THE REBEL SQUADRONS
Fleet Commander Directive 2014-02
Code of Conduct
This document describes the behavior expected of Rebel Squadrons members, and the process for responding to inappropriate behavior.
1. Notes on the Code. The Code of Conduct is published by the Arbitrator and is posted here in its entirety for ease of reference. The Code of Conduct is a guideline, and does not overrule or circumvent the Rebel Squadrons Bylaws in any way.
2. Standards of Conduct.
- Because the Rebel Squadrons deals with a diverse number of people within a wide range of ages, geographical locations, cultures, and social norms, the actions that may require official attention are diverse. All officers shall strive to govern their decisions in accordance with the mission statement of the RS to the full extent of their abilities at all times.
- Members must comply with the code of conduct at any time when they are engaging in club activities or representing the club.
- Members must refrain from ever engaging in non-fictional acts of aggression or antagonism against any other online organization or against any other member, for any reason.
- Finally, members must refrain from creating a hostile or unwelcoming environment for any other member through their actions or communications. Given the diverse background of the Rebel Squadrons, all members must respect and mutually tolerate the differences of others in the organization.
3. Specifically Prohibited Acts.
- Espionage, Spying, Hacking, or Infiltration: These acts are not limited to, but include, any action taken to infiltrate another organization, to obtain privileged information from another organization to utilize for Rebel Squadrons purposes, or to cause non-fictional harm to that club or its members. These acts are completely unacceptable and engaging in acts of espionage is grounds for immediate expulsion.
- Abuse: Abuse is defined as the use of abusive or offensive language when referring to another member, the unfair treatment of a member, or excessively bad sportsmanship.
- Discrimination: Discrimination includes refusing services, advancement, or recognition from an individual, or singling out an individual for unfair treatment, based on an individual's demographic or social traits, such as gender, sexual orientation, or race.
- Harassment: Harassment is defined as continual abuse over a period of time, which seeks to isolate, upset, or demoralize a member.
- Cheating: Cheating includes but is not limited to the falsification of results to change the rightful outcome of any competition, internal or external. It also includes acts such as intentionally circumventing rules, abusing loopholes, and other similar acts.
- Dereliction of Duty: Dereliction of duty is defined as neglect of, or significant or repeated failure to fulfil, the responsibilities of a command or staff position.
- Abuse of Authority: Abuse of authority is any use of command or staff privilege for any reason other than to fulfill the responsibilities associated with that privilege, such as using a command position to abuse or harass another member, for personal gain, or for the unwarranted gain or detriment of another member.
- Dishonorable Conduct: Includes actions that bring the Rebel Squadrons or a member of the Rebel Squadrons into disrepute and includes things such as plagiarism, tampering with evidence, and actions that while not explicitly prohibited are also not considered acceptable conduct.
4. Possible Sanctions for Violations. The Arbitrator retains the right to issue sanctions commensurate with the violation, in his or her judgement. Therefore, there are no prescribed sanctions or punishments for individual violations. Punishments will be decided on a case-by-case basis and made commensurate with the severity of the violation. While most first time offenses will result in warnings, the Arbitrator may issue any level of sanction for any violation depending on the circumstances. In particular, sanctions involving Espionage or Cheating will be severe. Some possible sanctions are as follows:
- Warning: The Arbitrator issues a warning to the violator, informing them of their violation and warning them against similar action in the future. Warnings may include "Suspended Sanctions", which is the deferral of sanctions for a period of time during which the member can be considered to be on probation.
- Communications Ban: The Arbitrator may issue communications bans to violators to prohibit them from interacting with other members in official RS communication mediums. The Arbitrator reserves the right to determine the extent and duration of a ban. A ban may be for only one particular medium, such as a single IRC channel, for one medium in general, such as all RS IRC channels, or even for all RS communication mediums entirely, including IRC and the RS website.
- Session Point Deduction: The Arbitrator may deduct session points from a member's Multiplayer or Single Player totals, as well as issue sanctions on a squadron level if necessary.
- Demotion: The Arbitrator may demote a member either one rank or several ranks for violating the Code of Conduct if the case is severe enough to warrant such action.
- Removal From Office: The Arbitrator reserves the right to remove a member from an office or position of authority.
- Expulsion: The ultimate penalty the Arbitrator may levy is permanent expulsion from the Rebel Squadrons. Because of the severe nature of this sanction, the Arbitrator will always confer with the Fleet Commander prior to issuing it. The decision of the Arbitrator can then be appealed to the Fleet Commander, and then High Command as outlined in Section 5 of the bylaws.
5. General Conduct. This Code of Conduct is merely meant to provide some basic guidelines and does not exhaust all possible violations or all possible sanctions. In general, members are encouraged to have fun with each other and refrain from any action that is mocking or disrespectful of other members. If members are having fun with their friends and treating others the way they wish to be treated themselves, they will most likely never have to worry about sanctions.
This directive is effective 18 August 2014. Last updated: March, 2015.
Fleet Commander Emeritus