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503.4E1 Good Conduct Rule (Extracurricular Activities)

Reporting Types

  1. Prevention Reporting (soft reporting) occurs when no law enforcement officials or public agencies are involved. A student, parent/guardian, or PCM employee can make this type of report to the Activities Director, principal, or coach. A Prevention Report carries no automatic suspension from activities, regardless of previous violations, but is rather a way to address and prevent issues before law enforcement or public agencies get involved. Parents/guardians will be notified in the case of any Prevention Report. The spirit of Prevention Reporting is to end substance use through means of counseling and/or support for both the student and parent.
  2. Self-Reporting (law enforcement/agency involvement) occurs when a student voluntarily reports his/her first infraction for use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs to a Coach, Sponsor, Director, or School administrator within forty-eight (48) hours of the infraction or before participating in the next scheduled event. No provision is made for weekends or holiday periods. If students self-report within the designated timeline and if the infraction occurred at a non-school related event, the student will receive less mandatory suspension time from his/her activities. The student may continue to participate in the activity once their mandatory suspension from activities is served, and a meeting takes place with the student, parents/guardians, coach/sponsor, and school administrator or representative. The purpose of this meeting is to determine actions that will benefit the student as it pertains to substance avoidance. This provision may be used only once by any participant during his/her high school career on a first offense involving law enforcement officials or a public agency.


Self-Reporting Mandatory Suspension: Student will sit out 10% of the student’s current extracurricular activity, and, if the activity is the school play, the student will sit out one entire performance of the showing. If the student is not participating in an extracurricular activity when the violation occurs, the ineligibility begins at the student’s next bona fide extracurricular activity. Ineligibility shall carry over to the next bona fide extracurricular activity, if needed. Cancellation of a scheduled event does not count towards the ineligibility.


Conditions for Self-Reporting:

Self-reporting does not provide immunity from violations committed during a school day or at the school sponsored/affiliated activity (normal school discipline applies and students are not granted the privilege of self-reporting), regardless if the school would have had knowledge of the incident or not. Specific examples of school related events include but are not limited to the following: overnight trips with school groups/teams, dances, field trips, Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa High School Girl’s Union sanctioned events, events conducted at other high schools, and any activity in which you represent PCM High School. Students are to self-report offenses when law enforcement or any public agency is involved with infractions that are related to drugs, alcohol or tobacco.


Once a student has reported their first “infraction” involving law enforcement or other public agency, they are no longer protected by the conditions of self-reporting. Should a student be involved in another incident involving law enforcement or another public agency they will be governed as a “First Offense” and follow the procedures set forth in board policy 503.4E1.


Students who were in violation prior to the start of 2017-2018 school year will remain on the step they are at regardless of how they reported their first infraction. Only students who are in violation after the start of the 2017-2018 school year can benefit from self-reporting.


