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WLU Non Academic Student Code of Conduct

Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) and the Department of Athletics & Recreation support and enforce the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct (Code).  At Laurier the purpose of the Non-Academic Student Code of Conduct (Code) is to promote an environment consistent with the overall educational goals, mission, and vision of our University and department. As such, students are regarded as responsible adults with rights and responsibilities as learners and citizens within our community. This Code seeks to balance student success with the well-being of the community by encouraging participatory processes, informal resolution, and providing educational opportunities whenever appropriate. However, when necessary due to unacceptable conduct, discipline will be imposed in accordance with the processes outlined in the Code to maintain safe and enjoyable conditions for learning.  The responsibility of the student athlete is to remember they are representing Laurier at all times and to embody the values and characteristics expected of this leadership role. The “full” Non Academic Student Code of Conduct as outlined at the following link:

The goal of student conduct administration at Laurier is to provide students, through their experiences in the student conduct process, an opportunity to repair harm while learning and developing in the following domains:

· Intellectual growth

· Clarified personal values

· Social responsibility

· Healthy behavior

Students are expected to model good citizenship, and to engage in responsible and respectful conduct which reflects positively on Laurier students, the University and the broader community. The following list sets out examples of prohibited conduct. It is not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive:

· Disruption or Interference

· Contravention of University Regulation

· Misconduct Against Persons and Dangerous Activity

· Misconduct Involving Property

· Misrepresentation or False Information

· Aiding in the Commission of and Offence

· Misuse of Information Technology and Social Networking Applications

· Illegal Alcohol and Drug Use

· Improper Use of Dangerous Objects and Substances

· Abuse of the Student Conduct Process

Laurier Student Athlete Code of Conduct

• All WLU students are expected to understand that they must behave at all times in a manner consistent with the Wilfrid Laurier University Non Academic Student Code of Conduct (as outlined in the current Laurier academic Calendar), and will be subject to discipline under that Code if it is violated.

• The WLU Department of Athletics and Recreation requires that all student athletes conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the tradition of academic and athletic excellence and high values expected at Wilfrid Laurier University. While representing Laurier at any sanctioned event, including attendance at tournaments, invitational events, league events and other related functions, student athletes and team athletic staff shall conduct themselves in such a manner as to ensure that neither the team nor the University are brought into disrepute. The same applies to team practices and to team social activities.

• Generally, the Head Coach is responsible for the establishment and implementation of team rules, behavioral expectations, and team philosophy. The Department of Athletics and Recreation requires that all teams establish team goals and expectations of conduct that meet the requirements of the Student Code of Conduct, and are consistent with our commitment to academic and athletic excellence, and in no way detract from the reputation and image of Wilfrid Laurier University.

• (* For the purposes of the Code of Conduct a student athlete is defined as a Laurier student who has been selected to be a member of a interuniversity team competing in OUA Conference or U Sports Championship play, or a member of the Laurier Cheerleading Team.)

Student Athlete Behavioural Expectations

The Department of Athletics and Recreation expects all Laurier student athletes to adhere to the following Student Athlete Code of Conduct. Failure to adhere to the provisions laid out here will have serious consequences.

1. WLU student athletes are required to behave in a manner which reflects well on the image of Wilfrid Laurier University by treating teammates, opponents, officials, spectators, and the public in general with respect and consideration.

2. They must abide by all regulations of their sport as set out by the OUA, U Sports, and the sport governing body.

3. They must conduct themselves properly in the true spirit of sport and sportsmanship in all situations.

4. They must not willfully damage the property of others, which would include, but is not limited to hotel rooms, facilities at Wilfrid Laurier University and other universities, and transportation vehicles.

5. They must not consume alcohol or illegal/banned substances while en route to or from, or   at, the site of athletic events/contests, in hotel rooms while participating in such athletic events/contests, or at practices. The consumption or possession of alcohol on Wilfrid Laurier University team transport is strictly prohibited.

