Title

Student Athletes’ Perceptions of Conference Codes of Ethics

Publication Title

Journal of Contemporary Athletics

Publication Date

2004

Document Type

Article

Keywords

College athletics, student athletes, sports ethics, sports management

Disciplines

Business | Sports Management

Abstract

Within intercollegiate athletics, a popular strategy to encourage ethical decision making and behavior has been to create codes of ethics. Despite the importance placed on codes of ethics, little is known about how student-athletes feel about their codes of ethics. To better understand student-athletes’ perceptions of the content and purposes of their codes of ethics, a sample of student-athletes from one NCAA Division I conference (n = 336) was surveyed. Results revealed student-athletes’ general perceptions of toward codes of ethics and their positions on responsibility for conduct, enforcement, and penalties. Further, results revealed student-athletes’ feelings toward important ethical ideals. Findings from this research should help conferences in writing codes of ethics that are more effective.

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