Code of Conduct

Updated 4/14/2023

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation considers the positive, respectful, and ethical conduct of all event participants and attendees an important and essential component of all REC Foundation-sanctioned events.

Behavior and Ethical Standards

We expect the following behavior and ethical standards at all REC Foundation-sanctioned events:

  • Act with integrity, honesty, and reliability
  • Behave in a respectful and professional manner with all event participants and attendees
  • Exhibit maturity and professionalism when dealing with difficult and stressful situations
  • Respect individual differences
  • Respect the facility and equipment provided at an event
  • Follow all rules as listed in the current game manual(s)
  • Operate as student-centered teams according to the Student Centered Policy
  • Prioritize safety in their actions and design
  • Demonstrate good sportsmanship, which includes supporting your alliance partners

These expectations apply to, but not limited to: Team Members, Mentors, Parents, any adult associated with a team, Event Partners, and Volunteers. This Code may also apply to behavior outside of REC Foundation-sanctioned events where inappropriate actions are related to an event or participating individuals. 

Judges will consider team conduct and ethics when determining awards. 

Repeated or egregious violations of the expectations in this Code may result in consequences up to the disqualification of the team or organization from the current event and/or future events, and potentially removal from the program after review by the REC Foundation.


  • It is REC Foundation policy that REC Foundation staff may only interact with adults during the rules and conduct violations resolution process. In cases where the primary contact is determined to be a minor, REC Foundation staff will insist upon communicating with an adult.
  • Where a team is found to have committed a serious violation, the team may not retain the benefits obtained as a result of the violation, such as bid to higher qualification levels.
  • In all cases where an allegation is validated, the Vice President of  Programs and CEO shall be informed of all proceedings.