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REG 17 Misconduct/Bringing BUCS into disrepute


REG 17.1   Every member institution and its clubs shall be responsible for ensuring that its players, officials and all persons purporting to be its supporters or followers conduct themselves in an orderly fashion whilst attending or taking part in BUCS competitions.


REG 17.1.1 Failure to adhere to this regulation may render the institution and its clubs liable to a charge of misconduct for failing to fulfil its said responsibilities and/or additional charge(s) of bringing BUCS into disrepute. Examples for which BUCS would deem an institution and its clubs liable to a charge of misconduct and/or disrepute are: 

-    Violent, threatening, abusive, obscene or provocative, conduct or language;
-    Disregarding requests/instructions of Tournament Directors or appointed officials;
-    Encroachment on the playing area by spectators or unauthorised persons, save for reasons of safety;
-    Throwing missiles, bottles or other potentially harmful or dangerous objects at, onto or adjacent to                                                     the playing area.
-    Every member institution and its clubs shall be responsible for ensuring that its players, officials and all persons purporting to be its representatives do not conduct themselves or print / have published any material which will bring the company into disrepute, including social media platforms.


REG 17.1.2 The consumption of alcohol or recreational drugs (in addition to substances covered under REG 6.13) will not be tolerated. Competitors at any event or fixture found to be consuming such substances will be automatically disqualified and may face further disciplinary action under this regulation.


REG 17.1.3 Where the conduct in question is solely that of a supporter or follower who is not a current member (whether player, coach, official, student or other member) of the member institution, that responsibility shall be absolved if the member institution can demonstrate to the satisfaction of BUCS and, if relevant, BUCS disciplinary panel, that it had no reasonable means of controlling or advising on the conduct of the supporter or follower. 


REG 17.2     Charges under REG 17 will be subject to the following process:   


REG 17.2.1   In the case of a member institution wishing to lodge a complaint against another; a written complaint (email or letter) must be sent to the BUCS office. Complaints of such a nature shall be regarded as FORMAL and must therefore be treated by all parties with the appropriate regard.


REG 17.2.2   There shall be no timeframe for BUCS receiving a complaint of this nature. However, dependent on the nature of the complaint, a valid reason for any considerable delay must be provided. If the timeframe is deemed unjustified, the complaint may be dismissed. 


REG 17.2.3   BUCS will acknowledge receipt of said complaint in writing and may seek clarification of details/collection of evidence.


REG 17.2.4   BUCS will complete a standardised form summarising the accusation which will be forwarded to the accused institution.


REG 17.2.5   The accused institution shall have 7 days from receipt of the complaint to respond to the allegation.


REG 17.2.6   If an offending institution fails to respond within the stated timeframe REG 17.2.5 they shall lose the right to any further appeal.


REG 17.2.7   Disciplinary Hearing: A Disciplinary Panel will then convene in a timeframe appropriate to the allegations, with regard to impact on future fixtures, and the ability of parties to provide written evidence or representation at the hearing. The panel shall be comprised of:
            -    Chair(s) of Disciplinary Panel  
            -    2 Student Members

REG 17.2.8   Decisions reached by the Disciplinary Panel shall be communicated in person, immediately following the conclusion of the hearing. The decision will be emailed out to the institution within 48 hours of the hearing taking place. Only the decisions of the Panel shall be minuted, and not any discussion.


REG 17.2.9   The respondent can request a Final Appeal in order to appeal against one or more of the following:
                                   -    The verdict
                                   -    The penalty
                                   -    The process


REG 17.2.10   Institutions wishing to lodge a Final Appeal would then follow the process as stipulated in REG 16.11


REG 17.3   BUCS can bring its own charge of misconduct/bringing BUCS into disrepute against a member institution. This will follow the same process from REG 17.2.4 through to REG 17.2.10.


REG 17.4 Institutions may be prevented from entering further events in the same sport where a disciplinary charge has been brought and the matter has not been brought to a conclusion.



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