6. Striking Members from Other Divisions

 

Striking Members from Other
Divisions
Revised: 19 May 2016 by @GreatJackal

 

This has always been a contentious issue, with officers from various areas at some point or another accusing others of interfering with their Divisions. From this day forward, this is how we resolve it:

 

Background

We have had cases in the past where there were instances of DI rules being broken (especially on TeamSpeak) but no officers from that offenders division on to strike that member. We have also had cases of people not being on TeamSpeak when online, and getting picked up by officers not from that offenders division. These are just examples, and everyday, DI members that break the rules have a chance of getting away with it as Officers feel powerless outside of their Division.

 

The Right to Uphold Discipline & DI’s Values

All Officers are responsible for upholding all the rules from the Discipline page of Code of Ops. I will personally hold Officers accountable for letting members get away with rule breaking, doesn’t matter how minor. I expect Commanders to hold their Team Leaders accountable as well. It is important we never get into a position where a situation is unfolding and no one from that offenders division is online to respond to it.

 

Power of Officers in Damage Inc

Junior Officers are empowered/have access to:

– Strike Members
– Temp Ban on TeamSpeak for up to 24 Hours

Senior Officers are empowered/have access to:

– Strike Members
– Temp Ban on TeamSpeak for up to 7 Days

Leadership are empowered/have access to:

– Strike Members
– Permanently Ban on TeamSpeak

 

The Process

If you see someone committing a breach of Discipline, and:

There is an Officer online from their Division (and not afk!, they must be responsive to a poke), then

1. Poke the Officer, and let them know what you just witnessed.
2. That Officer is to investigate, and issue Strikes as required/Suspend from Forums/TeamSpeak as required etc.

There is NO Officer online from their Division, or the Officer is NOT responding to a TeamSpeak poke, then

1.     The Officer who witnessed the discipline breach is to issue the Strike/s, and Suspend from TeamSpeak/Forums as deemed reasonably necessary (ensuring the Strike entry contains evidence (if applicable/where possible), but if not, the officer’s word is enough as we are all assumed honest and trustworthy).
2.      The Officer who witnessed the discipline breach is then to PM the Commander, Vice and Team Leader of the offender, notifying them of the breach that occurred, and the actions taken (including any strikes/suspensions).
3.      The Commander, Vice and Team Leader can then view the Strike (including the circumstances, evidence if there is any etc) in the member’s profile.

 

If There is Disagreement

If the Vice or Team Leader of the offender does not agree with any aspect of the Strike issued (either the quantity, the type of offense striked for, the reason for striking etc), they must take the case to their Commander, who must review all the facts and determine whether the Strike is deserved and abides with DI’s Code of Ops. However…

If the Commander of the offender does not agree with any aspect of the Strike issued (either the quantity, the type of offense striked for, the reason for striking etc), they must:

1.     PM the Chief Justice with their concerns, providing reasoning as to why they deem the Strike as unreasonable.
2.     Encourage the offender to Appeal their strike within the Justice System.

The Chief Justice, who is the chairman of the Justice Committee, will provide the information from the Commander, on behalf of the Commander, towards the Justice Case, for review and consideration by the Justice Committee when considering the Appeal Request.

 

It is important to note that:

1.     Even after consideration of a Commander’s disagreement, the Justice Committee may rule that the Strike stands.
2.     The Commander (or anyone) must not intimidate, berate, insult or attack the Witnessing Officer in anyway, as they are the ones who did what is expected of them as an Officer at the time the event took place, and upheld the discipline of DI in the absence of an officer from the offender’s division.
3.     If the member decides not to appeal their strike, then the Strike will stand regardless of whether the Commander believe it unreasonable or not.
4.     The Commander is not obliged to challenge a Strike of one of their members, even if one of their Division Officers believe it was unreasonable.

 

Summary

1. All Officers have the Right to Strike any member, regardless of Division, as long as the conditions above have been met.
2. The purpose of allowing cross-division discipline enforcement is to ensure that members do not take advantage of AFK or offline opportunities to breach the Discipline code set forth by Damage Inc.