Senator Athletics Creed
The Athletics Department and Davis & Elkins community are dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Choosing to join the Senator family obligates you to a code of civilized and exemplary behavior.
This understanding accepts the premise that membership in the D&E athletics family is not without obligations, and that joining is evidence of commitment to certain ideals and an agreement to strive for the highest level of achievement and values, as outlined by the following:
I WILL PRACTICE PERSONAL AND ACADEMIC INTEGRITY.
A person committed to this ideal will not cheat in class, in games, or in sports, and will eliminate any practice of plagiarism, lying, deceit, excuse making, or disloyalty to coaches or teammates.
I WILL RESPECT THE DIGNITY OF ALL PERSONS.
A person committed to this ideal will not exhibit behavior that compromises or demeans the dignity of an individual or group, such as intimidation, taunting, teasing, baiting, ridicule, insults, physical violence, harassment, or discrimination of any type.
I WILL RESPECT THE RIGHTS AND PROPERTY OF OTHERS.
A person committed to this ideal will not vandalize, maliciously damage, destroy or take others personal property. Respect for another person's rights is not consistent with behavior that violates another's right to appropriate expression or to privacy.
I WILL DISCOURAGE BIGOTRY AND STRIVE TO LEARN FROM THE
DIFFERENCES IN PEOPLE AND THEIR IDEAS AND OPINIONS.
A person committed to this ideal pledges support for equal rights and opportunities for all students and athletes, regardless of age, sex, race, religion, disability, ethnic heritage, socio-economic status, political, social, or other affiliation, disaffiliation, or personal preference.
I COMMIT TO DEMONSTRATING CONCERN FOR OTHERS, THEIR FEELINGS,
AND THEIR NEED FOR CONDITIONS WHICH SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS AND
Adherence to this ideal is a pledge for compassion and consideration for others, a pledge to avoid behavior that is insensitive, inhospitable or which unjustly inhibits another person's ability to feel safe or welcome in the pursuit of athletics or academic goals.
Adherence to these ideals will enable each student athlete to refrain from and to discourage behavior that threatens the freedom and respect all D&E community members deserve.
As a student athlete, you are reminded that you are not only obliged to avoid offensive behavior but should confront, challenge, respond to, or report wrong behavior whenever or wherever it is encountered.