17 IV. Disciplinary Process Before any suspension takes effect, the student shall be verbally advised by either the coach or Athletic Director of the alleged violation and the student shall have an opportunity to respond. All suspension periods shall begin from the date of the written notice of the Athletic Code violation. The athlete shall be excluded from participation in practices and contests during the pendency of all appeals. The decision to permit the athlete to attend practices and contests during the pendency of the appeal is discretionary with the team coach. A. Executive Appeal Committee: An athlete may only appeal the circumstances of his/her violation of the Athletic Code, and not the discipline. An appeal shall be submitted to the Executive Appeal Committee within three school days of the written notice of violation. The appeal shall be submitted to the high school principal. The Executive Appeal Committee is comprised of the principal or his/her designee, the athletic director, and one head coach (selected from the off-season coaches who are on the high school teaching staff). Head coaches from the sport(s) in which the athlete participates shall not be eligible to hear the athlete’s appeal. The Executive Appeal Committee shall meet and issue a determination within five school days of the student’s appeal. Written notice of the decision shall be presented to the athlete, parents, and Athletic Director. B. Athletic Appeal Board: An athlete may appeal to the Athletic Appeal Board within three school days of the Executive Appeal Committee’s decision and submitted to the superintendent. The Athletic Appeal Board shall consist of the superintendent or his/her designee and two members of the Board of Education, as designated by the President of the Board of Education. The Athletic Appeal Board shall meet and issue a determination within five school days of the student’s appeal. Written notice of the Athletic Appeal Board’s decision shall be made to the athlete, parents, and Athletic Director. The decision of the Athletic Appeal Board is final. VIII. NCAA QUALIFICATIONS Please Note: The NCAA does accept credit (no letter grade) courses for core course requirements, but computes the grade as the lowest academic grade possible, “D-“. Any specific questions regarding NCAA qualifications should be directed to either the guidance office or the athletic office.