Student Athletic Codes in High Schools: Developing Clear Rules and Effectively Addressing Code Violations

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Download (DL)     $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Price: $349.00, DL includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
Who Should Attend? K-12 administrators, principals, athletic directors, and district legal counsel
Best For: K-12

Interscholastic athletics is an important part of the high school experience for many students. In many cases, high school athletics provides an important stepping stone for students who wish to pursue such athletics in college. While school officials want to encourage students to participate in such activities, they also want students to understand that athletics must not be of primary importance and that such participation carries with it expectations and responsibilities. Student athletic codes are usually the way in which expectations and responsibilities are outlined for students. Thus, it is very important for school officials to ensure that their athletic code is developed and enforced in an appropriate manner.

Please join Rick Verstegen for this discussion regarding the important and essential legal aspects of developing an athletic code, including addressing academic standards, drug and alcohol use, and other expectations, as well as a significant discussion of the legal and political aspects surrounding enforcement of code violations, including investigations into such code violations.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Understand how to develop a code that broadly but clearly addresses all expectations for student athletes, both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Learn how to develop a code that avoids claims of discrimination in its language or its application
  • Review elements of accountability, including the penalties for various degrees of violations, especially those acts of misconduct that may lead to immediate suspension
  • Understand how to conduct an effective and efficient investigation into alleged violations and how to administer the code in a way that avoids claims of favoritism or discrimination


Your conference leader for “Student Athletic Codes in High Schools: Developing Clear Rules and Effectively Addressing Code Violations” is Richard F. Verstegen, attorney, Boardman & Clark, LLP, Madison Wisconsin. Rick is an experienced member of the School Law Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Group at the firm. He represents educational institutions (including public school districts and technical colleges) in a variety of education law matters. He counsels school clients in labor and employment, student rights, student discipline, meetings and records, special education, Title IX, privacy and technology issues, student safety, policy, governance, and many other issues. Rick regularly provides training on these issues, conducts compliance reviews, attends board meetings, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation and school board policies, and provides other legal services. Rick has also published many articles on education and employment law related topics. In addition, he has participated in seminars and presentations dealing with education, labor, and employment related topics. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and is the former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and is admitted to practice before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. He earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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