This Policy is under review.

5385 - Conduct Code for Participants in Extracurricular Activities

Last Updated Date: 01/24/2022

Adoption Date: 01/13/2014

Revision History:

The Superintendent or designee, using input from coaches and sponsors of extracurricular activities, shall develop a conduct code for all participants in extracurricular activities consistent with School Board policy.  The conduct code shall: (1) require participants in extracurricular activities to conduct themselves as good citizens and exemplars of their school at all times, including after school, on days when school is not in session, and whether on and off school property, (2) emphasize that hazing and bullying activities are strictly prohibited; and (3) notify participants that failure to abide by it could result in discipline, up to and including removal from the activity. Participants who violate the conduct code will be allowed to give an explanation before being progressively disciplined. The conduct code shall be reviewed by the Building Principal periodically at his or her discretion and presented to the Board.

Participants in extracurricular activities must abide by the conduct code for the activity and Board policy 5365, Student Behavior. All coaches and sponsors of extracurricular activities shall annually review the rules of conduct with participants and provide participants with a copy.  In addition, coaches and sponsors of interscholastic athletic programs shall provide instruction on steroid abuse prevention to students in grades 7 through 8 participating in these programs.

Policy References:

Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist. V. B.L., 141 S.Ct. 2038 (2002). Board of Education of Independent School Dist. No. 92 v. Earls, 122 S.Ct. 2559 (2002). Clements v. Board of Education of Decatur, 478 N.E.2d 1209 (Ill.App.4, 1985). Kevin Jordan v. O’Fallon THSD 203, 706 N.E.2d 137 (Ill.App.5, 1999). Todd v. Rush County Schools, 133 F.3d 984 (7th Cir., 1998). Vernonia School Dist. 475 v. Acton, 515 U.S. 646 (1995). 105 ILCS 5/24-24, 5/27-23.3, 25/2