District 214 Discusses Code Of Conduct for Coaches, Advisers

A new code of conduct proposal aims to distinguish accepted professional, ethical and moral behaviors.

Student-athletes depend on their coaches and advisers to lead by example and set the tone for the season. 

"We already have a code of conduct for our students, the board has a code of conduct, and we felt that it would be nice to have a code of conduct for our coaches and advisers as well," said Randy Hawley, program administrator for High School District 214

Hawley presented a code of conduct document at the district’s regular board meeting Thursday night. The instrument would document District 214’s common expectations for coaches and advisers. 

The document spells out specific principles, ethical standards, responsibilities and expectations that all coaches and advisers must sign to work in co-curricular activities.

“If someone refuses to sign, they will not be allowed to work with our students,” Hawley said. 

District staff reviewed many documents from agencies and school districts around the state and the nation. The staff also received a "good amount of input from parents," Hawley said. 

Tom Conlin, a parent of two Rolling Meadows High School graduates, worked with the district on code of conduct policy.

Conlin asked the board of education to consider the consequences of the code of conduct document and asked for uniformity of protocols and procedures in the investigation and enforcement of the code.

“You’re an award-winning band director, you don’t deserve any more leeway than a sponsor, who’s a volunteer,” he said. “So, I’ll like to see that incorporated and uniformed because I think from school to school, it often times differs.”

Conlin, who was a longtime coach in the district, said guidelines are very appropriate. “I think it’s a great start for students in the district,” he said.

Mike Regan, also a parent in the district, said code of conduct would be very helpful for administrators to have.

However, Regan, speaking from his employment experience, said resistance might come because the code of conduct document.

“You potentially can have a small percentage of employees that will resist. ‘What is this for? What kind of retribution? What are you guys after?’ That very well may come up,” he said.

The board will vote on the proposed document at its next meeting on July 12.


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