Student Athlete Handbook

    Section 16: Student Conduct Code

    I. University Conduct Code

    • The Student Conduct Code is published annually in the Undergraduate Catalogue and in the Daily Egyptian. The University has developed educational programs and policies governing individual conduct which encourage independence and maturity. All students have the responsibility to comply with the regulations stated in the Student Conduct Code.

    • Violations of the Code include Acts of Academic Dishonesty, such as cheating and plagiarism, and Acts of Social Misconduct, such as violence, property damage, forgery, theft, illegal use of drugs and alcohol, and violations of University Housing Regulations.

    • Violations of the Code could result in a student failing an exam or course, disciplinary reprimand, censure, or probation, and suspension from SIUC.

    II. Departmental Code of Ethics

    • The purpose of Intercollegiate Athletics is to provide an opportunity for the participant to develop her/his potential as a skilled performer in an educational setting.

    • As in education, in athletics coaches seek to provide ways for student-athletes to grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually. In addition, the participant has the opportunity to travel, represent her/his school, and learn the art of being a team member. All of this gain is not without sacrifice, for the player may lose some individual rights and privileges as he/she accepts the policies of the program when he/she becomes a member of the team.

    • We ask that all student-athletes at SIUC observe the following "Ethical Considerations for the Player" (AIAW Handbook, 1981-82,31-2) to maintain the excellent national reputation Saluki Athletics has earned.

      • Maintain personal habits which enhance healthful living.

      • Objectively acknowledge one's own strengths and weaknesses. Recognize that each person has her/his own strengths and weaknesses -- praise the strengths and help to strengthen the weaknesses.

      • Value one's personal integrity.

      • Respect differing points of view.

      • Strive for the highest degree of excellence.

      • Willfully abide by the spirit of the rules as well as the letter of the rules throughout all games and practices.

      • Uphold all standards and regulations expected of participants.

      • Treat all players, officials, and coaches with respect and courtesy.

      • Accept victory or defeat without undue emotion.

      • Graciously accept constructive criticism.

      • Respect and accept the decisions of the coach. When ethical decisions are questionable, the participant should direct her/his questions to the coach in private and follow appropriate channels to voice her/his concerns.

      • Be willing to train in order to achieve one's full potential.

      • Respect the achievements of the opponent.

      • Extend appreciation to those who have made the contest possible.

      • Be grateful for the opportunity afforded by the intercollegiate program and be willing to assist in program tasks as evidence of this gratefulness.

      • Assist in promoting positive relations among all participants who are striving to achieve athletic excellence.

      • Exhibit dignity in manner and dress when representing one's school both on and off the court or playing field.

      • Respect the accomplishments of one's teammates.

      • Expect fans to treat officials, coaches, and players with respect.

      • Recognize and value the contribution of each team member.

      • Keep personal disagreements away from practices and contests.

      • Keep the importance of winning in perspective with regard to other objectives.

      • Contribute to the effort to make each practice a success.

      • Exert maximum effort in all games and practices.

      • Seek to know and understand one's teammates.

      • Place primary responsibility to the team rather than to self.

      • Refrain from partaking of drugs which would enhance performance or modify mood or behavior at any time unless prescribed by a physician for medical purposes.

      • Refrain from partaking of alcoholic beverages while representing one's school.


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