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A letter from the editor
February 6, 2024

A code of misconduct

Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice and Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson are just two high-profile athletes who have been in trouble this year for violations of the NFL’s code of conduct.

Though athletes’ off-the-field conduct is an issue in the media, City College coaches said they haven’t really had to deal with student athletes violating the school’s code of conduct policies.

“Generally the only things I’ve had to deal with is athletes not listening to coaches. When that happens, we just like to give them ‘positive reminders’ — extra workouts — to get them back in line,” said head wrestling Coach Dave Pacheco.

A code of conduct is a set of rules and responsibilities put in place for individuals at a particular organization. Sacramento City College has its own Student Standard of Conduct as well as a Student Athlete Standards of Conduct.

“Every year, every student athlete in order to be eligible to participate has to attend an eligibility meeting,” said Mitch Campbell, City College athletic director and dean of kinesiology. “We cover what it means to be a student athlete at City College and our student athletes’ standards of conduct document.” 

The Sacramento City College Student Athlete Standards of Conduct does not mention anything about off-campus rules or regulations.  The focus is alcohol and tobacco usage, use or distribution of illegal substances, and how the student athlete should demonstrate proper citizenship and sportsmanship.

There is a Felony Sentence Disclosure that coincides with the Standards of Conduct document. It states that if student athletes have been convicted of certain felonies, they may be ineligible to participate in sports programs.

Some coaches on campus have their own sets of rules and guidelines their student athletes must follow along with the college’s policies.

“I personally have my own code of conduct in our team book,” said City College Volleyball Head Coach Laurie Nash.

Nash takes a team-comes-first mentality and encourages her student athletes to not let substances take them away from what they love doing the most — volleyball.

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Athletes violating the codes of conduct, from the pro level down to the collegiate level, have been a major issue in the media this year. It has become such a mainstream issue that on the Oct. 4 episode of the NBC show, “Saturday Night Live,” known for parodies of current major issues in the media, a skit depicted the comedians as NFL players. Instead of announcing what college they were from, they announced what major crimes they had committed.

Pacheco says he believes the media spotlights too much of the negative stories.

“When you turn on the news or read a newspaper, it’s so negative,” he said. “You don’t hear about those athletes that are out there doing good. You just mainly hear about the few that are bad. Most student athletes and athletes in general are good people.”

In February, video footage surfaced of Rice dragging his then-fiancé’s unconscious body out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator. Since then it has been athlete after athlete in trouble for breaking a code of conduct in some form or another.

Recently University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley was suspended induefinitely for allegedly violating NCAA rules. According to ESPN, Gurley autographed memorabilia to be sold for a $12,000 profit.

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is also facing his share of allegations. According to a USA Today article by Sean Rossman, Winston is facing four student conduct code violations. These stem from Winston’s December 2012 sexual conduct violations.

Winston is facing multiple violations for other issues, but he was suspended by the team for a game for only one incident.

According to City College football Head Coach Dannie Walker, that is the problem.

“They’re taking too long to react and discipline these athletes. It isn’t until they start getting pressure from outside sources that they take action,” said Walker.

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