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Athlete Responsibilities

Athletic Code of Conduct

The San Jacinto College Athletic Code of Conduct reflects the philosophy that it is every student’s personal responsibility to demonstrate professional and mature behavior while on campus and within the College community. Participation in athletics is a privilege. With this privilege comes the responsibility of maintaining high character, integrity, and honor on and off the playing surface. The College and the Athletic Department seek to uphold and maintain high standards regarding student behaviors by imposing disciplinary actions in a consistent and equitable manner.

Drug Policy

San Jacinto College is committed to the health, safety and welfare of its student-athletes and to the maintenance of an educational environment that is conducive to student-athletes developing to their fullest potential academically, athletically, and socially. The College further recognizes that substance abuse and dependencies can jeopardize student safety and negatively impact learning and success. The College has a legitimate interest in adopting policies and practices that will promote the health, well-being, and safety of students engaged in athletic activities.

The objectives of this policy include:

  • To promote the health, safety and welfare of the student-athletes who participate in the College’s programs and who represent San Jacinto College in intercollegiate athletics.
  • To educate student-athletes about the risks associated with the abuse and misuse of banned substances, including performance enhancing drugs and illegal substances.
  • To deter drug and alcohol use and abuse among student-athletes to maintain an environment that promotes their optimal health, safety, and wellbeing.
  • To identify and assist those students who would benefit from counseling, education, and treatment.
  • To maintain the integrity of the Athletics Department and fair competition.
  • To provide appropriate sanctions to ensure compliance with this policy.

Students are prohibited from using or being under the influence of illegal drugs and other substances prohibited by College policy. Additionally, students are prohibited from the misuse or abuse of legally permitted drugs. Such conduct violates the Drug Policy and Athletic Code of Conduct and may result in sanctions. The policy also prohibits possession and distribution of illegal and/or controlled substances and possession and distribution of paraphernalia associated with the use of illegal drugs and other controlled substances.

All athletes are subject to random drug screening. Drug screening will occur during the academic year, including both in-season and out-of-season athletic competition. Additionally, if the Athletic Director, coach, team physician, or trainer has a reasonable suspicion that a student is under the influence of a substance prohibited by this policy, the student is subject to testing both in-season or out-of-season. An athlete who has been selected for testing may choose not to consent to the testing; however, failure to undergo such testing may render the student ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics at San Jacinto College and could result in the loss of athletic scholarships or other penalties.

When an athlete is notified that he or she has been selected for testing, the student must appear at the designated time and location and provide a urine sample. The collection of urine samples may be observed by a person of the same gender as the athlete. If the student misses a scheduled drug test, the penalty will be the same as the penalty for testing positive for a banned substance. Additionally, if the student manipulates the urine sample or knowingly engages in conduct that will compromise the integrity of the sample will be subject to sanctions under this policy.

The substances for which San Jacinto College reserves the right to test students include, but is not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, opiates, methamphetamines, amphetamines, stimulants, anabolic agents, alcohol and beta blockers, diuretics and other masking agents, street drugs, peptide hormones and analogues, anti-estrogens and Beta-2 agonists. Any substance chemically related to these classes is also banned. Student-athletes shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether the substance has been specifically identified.

Sanctions

Education and counseling is the primary objective for those students who test positive for a banned substance. All students who test positive for illegal and banned substances will be required to meet with the Dean of Student Development and to meet with a College counselor. Although the College does not conduct treatment or rehabilitation programs, College counselors are equipped to facilitate referrals to appropriately qualified providers of treatment programs. In determining sanctions, the Athletic Director and the Head Coach, in consultation with the Dean of Student Development or other qualified medical professional, will consider the seriousness, nature, and frequency of usage; the student’s past history; the impact on the athletic program; and institutional rules and state and federal laws.

Student sanctions for confirmed positive drug screening results, admittance of use, or possession of prohibited substances and paraphernalia include:

  • First Test - Negative
    • Student is cleared for all participation and privileges associated with the athletic team. Student is subject to further random drug screenings.
  • First Test - Positive
    • Immediate suspension from all individual and team practice sessions, from participation in all athletic contests, and from use of all intercollegiate athletic facilities for a period of 14 days. Immediate meeting with the Dean of Student Development and a qualified College counselor for assessment of student use and abuse of drugs or alcohol and recommendation of required plan of action. Additional counseling in an off-campus program also may be required. Expenses incurred for extended counseling beyond the staff of San Jacinto College are the responsibility of the student.
    • Failure to attend and to complete the drug counseling program may result in additional sanctions, including permanent suspension from the program and loss of athletic scholarships.
    • Follow-up testing will be administered at a reasonable time following the initial positive test.
    • The results of the test may be released to the San Jacinto College Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Provost, Dean of Student Development, designated College counselor, Athletic Director, Head Coach, Athletic Physician and/or Trainer, and others with a legitimate, educational interest in the information. Parents and/or guardians of students under the age of 18 years also will be informed of the test results.
  • Second Test - Positive
    • Immediate and permanent suspension from all athletic practices and competitions and other privileges, including athletic fields, courts, weight rooms, award banquets, etc., for the remainder of the competition season and post-season competition and playoffs.
    • Loss of athletic financial aid and/or athletic scholarship.
    • Possible expulsion from San Jacinto College.
    • Loss of housing privileges, if applicable.
  • Second Test - Negative
    • Student is cleared for all participation and privileges associated with the athletic team. Student is subject to further random drug screenings. Full completion of the San Jacinto College mandated substance abuse counseling session(s) is required, even if second screening indicated negative findings.

