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Code of Conduct for Students

by Gary Wax

August 18, 2009

There is a new code of conduct for students participating in activities.  You can click below to download the document or you can read it's entire text below.


New Code of Conduct for Students




Student Eligibility/Code of Conduct for School-sponsored Activities

            The Board of Directors of the Riverside Community School District offers a variety of voluntary activities designed to enhance the classroom education of its students.  Students who participate in school-sponsored activities serve as ambassadors of the Riverside School District throughout the calendar year, whether away from or at school.  Students who wish to exercise the privilege of participating in school-sponsored activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy.  Participation in these activities is a privilege conditioned upon meeting the eligibility criteria established by the board, administration, and individual activity coaches and sponsors.  The administration (Superintendent, Principal, and Activities Director) shall keep records of violations of the eligibility/conduct policy.  This policy shall remain in effect for the entire calendar year, which includes the summer months.

The board’s policy and these rules pertain to the following activities:

Athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, all co-curricular clubs, all honorary and elected offices (e.g. Homecoming/Prom King/Queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), state contests and performances for cheerleading and dance team, mock trial, academic decathlon, school sponsored activities and trips, or any other activity in which students represent the Riverside School District.

To be eligible for an activity, students participating must:

  - Be enrolled or dual-enrolled in school

  - If not passing all classes at the end of a grading period, student is ineligible for the first period of 20 consecutive school days in the interscholastic athletic event in which the student is a bona fide contestant.

  - Be earning passing grades in at least four full-time classes in the current semester and is eligible in accordance with all Riverside Academic Standards.

  - For students in athletics, music, or speech activities, be less than 20 years of age.

  - For students in athletics, music, or speech activities, be enrolled in high school for eight semesters or less.

  - For students in athletics, have not been a member of a college squad nor trained with a college squad, nor participated in a college contest nor engaged in that sport professionally.

  - Have met all transfer requirements, if the student is a transfer student, or is eligible under state law and regulations if the student is an open enrollment student.

* Special education students or students covered by a Section 504 plan shall not be denied eligibility on the basis of scholarship if the student is making adequate progress, as determined by the staffing team towards the goals and objectives on the student’s IEP or accommodation plan.

To retain eligibility for participation in Riverside School District school-sponsored activities, students must conduct themselves in a manner that is in accordance with Riverside School District Code of Conduct.  Students must also refrain from activities that are illegal, immoral, unhealthy, or highly inappropriate both in and out of school at all times.  Students representing the school in an activity are expected to serve as good role models to other students and to members of the community.  This policy shall remain in effect for the entire calendar year, which includes the summer months.

Any Student who, after a hearing with the disciplinary team and coach/sponsor (at which time the student shall be confronted with the basis of the allegation and given the opportunity to tell the student’s side), is found to have violated the school’s Activities Code of Conduct policy will be deemed ineligible for a period of time or other consequences as described in the policy.  A student may receive disciplinary consequences under the Activities Code of Conduct policy for any of the following behaviors:

  • Possession, use, or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age
  • Possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine (“use” includes having the odor of alcohol on one’s breath)
  • Possession, use, or purchase of illegal drugs or the unauthorized possession, use or purchase of otherwise lawful drugs;
  • Engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system, excluding minor traffic offenses, regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted, or adjudicated for the act(s);

If a student transfers in from another Iowa school or school district and the student had not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Rule in the previous school or school district, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school district of the fact of the student’s violation in the previous district.



A disciplinary team will convene to discuss the eligibility consequences on a case-by-case basis.  This policy is in effect 365 days a year, everywhere in the universe, and applies to students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12).  When the disciplinary team determines the student violated the Code of Conduct, the student is subject to loss of eligibility as specified below.

The period of eligibility will go into effect immediately upon the disciplinary team’s determination of a violation.  An ineligible student shall attend all practices or rehearsals but may not “suit up” or perform/participate.  The coach will decide if the student will travel with team, however, the student MAY NOT wear any game or team uniforms in representation of Riverside Schools until they are eligible.  If the student drops out of an activity prior to completion of the period of ineligibility, that penalty will be applied in its entirety to the next school sponsored activity in which the student chooses to participate.


FIRST OCCASION:  The student will be ineligible for 20% of the current extra-curricular activities in which the student participates. *If a student does not participate in an activity at the time of the infraction, the loss of eligibility will continue to the first activity the student participates in, if applicable. **If a student participates in multiple activities, the penalty would apply to all activities occurring simultaneously. ***If the timing of the violation occurs so that the entire penalty can not be met in that activity, the remainder of the penalty shall carry over to the next activity in which the student participates.

SECOND OCCASION:  The student will be ineligible for 33% of all activities that the student chooses to participate in for an entire calendar year.

REDUCTION OF SECOND OCCASION CONSEQUENCES:  By submitting proof of completion of an accredited twelve (12) hour substance abuse educational program paid for by the parent/guardian, the consequence can be reduced to 20% of all activities for an entire calendar year.

THIRD OCCASION:  The student will be ineligible for all activities for two (2) calendar years.  The student will also need to complete the twelve (12) hour substance abuse program mentioned above if they have not already done so.  There would be NO reduction in penalty for the third offense.

If a student is ineligible at the time of violation of the Code of Conduct, the penalty for the violation will not begin until the student regains eligibility.

Example 1:  A student who is academically ineligible is found to be in possession of tobacco.  When the student is again academically eligible, then the Code of Conduct penalty attaches.

Example 2:  A student that is currently ineligible for 20% of the activities violates the Code of Conduct.  The second penalty (33% of all activities for an entire year) attaches immediately when the first penalty is completed.

DETERMINATION OF CONSEQUENCES:  The above consequences shall apply to ALL levels of participation (9th, JV, and Varsity).  The number of events for each activity will be determined by multiplying the appropriate % by the number of varsity contests scheduled for that season (all fractional parts will be rounded up to the next whole number).  A date that may have multiple meets or games will be considered one (1) event.  An event that is scheduled for more than one day will count as one (1) event per day (ie; tournaments, musical).

APPEALS:  Any student who is found by the disciplinary team to have violated the Code of Conduct may appeal this determination to the superintendent by contacting the superintendent’s office with FIVE (5) days of being advised of the violation.  The penalty will be in effect pending the superintendent’s decision.

            If the student is still dissatisfied, he/she may appeal to the School Board by filing a written appeal with the Board Secretary at least three (3) working days prior to the next regularly scheduled Board meeting.  The review by the Board will be in closed session unless the student’s parents (or the student, if the student is 18) request an open session.  The grounds of the appeal to the School Board are limited to the following:

            The student did not violate the Code of Conduct;

            The student was given inadequate due process;

            The penalty is in violation of the handbook or Board policy.


The penalty will remain in effect pending the outcome of the meeting with the Board.  If the superintendent or School Board reverses the decision of the disciplinary team, the student shall be immediately eligible, and shall have any record of the ineligibility period and violation deleted from the student’s record.





I have read and understand the Code of Conduct for the Riverside Community School District.  I realize as a parent or guardian of said student that I am also responsible to help guide and mentor this student before, during and after a violation has occurred.  I will not hold the Riverside Community School District responsible for said violation. 







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