7.6.3 Disciplinary Action for Student-Athletes
A successful athletics program is one in which there is respect for College, departmental, and team policies. We expect all individuals associated with our programs to strive for excellence in all phases of their endeavors, and to conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting "ambassadors" of the College. It is essential that student-athletes demonstrate sound moral and ethical judgment in personal conduct hence bringing credit to the College and to the team. Be aware that the image being created and the impression being made on fellow students and professors is a positive one.
The coach is responsible for the total conduct of the coach's sport program within the limits of authority defined by the philosophy and goals of the Division and College, as well as the departmental policies and procedures, rules of the NCAA, and other sport governing bodies.
All team policies established by the coaches are in the best interest of the student-athlete and shall be enforced without prejudice. All rules of training, curfew, or conduct established by the coach shall be given to each team member in writing prior to the season or at the time they are established. A copy of these rules is also sent to the director of athletics. All rules shall be clearly stated.
The Office of Intercollegiate Athletics has established a procedure to handle any disciplinary matters, which may occur. A student-athlete can be suspended by the coach for: (a) violating team regulations, such as missing classes; (b) tardiness; (c) missing practices or competitive event(s); (d) attitudinal problems; (e) breaking team curfews; (f) failure to attend rehabilitative sessions prescribed by the Sports Medicine Staff; (g) failure to attend academic support services, study or tutorial sessions; (h) or any other team-related matter. The suspended student-athlete has the right to appeal the suspension to the director of athletics.
Any student-athlete who participates in any violation of NCAA rules and regulations will be immediately suspended from the team and will be reinstated pending recommendation by the NCAA eligibility staff.
The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for administering the Ithaca College Student Conduct Code, which includes the College's rules and regulations and the processes for hearing cases of alleged misconduct by Ithaca College students. As members of the Ithaca College community, all students have an obligation to know and obey the rules and regulations of this institution as well as civil laws. The Student Conduct Code applies to any and all lands or facilities owned, operated, or leased by Ithaca College, as well as any location where a student is engaged in a College activity, unless otherwise noted in the Code. Examples include, but are not limited to, travel by athletic teams to events or games off-campus. For more information, refer to the "Student Conduct Code," section 7.1.2 of this Policy Manual.
Student-athletes who violate the College's rules and regulations, as cited in the Student Conduct Code, may also face disciplinary action by the director of intercollegiate athletics.
Ithaca College rules and regulations governing the use, distribution, manufacture, and/or sale of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by team members are as follows:
Possession and/or use of alcohol, tobacco, or prescription drugs (without a prescription) is prohibited in the athletic facilities and on the practice or game field, and on all college-sponsored trips, including recess/spring training.
Non-compliance with the above-stated rule and regulation will result in the following actions:
First Offense: The student-athlete will face a minimum sanction of a written warning, and must complete either Under the Influence or Marijuana 101, which are online alcohol and drug education courses. There is a $50.00 fee for each course that will be charged to their student account. The student-athlete will be suspended for at least 10 percent of his/her athletic contests.
Second Offense: The student-athlete will face a minimum sanction of Disciplinary Probation and must complete ASICS, a two session alcohol and drug assessment. There is a $75.00 fee that will be charged to their student account and they will be suspended from athletic participation. The Office of the Director of Athletics will notify the individual's parents of this offense.
The possession, use, manufacture, distribution and/or sale of prohibited drugs including cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, opiates, barbiturates, and anabolic steroids by any student-athlete will result in suspension from athletic participation for a period deemed appropriate by the director of athletics.
Note: Violation of above rules during recess or spring training travel will result in notification of the individual's parents, who will be responsible for arranging the student-athletes return to home or campus. The matter will be handled according to the sanction procedures listed above.
In every case the individual head coach has the authority to place a more stringent sanction on the student-athlete.
Student-athletes are not eligible to compete if they knowingly: provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition; solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team; accept a bet on any team representing the institution or participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling. (NCAA Bylaw 10.3)
Hazing, defined as subjecting a person to treatment intended to put him/her in a humiliating or disconcerting position, is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action. The forced consumption of alcohol, drugs or any other liquid, gaseous or solid substance for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization on the College-owned or College-operated property or at College-sponsored activities is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action.
Any action or situation involving verbal, mental, or physical assault and/or abuse, including harassment, intimidation, or other conduct that recklessly or intentionally endangers or threatens the health, safety or welfare of any person on College-owned or College-leased property or at College-sponsored events is prohibited and is cause for disciplinary action. This provision includes bias-based acts that violate another person's rights as described under section 188.8.131.52.1, "Freedom from Discrimination."
- The student-athlete with the grievance shall request a personal meeting with the specific sport coach within three (3) working days of the incident warranting the original sanction.
- The coach will reply to the aggrieved student-athlete within 24 hours.
- The coach will document the status of the aggrieved student athlete regarding immediate participation in that sport.
- The student-athlete will request a grievance review within 24 hours of receipt of the coach's written decision.
- A review committee consisting of the director of athletics, the associate director of athletics, and one captain representing the specific sport in question will hear both parties within three (3) business days.
- The review committee will make a recommendation in writing to the vice president for educational affairs within 24 hours, and the vice president's decision will be final.
Last Updated: April 23, 2013