Custer County 4-H, FFA, and Open Fair 

Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure

Prior to exhibiting, the Extension Office must have the following forms on file for all  4-H participants: Code of Conduct (signed by participant and parent/guardian, and all volunteers), Cyber Bullying Addendum (signed by participant and parent/guardian, and all volunteers). In addition, we must have proof of MQA Certifications, and Animal Care and Housing forms for all applicable participants.

I. Purpose and Application:
        A. The 4-H and FFA Code of Conduct is intended to foster a safe environment that is conducive to optimal learning and growth. Toward that end 4-H/FFA members, fair participants, leaders, parents, volunteers, and spectators are expected to behave in a way that respects the rights and property of others and that will not disrupt or interfere with the 4-H or FFA program goals.
        B. This 4-H and FFA Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure is a condition of participation in the Custer County Fair.

By participating in the Custer County Fair as a participant, volunteer, or spectator you agree to the Code of Conduct.

II. Behaviors Prohibited at the County Fair that warrant Immediate Removal from Fairgrounds

       A. Possession, selling, and/or use of marijuana, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and illegal drugs OR being present where individuals are using alcohol, tobacco products and/or any illegal substances
       B. Abuse (physical and/or verbal) and harassment (including verbal or physical altercations)
       C. Any kind of excessive public display of affection
       D. Possession of weapons or firearms (except while participating in a Shooting Sports Event)
       E. Behavior that violates state or local laws
       F. Damage to property of others
       G. Theft, misuse or abuse of public or personal property
       H. Conduct that jeopardizes the safety of self or others
        I. Conduct that disrupts or interferes with the 4-H or FFA programming
        J. Tampering with ribbons or state fair qualifier stickers by anyone except for official fair staff.

III. Behaviors that will be subject to Disciplinary Procedures

       A. Contact by parents, exhibitors, leaders, spectators, or volunteers to county fair judges prior to or after Custer County Fair. Judges decisions are final.
       B. Inappropriate dress - Clothing should meet the standards expected in public schools in Colorado. The following Colorado State 4-H dress code has been developed to prevent participants from becoming offended or uncomfortable during any 4-H events or activities. If you choose to dress inappropriately, you will be asked to change. Planning ahead and packing appropriately, will save yourself the inconvenience of changing your attire during the 4-H event or activity and ensure that you contribute to a pleasant 4-H atmosphere. Please be advised that the following dress code will be enforced for all individuals attending 4-H events and activities, including chaperones.
                     1. Clothing: All clothing shall be neat, clean, acceptable in repair and appearance, and shall be worn within the bounds of decency and good taste as appropriate for 4-H events and activities.
                     2. Articles of clothing which display profanity, products, or slogans which promote tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex or are in any other way distracting, are prohibited.
                     3. Excessively baggy or tight clothing which advertises gang symbols or affiliation is prohibited.
                     4. Items of clothing which expose bare midriffs, bare chests, undergarments, or that are transparent (see-through) are prohibited. Tank tops with straps wider than one inch are permitted. Please be advised that spaghetti straps, shirts which expose a bare back, halter tops, and tube tops are prohibited.
                     5. Shorts must be mid-thigh length. No cut-off shorts or shorts-shorts allowed.
                     6. Swimming (For all water recreation): Swimsuits for men: swim trunks only (no shorts, cut-off pants or Speedos). Swimsuits for women: One-piece suits recommended; however, two-piece suits are allowed as long as they are modestly cut. No string, thong or crochet suits will be allowed. Swimsuits may only be worn while in the swimming pool area.
                     7. Hats need to be removed for meetings, workshops, meals, and other times when asked to remove them.
                     8. Shoes must be worn at all times deemed appropriate. Note: The dress code will be relaxed slightly for female delegates opting to wear formal dresses. Dresses must still be within the bounds of decency appropriate for a 4-H event (covering cleavage, midriffs, no back expose lower than the shoulder blades, and not made of non-opaque fabric). All chaperones are asked to make sure that their county delegation is meeting the dress code. **Special Note – Party and prom dresses may be strapless but must be appropriate. However, backless, low-cut (front or back) outfits, outfits that expose midriff or navel, or dresses/skirts short in length (above the knees) are not appropriate. ***
          C. Anti-Cyberbullying Policy: Cyberbullying may be defined as: the use of electronic communication, particularly mobile phones and the internet, to bully a person, typically by sending or posting messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children and adults may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying. It can take a number of different forms: threats and intimidation, harassment or ‘cyberstalking’ (e.g. repeatedly sending unwanted texts or instant messages), sexting (e.g. sending and receiving sexually explicit messages, primarily between mobile phones) vilification/defamation, exclusion/peer rejection, impersonation, unauthorized publication of private information/images and ‘trolling’ (abusing the internet to provoke or offend others online). It can be an extension of face-to-face bullying, with technology providing the bully with another route to harass their target.
D. As a 4-H/FFA member, fair participant, leader, parent, volunteer, and spectator, I agree to abstain from any activity or behavior that may be defined as cyberbullying, use curse language, derogatory language, or offensive language at the Custer County Fair. I have reviewed this document and I understand that it is my duty to report such behavior to the Fair Board and/or Extension Office as Custer County 4-H/FFA and Extension have a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior. Consequences for violating any part of this policy may include, but are not limited to: removal from participation in current 4-H events at my own expense, sanctions on participating in any future 4-H events, forfeiture of financial support for the event(s), removal from any office or position held, etc. It is the responsibility of all program participants to reinforce this policy, appropriately intervene when necessary to enforce the rules, and to report any violations.