6. They must treat others and themselves with respect and dignity, which includes, but is not limited to: refraining from all sexist, racist and discriminatory language and/or behaviour, including any behaviour prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Coaching Code of Conduct

The athlete/coach relationship is a privileged one. Coaches play a critical role in the personal as well as athletic development of their athletes. They must understand and respect the inherent power imbalance that exists in this relationship and must be extremely careful not to abuse it. Coaches must also recognize that they are conduits through which the values and goals of a sport organization are channeled. Thus how an athlete regards his/her sport is often dependent on the behaviour of the coach. The following Code of Conduct has been developed to aid coaches in achieving a level of behaviour which will allow them to assist their athletes in becoming well-rounded, self confident and productive human beings.


1) Treat everyone fairly within the context of their activity, regardless of gender, place of origin, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political belief or economic status.

2) Direct comments or criticism at the performance rather than the athlete.

3) Consistently display high personal standards and project a favourable image of their sport and of coaching.

a) Refrain from public criticism of fellow coaches; especially when speaking to the media or recruiting athletes.

b) Abstain from the use of tobacco products while in the presence of her/his athletes and discourage their use by athletes.

c) Abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages when working with athletes.

d) Discourage the use of alcohol in conjunction with athletic events or victory celebrations at the playing site.

e) Refrain from the use of profane, insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language in the conduct of his/her duties.

4) Ensure that the activity being undertaken is suitable for the age, experience, ability and fitness level of the athletes and educate athletes as to their responsibilities in contributing to a safe environment.

5) Communicate and co-operate with registered medical practitioners in the diagnoses, treatment and management of their athletes' medical and psychological problems. Consider the athletes' future health and well being as foremost when making decisions regarding an injured athletes' ability to continue playing or training.

6) Recognize and accept when to refer athletes to other coaches or sport specialists. Allow athletes' goals to take precedence over their own.

7) Regularly seek ways of increasing professional development and self-awareness.

8) Treat opponents and officials with due respect, both in victory and defeat and encourage athletes to act accordingly. Actively encourage athletes to uphold the rules of their sport and the spirit of such rules.

9) In the case of minors, communicate and co-operate with the athlete's parents or legal guardians, involving them in management decisions pertaining to their child's development.

10) In an educational institution, be aware of the academic pressures placed on student-athletes and conduct practices and games in a manner so as to allow academic success.


1) Ensure the safety of the athletes with whom they work.

2) At no time become intimately and/ or sexually involved with their athletes. This includes requests for sexual favours or threat of reprisal for the rejection of such requests.

3) Respect athlete's dignity; verbal or physical behaviours that constitute harassment or abuse are unacceptable (definition of harassment is attached).

4) Never advocate or condone the use of drugs or other banned performance enhancing substances.

5) Never provide under age athletes with alcohol.


Harassment takes many forms but can generally be defined as behaviour including comments and/ or conduct which is insulting, intimidating, humiliating, hurtful, malicious, degrading or otherwise offensive to an individual of groups or individuals or which creates an uncomfortable environment.

Harassment may include:

- written or verbal abuse or threats;

- sexually oriented comments;

- racial or ethnic slurs;

- unwelcome remarks, jokes, innuendoes, or taunting about a person's body, attire, age, marital status, ethnic or racial origin, religion etc.;

- displaying of sexually explicit, racist or other offensive or derogatory material;

- sexual, racial, ethnic or religious graffiti;

- practical jokes which cause awkwardness or embarrassment, endanger a person's safety, or negatively affect performance;

- unwelcome sexual remarks, invitations or requests whether indirect or explicit, or intimidation;

- leering (suggestive staring), or other obscene or offensive gestures;

- condescension, paternalism or patronizing behaviour which undermines self-respect or adversely affects performance or working conditions;

- physical conduct such as touching, kissing, patting, pinching, etc.;

- vandalism;

- physical assault.

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