OFFICIAL LeagueGaming Code Of Conduct

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    This policy will serve as a reference for how one should conduct themselves on LeagueGaming.com, its chat box, its forums, its apps, and during all sanctioned LeagueGaming activities, including but not limited to:
    • League Games, including in-game names and communication.
    • Xbox and PlayStation Party Chats during official games and sanctioned events.
    • Off-site private messages and channels that the site has deemed "official" i.e. the management discord, team discord channels, etc.
    • Streams during official league games, league media, or sanctioned LG events.
    Your use of this website and its tools is governed by the LeagueGaming.com Terms of Service

    Since LeagueGaming.com is the method in which members of this community come together, LG reserves the right to govern every forum of social media, and form of communication utilized by its players. This would be deemed as but not limited to; communication via text message, social media [Twitter-Facebook-Insta], messaging apps [Discord-KIK-GroupMe], and communication on your console [Xbox-PS4]. This right reserved by the league will not be applicable in situations where members are interacting about topics outside the scope of the website, the league, or the sanctioned events the users are participating in. In any personal disputes outside what the website deems as 'its scope" [outlined above], the site policies will not be enforced.

    LeagueGaming.com also reserves the right to all of its official branding.

    • Users of the website that are using LeagueGaming.com's name in any form of social media, or as a way to identify oneself as being affiliated with the league, website, or sanctioned event shall adhere to this policy. In a situation whereby a user breaches this policy on any forum of media, the league reserves the right to apply the violations of this policy to that said user, as well as having the affiliation removed from that user.
    Below you will find the General Policies and related punishments associated with the Social Conduct Policy for LeagueGaming.com.

    This policy also covers any areas not described in the individual Constitution of any League on LeagueGaming.com. This document also supersedes any individual League Constitution when the question of site interactions and guidelines are involved.

    What do the violations mean?

    The violations are broken down into chat box punishments and League / Event punishments.

    Chat box Punishments:

    • One Month Chat Mute [Buyout Option]
      • No chat box.
      • No forum access.
    • Six Month Chat Mute [Buyout Option]
      • No chat box.
      • No forum access.
      • * There is a buyout option, BUT the user SHALL serve two months of the six-month mute regardless of whether the mute is bought out *
    • Six Month Chat Mute [No Buyout Option]
      • No chat box.
      • No forum access.
    League - Event Punishments
    • 2 Season League Ban [Buyout Option]
      • A buyout option will return a player to his or her team once they sign back up for the league.
      • If a user does NOT buyout this ban, the ban will expire.
    • Capital Offense
      • Three season ban in which ALL THREE SEASONS have to be served.
      • This ban also is accompanied by a $100 fine.
      • In order for a user to return from this punishment, he or she is required to pay the fine as well as sit out the three seasons.
    • Removal from the Sanctioned Event - Tournament
      • If a user is taking part in a sanctioned event or tournament, he or she can be removed from that event without the ability to return to that specific event.
    • Site Ban
      • Site bans are reserved for major violations and/or for members who are currently under a capital ban then commit an offense that would result in an additional capital ban.

    What to do if you see a possible violation?

    • Screenshot of the incident at the actual time from the Chat Box sent to the Admin Staff or Moderator Group.
    • For forum posts, you can either take a screenshot and submit via the Action Center or PM to League Staff of that specific League or utilize the Report Post function.
    • Searching back through the Chat Box Archive and looking for possible violations will not be accepted, a screenshot of the actual comment in the chat box itself is required.
    • Keep in mind that a majority of violations require the user directly involved to file the official complaint.
    Additional Information
    • The Code of Conduct does NOT apply to situations whereby two users are engaged in a debate in regards to personal skill or a subject that is deemed an "opinion." As long as the debate does not go against anything listed above, there is no violation.
    • There is never a situation whereby a member of this website can use the excuse "I was joking" to justify their actions that lead to a breach of this policy.
    • This policy comes into effect on September 10th, 2018. Any violations moving forward will be based on this policy. Anyone who is currently serving a six-month ban, when it expires will be governed by the changes in this document.
    • In regards to harassment complaints, complaints of threats - personal harm, and situations whereby personal information has been made public on the website, site and league staff require the member who was directly involved, i.e. the member who was harassed, had information leaked or was threatened, to be the member who formally submits the complaint.
    • In situations whereby a member of the site feels actions were taken against him or her, but do not feel comfortable with submitting a formal complaint via the site's Action Center, that member has the ability to send a PM to either @LG McDonald or @Tris10
    Below you will find the General Policies and related punishments associated with the Social Conduct Policy for LeagueGaming.com

    This policy also covers any areas not described in the individual Constitution of any League on LeagueGaming.com. This document also supersedes any individual League Constitution when the question of site interactions and guidelines are involved.

