Etiquette Guidelines

Disclaimer: The moderator team has no jurisdiction outside of GHvZ events and official game entities. If you feel like your safety is at risk, please contact UFPD and/or feel free to file an incident report with Student Conduct. If we find that you are bringing personal issues with another player into the organization, our first step will be asking you if you can resolve these issues as mature adults and ask you to avoid each other, as this is an open student organization where all are welcome. The moderators are not here to police player behavior, simply to facilitate a game we all enjoy.

Platforms under our jurisdiction: GHvZ events, advertising,, and social media.

The purpose of this document is to hold all parties accountable for their actions in the event of an altercation: the moderators, the offending party, and the receiving party.

What follows is a three-tier system for categorizing an altercation involving any infractions of rules (given in meetings, emails, or on the field) and/or inappropriate behavior, as well as the steps taken to handle it.

Level 0: Courtesy Warning

Prefacing any minor verbal infraction or unintended rules infraction will be a courtesy warning for the offender to check his or her tone or to be more aware of the surrounding environment and rules. If the interaction is of a heated nature, the moderator should try to calm the offending party down before moving forward. If the player continues to exhibit inappropriate behavior, the moderator will proceed to Level 1.

Level 1: Formal Warning of Misbehavior

Instances that fall under this category include but are not limited to:

  • Deliberately disregarding the rules of the game and the club.
    • E.g. Stair camping in a mission to avoid getting tagged, knowingly running across a street, use of an unapproved modified blaster or use of illegal darts (darts will be confiscated until the end of the mission), going into a building with blasters out, and intentionally leaving gameplay during conflict resolution to avoid consequence.
  • Disrespectful tone to a moderator after being asked to step back from the in-game mentality to discuss any grievances calmly.
  • Making disrespectful remarks to organization members (i.e. officers, moderators, players) and non-members.
  • Accidental reckless behavior after a courtesy warning or any reckless behavior that has been perceived as a pattern.
    • Excessive firing of a blaster onto the same player in rapid succession (known as “Dart Dumping”) can fall under Level 0 or Level 1 depending on whether the incident has been perceived as a pattern by the moderator team.

At this point the player will be pulled aside by a moderator and issued an official warning for the behavior.

Level 2: Sent Home for Reckless Endangerment

Instances that fall under this category include:

  • Repeated offense after a formal warning.
  • Any Level 1 offense to a degree that puts others at risk or makes them feel unsafe.

If an altercation escalates to this level, the offending party will be asked to leave the rest of the mission or day and cool down. This is for the well-being of all parties involved. Remember, this is just a game.  If the offending party continues to show lack of cooperation or neglects to acknowledge the Moderator’s suggestions to remedy the situation, the incident will be elevated to a Level 3.

It is up to the moderators’ discretion if a report should be filed with Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR) at this point.

Level 3: Severe Misbehavior

At this level the offending party has done one of the following:

  • Has engaged in multiple offenses or a pattern of disruptive behavior, especially after being asked to leave on a previous occasion.
  • Cannot keep composure, which has lead to a disruptive and unsafe presence at an official UF event; has been asked to leave and refuses to leave or cooperate.
  • Has violated a UF, Florida, or Federal Law.

At this point, the offending party will be sent home from the event. If uncooperative, they will be escorted away from the event by authorities. A report will be filed with Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (SCCR), as well as with UFPD if necessary. Being sent home from an event will also result in a Ban from all events for a period ending at the close of the next semester. A pattern of offences can also result in a ban even if the player is not officially sent home from an event.

Last Updated: Spring 2022