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Chapter 7. The Division of Recreational Sports

Subchapter 7-100. General Provisions

Sec. 7-101. Purpose

The university seeks to promote and conduct officially organized sports activities and athletic recreation programs for men and women. The purpose of these programs is
  1. to provide students at the university with an opportunity for interesting and rewarding sports competition and recreation;
  2. to present a varied program of sports and recreational activities so that every student has the opportunity to participate regardless of athletic ability;
  3. to provide a competitive, recreational, and instructional program for members of the faculty and staff; and
  4. to present opportunities for use of recreational facilities to student spouses and dependents, spouses and dependents of faculty and staff members, Austin community members, and special guests of the university.

Sec. 7-102. Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning,
  1. "student" means a person enrolled in residence at the university or a person accepted for admission or readmission to the university while that person is on the campus;
  2. "university" means the University of Texas at Austin;
  3. "director" means the director of the Division of Recreational Sports; and
  4. "division" means the Division of Recreational Sports.

Subchapter 7-200. The Recreational Sports Committee

Sec. 7-201. Membership

  1. The Recreational Sports Committee has twelve members. The members are
    1. six members from the General Faculty and one member from the university staff, appointed by the president for two-year terms;
    2. two students, a male and a female, designated by the Councils of Recreational Sports and appointed by the president for one-year terms;
    3. two other students, a male and a female, designated by Student Government and appointed by the president for one-year terms; and
    4. one member from the university staff designated by the Non-Student Program and appointed by the president to serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member for a one-year term.
  2. The Director of Recreational Sports shall serve as administrative, nonvoting adviser.

Sec. 7-202. Duties of Committee

The Recreational Sports Committee shall
  1. advise on and approve matters of policy for the conduct of the division programs;
  2. hear appeals of decisions of the Intramural Sports Council and the University of Texas Sport Club Association Council; and
  3. promulgate regulations designating the categories of persons who are entitled to participate in the nonstudent programs.

Sec. 7-203. Quorum

A majority of the committee constitutes a quorum and a majority of the quorum rules.

Sec. 7-204. Appellate Jurisdiction

The committee may appoint subcommittees to hear appeals other than appeals from action taken under section 7-301.

Subchapter 7-300. Participation in Recreational Sports Programs

Sec. 7-301. Group Eligibility.

  1. A group is eligible to participate in recreational sports programs if
    1. its membership is not denied to anyone on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability; and
    2. it is not under a disciplinary penalty prohibiting participation.
  2. The application form for participating in recreational sports shall set out the provisions of subsection (a)(1). By submitting an application, a group affirms that it is in compliance with the policy against discrimination.

Sec. 7-302. Individual Eligibility

An individual is eligible to participate in recreational sports programs if he or she is not under disciplinary penalty prohibiting participation and if he or she meets the requirements of rules governing the specific recreational sports program.

Sec. 7-303. Reservation of Recreational Sports Facilities

  1. An individual or group eligible to participate in recreational sports programs may reserve facilities through the office of the director of the division.
  2. The provisions of subchapter 10-200 do not apply to the use of recreational sports facilities for athletic purposes.

Subchapter 7-400. Administration of the Recreational Sports Programs

Sec. 7-401. The Director of the Division of Recreational Sports

  1. The director
    1. shall establish and maintain effective working relations with other university departments, with faculty and staff members, with students and student groups, and with outside groups and special services that utilize recreational sports facilities and programs;
    2. shall formulate, plan, and administer, with approval of the Recreational Sports Committee, the following kinds of programs:
      1. a program of organized intramural competition in various sports;
      2. a recreational program to provide leisure-time activities;
      3. the outdoor recreation program;
      4. a faculty-staff competitive, recreational, and instructional program; and
      5. the University of Texas Sport Club Association;
    3. shall receive written complaints of Honor Code violations and refer these complaints to the Intramural Sports Council for action;
    4. is responsible for developing program innovations in recreational sports, providing for program expansion, providing for acquisition of additional intramural sport and recreational facilities, and supervising program staff;
    5. is responsible for the maintenance, repair, use, and security of all facilities and equipment used in division programming; and
    6. is responsible for enforcing the eligibility requirements of subchapter 7-300.
  2. The director is administratively responsible to and shall report periodically to the vice president for student affairs.