  1. General Statement
    1. Extracurricular activity participation is a student privilege, not a right. Appropriate student conduct for participants in those activities is expected at all times both on school grounds and also away from school. “Any student declared ineligible under the prior school district’s Good Conduct Rule who then without having completed the full period ineligibility at that school, transfers to PCM High School, will not be eligible for interscholastic competition at the PCM High School, until the full period of ineligibility declared by the prior school district has been completed. Once that period of ineligibility has been completed, the student is then immediately eligible for interscholastic competition at PCM High School as far as any Good Conduct Rule is concerned. However, the student may remain ineligible for another reason pursuant to the Rules of the relevant governing body or Iowa law.”
    2. Extracurricular activities shall be defined as: All school sponsored and/or school approved activities including clubs, organizations, athletic programs and intramural sports. Regular classroom and laboratory assignments and activities in which a student receives a grade are not included. Extracurricular activities take place outside of the regular scheduled school days of curriculum offerings. Academic grades are not affected by extracurricular participation. An extracurricular “season” as defined in this policy reflects actual performance (or availability for performance) in front of the public or another audience. Relative to athletics, this would include the games of competition from the first contest through the last contest. In other extracurricular activities this would be construed as the actual performance not the practice session preceding the performance. Curricular activities take place within the regularly scheduled school day and are the basis for graduation requirements and academic letter grades.
    3. This policy applies to any student who is on school property, in attendance at school or at school sponsored activities or whose conduct at any time or in any place interferes with or obstructs the missions or operations of the school district or the safety or welfare of students, employees or visitors. This policy shall apply twelve months of the year. 
    4. The sponsor of an extracurricular activity and/or a principal may declare a student ineligible whose conduct is contrary to and/or in violation of the established rules and regulations as set out herein. All students participating in extracurricular activities shall receive a copy of these rules and regulations.
    5. Observation by a contract PCM employee, law enforcement officials, public agency, parent/guardian of student, or self admission by the student will be considered as proof of violations of this policy.
  2. Rules: Students participating in extracurricular activities violate this policy if it is determined they have participated in conduct including but not limited to:
    1. Consumption, manufacture, use, possession or sale of amphetamines, steroids, depressants, cocaine, any other drug or substance, defined as a Schedule I, II, or III substance by the 1997 Iowa Code, Section Number 204.204 through 204.208, or a “look alike” substance.
    2. Consumption, use, possession or sale of alcoholic beverages. Specifically, any student who appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    3. Damage, destruction or theft of school property and/or real or personal property of employees, students or visitors of the school.
    4. Physical abuse, including assault, of a person at school or school activities or coming to and from school or school activities.
    5. Possession, handling or transmission of weapon(s) or a dangerous instrument(s) or any object that could be considered or used as a dangerous weapon on the school grounds or at school activities.
    6. Criminal conviction or, if charged, a simple misdemeanor if it involves an offense of violence, as a juvenile, court supervision and/or probation, for any offense which constitutes a serious misdemeanor, aggravated misdemeanor, or felony.
    7. Consumption, use, or possession of any form of tobacco on school property or illegal tobacco use or possession off school property. This includes snuff, dip, chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, or any other tobacco products.
    8. A student in attendance at a function or party where alcohol or drugs are being consumed by others illegally. If a student finds him/herself in a situation where alcohol or other drugs are being consumed by others illegally, the student’s options are:
      1. Leave immediately. An intention to leave is not a defense. Nor is being a designated driver.
      2. A student who chooses to remain, but not consume, risks loss of eligibility for extracurricular activities at the penalties listed above.
    9. Failure to abide by a reasonable request of a person in authority or a school employee.
    10. Disruption of school and/or school activities.
    11. Repeated failure to attend school without reasonable and acceptable excuses, or repeated failure to make up detentions.
    12. Repeated school violations or a serious violation of a school rule.
    13. Engaging in any unlawful activity if it constitutes a danger to other students or interferes with school purposes.
    14. Unsportsmanlike conduct involving other school’s teams, their representatives, patrons or officials.
    15. Use of profanity, verbal abuse, or intimidation towards any person. NOTE:    The sponsor of the extracurricular activity may establish and make known rules of conduct and regulations in addition to those above for the students participating in the activity. Those rules of conduct shall be approved by the building principal, athletic director, and superintendent, shall be in writing, and shall be provided to each student in the particular activity, and signed by the student and a parent or guardian prior to the student’s membership or involvement with the activity. If necessary, additional rules of conduct may be established and made during the school year following the same procedure.
  3. Penalties
    1. For violation of school rules as set out in II (Page 2 and 3) a student may be ineligible for extra curricular activities, required to see professional help, or both. The ineligibility will begin immediately after the school administrator/sponsor has determined the student has engaged in conduct in violation of this policy. In the case of rounding, the first offense the penalty will be rounded down in subsequent offenses the penalty will be rounded up.
      1. Violations of Rule Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 shall result in the student being ineligible for
        1. First offense: 33% of the student’s current sport or extracurricular activity. If the student is not participating in a sport or extracurricular activity when the violation occurs, the ineligibility begins at the student’s next bona fide sport1 or extracurricular activity. Ineligibility shall carry-over to the next bona fide sport or extracurricular activity, if needed. Cancellation of a scheduled event does not count towards the ineligibility.
        2. Second offense: 67% of the student’s bona fide sport(s) or extracurricular activity/activities.
        3. Third offense: 100% of the student’s bona fide sports or extracurricular activity/activities for twelve months
        4. Fourth and subsequent offenses: the student’s bona fide sports1 or extracurricular activity/activities for 18 months. (1Bona fide sport: Participated in by the student in the previous 12 months.) NOTE: A student who violates good conduct rule #5 may also have violated the District’s Weapons Policy (Code No. 502.8) and by law will be expelled from school for one year.
      2. Conduct described in rules number 9, 10, 11, 12 13, 14, and 15 may result in a student being ineligible; the length of time of the ineligibility shall be determined by the administrator/sponsor, but shall not exceed the penalties described in Paragraph A.
    2. These rules shall apply to all extracurricular activities in which the student participates. Therefore, if a student is participating in two extracurricular activities at the time a violation is determined, the student’s ineligibility shall apply to both activities.
    3. Prior to participating in professional assessment and treatment, guidelines, including school access to records and monitoring shall be approved by the administration on a case by case basis.
    4. Prom, Senior Trip and Graduation will be considered independently of this policy and participation determined by the Administration.
    5. Students who are ineligible to participate in an extracurricular activity/performance due to conduct for violating this good conduct policy may participate in non-performance activities, if the student receives permission from the coach or sponsor. The coach or sponsor’s decision to allow or not allow the student to practice with the team may be appealed to the principal. The principal’s decision shall be final. An ineligible student’s option to travel with the team and / or sit on the bench (in street clothes), etc., is at the discretion of the coach / sponsor.
  4. Appeals
    1. A student may contest the determination of the violation or the penalty imposed. Appeal of the activity sponsor’s decision must be submitted in writing to the building principal within three (3) calendar days of the declaration or penalty. The principal will meet with the student and provide the student with an explanation of the charges against the student. The student will be given an opportunity to rebut the charges and provide relevant evidence. The meeting will be informal, however, the principal’s decision shall be in writing and shall summarize the evidence on which the principal relies. This decision will be made within 3 weekdays and presented to the student and superintendent.
    2. The decision of the building principal may be appealed to the superintendent. The appeal to the superintendent shall be in writing and delivered to the superintendent or his secretary within five (5) calendar days of receipt of the principal’s decision. The appeal to the superintendent shall specify the reasons for the appeal and shall set out supporting information and facts.
    3. The decision of the superintendent may be appealed to the Board of Directors. This appeal shall be in writing and filed with the Board Secretary within five (5) calendar days of receipt of the decision from the superintendent. Unless the parties otherwise agree the Board shall hold its hearing within ten (10) weekdays after receiving the appeal.


Approved   1/18/93       Reviewed 08/15/2016     Revised 08/27/07