The above standard agreement is an excerpt from a manuscript published prior to its publication in 2013: Lopiano, D.A. and Zotos, C. (Publication 2013) The Athletics Director`s Desk Reference. IL Champaign: Human Kinetics. Do not use without verification by your institutional legal advisor. I agree to accept the above standards and guidelines for participation and I knowingly accept that violations of these standards can result in a multitude of sanctions on the part of the athletics department, including, but not only, limiting, suspending or terminating the athletics program. I understand that team unity and team chemistry are key variables for a positive and successful athletics experience. Commitment to the team`s goals is essential, which can sometimes take precedence over individual goals. However, I understand that the athletic department does not subscribe to a team culture based on bullying or mandatory membership in questionable practices, and I demand that all student-athletes be treated fairly by coaches, support staff and teammates. In these circumstances, I hear that student-athletes are expected to show a degree of altruism that promotes the team`s goals. Specifically, I understand that student-athletes are visible representatives of the institution, both on and off campus, whose behaviours are often scrutinized by the media and the general public. The behaviour of students and athletes influences the public`s perception of institutional ethics, the standards of the athletics department and the character of the student population.
This is why student-athletes are expected to be satisfied with their behaviour, sportiness and self-control. Specifically, creating a culture of personal responsibility requires staff and student-athletes to be assured that there will be no retaliation against those who report violations of governance associations or violations of misconduct guidelines. Staff and student-athletes are expected to raise these concerns with the Director of Athletics or use the institutional mediator to do so. I understand that a fulfilling educational sports experience requires the exercise of responsibilities on the part of both the staff associated with the athletics program and the student-athletes.