Code of Conduct

All students at the University are subject to the Student Conduct Code, WAC 478-121, and Student Governance and Policy Chapters 209 and 210.  These documents outline prohibited behaviors, including but not limited to abuse of others, unlawful use of alcohol and drugs, harassment and bullying, theft, and vandalism. Allegations of misconduct may be referred to Community Standards & Student Conduct for investigation. More information is available online at



The following Code of Conduct represents the policy for persons using facilities managed by UW Recreation or for participants in programs administered by the Department staff. It applies to participants, coaches, instructors, team managers, organizations, and spectators. The Code of Conduct will be enforced. Any organization or individual violating the intent of the policy may be restricted from participating in programs and/or use of Department facilities.

Code of Conduct

All players, coaches, or team managers participating in UW Recreation activities are bound by the following Code of Conduct.

  • The unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on the University campus or during University-sponsored activities is prohibited (CH.478-124 WAC) and will result in appropriate steps by the University Police and could result in disciplinary sanctions under the Student Conduct Code, including dismissal from the University.
  • A player will be ejected from a game or prevented from participating for consuming alcoholic beverages/drugs at the game site or prior to the game. The decision to eject a player will be made by the game officials or recreation staff. This decision will be based on judgment and will not be considered grounds for a protest. It is the responsibility of the team members to cooperate with game officials in controlling spectators and team followers. A contest will be forfeited if, in the opinion of the game officials, such cooperation is not evident.
  • Good sportsmanship will be observed in all UW Recreation activities. Respect for players, coaches, managers, officials, recreation staff, and spectators are essential for amateur competition and fair play.
  • Good sportsmanship conduct by participants toward the opposition, officials, spectators, and recreation staff is mandatory. The Department (Program Coordinator) shall have the authority to administer disciplinary action to individual players, coaches, instructors, managers, and/or spectators for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Violations & Penalties

  • The following unsportsmanlike behavior shall result in ejection from an intramural contest:
    • Verbal abuse and/or threatening behavior to a member of the opposing team, spectator(s), intramural official, and/or staff member. Abuse may be verbal or non-verbal (e.g. taunting and baiting behavior).
    • Any inappropriate physical contact with a member of the opposing team, spectator(s), intramural official, or staff member.
    • Multiple unsportsmanlike technical fouls or penalties (e.g. a red card).
    • Uncooperative in providing information requested by an official or staff member.
    • Persistent infringement of the spirit and intent of the game rules.
    • Evidence of use of alcohol/drugs prior to or during participation.
  • Ejection from an intramural contest for unsportsmanlike conduct will result in an automatic one game suspension from further intramural participation. An ejected individual shall remain suspended from all intramural activities until he/she meets with the Associate Director.
  • Violations of the Code of Conduct may be penalized as follows:
    • Forfeiture: the contest(s) in which the violation(s) occurred may be declared a loss by forfeit.
    • Warning: formal notice of the violation, no penalties imposed. The organization, team, or individual(s) must take corrective action following the warning.
    • Probation: formal notification of the violation may result in additional penalties. The organization, team, or individual(s) will be placed on probation for a designated period of time. Further violations may result in suspension.
    • Suspension: as a result of serious, intentional, or repeated violations, the organization, team, or individual(s) may be declared ineligible for intramural participation.
    • Expulsion: an organization, team, or individual(s) may be prohibited from participation in all UW Recreation activities and/or from use of department facilities.

The extent and terms of disciplinary action taken by the intramural programs staff will depend upon the nature and severity of the violation as well as any history of previous violations. The duration of the penalty may vary in length from one game to up to one year or more.

  • The penalized individual/team may appeal the decision in accordance with the established appeal procedures in this handbook.
  • The Associate Director reserves the right to suspend any participant or team from intramural competition for conduct, behavior, or attitude that he/she perceives as interfering with the orderly conduct of intramural activities and/or the safety of the participants.

Student Conduct Code, WAC 478-120, General Conduct Code for the University of Washington, WAC 478-124

Additional disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with the Student Conduct Code and/or General Conduct Code for the University of Washington.

Presidential Order, Executive Order No. 31: Non-discrimination and Non-retaliation Policy for the University of Washington

Additional disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with the non-discrimination and no-retaliation policy for the University of Washington.