Mahaska County 4-H Code of Conduct Form
All 4-H Members and Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must read and e-sign this webform by May 15, 2016
Mahaska County 4-H Youth Development
Youth Member Code of Good Conduct
I. Statement of Philosophy
A. Encouragement to Participate
Mahaska County 4-H encourages youth to participate in the activities offered, recognizing such activities are of significant
educational benefit. These educational benefits are as follows:
* To provide future career training.
* To develop positive decision making practices, as well as maintain good citizenship, self- discipline and cooperation.
* To enhance personal habits aimed at a lifetime of success.
* To instill pride in the representation of 4-H and the community.
* To provide the opportunity to participate in a substance free environment.
B. Participation a Privilege
Participation in activities is a privilege extended to 4-H members by the local clubs and community.
C. Participation Carries Responsibilities
This privilege carries with it a responsibility to represent 4-H and the local community in an appropriate manner; therefore, a Good
Conduct Code is established to set forth behavioral expectations of 4-H members.
II. Coverage (Violations will accumulate over the member’s 4-H eligibility - all years in 4-H)
A. The Good Conduct Code will apply to the following:
- All Mahaska County 4-H members who are current on enrollment.
- All 4-H related activities including but not limited to: club or county meetings, competition, trips or public performance.
B. Conduct Prohibited by the Good Conduct Code
1. A member shall not use, possess, sell or otherwise distribute alcohol or controlled substances of any
kind; nor shall the youth violate any state or local law involving said substances. Possession of
alcohol or controlled substances is considered to exist if a youth is aware of its presence and is in the
proximity or has access to the alcohol or controlled substance, and fails to remove oneself from the
2. A member shall not use, possess, sell or otherwise distribute tobacco products of any kind.
3. A member shall not be in violation of statutory law that is of the degree of serious misdemeanor or
greater. (Ex: assault, criminal mischief, theft, felonies, etc.) Theft or vandalism (of any degree) on
premises of a 4-H activity or on 4-H-sponsored transportation may constitute a violation.
4. A member shall not be in violation of any behavior expectations for the particular 4-H event or activity they are currently
taking part in -
Ex: Iowa 4-H Youth Code of Ethics, Iowa 4-H Code of Conduct, Conduct expectations for Iowa 4-H Youth
Conference, 4-H Intermediate Trip, Iowa 4-H Camps, county 4-H day camps, etc., or rules as verbalized by 4-H
or event official (as described in IV.)
III. Consequences of Violations
Any member who completes required hours of community service will automatically reduce the suspension period to half. (Ex: First Violation – Complete 20 hours of community service – Suspension reduced to 3 months from date of violation)
A. First Violation
Youth shall be suspended from scheduled 4-H activities on the county, state and national level for six months from the date of violation, and must complete 20 hours of community service for (as directed by) Mahaska County 4-H/ISU Extension & Outreach – Mahaska County. Members may be involved at the club level during this suspension and may participate in livestock weigh-ins, verification, clinics, and trainings required for the following years’ fair SO LONG AS the fair falls outside of the suspension period.
B. Second Violation
Youth shall be suspended from scheduled 4-H activities on the county, state and national level for 12 months from the date of violation and must complete 30 hours of community service for (as directed by) Mahaska County 4-H/ISU Extension & Outreach – Mahaska County. Members may be involved at the club level during this suspension and may participate in livestock weigh-ins, verification, clinics, and trainings required for the following years’ fair SO LONG AS the fair falls outside of the suspension period
C. Third Violation
Permanent loss of 4-H eligibility at any level for one calendar year from the date of violation and must complete 40 hours of community service for (as directed by) Mahaska County 4-H/ISU Extension & Outreach – Mahaska County within one year from the date of violation.
IV. Reporting Violations
The official reporters of possible violations shall be: personnel acting on behalf of 4-H (4-H Staff, 4-H Youth Committee Members,
4-H Club Leaders, 4-H Superintendents & 4-H Event Chaperones), law enforcement, parents of those involved, and those youth directly involved.
A. Enforcement of this policy shall be conducted by the Mahaska County Youth Coordinator, Mahaska County 4-H Club Leaders, Mahaska County 4-H Youth Committee, and the Mahaska County Agricultural Extension District Council.
B. A youth may seek help from 4-H officials with alcohol/drug/tobacco problems unrelated to a reported incident which involves a code violation. 4-H officials shall notify parents and seek appropriate help for the youth without penalty.
A. 4-H members and parents/guardians must sign this statement indicating they have read and understood the Good Conduct Code
B. This form must only be signed and submitted once in a 4-H’ers membership.
C. This signed form shall be kept on file at the Mahaska County Extension Office and can be reviewed by participant at any time.
D. It shall be the responsibility of club organizational leaders to check rosters to ensure all members have complied with this
requirement. It shall also be their responsibility to review the Good Conduct Code at the start of each year.
Deadline for form submission is January 1 of each year, or at the first meeting for new members.
Deadline for 2016 will be Sunday, May 15, for all NEW 4-H members. Anyone who exhibited as a 4-H'er at the 2015 Southern Iowa Fair has already completed this form and will not need to complete it ever again.
VII. Grievance Procedure
If a youth or parent(s) feel that due process has not been provided or administrative judgment is in error, they may make an appeal by requesting a hearing with the Mahaska County Extension Council. This request shall be made in writing within seven days of the violation notification by 4-H staff (three days if violation occurs during county fair). This appeal must be made in writing, delivered to the Mahaska County Extension office at 212 North I Street and addressed to Extension Council Chair.The Extension Council shall hear both parties before rendering the final decision. If an appeal is not received within three days, the violation will stand.
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