Code Of Conduct for Razorback Basketball Fans

Rules apply to all SEC schools, all sports

Friday, January 24, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas Razorbacks will host the Auburn Tigers at 4:30 p.m. this Saturday in Bud Walton Arena. Basketball fans are reminded that there is a code of conduct to follow and violations of that code can result in serious consequences for the individual violator and the University of Arkansas.

The basketball sideline and competition floor are off limits to anyone without proper credentials. Individuals violating this are subject to being removed from the venue, and the institution can be fined by the SEC from $5,000 to $50,000. Please review the following information.

Razorback Fan Code of Conduct

Razorback fans are the best of the best. They model this by loudly supporting the Razorbacks and displaying respect and good sportsmanship toward the visiting team and visiting fans. However, the NCAA, SEC, and UA have assigned a high priority to assuring athletic events are conducted in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere which promotes good sportsmanship by spectators, student-athletes, and coaches. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants, officials and event management

Prohibited Behavior: Spectators are reminded that security personal have authority to remove from the stadium, anyone engaged in unsafe or inappropriate conduct including: profanity, racial, sexist, or other abusive or intimidating comments or actions directed at officials, event management staff, student-athletes, coaches, team representatives or other fans. Fighting, smoking in public areas and drunkenness will not be tolerated. Throwing of any objects in the stadium is forbidden. UA policy strictly prohibits anyone from entering the sideline or field without proper credentials. 

Enforcement: Violations of any UA athletic event policies are subject to removal from the site of competition, or arrest and/or loss of ticket privileges. The University of Arkansas reserves the right to remove the ticket holder from the premises if, in the sole opinion of the security personnel, the ticket holder's conduct endangers or disrupts the environment.

SEC Policy Regarding Fan Behavior

Access to Competition Area

In all sports, access to the competition area shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy. Institutional penalties against individuals who improperly enter the competition area shall include, but not be limited to, expulsion from the facility, arrest for trespassing, and the loss of future ticket privileges. In addition to these three penalties, violators who are students shall be subject to institutional student disciplinary measures.

Each institution is responsible for publicizing this policy, as well as the penalties associated with violations, through appropriate means, such as ticket back statements, public address announcements, video/matrix announcements, facility signage and other means available. It is likewise the responsibility of each head coach to publicly discourage spectators from entering the playing area at any time.

Penalties for institutional violations – In the sports of football, men's basketball and women's basketball, at the discretion of the Commissioner: 1st offense: an institutional fine of $5,000; 2nd offense: an institutional fine of up to $25,000; 3rd offense or subsequent offense: an institutional fine of up to $50,000. If an institution is penalized and subsequently does not have a violation for a period of three years (from the date of the violation), that subsequent violation shall be considered a 2nd offense.

Language, Signage, and Chants

The use by any coach, student-athlete, support personnel or spectator of vulgar, racist, or sexist language or signage is strictly prohibited at all conference competition facilities. Orchestrated verbal chants or foul language directed at visiting student-athletes, coaches, team personnel, or fans are also prohibited. It is the responsibility of each institution to institute procedures to prevent such occurrences, including ticket back statements, public address announcement, video/matrix announcements, facility signage and other means available. Institutional penalties against spectators engaging in such behavior shall include, but not be limited to, expulsion from the facility and the loss of future ticket privileges. Penalties against coaches, student-athletes or support personnel are outlined in the NCAA rules for the respective sports and are administered by the competition officials.

Penalties for institutional violations – On a yearly (by school year) basis and at the discretion of the Commissioner: 1st offense: a private or public notification and reprimand of the institution; 2nd or subsequent: and institutional fine of up to $5,000.


Scott Flanagin, director of communications and outreach
Division of Student Affairs

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