Creating a culture of personal responsibility requires employees and student-athletes to be assured that there will be no retaliation against those who report rules of association governance or violations of the rules of conduct. Staff and student-athletes are expected to raise these concerns with the Director of Athletics or use the institutional mediator to do so. I understand that student-athletes are visible representatives of the institution, both on and off campus, whose behaviour is often scrutinized by the media and the general public. The behaviour of students and athletes influences the public`s perception of institutional ethics, the standards of the athletics department and the character of the student population. This is why student-athletes are expected to be satisfied with their behaviour, sportiness and self-control. Specifically, I understand that a fulfilling educational sports experience requires the exercise of responsibilities on the part of both staff related to the athletics program and student-athletes. As a student-athlete, I understand my responsibility to engage in the principles of self-discipline, cooperation and team building and to be the institution`s ambassador. I understand that the athletic department is committed to philosophy, that student-athletes are primarily students, and that all student-athletes must demonstrate behaviours that demonstrate a commitment to maximizing academic success as their first priority. I understand that the athletics department has established the following standards, strategies and policies to maximize the opportunity for student-athletes to achieve their academic goals. I understand that I am obliged to meet these standards: I understand that team unity and team chemistry are key variables for a positive and successful athletics experience. Commitment to the team`s goals is essential, which can sometimes take precedence over individual goals.
However, I understand that the athletic department does not subscribe to a team culture based on bullying or mandatory membership in questionable practices, and I demand that all student-athletes be treated fairly by coaches, support staff and teammates. In these circumstances, I hear that student-athletes are expected to show a degree of altruism that promotes the team`s goals. Specifically, I understand that fitness and training programs to prepare for athletic performance, as designed and supervised by coaches and support staff (coaches, coaches, etc.), require intensive physical activities, constant feedback and benchmarks to maximize the potential and success of each athlete.