Special Olympics Ontario has sole and absolute discretion as to any disciplinary actions to be taken if a person violates the Athlete Code of Conduct.  Any action taken is predicated with the good faith belief of Special Olympics Ontario that the disciplinary action is appropriate. Any disciplinary action that is taken can be appealed as per the Disciplinary and Corrective Action Policy and Procedures provided by the Provincial Office.  

The following disciplinary actions may be taken:

  1. Issue a warning;
  2. Place the individual on probation;
  3. Suspension from further participation in any Special Olympics programs or activities; or
  4. Expulsion from further participation in any Special Olympics programs or activities. 


Immediate Suspension

A person may be subject to immediate disciplinary action, including suspension, for conduct which in the sole and absolute discretion of Special Olympics is so inherently harmful or egregious as to warrant immediate action.  Immediate disciplinary action, including suspension, may be imposed for any of the following:

  1. Illegal Conduct:  Engaging in any illegal or criminal activity when the Special Olympics Provincial office has a good faith belief that there has been illegal activity, whether or not there has been a formal charge made.
  2. Behavior Problems.  Any person behaving in a manner that is inherently dangerous to him/herself or others.  This includes any violent acts, harassment, or any behavior which impacts the integrity of Special Olympics programs.
  3. Alcohol, Cannabis or Illegal Substance.  The use or consumption of alcohol, cannabis or illegal substances that may affect the safety and well being of other athletes.  This includes but is not limited to all training/practice sessions, the duration of competition events, or any other Special Olympics sponsored or sanctioned activity where athletes are present.
  4. Abuse.  Any person accused or suspected of abusing (physical or sexual), molesting, assaulting, or harassing another person.