Sportsmanship at the University of Mount Union

The University of Mount Union, the Ohio Athletic Conference and the NCAA promote good sportsmanship by demonstrating respect for all student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans. Fan ridicule of the opposition is strictly prohibited. Degrading remarks will not be tolerated. Be proud, be loud and be positive. Thank you.


Ohio Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Bylaw (Article 17 of Handbook)

  • OAC institutions expect high standards of honesty, integrity and behavior in the conduct of intercollegiate athletic events.
  • It is the responsibility of coaches, student-athletes and fans of OAC institutions to recognize the significance of their behavior as visible members of the campus and local community. These participants are therefore expected to live up to their responsibility by demonstrating good sportsmanship.
  • Existing rules for athletic competition that deal with this matter will be fully enforced at each institution. Where existing rules are inadequate, appropriate groups should establish and enforce new standards.
  • Inappropriate conduct on the part of coaches, student-athletes or fans, including verbal or physical abuse or demeaning words or actions towards officials, coaches, players or fans is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any OAC event.
  • Any such activity, such as bench jockeying, taunting or baiting by student-athletes, coaches or spectators, should be reported to the game official or game administrator, who, upon confirmation of the activity, will warn the offending party that further offense will result in:
    • For student-athletes and coaches, at minimum, a penalty consistent with the sport and/or a final warning that a third offense will result in removal from the event.
    • For spectators, any offense can result in removal from the event at the discretion of the game official or administrator. 
  • If a student-athlete or coach is ejected by the official from a game, the athlete or coach must leave the playing area and go to an area designated by the game administrator.

NCAA Bylaw 2.4 The Principles of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct.

For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program. It is the responsibility of each institution to: (Revised: 1/9/96)

  1. Establish policies for sportsmanship and ethical conduct in intercollegiate athletics consistent with the educational mission and goals of the institution; and (Adopted: 1/9/96)
  2. Educate, on a continuing basis, all constituencies about the policies in Constitution 2.4-(a). (Adopted: 1/9/96)