OFFICIAL RULES & REGULATIONS FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
The rules at PASA/TPS, based upon past and more recent experience, are appropriate and necessary to the needs of the school at this particular time. PASA/TPS reserves the right to add to, remove, or change these rules at its discretion with or without notice.
Furthermore, we believe that, within the structure of these rules, broad latitude and ample opportunity exist for campers to grow, to meet their needs, and to enjoy enriching experiences. In the absence of a published rule, each camper is expected to exercise prudent judgment and concern for others.
Both boarding and non-boarding campers must comply with all Academy policies, procedures, and rules for the duration of their enrollment at PASA/PTS, whether they are on campus, off campus, in session, or on vacation. In addition, boarding and non-boarding campers must comply with any applicable city, state, or federal laws or ordinances.
PASA/TPS CONSIDERS THE FOLLOWING MAJOR DISCIPLINARY OFFENSES. THE CONSEQUENCES MAY INCLUDE IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL OR SUSPENSION FROM PASA/TPS WITHOUT REFUND:
Distribution, purchasing, attempting to purchase, using, vaping, possessing, or knowingly in the presence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia on or off campus, including hosting of gatherings as defined below. Illegal drugs include the following:
Any drug that is illegal under law or is controlled by the United States Food and Drug Administration including but not limited to marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and PCP.
Any legal substances used in an unsafe way, such as inhalants or over-the-counter drugs.
Any prescription drug that is not used as prescribed or that is in the possession of an individual whose name is not on the prescription.
Any mood-altering substance.
Any substance that contains or is represented to contain chemicals that produce the same effect as a controlled substance.
Any substance that produces the same effect or is represented to produce the same effect as a controlled substance. This includes but is not limited to designer or synthetic drugs such as K2, Spice, bath salts, etc.
“Possessing” – Includes but is not limited to such situations as:
When a camper who has been out of the jurisdiction of the school returns to campus showing evidence of having been drinking or using drugs.
When a camper’s residence or car on campus has alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs in it.
“Knowingly in the Presence” – Any camper who remains in any situation or place for more than the amount of time to become aware of the situation where drugs, substances, or alcohol are present, will be considered to be in violation of PASA/TPS’s policies.
“Hosting” – Any camper who hosts a gathering of any size where drugs and/or alcohol are present and did not take immediate steps to remedy the situation will be considered to be in violation of our drug and alcohol policy. This pertains to on or off-campus locations.
Use, sale, purchase, distribution, or possession (or arranging/facilitating the use, sale, purchase, distribution, or possession) of tobacco or nicotine products or vaping paraphernalia. Tobacco or nicotine products include but are not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, dip, snuff, vaping, synthetic tobacco, and chewing tobacco.
Theft (or arranging/facilitating the theft) on or off PASA/TPS’s campus of property or identity including, but not limited to, another individual’s ID, sports equipment, bicycles, laptop computers, electronics, school books and supplies, internet accounts, credit cards, credit card account numbers, clothing, shoes, or the unauthorized use (or arranging/facilitating the unauthorized use) of calling cards, cell phones, or PASA/TPS’s facilities and resources.
Intimate contact with another individual or acts considered having a sexual connotation or sexual overtones including sexting.
Presence in residence houses, wings, or rooms (including on PASA/TPS’s campus as well as rooms off-campus during school sponsored trips), which are off limits to members of the opposite sex unless under the direct supervision of PASA/TPS’s staff.
Possession of weapons, stun guns, Tasers, tattoo devices, or other dangerous instruments.
Leaving campus, including using Uber or other ride-sharing services, without permission or without obtaining the proper pass.
Fighting, including any physical abuse or contact intended to cause infliction of physical or psychological harm to another individual.
Harassment including, but not limited to: any conduct detrimental to the best interest of the school or deemed substantially disruptive to the learning, living, training, or working environment of another individual. Harassment behaviors may consist of bullying, hazing, verbal abuse, slander, sexual harassment, harassment via the use of phone or electronic media including internet chat sessions, instant or text messaging, email, or social networking sites such as Facebook or any other form of inappropriate behavior.
Purchase, sale, possession of, or passing of pornographic material or viewing pornography.
Vandalism, physical damage to any property, whether on campus or off-campus while attending or participating in an off-campus activity.
Disrespect shown to fellow campers, campers, PASA/TPS’s staff/employees, guests, contractors, or tournament/game officials/staff.
Criminal activities while enrolled in a PASA/TPS Program or School.
