

c.       To participate again in any activities, the student must successfully participate in and complete a school-approved alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow all recommendations from that assessment.



Third violation:

a.       A suspension of one calendar year from the date of the suspension, including all extra-curricular activities during this period.

b.       To participate again in any activities, the student must successfully participate in and complete a school-approved alcohol and other drug abuse assessment and follow all recommendations from that assessment.


Fourth violation:

a.       A suspension from all extra-curricular activities for the remainder of the student's high school career.


8.       Students will be required to serve any suspensions immediately, or at the start of competition of the next athletic or activity season.  Students involved in multiple activities will be required to serve equivalent suspensions for each activity.


9.       Students may reduce sanctions for their first Code of Conduct violation by taking part in any of the following, although no suspension may be eliminated entirely by a combination of these activities:

a.       The penalty will be reduced by one week if the student successfully participates in and completes a school-approved awareness program.

b.       The penalty will be reduced at a rate of one day for every two hours of community service completed in coordination with the school’s Student Assistance Program Coordinator.  The maximum reduction for community service will be seven days.

c.       The penalty will be reduced by one week for students who self-report a violation of the Code of Conduct.  (This reduction may be applied to any single violation, including and beyond the first.)


10.   Students shall have the opportunity to appeal the finding of a Code of Conduct violation to a Code of Conduct Review Board, but shall not review the length of the sanctions imposed as the result of such a finding.  The Code of Conduct Review Board shall be composed of the following, all appointed by the Building Principal:

a.       Three administrators, one of which shall be a Dean and none of which shall be the administrator(s) responsible for the initial determination of a Code of Conduct violation;

b.       One activities sponsor, who shall not supervise or coach the student in question;

c.       One athletic head coach, who shall not supervise or coach the student in question;

d.       Two students acting in an ex officio capacity: one an athlete and one a non-athlete, neither of which shall participate in an activity or sport with the student in question.


Students may be excluded from the Code of Conduct Review Board at the Building Principal’s discretion, on a case by case basis, if a rationale is provided.


11.   The Code of Conduct Review Board will make a written report of its decision and rationale.  The decision of this Review Board is final, except where the sanction removes the student from sports and activities for one year or more.  In these cases, the student may appeal the decision to the Building Principal.  For students attending Niles Central, the appeal decision will be made by the primary Building Principal, in consultation with the Niles Central Principal.