Article VII: penalties

  1. Directors of forensics, assistants or coaches found guilty of entering ineligible students in forensics competition will be subject to any or all of the sanctions listed below, as deemed justified by the Educational Development and Practices Committee:
    1. Have their names published in the AFA Newsletter with a note of censure.
    2. Have the notice of censure conveyed in writing by the AFA President to appropriate officials at the offending institution.
  2. A student declared ineligible will be barred from national competitions or awards sponsored in whole or in part by the AFA.The student will be subject to any or all of the sanctions listed below, as deemed justified by the Educational Development and Practices Committee
    1. Notice of the action published in the AFA Newsletter, with a letter sent by the AFA President to appropriate officials at the offending student's school informing them of the student's ineligibility for competition in forensics.
  3. In instances of evidence distortion and/or fabrication, the judge(s) shall automatically award the decision in the debate to the opposing team and give the offending speaker zero speaker points, noting the violation of the rules of evidence on the ballot as the reason for the judge's decisions and points. In individual event, the judge(s) will treat evidence distortion and/or fabrication by giving the offending speaker zero points and by dropping that speaker from the speaker rankings to be assigned at the end of the round. The judge(s) will note the violation of the rules of evidence on the ballot as the reason for the points and no-rank given.
  4. Speakers found guilty of plagiarism will be disqualified from the round in which the plagiarism occurred, with zero speaker points and no rank assigned and plagiarism noted on the ballot as the reason for the judge's action.
  5. A judge who makes a decision on the basis of evidence distortion, evidence fabrication or plagiarism will immediately report his/her action to the tournament director. The tournament director will, as soon as possible, investigate the incident and determine if the offending speaker should be declared ineligible for further competition, elimination rounds or award at the tournament. Directors should base such decision on the severity of the case involved.
  6. Tournament directors must report to the Chair of Educational Development and Practices Committee any and all instances of judge decisions granted for reasons of evidence distortion, evidence fabrication or plagiarism. If the Chair receives, in any given academic year, two such complaints involving the same student, the student will be subject to any or all of the sanctions listed below, as deemed justified by the Educational Development and Practices Committee:
    1. Be declared ineligible for national competitions or awards sponsored in whole or in part by the AFA for a period of 12 calendar months from the date of the second offense. The student will be informed when notification of the second offense is received. The student has the right to appeal that the penalty should not be imposed, under the appeal procedure outlined in Article VI, Section 4 of the code.
    2. A notice of the student's ineligibility for national competitions sponsored by the AFA published in the AFA Newsletter.
    3. A letter by the AFA President sent to appropriate officials at the offending student's school.
  7. Tournament directors found guilty of violating any section of Article IV of the code will be subject to any or all of the sanctions listed below, as deemed justified by the Educational Development and Practices committee:
    1. Censure of the offending tournament.
      1. The Educational Development and Practices Committee finding that the tournament had violated the Code will be published in the AFA Newsletter.
      2. Appropriate officials at the offending school will be notified in writing by the AFA President of the decision to censure the tournament.
      3. In cases where the Educational Development and Practices Committee determines the Code violation to be severe, the tournament will not be allowed to publish its dates in the next AFA tournament calendar following the Educational Development and Practices Committee's decision that the tournament was in violation of the Code.
    2. Tournament probation.
      1. When a tournament is found guilty of a Code violation on a second separate occasion, the tournament may be put on probation; viz. The results of the next occurrence of the tournament, following the Educational Development and Practices Committee's decision to place it on probation, cannot be used for the purpose of qualifying forensic participants for national tournaments sponsored in whole or in part by the AFA.
      2. If a tournament is placed on probation, this decision will be printed in the AFA Newsletter Tournament Calendar edition covering the tournament season in which the probation will be served, with notification that this tournaments results cannot be used for the purpose of qualifying forensic students for national competitions sponsored in whole or in part by the AFA.
      3. Probation will be for one year. When the probation ends that fact will be reported in the AFA Newsletter Tournament Calendar issue.
  8. Forensics directors, coaches, assistants or judges found guilty of asking students to throw rounds of forensics competition will be subject to the penalties listed under section I of this Article.
  9. A student transferring from one school to another as a consequence of unscrupulous recruiting will be ineligible to participate in the next national tournament sponsored in whole or in part by the AFA occurring after the Educational Development and Practices Committee's decision that the transfer resulted from unscrupulous contact initiated by the school to which the student transferred.
  10. Participant(s) at an AFA sponsored event found guilty of unprofessional conduct will be subject to any or all of the sanctions listed below, as deemed justified by the Educational Development and Practices Committee:
    1. a letter of reprimand sent directly from the committee to the identified participant(s).
    2. have their names published in the AFA Newsletter with a note of censure.
    3. have the notice of censure conveyed in writing by the AFA President to appropriate officials at the offending institution.
    4. may be barred from participation in AFA sponsored events for a specific length of time as determined by the Educational Development and Practices Committee.