Sec. 7-402. The Intramural Sports Council

  1. The Intramural Sports Council has thirteen members. The members are
    1. the director or the director's delegate, who shall serve as chairman; and
    2. twelve student members, representing the participants in the men's, women's, and coed intramural programs.
  2. The Council shall
    1. participate in the designation of two students, one male and one female, to be appointed to the Recreational Sports Committee for one-year terms;
    2. assist the intramural staff in formulating intramural program policies;
    3. rule on protests, individual or group eligibility, and related matters;
    4. formulate and compile an Honor Code; and
    5. hear all alleged violations of the Honor Code referred to it by the director. The burden of proving each allegation rests with the individual or group making the charge and all allegations must be presented in writing. A decision may be based on a violation of the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
  3. A majority of the council constitutes a quorum and a majority of the quorum rules.

Sec. 7-403. The University of Texas Sport Club Council

  1. The University of Texas Sport Club Association (UTSCA) Council has six members. The members are
    1. the director or the director's delegate who shall serve as chair; and
    2. five student members, representing the participants in the sport club program.
  2. The Council shall
    1. participate in the designation of two students, one male and one female, to be appointed to the Recreational Sports Committee for one-year terms;
    2. assist the sport club staff in formulating sport club program policies;
    3. hear appeals of decisions of the sport club program administrators; and
    4. make recommendations on student organizations that have completed the application process for UTSCA membership.
  3. A majority of the Council constitutes a quorum and a majority of the quorum rules.

Subchapter 7-500. Areas of the Division

Sec. 7-501. The Intramural Sports Programs

  1. The program of organized student sports competition for men provides the opportunity for competition among individual students and among teams representing student groups or organizations such as fraternities, clubs, and residences, and/or graduate or undergraduate teams organized solely for the purpose of competing in a tournament or event.
  2. The program of intramural sports competition for women provides the opportunity for organized competition among individual students and among teams representing student groups or organizations such as clubs, sororities, and residences, and/or graduate or undergraduate teams organized solely for the purpose of competing in a tournament or event.
  3. A program of coed intramurals provides the opportunity for men and women students, faculty, and staff to form mixed teams for intramural competition. Tournaments are offered in dual and team sports.
  4. The purpose of these programs is to provide the opportunity for competition among students and to foster the physical, social, and emotional benefits of participation in sports activities, accompanied by a sense of sportsmanship.

Sec. 7-502. The Open Recreation Program

  1. The open recreation program provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and their families to participate in unstructured recreational activities when facilities are not scheduled for formal programming.
  2. The purpose of the program is to assist the participant in developing beneficial and satisfying leisure-time sports activities.

Sec. 7-503. The Outdoor Recreation Program

  1. The outdoor recreation program provides supervised trips in a variety of activities such as backpacking, bicycling, camping, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, rock climbing, and snow skiing. It is open to men and women students, faculty, staff, and their spouses, and the general public.
  2. The purpose of the outdoor recreation program is to provide an opportunity for men and women to experience outdoor, wilderness activities in safe, educationally oriented, supervised events.

Sec. 7-504. The Faculty and Staff Competitive and Recreational Program

  1. The faculty and staff competitive and recreational program is provided for members of the faculty and staff who wish to participate in physical fitness and conditioning programs, sports clinics with instruction, competitive intramural sports, and supervised free periods in various sports.
  2. The purpose of the program is to provide members of the faculty and staff with an opportunity to improve and maintain physical fitness and to engage in leisure-time recreation.

Sec. 7-505. The University of Texas Sport Club Association

  1. The University of Texas Sport Club Association is composed of sport or physical-activity-related student organizations sponsored by the Division of Recreational Sports.
  2. The purpose of the University of Texas Sport Club Association is to promote interest in specific sport activities and to provide the opportunity for students to compete among themselves and in extramural competition with students from other colleges and universities, or with other approved sources of competition.
  3. The association offers sport club members opportunities for the development of leadership and organizational skills as well as opportunities for social interaction.
  4. The University of Texas Sport Club Association operates under the administration of the division.


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