At any time during the calendar year, a student shall not, regardless of the quantity:
A. use or consume, have in possession a beverage containing alcohol;
B. use or consume, have in possession tobacco; or,
C. use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell or give away any other controlled substance or drug paraphernalia.
D. use or consume, have in possession, buy, sell or give away products containing or products used to deliver nicotine, tobacco products and other chemicals.
“Tobacco products” means: any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, smoked, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, or any component, part or accessory of a tobacco product.
E. use or consume, have in possession, buy sell or give away any substance or product where the intent of such use of the substance or product is to induce intoxication, excitement, or stupefaction of the central nervous system, except under the direction and supervision of a medical doctor. Such substances or products shall include, but are not limited to, synthetic drugs, gasoline, glue, aerosol devices, bath salts, and any substances addressed by Minnesota or Federal Law.
Definition - Category I Activities: Those League-sponsored activities in which a member school has a schedule of interscholastic contests, exclusive of League-sponsored tournaments.
● Athletic Activities
● Fine Arts Activities 1) Debate 2) Speech Activities including One Act Play - when a school schedules a season of interscholastic contests.
A. First Violation Penalty The student shall lose eligibility for the next two consecutive interscholastic contests or two weeks, 14 calendar days, whichever is greater, of a season in which the student is a participant.
B. Second Violation Penalty The student shall lose eligibility for the next six consecutive interscholastic contests or three weeks, 21 calendar days, whichever is greater, in which the student is a participant.
C. Third or Subsequent Violation Penalty
1) The student shall lose eligibility for the next 12 consecutive interscholastic contests or four weeks, 28 calendar days, whichever is greater, in which the student is a participant.
2) A student who chooses to become a participant in a treatment program may become eligible for participation after a minimum period of six weeks after entering treatment if all of the following conditions are met:
a) The student is assessed as chemically dependent,
b) enters treatment voluntarily, and
c) the director of the treatment center certifies that the student has successfully completed the treatment program.
d) The treatment option cannot be used for the first or second violation. Successful completion of a chemical dependency treatment program will satisfy only the most recent violation. Any other violations for which the penalty has not been satisfied must still be served in full
D. Applying the Penalty
1) Penalties shall be progressive beginning with the student’s first violation and continuing throughout the student’s high school career. Penalties shall be served consecutively.
2) Violation Confirmation Definition: The violation shall be confirmed when the administrator responsible for the athletics/activities program has informed the student that the student has violated a bylaw and is now under the penalty. The notification shall be verbal and also in writing.
3) Counting Weeks:
a) The weeks shall begin on the date that the violation is confirmed by the school administrator and extend for the required number of calendar days.
b) For the purpose of this bylaw, a week is seven calendar days. The week starts the date the violation is confirmed and the student/student’s parents or guardians are notified.
c) At the beginning of the season, practice and conditioning weeks are counted.
d) The student must participate in and complete the entire season in which the penalty has been applied for the penalty to count. As examples: a student cannot begin participation in a program at the start of the season, serve the penalty and then quit after the suspension has been served; nor can a student join a program after the season has begun, and serve the penalty.
4) A student who is under penalty for a violation of a League bylaw may not join a second sport in the same season in order to fulfill a penalty.
5) Practices, jamborees, inter-school scrimmages and previews are not interscholastic contests and may not be counted, however, the student is eligible to participate.
6) A student who participates in both Category I and Category II activities shall serve the penalty prescribed for that violation in both Category I and Category II activities in which the student participates.
7) Denial Disqualification: A student shall be disqualified from all inter-scholastic athletics for nine additional weeks beyond the student’s original period of ineligibility when the student denies violation of the rule, is allowed to participate and then is subsequently found guilty of the violation.