Section 12- Discipline

Overview

Participants and spectators that choose to exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior before, during, or after a contest, directed toward an opponent, official or intramural staff member may be ejected. An official, game supervisor or intramural staff member may administer the ejection. Examples of unsportsmanlike conduct which will result in ejection include, but are not limited to, the use of profanity, vulgar and abusive language, disrespect towards any official or intramural staff member, unnecessary roughness, excessive technical fouls, flagrant actions toward an opponent, flagrant actions toward an official, and fighting or inciting a fight. 

 

Incident Reporting

All instants of unsportsmanlike conduct aforementioned, will be documented in an official incident report. The incident report can be found here. 

 

Ejections

Any person/participant who is ejected from a game as a result of unsportsmanlike conduct is required to leave the confines of the playing area within a timely manner. This is usually measured by one minute, however the game supervisor may allow slightly more time if they feel it is appropriate or necessary. Ejected players must leave sight and sound of the facility. Failure to do this will result in a forfeit for their team and Campus Police being called. 

 

Suspensions: 

Automatic Suspension

Any player, coach, or spectator who is ejected from an Intramural Sports contest as a result of unsportsmanlike conduct will be automatically suspended from all further intramural activities until officially reinstated. Ejected individuals and team captains are required to meet with the IMS Specialist to discuss the incident prior to reinstatement. Additionally, a player who accumulates three unsportsmanlike penalties during the course of a semester (regardless of sport) will also be automatically suspended from all further intramural activities and must meet with the IMS Specialist to discuss the player’s behavior. Whenever a meeting with the IMS Specialist r is required, it is the responsibility of the player to contact the IMS Specialist to schedule this meeting.



Mandatory Minimum Suspension

After meeting with the IMS Specialist, ejected players will be required to serve a mandatory minimum one-game suspension. Depending on the severity of the incident, this suspension may be lengthened and may result in possible referral to the Office of JudicialAffairs. 

 

Extent of Suspensions 

Suspensions can extend to, and include, a lifetime ban from the Basler Center for Physical Activity and all E&H IMS activities. Other disciplinary measures may also be taken.  

 

Reinstatement and Probation

After meeting with the IMS Specialists, and serving the mandatory suspension the player will be reinstated. A reinstated player will automatically be placed on probation through E&H IMS. Players who are on probation will have all future suspensions doubled in length. A third suspension will then be quadrupled in length, and so on and so forth. Additional disciplinary actions may be taken if deemed appropriate, including a longer intramural suspension, and/or referral to the Dean of Students Office. 

 

Severe Offenses

All incidents included under, but not limited to, this “Severe Offenses” section may be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and the Department of Public Safety with charges (student judicial and/or criminal) being sought in some instances. The Emory and Henry Department of Public Safety is a full law enforcement agency with the ability to file criminal charges and the authority to arrest. 

 

Fighting

Fighting or threatening to fight will result in the automatic ejection players involved. Players involved in a fight will be indefinitely suspended from all Intramural activities. Those players will be required to meet with the IMS Specialist. The IMS Specialist will determine the length and extent of the suspension, however there will be a minimum one-year suspension from intramural activities imposed. 

  • Players leaving the bench to become involved in a fight will be treated as outlined above.
  • Players that leave the bench area during a fight attempting to be “peacemakers” will be automatically ejected and subject to the ejection and reinstatement procedures.
  • Teams involved in a fight will forfeit their game and are subject to removal from the league and further action. 



Intent to Injure 

Any player who is determined by the game officials or game supervisor to have deliberately attempted to injure another player will be immediately ejected and receive an indefinite suspension from all Intramural activities. The player will be taken through the conduct process- from their a decision will be made on the length of suspension from activity. 

 

Offenses towards Officials/Staff 

Intramural officials, like the majority of intramural participants, are students. Any abuse – physical, verbal, or threatening – of intramural officials and staff will not be tolerated. 

  • Verbal abuse of an official/staff member will result in an unsportsmanlike penalty or technical foul on the offending player. Depending on the nature/severity, the player may be immediately ejected.
  • Any player who makes physical contact (i.e. pushing, striking, spitting on, etc.) will be immediately ejected and receive an indefinite suspension from all Intramural activities. 
  • The player will be required to meet with the IMS Specialist. The IMS Specialist and will determine the length and extent of the suspension. 
    •  A minimum one-year suspension from all Intramural activities will be assessed in the case of verbally threatening or making deliberate physical contact with an intramural official or staff member.  
    • A lifetime suspension from all Intramural activities, Additionally, criminal and student conduct charges will be sought. 

 

Willful Facility/Equipment Damage 

Any player, coach, or spectator who willfully/deliberately damages facilities and/or equipment will be ejected. The individual will be billed for the cost of all damages. The individual(s) will receive a hold on all grades, transcripts and registration until the bill is paid. In addition to financial responsibility for the damages, the individual(s) will be subject to further disciplinary action through the Office of Hosing & Residence Life, The Dean of Students Office, or Campus Police.