Intercollegiate Athletics at Bates College provide the opportunity for students to develop their full potential in a rigorous academic setting that values varsity sport participation and the keenest competition as key components of the educational process. However, it is considered a privilege rather than a right to be a student-athlete and with that privilege come certain responsibilities. Foremost among these responsibilities is the adherence to the Bates Student-Athlete Code of Ethics.
Bates College supports a prominent Division III NCAA intercollegiate sports program. Your representation of the College, involving public exposure in the competitive arena and in the media, makes you one of the most visible groups in a number of "communities": the College, local municipalities, Androscoggin County, and the State of Maine. As an athlete, what you do and the way in which you do it are often highlighted, placing you in a public position not experienced by other Bates students; a position that requires exemplary conduct. Your behavior has a most definite impact on the reputation of your particular team, the Athletic Department and the College and also on the attitude that others not involved in intercollegiate athletics have toward you and your fellow athletes. Lastly, whether or not you so choose, you will be looked upon as a role model and as a leader.
The Student-Athlete Code of Ethics provides general behavioral guidelines consistent with the responsibilities of participation, representation, and public exposure outlined above. The Code applies to any and every Bates student who is considered to be a member of an intercollegiate team(s), whether that sport is in season or not. In simple terms, any conduct that brings dishonor to a team and/or to the Athletic Department is considered a breach of the Code.
Under this Code of Ethics, you are expected to obey the rules and regulations of the NCAA, the Athletic Department and the College, including the College’s Student Conduct, Sexual Misconduct and Academic Integrity policies, as well as all local, state and federal laws. Furthermore, you are expected to conduct yourself at all times with honor, integrity, good sportsmanship, honesty, and humility. You are expected to treat everyone with dignity and respect. Bates athletes are committed to advancing awareness and understanding of the value inherent in our diversity, broadly defined in terms of cultural, ethnic, sexual orientation and identity, age, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, physical and mental abilities, and gender differences.
VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE
Conduct or behavior that deviates from the expectations cited in the "Definition" section will be considered a breach of the Student-Athlete Code of Ethics. Individuals who have been accused of violating the Code of Ethics will meet with the Director of Athletics and their Head Coach(es) to discuss the potential violation, to explore the full extent of the breach, and to determine sanctions. Response by the Athletic Department to a breach in the Code may include sanctions, singularly or in combination, ranging from the following:
- Official Letter of Reprimand
- Community Service
- Required Counseling or Educational Programming
- Loss of Playing or Practice Opportunities
- Permanent Removal from the Athletic Program.
In cases involving multi-sport athletes, the sanction(s) may apply to one or more of the individual’s sports, depending on the situation and the violation. When considering a case the Director of Athletics will take into account previous violations of the Code and of other departmental policies. Repeat offenses will result in increasingly heavy sanctions. In all instances, a copy of the outcome letter will be sent to the student-athlete, a copy will be placed in the student-athlete’s file and a copy will be sent to the student-athlete’s parents/guardians.
The Code of Ethics does not supersede or replace the College judicial process. This policy will not be used to alleviate any Dean of Students Office decision that has been rendered. Moreover, the Code may still be used to pursue a case in light of the elevated expectations of student-athletes. Athletic Department sanctions are separate from and in addition to any judgment coming from the College judicial process.
Student-athletes who wish to appeal the imposed sanction(s) may do so under the following process:
- A student-athlete appeal request must be submitted in writing to the Director of Athletics or the Senior Woman Administrator within two class days of receiving the sanction.
- The grounds for appeal include the following:
- Sanction(s) imposed is grossly inappropriate;
- New evidence has come to light which would have been sufficient to alter the decision regarding the sanction(s);
- Evidence exists of bias on the part of the Director of Athletics and Head Coach(es).
- The appeal will be heard by the faculty and staff members of the Athletic Committee.
- The student-athlete may choose to be present at the appeal hearing and may be accompanied by a representative of their choosing. However, only the student-athlete will be permitted to address the Athletic Committee.
- Once the Athletic Committee has determined the validity of the grounds for appeal, they will proceed to hear the substance of the case. The committee may agree with the original sanction(s), impose a different sanction(s), or dismiss the original sanction(s).
- The decision of the Athletic Committee members will be communicated in writing by the Director of Athletics to the student-athlete and the decision of the Athletic Committee is final.
Bates Athletics reserves the right to alter, amend and/or modify the Student-Athlete Code of Ethics at any time without prior notice to the participants and/or department staff.