Homeschool Science Colorado - Code of Conduct
All members of Homeschool Science Colorado are expected to abide by the HSC Code of Conduct. Please contact us with any questions.
Code of Ethics
All participants must be willing to work with others and compete with other teams in accordance with the Rules and Code of Ethics of the National Science Olympiad organization. From the National Science Olympiad Code of Ethics:
Student participants are expected to compete in tournament events with honest effort to follow the rules and the spirit of the competition. Team members are expected to be the builders of all the devices used in the events. The goal of competition is to give one's best effort while displaying honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. Students, coaches, parents, and guests are expected to display courtesy and respect toward Olympiad officials, other teams, and guests of the Olympiad. Failure to show honesty and/or courtesy by a participant, coach, or guest of the team may result in the disqualification of the team from that event, the entire tournament or future tournaments.
Given that part of the HSC mission is to compete with excellence, character and integrity, behavior and language during any Science Olympiad event, meeting or tournament should reflect those values.
- Please avoid offensive language during team events. What may seem acceptable in your social groups may be offensive to others. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.
- Homeschool Science Colorado is not a science co-op but is a competitive team experience. As such, you are a member of a team, and are expected to support your teammates and team goals. Although we try to make sure each member has a positive and enjoyable experience, team goals can sometimes outweigh individual preferences.
- Negative and disparaging talk is destructive to the team and is not appropriate. If issues arise during your experience at HSC, please address the issues with the person or family involved. Your Team Coordinator is there to assist in solving whatever concerns or issues may arise. If problems cannot be resolved at that level, the Board of Directors may be consulted.
- All members and parents are expected to attend team meetings and make them a priority. Members and parents should have competition dates marked and available on their calendars.
- Parents should support their children in competing with excellence, character, and integrity. Honesty in following event rules is expected. For construction events, parents should understand the rules regarding parental assistance and how they apply to their event.