|Responsible University Administrator:||Vice President for Student Affairs|
|Responsible Officer:||Senior Associate Director of Recreational Sports|
|Current Revision Date:||03/22/13|
|Next Review Date:||03/22/17|
|End of Policy Date:||N/A|
Participants in intramural sports are expected to abide by a code of conduct.
This policy is required for the effective communication of university policy regarding the code of conduct in intramurals.
All members of The University of Southern Mississippi community.
Article 1: Protest of Rule Interpretations
Protests involving rule interpretations will be considered immediately following the incident in question. Play will be suspended until an Intramural Sports supervisor rules on the protest. If a team continues to play without calling the supervisor to the game site, then that team forfeits its right to a protest. Protests will not be honored after play has resumed. Judgment calls cannot be protested. If the protest is not approved, the protesting team is charged with a time out. If the protest is upheld, they delay shall count as an official’s time out.
Article 2: Prohibited Conduct
No player, coach or spectator shall do the following:
Article 3: Fighting
Under no circumstances will fighting be tolerated. Participants involved in any fighting shall be immediately removed from the facility and suspended from participation in Intramural Sports for one full year.
Article 4: Mandatory Penalties
The following mandatory penalties shall occur whenever an individual is ejected:
Article 6: Procedure of Disciplinary Appeals
The recreational sports director will rule on further penalties to be prescribed as a result of unsportsmanlike conduct: profanity; unnecessary delay of game; striking or shoving an opponent; threatening, shoving or striking an official; arguing with officials; derogatory or abusive remarks toward an opponent or officials; and any action with the intent to physically injure an opponent or official. The captain may be held responsible for the actions of any individual member of the team and for spectators directly related to his or her team. The conduct of the player and spectators before and after games is as important as the conduct during the game.
Article 7: Verbal Abuse
Verbal abuse of Intramural Sports employees or participants will not be tolerated. The University of Southern Mississippi specifically prohibits the use of abusive language that insults, taunts or challenges another person. This includes swearing, obscenities, epithets directed at an individual’s race, color, ethnic identity, religion, sex or that which is personally abusive, degrading or insulting.
Article 8: Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco
Amendments: Month, Day, Year – summary of changes
11/01/11: Formatted for Institutional Policies website.
03/06/13: Formatted for template. Minor editing throughout.