Code of Conduct

4-H Members, leaders, parents and other adults participating in 4-H programs will:

  1. Adhere to program rules, curfew, dress codes, policies, and rules of the facility being used.
  2. Conduct themselves in a courteous, respectful manner, use appropriate language, exhibit good sportsmanship, and act as positive role models.
  3. Abstain from illegal behaviors, use of alcohol, marijuana, illegal or illicit drugs, and tobacco, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices during 4-H events and activities.
  4. Fully participate in scheduled activities.
  5. Respect others’ property and privacy rights.
  6. Respect the rights and authority of parents, leaders, and Extension Agents.
  7. Abstain from abuse (physical and/or verbal) and harassment.
  8. Accept personal responsibility for behavior, including any financial damage.
  9. Be responsible for any financial damage caused by inappropriate behavior.
  10. Adhere to principles and rules of safety.

Consequences for violating any part of the code of conduct may include, but are not limited to: Removal from participation in the event in which the code of conduct has been violated at the individual’s expense; sanctions on participating in future 4-H events; forfeiture of financial support for the event; removal from offices held, etc.

Behavior outside of 4-H activities can affect “member in good standing” or “volunteer in good standing” status.

It is the responsibility of all program participants to reinforce the code of conduct and to report any violations or concerns to 4-H leadership.