Standards of Conduct

The Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals acknowledges and confers distinction upon recognized collegiate recreational sports professionals. Through documentation of formal education, applied experience, and an individual’s commitment to behavior that exemplifies high moral character, the Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals heightens credibility in the collegiate recreational sports profession by endorsing professionals who meet established qualification and commit to actively continuing in their education and professional engagement.

The Standards of Conduct speak to individuals behavior within and outside their place of employment, involvement in scholarship, authorship, and voluntary leadership activities in professional organizations, including but not limited to, NIRSA. Applicants to the Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals must agree to uphold the Standards of Conduct to become a “Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional” (RCRSP). Renewal applicants must reaffirm their commitment to uphold the Standards of Conduct to maintain their place on the Professional Registry. The Standards of Conduct, adopted by the NIRSA Board of Directors for the Registry of Collegiate Recreational Sports Professionals on June 16, 2010, are as follows:

As a Registered Collegiate Recreational Sports Professional, I will

  1. Maintain exemplary standards of personal and professional conduct.
  2. Strive to advance my knowledge and achieve higher levels of excellence in the field of collegiate recreational sports.
  3. Actively advance, support and promote the collegiate recreational sports profession through word and deed.
  4. Encourage promotion of recreational sports ideals that include sportsmanship, fair play, participation, and a commitment to excellence by utilizing resources that promote ethical and healthy lifestyle choices.
  5. Actively model and encourage integration of ethical behavior into all aspects of my employment, work environment, and volunteer service within professional associations and organizations.
  6. Pursue my employer’s and professional association’s goals and objectives in a moral and ethical manner.
  7. Uphold all laws and regulations in implementing policies, discharging responsibilities, and conducting activities of the organization that employs me and/or the professional association or organization in which I volunteer.
  8. Never use my employment or my volunteer position for undue personal gain.
  9. Maintain confidentiality of all privileged information as an employee and/or as a volunteer, except when by doing so becomes a legal breach of conduct.
  10. Promptly and completely disclose to appropriate authorities all potential and actual conflicts of interest as an employee and/or volunteer.
  11. Promptly cooperate in any formal investigation of alleged wrongdoing within my place of employment or within my professional association or organization.
  12. Fully comply with any published records retention or destruction policies and schedules, including preserving records that are relevant to litigation or potential litigation until the records are no longer needed.
  13. Serve all persons fairly and without prejudice, whether they are work colleagues, professional associates, clients, customers, or fellow association members.
  14. Faithfully execute my employment duties and volunteer responsibilities.
  15. Communicate truthfully and accurately to employers and volunteer leaders and officials of professional organizations to facilitate timely execution of fiduciary responsibilities.
  16. Encourage cooperation with institutions of higher education, professional associations, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies, in support of collegiate recreational sports interests.
  17. Encourage employee professional development and continuing education at my place of employment.
  18. Fulfill any personnel evaluation responsibilities in a fair and considerate manner and on the basis of clearly stated criteria.

Further, I will not

  1. In application for a professional position, deliberately make a false statement or fail to disclose a material fact relating to competency and qualifications.
  2. Practice or tolerate discrimination against persons on the basis of race, gender, religious affiliation, age, marital or civil union status, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, intellectual development, veteran status or physical disability.
  3. Misrepresent my professional qualifications.
  4. Assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relative attribute.
  5. Knowingly make a false statement, concerning the qualifications of a candidate for professional position.
  6. Disclose information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless such disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
  7. Knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.
  8. Accept any gratuity, gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or action.
  9. When functioning as a supervisor, engage in sexual activities or contact with supervisees, students, interns, trainees or other colleagues over whom supervisory responsibility is exercised.