Fair Board, 4-H Leaders, FFA Advisor and Advisory board members, Superintendents, County or State Extension personnel may impose discipline procedures below in cases of misconduct by current, former, or prospective 4-H participants if, in the judgement of the personnel, the misconduct poses a potential risk to the 4-H or FFA program. This includes risks to the safety or well-being of others and risks to the effective functioning or integrity of 4-H and FFA.

Disciplinary Procedures
          A. Discipline may be imposed by any 4-H, FFA, Fair Board, or Extension staff who has oversight responsibility at the Custer County Fair.
          B. Unless immediate action is required, the following procedures must take place before there can be any finding or conclusion of guilt:
                       1. The accused participant shall be told the charge (which of the prohibited behaviors listed above) he or she is accused of violating, and
                       2. The accused participant is told what factual evidence supports the charge, and
                       3. The accused participant is given a chance to tell his/her side of the story.
           C. The 4-H or FFA staff person/s must be satisfied that the participant, more likely than not, engaged in the prohibited behavior before imposing a sanction. Sanctions may include some or all of the following:
                      1. Verbal warning
                      2. Notification to parents
                      3. Immediate removal from the fair
                      4. Being placed on a behavior contract
                      5. Referral to local law enforcement
                      6. Program suspension and/or
                      7. Expulsion from the fair
                      8. Other sanctions appropriate to the circumstances, as determined by the Fair Board, 4-H staff, FFA personnel.
            D. Protest and Appeals
                  1. A “protest” may be used by anyone to review rules, policies, and judging procedures. All protests shall be considered by the Superintendent or the entity responsible (i.e. the Fair Board), as appropriate.
                  2. The protest must be in writing, on a Protest Form obtained from the Fair Board Office and accompanied by a fee of $50 in cash or certified check. The protest shall plainly state the cause of the protest and shall be delivered to the Fair Office no later than 24 hours after the occurrence of the alleged incident. Judging will not be interrupted by a protest.
                  3. In the event the protestor is not satisfied by the protest resolution, the protestor may appeal the protest resolution to the Fair Board Executive Panel.
                  4. The appeal must be in writing, on an Appeal Form obtained from the Fair Office and accompanied by a fee of $100 in cash or certified check. The appeal shall plainly state the matter being appealed and shall be delivered to the Fair Office no later than 8 (eight) hours after the protest resolution was announced. The decision of the Fair Board Executive Panel is final.
                  5. Compliance with this protest and appeal process is mandatory prior to seeking review in any other forum. The fee(s) imposed above shall be refunded if the matter is resolved in favor of the person bringing the protest or appeal.
            E. Immediate action situations:
                   1. 4-H, FFA, or Extension staff may take immediate action to remove a participant from the fairgrounds and other action as needed, where there is an emergency or significant risk of continuing misconduct. In those cases, the immediate action is temporary discipline and 4-H, FFA, or Extension staff must arrange for the procedures in parts B, C,D, and E above as soon as possible but in no event longer than seven days from the temporary discipline.