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Eligibility Contract

Participation in TUSD co-/extra-curricular activities and athletics is both an honor and a privilege and, as such, carries a responsibility for the student to follow rules and regulations including the following:

PARTICIPATION RULES

Any use, involvement with* or possession of illegal drugs or alcohol, or use of any form of tobacco at any time during the period of participation in co-/extra-curricular activities and/or athletics, on or off campus, may result in appropriate disciplinary action.

* “Involvement with” such substances shall be broadly construed, and shall include, but is not limited to the following situations:

A.   Personal possession or use of such drugs, alcohol or tobacco, at any time at any place; or

B.   Being in a motor vehicle when alcohol or drugs are illegally present, regardless of whether the student is the driver or passenger or whether the student is in personal possession of any such alcohol or drugs; or

C.   Permitting the illegal consumption of alcohol or use of drugs in one’s home or premises; or

D.   Being in a building or on the premises or otherwise in the company of others, including but not limited to fellow students, when alcohol is being consumed by minors or drugs are being used or possessed illegally.

The appropriate disciplinary action under these rules is separate from any other discipline that may otherwise be imposed. Disciplinary action under these rules will be determined by consideration of all the facts and circumstances of a particular situation, but may include as a minimum the following penalties:

FOR OFFENSES INVOLVING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

1.   First offense after signing TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract for any co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic season:

For Athletics & Co-/Extra-Curricular Activities

The student may be suspended from membership and participation in all activities related to that co-/extra-curricular or athletic team (including team practice) for fourteen (14) calendar days.

For Student Government (ASB/Class Officer)

The student may be suspended from all student government participation for the remainder of the school year.

2.   Second offense after signing TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract for any co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic season:

For Athletics

  1. If the second offense occurred within the same season as the first offense, the student may be suspended for the rest of the season.
  2. If the second offense occurs in a different season than the first offense, the student may be suspended from participation (including practice) for 28 calendar days.

For Co-/Extra-Curricular Activities

The student may be suspended from all extra-curricular activities for 28 days.

3.   Third offense after signing TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract for any co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic season:

The student may be suspended from all extra-curricular and athletic participation for the remainder of the school year.

FOR OFFENSES INVOLVING TOBACCO

All offenses regarding use of tobacco may result in the student being suspended from membership and participation in all activities related to that co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic team for seven (7) calendar days.

FOR OFFENSES INVOLVING CYBER BULLYING AND SOCIAL MEDIA

All instances of school-related cyber bullying and/or use of social media (e.g., Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Vine, etc.), that results in a substantial disruption to the educational process, may violate the TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract. (Note: Violations may occur on or off school grounds and through the usage of personal digital devices, which include but are not limited to, cell phones, digital cameras, personal computers, netbooks, iPods and iPads,)

Disciplinary action under these rules will be determined by consideration of all the facts and circumstances of a particular situation, but may include as a minimum the following penalties:

1.   First offense after signing TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract for any co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic season:

For Athletics & Co-/Extra-Curricular Activities

The student may be suspended from membership and participation in all activities related to that co-/extra-curricular or athletic team (including team practice) for seven (7) calendar days.

For Student Government (ASB/Class Officer)

The student may be suspended from all student government participation for the remainder of the school year.

2.   Second offense after signing TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract for any co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic season:

For Athletics

  1. If the second offense occurred within the same season as the first offense: The student may be suspended for the rest of the season.

b. If the second offense occurs in a different season than the first offense: The student may be suspended from participation (including practice) for 14 calendar days.

For Co-/Extra-Curricular Activities

The student may be suspended from all extra-curricular activities for 14 days.

3.   Third offense after signing TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract for any co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic season:

The student may be suspended from all co-/extra-curricular and athletic participation for the remainder of the school year.

ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES

A.   TUSD students and their parents shall sign the TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract acknowledging acceptance of these rules before participation in any extra-curricular (including student government) or athletic activity. Parents will be notified if the contract is violated and of the disciplinary action taken.

B.   Once an eligibility and participation contract is signed, that document remains in force for the remainder of the school year for all co-/extra-curricular and athletic activity participation.

C.   A student who signed the contract for an activity that is no longer in session is still considered to be under the umbrella of the eligibility and participation contract. As such, if that student violates any of the rules at any point until the end of the year, he/she may be suspended from participation in any activity from the time of the violation for the appropriate duration (which may coincide with the initial days of an upcoming activity). The student will also accumulate a “strike” even if he/she is not active in any specific activity at the time of the violation.

D.   The school Administration is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract and their determination under these rules shall be final.

E.   Violation of the TUSD Co-/Extra-Curricular Activity and Athletic Eligibility Participation Contract may result in longer suspensions, loss of leadership positions, and ineligibility for awards from the co-/extra-curricular activity or athletic team, as determined by the advisor, coach, and/or organizational guidelines.

The safety of students is our primary concern and TUSD does not wish to penalize students attempting to act responsibly in situations not of their own making. Therefore, a student who has not used and is not in possession of any of the above substances will not be considered for co-/extra-curricular or athletic offenses in the following instances:

  1. Immediately leaving the premises where any of the above substances are/have been used or possessed illegally;

(b) Assisting someone who has used or overused any of the above substances by contacting a responsible adult, or by transporting them to a safe location.  Any person who cannot be roused should be transported to the emergency room by EMS personnel (CALL 911).

Administrators use this as a guide intended to standardize disciplinary procedures throughout the District.  The recommendations are not intended to substitute for the judgment of professional personnel based upon the severity and frequency of the behavior.