Code of Conduct

EQUITY POLICY

The UTM Department of Recreation, Athletics & Wellness [DRAW] is committed and dedicated to inclusion and equity. DRAW continues to extend and realize opportunities for students who wish to participate.

  • Treat all participants equitably within the context of their sporting activities, regardless of gender, race, and place of origin, athletic potential, colour, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, or socio-economic status
  • Use language that conveys respect for the dignity of others (e.g., gender-neutral terms) in written and verbal communications
  • Not practice, condone, ignore, facilitate or collaborate with any form of discrimination and always act to prevent or correct such practices

 

STUDENT ATHLETE RIGHTS

Student athletes have the right to:

  • Be treated with dignity and respect by coaches, teammates, other athletes, DRAW and other university staff, and spectators
  • Strive for athletic and academic excellence at UTM with the support of their coaches, academic faculty and program staff
  • Expect that their coaches, managers, medical, and program staff understand and are sensitive to the challenges facing all athletes in terms of sexual orientation, religious beliefs, racial issues, socioeconomic status, gender, and athletic and academic potential
  • Be proud of who they are and be physically safe
  • Be as open about their identity as they choose to be
  • Have their athletic performance evaluated without regard to their age, academic year, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race, socioeconomic status, or gender
  • Participate in all intercollegiate team social functions with a partner of their choice when partners are invited

 

HARASSMENT, SEXUAL HARASSMENT & DISCRIMINATION POLICY

DRAW is committed to providing a safe, non-threatening environment that is supportive of productivity, as well as demonstrating a concern for the personal goals, dignity and self-worth of all athletes and staff within the varsity program.

UTM recognizes that all members of the University community have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination on the prohibited grounds defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code. This includes but is not limited to: sexual harassment, harassment, or discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, disability, or sexual orientation.

Student-athletes are expected to adhere to the policy guidelines regarding harassment and discrimination outlined in the Code of Student Conduct and the Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures.

If you or someone you know has been subjected to harassment or discrimination and would like to speak confidentially with a consultant or counsellor, please contact the Sexual Harassment Education, Counseling, and Complaint Office at 416-978-3908.

 

HAZING/ BULLYING

DRAW supports only those team-building activities which are constructive, educational, and that contribute to the intellectual and personal development of student-athletes. It unequivocally opposes hazing and any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule.

Hazing is any act, whether physical, mental, emotional or psychological, which subjects another person voluntarily or involuntarily to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass or intimidate him/her, or which may in any fashion compromise his/her inherent dignity as a person.

Positive team building activities are team experiences that promote team unity and growth through exercises that support the dignity of all members of the team.

Hazing                                                          Team Building

Humiliates and degrades                              Is a shared positive experience 

Is a power trip                                               Creates real teamwork

Tears down individuals                                  Promote respect and dignity

Creates division                                            Pride and integrity

Lifelong nightmares                                      Supports and empowers

Shame and secrecy                                      Lifelong memories

Subtle Hazing: Behaviours that emphasize a power imbalance between new members and veterans of the group or team. Most often they involve ridicule, embarrassment and humiliation, and could even be considered as harassment. Some new members seem to expect such treatment and endure it for the sake of acceptance.

Harassment Hazing: Behaviours that cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort that puts unnecessary stress upon the victims (e.g., verbal abuse and threats, etc.).

Violent Hazing: Behaviours that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional harm.

Initiations are defined as an induction to a team/group through special ceremonies that hold meaningful relevance. An initiation that asks the student-athlete to sacrifice his or her values and participate in humiliating and endangering activities is misguided. Initiations are prohibited in the UTM Varsity Eagles program.

Perpetrators: Individuals who exercise their power and control over the newest members through subtle, harassing or violent hazing that humiliates, degrades and/or endangers.

Passive Participant: An individual member of the hazing group who stands by and watches the hazing activity perpetrated upon another victim and chooses not to do or say anything that would or could change the course of action. The passive participant becomes as much of the problem as the perpetrators themselves, makes them a contributor and perpetuates the hazing culture.

 

It is imperative that all forms of hazing (subtle, harassment and or violent)

be reported ito the Athletic Director immediately. 

Failure to report witnessed incidents of hazing may lead to student-athlete suspension.

 

ALCOHOL CODE OF ETHICS

In order to develop a positive culture at UTM regarding alcohol, student-athletes need to be leaders in educating themselves and others about the use of alcohol. Therefore, in the quest for excellence both on and off the playing surface, student-athletes need to make smart choices and realize the long-term athletic, career, and health benefits of choosing to drink responsibly. Student-athletes are also reminded that consumption of alcohol is only legal after the age of 19 in Ontario. Underage drinking is strictly forbidden. Furthermore, illegally possessing, distributing, selling or being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs is inconsistent with the core values of the university community.