    1. There is zero-tolerance for race, religion, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, disability, nationality, or gender as a means of insult, or other discriminatory or derogatory remarks. No abbreviations, slang terms, “leet” speak, or anything else as substitutions for those words either.
      • 1st Violation
        1 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        Capital Ban
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Ban
    2. There is zero-tolerance in situations whereby an individual is personally attacked, discriminated against, harassed, or berated based on his or her race, religion, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, disability, nationality, or gender.
      • 1st Violation & any additional violation of this nature.
        6 Month - No Buyout Option
        Capital Offense


        * Any subsequent issues after the above violation is issued will result in a site ban being issued to the individual currently under a capital ban *
    3. There is zero-tolerance for threatening remarks, threats of ANY violence/physical harm, death threats, threats of DDOS, or "booting" on any member in any form of media/communication.
      • 1st Violation & any additional violation of this nature.
        6 Month - No Buyout Option
        Capital Offense


        * Any subsequent issues after the above violation is issued will result in a site ban being issued to the individual currently under a capital ban *
    4. There is zero-tolerance for wishing self-harm onto another member of this website. This applies to wishing harm upon another member's family as well. This section also includes encouraging self-harm with another member of this website.
      • 1st Violation
        1 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        One Week Suspension from League/Event Play
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Offense
    5. There is zero-tolerance for the posting of personal and/or private information. Examples of personal and/or private information include but are not limited to:
      • Home or work addresses
      • Phone Numbers
      • Names of family members [Ex. Spouse, Children, Etc.]
      • Last Names
      • Linking to or exposing any social media accounts of the member that the member does not wish to be public knowledge [Social media channels that are PUBLIC are exempt from this policy]
      • Linking to or listing any company or brand that the member is associated with that they do not wish to be public knowledge
      • Posting anything that reveals the location or identity of a member (Ex. State of residence or employment, picture of the member, etc.)


      Any information found on a public or social site is not allowed to be reposted without the consent of the original owner. Just because it's public on another site does not automatically make it public information on LeagueGaming.com.

      Note: The member who had his or her information shared must file the action center ticket.
      • 1st Violation
        1 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        One Week Suspension from League/Event Play
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Offense
    6. No attacking any community member. Any attack on a person's character or one which degrades a member, including family members and other related persons, not relating to their skill level or the video game is unacceptable. Common banter between members of the community dealing with a player's stats or skill level is not deemed to be a personal attack. Personal attacks include but are not limited to:
      • Attacks on appearance
      • Insulting or making negative comments relating to someone's lifestyle or choices
      • Comments that question someone's intelligence, values, integrity, motivations, or decisions.
      • Threats of violence regardless of credibility or sincerity
      Note: The member that was personally attacked must file the AC
      • 1st Violation
        1 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        One Week Suspension from League/Event Play
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Offense
    7. No links to pornographic material in any shape or form. This includes but is not limited to:
      • Pictures
      • GIFs
      • Videos
      • Stream Content Any other real-life blood and gore should be labeled R or 18+ is not permitted under this section as well.
      • 1st Violation
        1 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        One Week Suspension from League/Event Play
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Offense
    8. There is zero-tolerance for comments that are sexual in nature, comments that poke fun at issues like rape, sexual assault, sexual acts with minors, or anything related to pedophilia.
      • 1st Violation
        One month chat mute
        Two season ban and/or Removal from League Event Play
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Offense
    9. There is zero tolerance for members of this community to expose themselves to one another in any shape or form. [Stream, pictures, private messages, etc]
      • 1st Violation & any additional violation of this nature.
        6 Month - No Buy-out Option
        Capital Offense

        * Any subsequent issues after the above violation is issued will result in a site ban being issued to the individual currently under a capital ban. *
    10. No spam, advertising, or malicious content is allowed in the chatbox or forums. This includes but is not limited to:
      • Links to competing websites or links without prior express permission from site staff (red names)
      • Filling the chat box with symbols, long posts of the same words, long posts of the same letters, etc.
      • Phishing Links.
      • Links/content defrauding others.
      • Links that contain malware or viruses.
      • Anything else that interferes with or impedes the normal function of the chatbox or forums.
      • 1st Violation
        1 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        One Week Suspension from League/Event Play
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Offense
    11. Harassment of a member is deemed unacceptable and should stop immediately upon the request of the user who is reporting the harassment. An exchange between two parties will NOT be deemed harassment.

      The league defines harassment as: "A form of discrimination. It includes any unwanted physical or verbal behavior that offends or humiliates you that may or may not be repetitive in nature. Harassment is also considered unwanted communication after a user has been asked to leave the other party alone. Harassment also includes the situation whereby a user circumvents the other party's ability to block/ignore communication with the user who is currently harassing him or her."

      Sexual harassment is defined as behavior characterized by the making of unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advances in a professional or social situation.

      This includes but is not limited to:
      • Repeatedly contacting a member after they asked you to stop.
      • Continuously attacking or berating another member.
      • Spreading true or untrue rumors or information about a member to other members of the community.
      • Acting in an aggressive or intimidating manner towards another member.
      Generally, harassment is a behavior that persists over time, however, serious one-time incidents may also be considered harassment. In most general harassment situations the League requires a history of complaints filed on the user being accused of harassment to show a pattern of unwanted behavior.

      Any cases of sexual harassment will automatically result in a capital offense for the first violation and, if management, being put on the No-Management List indefinitely. A second violation will result in a site ban.
      • 1st Violation
        1 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        2 Season League Ban OR Removal from the Sanctioned Event / Tournament
      • 2nd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *Buyout Option*
        Capital Ban
      • 3rd Violation
        6 Month Chat Mute *No Buyout Option*
        Capital Ban



    Any questions in regards to the LeagueGaming Code of Conduct can be directed to @LG McDonald via PM.

    For any off-site (console or third party apps) issues, physical evidence (pictures or recordings of voice communication) are required when filing an official complaint.
     
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