Students who participate in extracurriculars are ambassadors of Michigan Lutheran Seminary in a special way. By virtue of participation they are publicly identified with the school and everything for which it stands. The coaches, advisors, directors, and the administration of MLS give careful thought to that public identity as they make decisions guiding the conduct of all participants.
Extracurricular participants are to achieve and maintain good academic standing as established by the school. Those with limited eligibility may practice but may not represent the school. In cases where “represent the school” is not clearly defined, the chairman of the extra-curricular council will decide how to apply limited eligibility status.
Those ineligible must drop practice as well. Any change in eligibility takes place after the academic committee completes its grade review after the first, second, fourth and fifth terms, or when a new semester begins. Academic considerations take precedence over extracurricular considerations.
Extracurricular participants attend all practices, meetings, and performances unless excused in advance by the person in charge of the activity, or unless detained for academic reasons, such as Period Ten.
In general, the rules of the school that apply to all students enrolled at MLS are the rules that govern the conduct of students involved in extracurriculars. In addition, the following rules of conduct apply to participants in extracurriculars:
- The status of students for practicing and performing in extracurriculars while they are under school discipline shall be determined by the dean of students in consultation with the adult in charge of that activity and the extracurricular chairman. It is possible for such discipline to carry over into the following school year.
- The use of tobacco in any form, alcoholic beverages of any kind, non-prescribed controlled drugs, and illegal performance enhancing substances in any way will result in some degree of forfeiture of participation in an extracurricular activity. For example, in athletics, violation of these training rules will result in forfeiture of all participation for the remainder of that team’s current season and for a minimum of one month’s time. Two violations in one school year will result in forfeiture of participation for all athletics that year.
- Other rules of conduct may include items such as curfew, dress, personal appearance, and the like.
The extracurricular code will be distributed to all students and parents at registration time each school year. The adult in charge of each activity, under the guidance of the school’s extra-curricular council, will share all rules of conduct with all participants at the beginning of each activity.