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Code of Conduct: Student-Athletes

Owner: Athletics Department

Pertains to: Student-athletes

Description: In addition to the Hamline University Judicial Code for all students, student-athletes must be aware of the following behavior standards.


In addition to the Hamline University Judicial Code for all students, student-athletes must be aware of the following behavior standards.


“Hamline University’s Athletics Program is committed to providing opportunities for all students to participate in sports through varsity, club and intramural activities. At Hamline, athletes are students first and foremost, and the Athletics Program takes its place with the rest of the university in placing the highest priority on the overall quality of each student’s educational experience. The athletics program is committed to equity and fairness of all student-athletes and in abiding by the standards, rules, and regulations of the MIAC and the NCAA.”

To represent the University in intercollegiate competition is a distinctive privilege and must be earned by promise and continuing performance. Every student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics becomes a member of a team. By accepting this privilege of team membership, the student-athlete accepts the following responsibilities in addition to his/her regular responsibilities as a student.


The major purpose at Hamline University is to pursue an academic degree. The student-athlete has a responsibility of attending class on a regular basis, to complete classroom assignments, and to conduct himself/herself in academic matters in ways that are consistent with acceptable classroom performance. The student-athlete is required to meet all college and University academic requirements as well as the eligibility rules of the MIAC conference and the NCAA.


The student-athlete is subject to the rules pertaining to his/her particular sport as established by the coaches and Intercollegiate Athletics at Hamline University. Of particular importance are the following:

  • The student-athlete must participate in practice and games, except when declared unfit by the team athletic trainer or doctor and/or with the coach’s prior consent the student athlete may be excused. 
  • The student-athlete must obey the decisions of the coaches regarding manners and behavior on road games, including dress policies. The student must recognize that the conduct of all team members is the responsibility of the accompanying coaching staff.

Personal Conduct

A Hamline athlete is expected to be a responsible member of the team, contributing his/her energy and skill to the best of his/her ability. Conforming to the self-discipline which team membership implies is also expected.

Ethical conduct by student-athletes, as well as staff and coaches, will be expected. A student-athlete who is determined to have engaged in unethical conduct shall be ineligible for intercollegiate competition in all sports.

As stated in the NCAA Manual and below, unethical conduct consists of, but not limited to:

  • Fraudulence in connection with entrance or placement examinations;
  • Engaging in any athletics competition under an assumed name or with intent otherwise to deceive;
  • Dishonesty in evading or violating NCAA regulations;
  • Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual’s institution false or misleading information concerning the student’s involvement in or knowledge of matters pertaining to a violation of NCAA regulations.

Policy Statements

The Athletic Department and Sport Information staff at Hamline University is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to participate in athletics in a manner that will not compromise their health or well being. In doing so, Hamline University does not condone the use of substances that are illegal or banned by the NCAA, or the abuse of legal substances.

All student-athletes have the opportunity to confidentially obtain information regarding 1) which substances are illegal or banned by the NCAA, 2) the effects of short and long term substance abuse including alcohol, and 3) counseling or rehabilitation. This information can be provided through the Sports Medicine staff, school health service, or through off campus resources.

The NCAA reserves the right to perform drug testing on student-athletes who exhibit behavior or signs of use of possible illegal or NCAA banned substances, or who are impaired by legal substance use will be given the opportunity to seek information about counseling and/or the treatment of these problems.

If the student-athlete has any questions regarding issues related to substance abuse he/she can confidentially seek information from the Sports Medicine staff, or Counseling and Health Services. Please contact any of the following people:

Jason Ellenbecker, Head Athletic Trainer, 651-523-2249
Dr. Julie Perpich or Dr. Pat Smith, Team Physicians, 651-523-2825
Barb Bester, Health Services Director, 651-523-2825
Hussein Rajput, Director of Counseling Services, 651-523-2825

Statement: In order to develop a positive culture at Hamline University regarding alcohol, athletes need to be leaders in the fight against alcohol misuse. In the quest for excellence, both on and off the playing field, athletes need to make smart choices and realize the long term athletic, career, and health benefits of choosing not to drink alcohol and/or drink responsibly after the age of 21.

The following conditions have been discussed and approved by the Athletic Department of Hamline University as examples of drug and alcohol misuse.

  • An athlete is involved in a criminal offense (e.g. possession, distribution, DWI, DUI, drunk and disorderly conduct, assault)
  • The use of alcohol/drugs on vans/buses or any transportation to and from games 
  • The use of alcohol/drugs on any athletic trip or Hamline team function. 
  • An athlete involved in a minor campus violation 
  • The athlete providing any alcohol or substance to a recruit and/or prospective student.

The following disciplinary actions may be enforced if any of the preceding conditions have been violated. The University’s intention is to have its coaching staff discipline its athletes, using reasonable and prudent judgment.

  • Suspension from practice 
  • Suspension from a contest 
  • Suspension from practice and contest 
  • Referred to a counselor 
  • Released from the team

Team Travel

When traveling as official representatives of Hamline University, student-athletes’ actions should reflect favorably on the University, their team, and themselves. Student-athletes are expected to adhere to their particular team’s dress code, nutritional needs, and curfew. All student-athletes are expected to depart and return with their team/coach unless they are officially released to their parent through a Department of Athletics release agreement.

  • The preferred method is to provide transportation to ALL athletes to and from the site of practice or competition. However, if transportation is not provided the athletes will be required to convene at the site. 
  • If an athlete uses Hamline transportation to an event he/she must use Hamline’s return transportation. The only exception to this policy is written permission from a parent not to use Hamline transportation or in-person delivery to a parent or OLDER relative at the event site.
  • In the event that no transportation is provided by Hamline, and athletes convene at the site, the head coach should have a copy of the travel form signed and on file with the Departmental Secretary.

Class Attendance

Students are responsible to their instructors for class attendance and for all required work in each course, including work missed because of absence. In dealing with class absences, the instructor may require make-up or additional work: may lower the students final grade in the course; or, after warning the student and with the approval of the appropriate dean of the school or college, the student’s registration in the course may be canceled.

The Athletic Department expects student athletes to make all efforts to complete all work in advance for classes missed due to intercollegiate athletic competition. Instructors may provide, within reason, opportunity to make up work for students who miss class for regularly scheduled, University-approved curricular and extracurricular activities (such as field trips and athletic contests) and other legitimate reasons.

Time Management

Establish priorities! It is recognized that campus involvement is an important aspect of a student-athlete’s college experience. However, it should not take precedence over academic or athletic endeavors. 

Each student-athlete has his or her own method of preparing for class. The following list has been complied from student-athletes who were successful in the classroom:

  • Set goals for each course and work diligently to achieve those goals
  • Attend all classes unless you have been excused for an intercollegiate athletics contest and have been issued an excuse
  • Arrive at class on time 
  • Be alert and well prepared for each class
  • Keep up with class work on a daily basis; avoid “cramming” 
  • Complete all assignments and turn them in on time! You are never excused from assignments because of an athletic contest
  • Alert course instructors so that they will expect absences due to athletic trips (at the beginning of the term)

Athletic Training

It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to obtain medical assistance from the University. (i.e Athletic Training staff) If any injury is obtained during a practice or contest it must be reported to the athletic training staff or the coaching staff on the day it occurred or when the student-athlete has noticed the problem.