22-B-06: Conduct in Competition

On March 10, 2022, in 2022 Bylaw Amendments, by Jen Saab

Amend NAIA Bylaws Article VI, Section B, Item 7 as follows:

  1. Conduct in Competition

It is the responsibility of the offending institution to provide written notification to its commissioner of any incidents of misconduct during a contest, including ejections from a contest, within five days of the incident.

Any coach or student-athlete ejected on one or more occasions while representing an NAIA member institution in competition shall be subject automatically to the following penalties:

a. Suspension for the next contest after the coach or student-athlete is ejected for the first time (in one sport) in a single season. A coach or student-athlete ejected for fighting, as reported by the game official, shall be automatically suspended for one additional contest.

b. Suspension for the next two contests if a coach or student-athlete accumulates two ejections (in one sport) in a single season. This includes postseason play and may carry over to the following year depending on when the ejection occurs. A coach or student-athlete ejected for fighting, as reported by the game official, shall be automatically suspended for one additional contest.

c. Ineligibility for the remainder of all regular season and postseason participation if a coach or student-athlete accumulates three ejections (in one sport) in a single season. Should the third ejection occur in either of the last two contests of the year, the coach or returning student-athlete will be suspended for the first two contests of the following year.

NOTE 1: Any coach or student-athlete ejected from a junior varsity or varsity contest shall be suspended for the next contest at the same level or higher as the contest from which the student or coach was ejected. Contests that are defined as scrimmages and exhibitions shall not satisfy the suspension penalty.

Any coach who changes employment from one NAIA institution to another NAIA institution while subject to a pending suspension due to misconduct during a contest must serve the term of the suspension at the new institution.

A transfer student who was suspended or declared otherwise ineligible due to misconduct while representing an institution in competition must serve the period of suspension at the institution to which the student transfers before intercollegiate participation shall be permitted.

Ejections are not subject to appeal. Suspensions resulting from this bylaw caused by an ejection which are greater than the sport-specific rule may be appealed to the National Conduct and Ethics Committee with initial notification to, and recommendation from the conference/ Continental Athletic Conference (CAC) (formerly the Association of Independent Institutions). The National Conduct and Ethics Committee may uphold, reduce or remove the suspension based on review of game video or other available information. Suspensions resulting from the bylaw equal to or less than the sport-specific rule may not be appealed.

NOTE 2: An institution or affiliated conference shall retain the right to apply more stringent penalties than the NAIA rules and standards. If sport specific rules are more stringent than NAIA rules, the institution must also conform to the sport specific rules.

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Intent: To clarify the ability of the National Conduct and Ethics Committee to act on appeals of NAIA game suspensions and adjudicate them as it deems appropriate.

Effective Date: August 1, 2022

Submitted by: National Conduct and Ethics Committee

 

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