Good thing Jerry Sloan doesn't coach at Orem High School.
Choice four-letter words spewed by the Utah Jazz coach to hapless referees who can't spot an illegal defense posted by the Chicago Bulls would land him in the locker room for good.A little more than a year after a state law banned hazing in the schools, members of the Alpine Board of Education approved policies regulating behavior of both staff and students at athletic competitions, field trips and performances.
A coach overheard berating and swearing at a student player? A senior caught hazing a freshman gridder? Such actions could land both a coach and player in the dog house - and not one owned by Antoine "Big Dawg" Carr.
According to the policy, any staff member could be asked to resign and a player banned from the playing field if caught breaking the rules laid out in the newly passed policies.
"We expect our staff and our students to conduct themselves as role models at all times and especially as they represent their respective schools during extracurricular activities," said Superintendent Steven C. Baugh. "Responsible student conduct is as much a part of the educational curriculum as math or English."
The policies recognize the benefits of extracurricular events and also point out that participants must behave "at all times in a manner befitting their positions and responsibilities."
Baugh said the new regulations update existing "already good" Alpine policies. He did not know of any instances in the past year when action needed to be taken against a faculty member or student.
For instance, the policy for coaches and advisers stipulates as part of its rules and regulations that staff may "not use foul, abusive or profane language while engaged in school-related activities."
The policy also prohibits the use of illicit drugs and the participation in hazing, assaultive or demeaning behavior. The accompanying policy for students contains similar language.
Students are prohibited from using foul language, using illicit drugs or participating in demeaning behavior, which means pointing out a specific student for ridicule, degrading pranks or physically abusive acts.
A state law requiring school boards to prohibit hazing passed in 1997 on the heels of an August 1996 Hillcrest High School locker room incident. Five starting members of the football team were expelled after authorities reviewed a complaint from a student who said teammates bound him naked and then brought his girlfriend in to see him.
The boards also were asked to specifically outlaw "inappropriate exposure of body parts not normally exposed in public settings."
School personnel also must report such acts to school administrators. Failure to speak up could constitute "unprofessional conduct," under professional licensing standards.