Appeal Process

San Jacinto College allows a student-athlete who has tested positive or who violated drug-testing protocol to appeal.

  • The student must submit in writing the grounds for the appeal to the Athletic Director.
  • A committee comprised of the Dean of Student Development or designee, the Athletic Director, one coach, and one additional faculty member from biology, nursing, substance abuse/social work or related field identified by the College will hear the appeal.
  • Appeals will be conducted in person within 10 days of the report of positive results or violation of drug-testing protocol.
  • The student-athlete must be present to make the appeal.
  • In the event that the appeal is accepted, no further action regarding the student-athlete’s eligibility need be taken. In the event that the committee denies the appeal, the appropriate sanctions for violating the San Jacinto College Drug Policy will be imposed.
  • Decisions of the Appeals Committee are final.

Housing

San Jacinto College strives to provide access to quality housing for students within the guidelines of the San Jacinto College Community District, Athletic Department, and the NJCAA. San Jacinto College does not provide on-campus housing facilities for students however, off-campus housing opportunities are provided for those students receiving housing scholarship.

Students receiving partial or full housing as agreed to by a signed National Letter of Intent (NLI) are housed in local apartments owned and operated by private corporations. Payment of apartment housing costs according to the NLI includes only essential living fees, such as monthly rent, electricity, water, and garbage.

Students are responsible to pay a move-in deposit. The deposit is split equally among students per apartment unit.

Students are responsible to sign a lease agreement with proprietors of the apartment leasing office as providing responsibility of the rules and regulations of the property and unnatural damages incurred by the inhabitants.

Students are equally responsible for reimbursement or loss of deposit due to unnatural damages incurred.

It is the student’s responsibility to terminate electricity to the apartment unit on move out date or end of lease agreement.

All fines, including book returns, parking violations, apartment violations and/or damages are the responsibility of the student. Student scholarship awards may be suspended until such fines are paid.

Social Networking

Social media is a great way for students to stay connected. The following guidelines are designed to help you navigate the social Web at San Jacinto College and in your personal life.

Participate and Connect

We can’t wait to hear from you! Visit the social media directory online at www.sanjac.edu/social-media for a list of San Jacinto College’s social media sites, and join the ones that interest you the most. Let us know if you have any questions or what type of information you would like to see on our social media sites.

Utilize social media to connect with friends, family, and classmates. Social media provides a great opportunity for you to connect and engage with the world around you.

Be careful what you share

Never give out personal information on social media sites such as social security numbers, G number, passwords, PIN numbers, account numbers, your address, or phone number. San Jacinto College will never request this type of information from you through a social media site.

You can’t take it back.

Once you post something in social media, you can’t take it back. Always remember that social media sites are not necessarily “private.” Regardless of your privacy settings, anyone you are connected to might share something you have posted online. Before you post, remember that many employers, colleges, and universities are turning to social media sites to help determine admissions and employee selections. Each day there are more court cases utilizing social media sites as supporting evidence. So, please be careful what information you share online.

San Jacinto College does not monitor the personal social media sites of our students. However, we do monitor the College name (San Jacinto College) and variations of it online. Students may be subject to disciplinary action, as outlined in the San Jacinto College student handbook, based on information posted on social networking sites. San Jacinto College reserves the right to turn cases of serious incidents over to the proper authorities. Examples of this may include, but are not limited to, threats against the College, its students, or employees.

Classroom Activities

Please do not access social media sites during class times, unless instructed to do so by your professor. Limit your activity on social networking sites on public computers during times of high traffic; other students may need the machines to complete course work.

Social Media Monitoring

Does the College monitor my social media accounts?

No, not at all. We wouldn’t want to monitor your social media accounts even if we could. Your information is yours, and it’s private. We want to keep it that way. Becoming a fan of the College’s Facebook page does NOT mean that we can access your Facebook account.

However, we DO monitor the College’s name online – just like any major company monitors what’s being said about its brand. There are keyword search engines that allow you to keyword search through any social media posts that are shared publicly. If your Facebook profile and Twitter profiles are set to be publicly shared they can appear in these searches.

We routinely monitor for the College name and variations on it, such as:

  • San Jacinto College
  • San Jac
  • SanJac
  • SJCC, SJCN, SJCS, etc.

We use this information to respond with assistance if we can, or to retweet tweets mentioning the College. Good or bad, we want to know what’s being said about the College. This information helps us tweak our services so that we can better assist our students.

In the event that a threat is made concerning the College on a social network site, we take this very seriously (as per our social media guidelines). Our students’ safety is our top priority. Threatening posts are taken seriously and passed onto the proper authorities so that any necessary action can be taken.

Off-Campus Activities

Students are expected to adhere to the laws of the state and the community where they live. This includes both the laws on campus and the local laws in the college community. Students who are arrested for felonies and crimes of moral turpitude may be suspended from the team pending resolution of the criminal matter. In the event of an arrest of an athlete, the Athletic Director and head coach shall consider the nature of the offense, the available evidence pertaining to the alleged offense, the impact on other players and students, and the impact on the athletic program.

Violations of the athletic code of conduct include, but are not limited to, harassment or stalking; hazing; lewd or obscene behavior; possession of illegal drugs and/or alcohol (including related paraphernalia); assault; fighting; theft or burglary; gambling or bribery; or any other conduct that is detrimental to San Jacinto College. Additionally, all athletes must comply with the Code of Conduct that is applicable to all students who enroll at San Jacinto College.