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The University of Alabama

Student Government Association

STUDENT ORGANIZATION SEATING HANDBOOK Revised August, 2010

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The Capstone Creed As a member of The University of Alabama Community, I will pursue knowledge; act with fairness, honesty, and respect; Foster civic responsibility; and strive for excellence.

Purpose The purpose of this handbook is to establish policies and procedures that govern participation of the Student Organization Seating Program. Please note that it is the responsibility of each person in every organization to know and understand these policies and procedures. Ignorance of any Student Organization Seating policy is not an excuse for failure to comply. The Student Organization Seating Committee reserves the right to modify these rules in whole or in part at any time as necessary. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for these rules or the Student Organization Seating program in general, please contact the Office of SGA.

Student Government Office General Information The SGA Office is located on the 2nd floor of the Ferguson Center. Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Phone Number: 205-348-2742 Fax: 205-348-0755 Website: http://sga.ua.edu/

Student Organization Seating Staff Professional Staff Advisors Darrell Hargreaves Coordinator of Intramural Sports Phone: 348-5143 Email: dhargrea@sa.ua.edu

Student Staff SGA Vice President for Student Affairs Student Organization Seating Committee (SOSC)

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Section 1: Student Organization Criteria and Evaluation Process Article 1.01 Criteria All eligible student organizations applying for seating must be registered with The SOURCE as an official University of Alabama student organization. In addition all student organizations must submit an accurate student organization GPA. Failure to submit an accurate average GPA will result in the deduction of points from the student organizations’ application evaluation. No more than a total of 350 seats will be allocated to any student organization. This 350 seat allocation shall be defined as 175 student organization “member” seats, and 175 “guest” seats. Article 1.02 Evaluations Student organizations applying for Student Origination Seating shall be evaluated by the committee and ranked based on a points system. The points system consists of four sections; three of which are worth 50 points each (Academic Achievement, Campus Involvement, and Community Service). An organization can acquire up to 150 points. No points are associated with the conduct section (conduct at games may be used to adjust Student Organization Seating arrangements before or throughout the football season); however, it will also be used in the event the committee needs to break ties.

Section 2: Stadium Code of Conduct Article 2.01 Bryant-Denny Stadium Fan Code of Conduct The University of Alabama promotes good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches and spectators. Fans must conduct themselves with good sportsmanship to reflect the high standards of honor and dignity that characterize The University of Alabama. Anyone associated with an athletic program or event should reflect respect, fairness, civility, responsibility and courtesy to others. Profanity, vulgar cheers, intimidating actions, intoxication, belligerent or abusive behaviors WILL NOT be tolerated. Fans attending Alabama football games are expect to stay off the playing field, including after the game, and WILL NOT throw objects onto the field. Positive support of the players, coaches and officials is strongly encouraged. The University of Alabama expects positive behavior exhibited towards our visiting guests at every contest. Please treat other with courtesy and respect. Any violation of this Code of Conduct subjects you to removal from the stadium and forfeit of future event tickets. Article 2.02 SEC Code of Conduct Coaches and student-athletes of a member institution, as well as individuals employed by or associated with that institution, including alumni, fans, patrons and boosters, shall conduct themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship. Their behavior shall at all times reflect the high standards of honor and dignity that characterize participation in the collegiate setting. For intercollegiate athletes to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, coaches, studentathletes and all others associated with these athletics programs and event should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty, and responsibility. These values should be manifested not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program. A. Conduct themselves in a manner that represents their university, the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA with honor, dignity and respect B. Demonstrate the qualities of civility and sportsmanship at all times C. Not use vulgar, abusive, racist, sexist, demeaning or intimidating language at any time D. Support the players, coaches and officials in a positive manner E. Treat the visiting team, coaches and fans with courtesy and respect at all times F. Not engage in cheers that are vulgar, crass or demeaning G. Refrain from throwing objects onto the field for any reason H. Not become inebriated or belligerent I. Refrain from entering the playing field at any times, including after the game J. Be a positive role model for those around them by treating others with courtesy and respect

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Section 3: Discipline Procedures Article 3.01 Organization Punishment Organizations that are found violating the Stadium Code of Conduct, Student Organization Seating Policy, or any policy by Judicial Affairs are subject to punishment. This punishment will/may be decided by the Student Organization Seating Committee, SGA, or Judicial Affairs. The following sanctions are listed as follows: A. Unacceptable Behavior 01. Throwing objects at a University of Alabama sporting event 02. Not adhering to the 45 minute student organization policy 03. Any and all types of illegal physical contact, gestures, spitting, verbal attacks or other combative actions (FIGHTING). Depending on the severity of the incident, further disciplinary action may be warranted. Any and all types of violence will not be tolerated. “She/he hit me first,” or “I was defending myself” are not acceptable excuses for fighting 04. Excessive tardiness or early departure from the stadium. NOTE: Other offenses deemed unacceptable not specified in this manual may lead to organizational sanctions. Article 3.02 Individual Punishment Further individual sanctions may occur from the office of Judicial Affairs. The following sanctions may be found on the Judicial Affairs website on the Common Sanctions page (http://www.ja.ua.edu/CommonSanctions.htm) B. Throwing Objects at a University of Alabama Sporting Event. 01. 1st Offense – Loss of ticket privileges to that sports’ event for (3) consecutive games (If incident occurs at the last game of the season then sanction will be place for the beginning of next season of that particular sport.) and mandatory attendance for Capstone Character Class. 02. 2nd Offense – Loss of ticket privileges for the particular sporting event for the student indefinitely. 03. 3rd Offense – Loss of ticket privileges for all UA sporting events for remainder of the student’s academic career. NOTE: Other Offenses – May lead to sanctions that are not specified in this manual.

Section 4: Student Organization Seating Revisions Article 4.01 General The Student Organization Seating Committee reserves the right to put into effect any new ruling pertaining to Student Organization Seating and uncivil behavior for the safety of all participants. If organizations repeatedly arrive to the game late or leave early, those organizations are subject to committee review and punishment.

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