The UTM Varsity Eagles program expects all of its representatives (administrators, coaches, assistant coaches, volunteers, support staff, staff members, and student-athletes) to observe the following as unacceptable:

  • Use of alcohol before, during or after sponsored competitive/athletic events, either at home or away; 
  • Consumption of alcohol in any UTM athletic facility, including but not limited to: team rooms, classrooms, or sport venues;
  • Consumption of alcohol on any university charted or rented vehicles;
  • Consumption of alcohol in any DRAW sponsored hotel room/ accommodation while on road trips;
  • Use of alcohol that interferes with scholastic success, athletic performance, personal relationships or finances;
  • Irresponsible use and/or being intoxicated in a public place (i.e. other campuses, bars, clubs etc.);
  • Drinking at team building/orientation events

 

DRUG POLICY & EDUCATION

The UTM Varsity Eagles program adheres to the OCAA and CCAA regulations for drug education and policy for all Varsity athletes. These policies include:

  • All Athletes competing at a National Championship must have completed a CCAA Drug Education Program;
  • Opposed unequivocally to the use by student-athletes of any banned or restricted substance or methods in contravention of CCAA rules and the rules of the National and/or International Sport Federations and the International Olympic Committee.
  • Opposed to any encouragement of the use of such substances and/or methods by individuals in positions of leadership in university/college sport (coaches, athletic staff, medical practitioners, sport scientists, administrators) or by the student-athletes themselves. 
  • Provision of, or administration of banned or restricted substances and/or methods to athletes is forbidden;
  • Athletes who compete in sports leading to a CCAA National Championship will be eligible for testing for performance enhancing drugs. Please refer to the Health Care (Section 3) for more information.

It should be noted that the athletes are ultimately responsible for what they consume. If an athlete is unsure about a specific product, they should be cautious and avoid it. Contact the Athletic Director if you require more information on drug testing or performance enhancing substances.

Recommendations:

  • Check the ingredients on all medication you consume, even those prescribed by your physician, to ensure that they contain no banned substances
  • Beware of different versions of a brand. (i.e. Claritin is permitted while Claritin Extra is banned)
  • Some vitamins, herbal and nutritional supplements may contain banned substances. The use of these products is at the athlete’s own risk.

 

For a complete list of Permitted Substances, visit the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport website at: www.cces.ca

 

SOCIAL MEDIA                               

UTM Varsity Eagles coaches and student-athletes, as members of the University of Toronto Mississauga community, are permitted to have profiles on social networking websites. However, it is important that coaches and student-athletes exercise appropriate caution if they choose to maintain profiles. Users must understand that any content that they make public via online networks or digital platforms is expected to follow accepted social behaviours befitting of an UTM Varsity Eagle coach and student-athlete.

Student-athletes must not comment negatively on another institutions athletes, teams or programs. Student-athletes should remember that they are ambassadors of the University of Toronto Mississauga and are always in the public eye. Content posted by student-athletes at other institutions or even other students on campus may not be acceptable on their profile. 

Please refer to the UTM Varsity Eagles Social Medica Policy for full details.

 

TRAVEL POLICY

Athletes, coaches and team staff often have the opportunity to travel to other universities/ colleges across the province and country for regular season and championship competition. In this capacity, athletes and coaches are representatives of the University of Toronto Mississauga and are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the University of Toronto’s Code of Conduct. Varsity personnel are expected to abide by the terms outlined in this policy to minimize risk to themselves, their team, the Department and the University:

  • Athletes will be provided transportation to and from all UTM Varsity sanctioned sporting events. Those who are not able to travel with the team may be granted permission to travel separately only after completing and submitting a Varsity Travel Waiver Form. This form must be signed by the coaching staff and varsity administrative staff in order for the athlete to arrange their own mode of transportation. The form must be submitted no later than 24 hours prior to the team’s scheduled departure time.
    • Please note: If the driver is carrying teammates to or from a game, every passenger must also complete and submit a Varsity Travel Waiver Form. Vehicles used must not have more passengers than available seatbelts
  • Athletes travelling in a UTM van and/or rental with coaches as drivers must follow the 2-1 ratio. (Two or more athletes to one coach). All student-athletes must travel as part of a team contingent and must be accompanied by at least one member of the coaching staff or designated UTM Athletics personnel
  • No alcoholic beverages, cannabis or tobacco are permitted in the coach bus, school bus, Eagles van and/or other vehicles used. If student-athletes are caught with these substances, disciplinary action will be enforced by the Department of Recreation, Athletics & Wellness which could result in suspension and/or removal from the team
  • Head coaches are responsible for sending an email listing all athletic personnel attending the sporting event including: athletes, assistant coaches, athletic therapists and any other team staff travelling with the team, both upon departure from the UTM campus and return trip

ACCOMODATIONS

Accommodations will be provided by DRAW for UTM sanctioned sporting events based on the distance of the event, the length and type of event.

  • Smoking is not permitted in any vehicles or accommodations provided by the university
  • All teams will be provided with an itinerary outlining travel schedule dates and times
  • Designated curfews are to be strictly adhered to and enforced by the coaches. Athletes are not to be outside of their hotel room unless accompanied by a coach. Student-athletes found disobeying this policy will be in breach of the Code of Conduct and will be disciplined accordingly
  • Coaches and athletes are to ensure hotel rooms are kept undamaged. Please examine your assigned room and report any damaged items to the front desk immediately. If ever there is a hotel room that has damaged property, those who stayed in the room will bear the cost. Disciplinary action will be enforced by the Department of Recreation, Athletics & Wellness, which could result in suspension or removal from the team
  • Coaches and athletes are not permitted to room together. No persons other than the UTM athletics staff, athletes, coaches or team staff are permitted inside of a player’s hotel room