Creation, sale, purchase, possession, distribution, or use (or arranging/facilitating the creation, sale, purchase, possession, distribution, or use) of any identification with false information for the camper or any other third party. This includes using another camper’s ID.
Bomb threat, inducing panic or tampering with, disabling, or using safety equipment (fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency call boxes, etc.) as a prank or without good cause.
Entering into the residence or office of a staff member without permission is strictly prohibited.
Failure or refusal to cooperate in an investigation.
PASA/TPS considers the following additional disciplinary offenses. The consequences may include activity or sport restriction and/or campus improvement.
NOTE: Continuous violation of the following rules may result in the immediate dismissal or suspension from PASA/TPS without refund.
All forms of gambling (e.g., betting) by campers including on the Internet and the sports field.
Use of profanity; violent or harassing speech, writings, or images (including in e-mails and instant messaging).
Wearing clothes with offensive advertising or content; wearing clothes that are too revealing by PASA/TPS’s standards.
Wrestling or other rough games or behavior, including pushing/throwing someone into the swimming pools.
Leaving your residence house room after curfew for any reason other than an emergency.
For any and all emergencies, please dial 911.
Making or cooperating/conspiring to make a 911 call as a prank or without good cause.
Violation of any PASA/TPS’s rules, policies and codes may impact current or future enrollment.
ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICES
PASA/TPS maintains an Acceptable Use Policy to govern electronic device use for all PASA/TPS campers. Due to the constant evolving nature of technology and its uses, PASA/TPS reserves the right to update this policy at any time. All campers are expected to abide by this policy. Parents are expected to review this policy and are expected to take an active role in the supervision of the technology they provide their children attending PASA/TPS.
RIGHT TO INSPECT
PASA/TPS reserves the right to inspect and/or confiscate any electronic device (computers, cell phones, tablets, etc.) brought onto campus if there is reasonable suspicion that the contents on the device contain material that might be in violation of any policies set forth in this code of conduct, to aid in an PASA/TPS investigation, or if it was used in violation of this policy. Inappropriate content will be deleted by a member of PASA/TPS’s staff. The decision to inspect and confiscate the device will be made by a member of PASA/TPS’s staff. Failure or refusal to provide device and passcodes will result in suspension or dismissal from PASA/TPS without refund.
CELL PHONES, IPODS, IPADS, AND OTHER MOBILE ELECTRONIC DEVICES
PASA/TPS recognizes that cell phones and other mobile electronic devices have become a staple of parent-child contact. Campers on PASA/TPS’s campus are allowed to have such devices; however, their use is restricted to certain areas and times. All cell phone numbers must be on file.
Cell phones, iPads, and other electronic devices are further restricted as follows:
They cannot be used after lights out (For Boarders)
They may not be used in locker rooms and restrooms.
These devices and digital recorders must not be used to record video or audio:
In locker rooms and restrooms or when campers are nude, partially clothed or changing clothes.
When interacting with adults in teaching, coaching, or other camper to adult interactions without the adult’s consent and knowledge.
No recording of other campers without their knowledge and consent.
No recording while a passenger in an PASA/TPS vehicle as it can prove to be distracting to the driver.
These prohibitions on recording exclude recording which is generally permitted during a publicly conducted event such as a basketball game, sporting event, etc.
Please note that while not contained explicitly in this policy section, other rules that may be considered improper and against PASA/TPS rules and regulations. Those rules include but are not limited to:
Use of profanity in messaging
As parents typically provide the electronic devices discussed above, PASA/TPS places the following expectations on parents:
Instruct their child on all applicable security and privacy settings.
Monitor use and times of use.
Monitor their child’s social media use and accounts
Discuss positive digital citizenship.
Familiarize yourself with this policy and other policies pertaining to electronics including but not limited to cyber bullying, social media, and sexting.
All users should be aware that the inappropriate use of electronic devices can be a violation of local, state, and federal laws. Violations can lead to prosecution. In addition to the foregoing, the following technology uses are considered unacceptable and may result in disciplinary actions:
Using the network for illegal, inappropriate, or obscene purposes directly or in support of such activities.
Illegal activities are defined as a violation of local, state, and/or federal laws.
Inappropriate use is defined as a violation of the intended use of the network and computing systems.
Obscene activities are defined as a violation of generally accepted social standards.
Consequences of policy violations include, but are not limited to:
Confiscation of the device;
Legal action and prosecution by the authorities.
Loss of privileges.
