Policy 4315 - Spectator Conduct and Sportsmanship for Athletic and Co-Curricular Events

Any person, including an adult, who behaves in an unsportsmanlike manner during an athletic or co-curricular event, may be ejected from the event the person is attending. Further, the individual may be denied admission to other school events for up to a year, after a Board hearing. 

Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct include, but most certainly are not limited to:

  1. Using vulgar or obscene language or gestures;
  2. Possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or an illegal substance;
  3. Possessing a weapon;
  4. Fighting and/or otherwise striking or threatening another person;
  5. Failing to obey the instructions of a security officer and/or school district employee; and
  6. Engaging in any activity which is illegal or disruptive of the educational process;
  7. Derogatory, demeaning, threatening, or harassing remarks directed toward coaches, players, or officials. (IHSAA Sportsmanship Manual FY03 page 3).

The Superintendent may seek to deny future admission to any person by delivering or mailing a notice, sent by certified mail with return receipt requested, containing:

  1. The date, time, and place of a Board hearing;
  2. A description of the unsportsmanlike conduct;
  3. The proposed time period that admission to school events will be denied.

Legal Reference:
I.C. § 33-205 Denial of school attendance
I.C. § 33-512 Governance of schools
I.C. § 33-1222 Freedom of Abuse
I.C. § 18-916 Abuse of school teachers
I.C. § 18-6409 Disturbing the peace

First Reading: September 18, 2003
Adopted on: October 16, 2003