FF – Student Activities
There is no constitutional right to participate in extracurricular activities and
student government, and this policy does not create such a right.
Students who participate in student government and extracurricular activities
become role models for others in the school and community. These individuals often
play major roles in establishing standards of acceptable behavior in the school and
community and establishing and maintaining the reputation of the school and the
level of community confidence and support afforded the school. It is of the utmost
importance that those involved in student government, whether as officers or
advisors, and those involved in competitive athletics and related activities, whether
students or staff, comply with all applicable laws and standards of behavior and
conduct themselves at all times in a manner befitting their positions and
Utah Code § 53G-8-209 (2019)
A student in grades 7-12 may participate in extracurricular activities on or off
campus at the beginning of the school year.
In order to be eligible to participate in an extracurricular activity event for a
grade report period following the initial grade report period of a school year, a
student shall not have a recorded grade average lower than __________ on a scale
of 0-100 in __________ course(s) for the preceding grade report period or have
more than __________ failed or incomplete courses for the preceding grade report
The following prohibited conduct may render a student ineligible for and/or
unable to continue participation in student government and/or extracurricular
activities, if occurring while the student is in the classroom, on school property, or
during school-sponsored activities, regardless of location or circumstances:
1. Use of foul, abusive, or profane language while engaged in school-related
2. Illicit use, possession, or distribution of controlled substances or drug
paraphernalia, and the use, possession, or distribution of an electronic
cigarette as defined in Utah Code § 76-10-101, tobacco or alcoholic
beverages contrary to law; or
3. Hazing, demeaning, or assaultive behavior, whether consensual or not,
including behavior involving physical violence, restraint, improper touching, or
inappropriate exposure of body parts not normally exposed in public settings,
forced ingestion of any substance, or any act which would constitute a crime
against a person or public order under Utah law.
Utah Code § 53G-8-209 (2019)
Suspension from Extracurricular Activities—
A student whose recorded report period grade average in any course is lower
than__________ at the end of a grade report period shall be suspended from
participation in any extracurricular activity event during succeeding grade report
periods until the end of a grade report period during which the student achieves a
course grade average for that grade report period of at least __________ in each
course. This suspension shall become effective seven days after the last day of the
grade report period during which the grade lower than__________ was earned.
Students with Disabilities—
Suspension of a student with disabilities whose disability significantly
interferes with the student’s ability to meet regular academic standards shall be
based on the student’s failure to meet the requirements of the student’s Individual
Education Plan, as determined by the Special Education Committee.
A student who has been suspended from extracurricular activity events shall
also be suspended from out-of-school practice in extracurricular activities until
suspension from participation has been lifted.
Limit on Suspension—
A student may not be suspended under this provision during the period in
which school is recessed for the summer or during the initial grade reporting period
of a regular school term on the basis of grades received in the final grade report
period of the preceding regular school term.
Reinstatement to Extracurricular Activities—
At the end of any grade report period in which a student attains a course
grade average for that period of __________ or more in each course taken, any
suspension from participation in extracurricular activities and/or suspension from
out-of-school practice for extracurricular activities shall be removed.
Practice and Performance—
Schools shall comply with the rules and regulations of the Utah High School
Activities Association in scheduling and conducting practices and performances of
Schools shall not schedule full-year physical education or athletic fitness and
movement classes for specific school teams. In schools where in-season fitness and
movement classes are scheduled, the classes shall not be used to violate the
starting and stopping dates for practice and competitive play as prescribed by the
UHSAA. High school competitive sports programs shall be supplementary to the
high school curriculum.
Utah Admin. Rules R277-605-2 (December 8, 2016)
Athletic classes conducted for specific school teams shall not be scheduled
throughout the regular school day. First and last period athletic assignments may not
preclude a coach from teaching a full load of classes during the school day.
Required or voluntary participation in summer or other off-season sports
clinics, workshops, and leagues may not be used as criteria for team membership or
for the opportunity to try out for team membership. School personnel, activity
leaders, coaches, advisory and other personnel shall not require students to attend
out-of-school camps, clinics or workshops for which the personnel, activity leaders,
coaches or advisory personnel receive remuneration from a source other than the
school or district in which they are employed.
A summer workshop or clinic conducted by a school for any sport or activity
shall be scheduled and held consistent with UHSAA bylaws and policies.
Utah Admin. Rules R277-605-4 (December 8, 2016)
Coaches and other designated school leaders shall diligently supervise
players at all times while on school-sponsored activities, including during the activity
itself, in locker rooms, seating areas, eating establishments, lodging facilities and
during travel. Coaches and school leaders accompanying school players and teams
shall at no time leave them unsupervised. Coaches, assistants, and advisers shall
not permit hazing, demeaning, or assaultive behavior (whether consensual or not),
including behavior involving physical violence, restraint, improper touching,
inappropriate exposure of body parts not normally exposed in public settings, forced
ingestion of any substance, or any act which would constitute a crime against a
person or public order under Utah law.
Utah Admin. Rules R277-605-3(1), (3) (December 8, 2016)
A coach or other designated school leader shall not participate in the use of
alcoholic beverages, tobacco (including electronic cigarettes), controlled substances,
or promiscuous sexual relationships while on school-sponsored activities.
Utah Admin. Rules R277-605-3(2) (December 8, 2016)
Utah Code § 53G-8-209(2) (2019)
The District shall not schedule, nor permit students to participate in, any
school-related or school-sanctioned activities on or off campus that would require,
permit, or allow a student to be absent from class in any course more than twenty
(20) times during the 180-day school year.
The Board may allow specific exceptions to the twenty (20) absences per
class limitation stated above. Such exceptions shall be made only on behalf of
individual students who are competing in post-district competitions sponsored by
organizations approved by the Board. The exception shall be based on
circumstances that are unforeseen and that result from the student’s earning the
right to compete at post-district levels. Exceptions shall not exceed a total of five
additional absences per year. Exceptions shall not be granted to allow students who
have not earned the right to compete at the post-district level to participate in more
district-level activities than permitted under the twenty (20) absences per class
Definitions of curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities shall be as
1. Curricular activities occur within the regular school day and constitute the
delivery of instruction to students in the District.
2. Co-curricular activities are an extension of classroom instruction in which
participation is by the entire class or a significant portion thereof. They relate
directly to, and enhance student learning of, essential elements through
participation, demonstration, illustration, and observation. Co-curricular
activities are included in the teacher’s instructional plan and are conducted by
or supervised by a classroom teacher or other educational professional such
as a librarian, school nurse, counselor, or administrator. Students suspended
from extracurricular activities because of a grade(s) below __________ or
more than __________ failed courses shall not be prevented from
participating in after-school co-curricular activities. Absences for participation
in co-curricular activities that require a student to miss a class other than the
sponsoring class or course shall be counted under the 20-day rule.
3. Extracurricular activities are school-sponsored activities that are not directly
related to instruction of the essential elements, but that may have an indirect
relation to some areas of the curriculum. They offer worthwhile and significant
contributions to a student’s personal, physical, and social development.
Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and not a right, and
students must meet specific requirements in order to participate. Activities
may include, but are not limited to, performances, contests, demonstrations,
displays, and club activities.