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Conflict of Interest

BC RUGBY CONFLICT OF INTEREST GUIDELINES
- FOR DISCIPLINE AND APPEAL COMMITTEES -
 

1. Introduction:

1.1. The British Columbian Rugby Union (BCRU) is the governing body for the sport of  Rugby Union in the province of British Columbia.
1.2. In order to fulfill its mandate, as defined in the Constitution and By-Laws of  the BCRU, the Union has an elected Board and various appointed committees.
1.3. Members of the elected Board and the appointed Committees are usually individuals who have, or have had, an affiliation with a sub-union of the BCRU and/or a member club of a sub-union.
1.4. In most cases, such an association does not bring these individuals into any actual, or perceived, conflict of interest as they carry out their duties as members of the Board or of appointed Committees of the BCRU.

1.5. However, in the case of the British Columbia Rugby Union Discipline Committee (BCRU-DC) and BCRU Appeal Committees, sub-union and /or club affiliation may be seen as being problematic in regard to questions of conflict of interest.
1.6. In order to avoid actual, or perceived, questions of conflict of interest in disciplinary matters, it is appropriate for a member of the BCRU-DC and BCRU Appeal Committees to abstain from participating in a hearing if he/she has a direct-line relationship with an individual, club or sub-union that is the subject of a discipline hearing.
2.  Examples of Conflict of Interest:
     (Except for Example 1, these examples should also provide guidance 
     to BCRU Appeal  committees.)   
 
2.1. If a member of the BCRU-DC has been reported to the committee:
That member of the BCRU-DC must abstain when the report is heard.

2.2.
If a member of the BCRU-DC is affiliated with “Club A” and a member of  “Club A” has been reported to the committee:
That member of the BCRU-DC must abstain when the report is heard.

2.3. If a member of the BCRU-DC is affiliated with “Club A” and a member of  “Club B” has been reported to the committee as a result of an incident occurring during a game between “Club A” and “Club B”:
That member of the BCRU-DC must abstain when the report is heard.
2.4. If a member of the BCRU-DC is an executive member of a sub-union of the BCRU and the sub-union has been reported to the committee:
That member of the BCRU-DC must abstain when the report is heard.
2.5. If a member of the BCRU-DC is a member of the executive of a sub- union of the BCRU, and a member club of that sub union has been reported to the committee:
That member of the BCRU-DC may act as a member of the committee when the report is heard(Unless Rule 2 applies.)

2.6.
If a member of the BCRU-DC is a referee representing the BCRRS and that member has sent a report to the committee: 
That member of the BCRU-DC must abstain when that report is heard.
2.7. If a member of the BCRU-DC is a referee representing the BCRRS and if a member of a club has been reported to the committee for referee abuse: 
That member may act as member of the BCRU-DC when the report is heard. (Unless Rule 6 applies.)
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