Any questions about this policy or the applicability of this policy to a particular situation should be referred to PASA/TPS. The PASA/TPS staff have the right to confiscate devices.
USE OF ALCOHOL, DRUGS, AND SUBSTANCES
PASA/TPS is committed to the highest level of competitive and academic excellence. PASA/TPS believes that the use of illegal drugs, substances, or alcohol is inconsistent with this purpose and has a detrimental impact on camper behavior, interferes with academic and athletic performance, and may cause permanent physical and mental harm to the user. The use of illegal drugs, substances, and/or alcohol impairs judgment, slows reaction time and reflexes, and decreases the ability to adequately perceive pain. Additionally, the use of illegal drugs, substances, or alcohol by campers increases the risk of injury to their teammates, their athletic opponents, and others with whom they participate.
Definitions: For the purpose of the Drug, Substance, and Alcohol policy, the following terms are defined as follows:
"Alcohol" means any beverage, mixture, or preparation, including any medications of other products, containing any form of alcohol or ethanol; "Drug" means any substance considered illegal by New Jersey law or that is controlled by the United States Food and Drug Administration including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and PCP. “Drug” also includes any legal substances used in an unsafe way such as inhalants or over-the-counter drugs; any prescription drug that is not used as prescribed or that is in the possession of someone whose name is not on the prescriptions; and any mood-altering substance that contains or is representing to contain chemicals or any substance that produces the same effect as a controlled substance. This includes but is not limited to designer or synthetic drugs such as K2, Spice, bath salts, etc;
"Parent/Guardian" means the parent or legal guardian of the camper; "Reasonable Suspicion" means a reasonable belief that a camper is using, has used, possessed, or was in the presence of drugs, paraphernalia or alcohol in violation of PASA/TPS’s policy.
Reasonable suspicion may be based on the following:
Observable phenomena, abnormal conduct, or erratic behavior while at academy, at their sport program, in their dormitory room, during athletic practice, during athletic competition, during meals, or at other times;
Direct observation of drug, substance, or alcohol use or the physical symptoms or manifestations of being under the influence of drugs, substances, or alcohol;
Significant deterioration in athletic or academic performance;
Significant change in personality, being easily agitated, or acute depression;
Significant weight gain or loss or significant change in the camper’s physique;
Evidence that a camper has tampered with his/her test or has, possessed, sold, solicited, or transferred drugs, substances, or alcohol;
Alcohol on breath, unusual redness of the eyes, slurred speech, unsteady balance or coordination, or inability to focus attention;
Possession of an e-cigarette, vaporizer, or drug paraphernalia;
Information gathered from an investigation or other sources, including fellow campers or video recordings.
"Specimen" means tissue, urine, or a product of the human body capable of revealing the presence of drugs, or their metabolites, or alcohol, as approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or the Agency for Health Care Administration; "Camper" means any individual enrolled in PASA/TPS; and “Substances” means those certain classes of substances (now known or created in the future) banned by the IOC, USOC, NCAA, sports federations, and all governing bodies for those sports represented in sport programs at PASA/TPS. Such banned substances include, but are not limited to, diuretics, hormones, and certain supplements such as creatine. In some cases, it is the amount or level of these substances found in the
Specimen, and not the presence of the substances itself. Substances also include sniffing agents such as, but not limited to, glue, paint, and household products.
Campers who are taking prescription medication must inform PASA/TPS Health Services and boarding camper must keep these medications at the PASA/TPS Health Services office pursuant to the Medication Policy.
Effect of Other Disciplinary Action:
Any camper who faces disciplinary action at another educational facility for drug, substance, or alcohol use may also face disciplinary action at PASA/TPS.
Dismissal is reserved for those campers who have been involved in very serious misconduct or for cases in which other disciplinary options have been previously used. The following steps occur for a dismissed camper:
Any camper who is dismissed may not continue to participate in their sport program or any other social or sport-related programs.
The camper’s parents/guardians will be officially notified by telephone, e-mail, or U.S. Mail of the details of the camper’s dismissal.
Any boarding camper who is dismissed is expected to depart PASA/TPS within 24 hours of notification for domestic campers and 48 hours for international campers. The only exceptions are for those campers who are prevented from immediate departure due to delays related to their visa, passport, or delay caused by government or other regulations. Any boarding camper who cannot depart immediately will be restricted to a room assigned by Campus Life Management.
Non-boarding campers must immediately depart from PASA/TPS.
No refunds are offered to campers who are dismissed or suspended from their program.
The credit card on file may be used for airfare or to ship items home.