Pledge of Ethical Conduct and Sportsmanship

Pledge of Ethical Conduct and Sportsmanship
General Student Misconduct
Gambling and Bribery
Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Enforcement Procedures for Misconduct

As a member of the Wake Forest University Athletics community, I PLEDGE:
  • THAT I WILL ALWAYS conduct myself in a manner that represents Wake Forest University, the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the NCAA with honor, dignity, and respect.
  • THAT I WILL AT ALL TIMES demonstrate the qualities of civility and sportsmanship.
  • THAT MY PERSONAL CONDUCT will be above reproach.
  • THAT I WILL MAKE ATHLETICS a positive and valuable force in the educational and larger communities.

Upon registration at Wake Forest University, you are expected to conform to all federal, state and local laws, as well as University regulations. As a student athlete, you are in no way exempt from penalty if you violate these laws. Students penalized for violating public laws are not exempt from further prosecution by University authorities if their actions also violate University rules.

It is hoped that you, as a student athlete, will never be approached in an attempt to involve you in a gambling or bribery situation. However, in the past, student athletes at other institutions have become involved with organized gambling operations. The result of this involvement included suspensions mandated by the NCAA and unwanted exposure and embarrassment for the University.

At the beginning of the season, the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance will speak to you about the nature and prevalence of gambling and bribery in intercollegiate athletics. At this time, there will be a review of NCAA rules and regulations. Sports bribery is a federal violation and is under the jurisdiction of the FBI.

Be aware that the gambling industry is constantly seeking sources for information. It is possible that you may be approached and questioned about the condition and attitude of other team players. You may be asked to alter a game in some manner and be offered money or gifts for doing so. If this request takes place, you MUST report the incident to your head coach immediately. The University and the Department of Athletics are committed to combating all forms of gambling and bribery. Gambling is one of the major sources of revenue for organized crime. Operators need inside information to set the betting line or odds. An attempt to procure this information through bribery of a sports participant is a felony.

You should keep in mind that your participation in gambling interests, even in the most minor fashion, will jeopardize your athletic career. Because of the extreme importance of this problem, you are asked to observe these guidelines:

1. Report to your head coach any attempt to secure information concerning situations that might alter the normal performance of any University team.
2. Do not accept any free ride from strangers such as meals, presents, etc. You are required by both the Department and NCAA to report any individual who offers gifts, money or favors in exchange for supplying information or for attempting to alter the outcome of any contest. 3. Be aware of the legalities of gambling at an institutional and state level. Understand that the consequences at the University level may be expulsion and that the University will also assist with the enforcement of federal, state and local anti bribery laws.
4. Do not accept any money from a fan for a game well played.
5. Do not attempt to sell your complimentary game admissions to anyone.
6. Do not discuss the condition or attitude of your team with anyone other than your teammates or coaches.

When participating in intercollegiate athletics competition, you are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship. Your coach will instruct you in positive techniques for communicating with officials and opponents. You will be informed how to react to the aggressive or unsportsmanlike actions of others.

The Department of Athletics enforces its guidelines related to sportsmanlike conduct. You must avoid actions that display unsportsmanlike behavior. Some of these behaviors are as follows:

  • Physical abuse of an official, coach, athlete, opponent or spectator
  • Directing obscene or inappropriate language or gestures to officials, opponents, team members or spectators
  • Any action which violates generally recognized intercollegiate athletics standards or the values and standards associated with Wake Forest University, as determined by any individual head coach and approved by the Director of Athletics

Prohibited conduct is defined as any behavior which adversely affects the University community in its pursuit of educational objectives, violates the rights of others or damages property.

Enforcement of disciplinary actions taken for misconduct is based on the severity of the action. The Judicial Branch of the student government determines whether a student has violated a college rule and assesses penalties. The Judicial Branch is composed of the Honor and Ethics Council.

The Honor and Ethics Council investigates any violations of the honor code, which include, but are not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, stealing, deception, academic misconduct or interfering with the procedures of the Honor and Ethics Council. Anyone who believes a student has committed an honor offense should confront that student and ask him/her to report himself/herself to the Honor and Ethics Council.

The minimum penalty for any violation of the honor system is probation based on the terms determined by the Council. Probation also results in athletic ineligibility until all its terms are satisfied. However, the penalty may be as severe as expulsion from the University.

A detailed description of the judicial process and the rights of those accused of conduct violations may be found in the Wake Forest Student Handbook published by the Division of Student Life.