Regulatory policy

LSU fined for violation of competition area policy

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SEC Staff

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (November 6, 2022) – The Southeastern Conference today announced that Louisiana State University will be fined for violating the league’s competition area access policy due to fans entering the field after its football game against the University of Alabama on November 5.

LSU will face a $250,000 fine for its fourth infraction under the league’s competition area access policy. After three violations of the policy, the fine remains at $250,000 for all subsequent violations. LSU was last fined for a violation after its football game against Ole Miss earlier this season.

Fines imposed on schools for violations of the competition area access policy are deposited in the SEC’s graduate scholarship fund.

The policy states that “access to competition areas shall be restricted to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support staff and duly accredited persons at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators, to no time before, during or after a competition shall allow spectators to enter the competition area.It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.

Financial penalties are imposed for infractions in all Conference-sponsored sports. Institutional penalties range from $50,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for a third and subsequent offenses. The policy was originally adopted by a vote of Conference members in 2004, and the financial penalties were increased by member action at the SEC’s 2015 Spring Meetings.

The SEC announced last week that a Conference Event Security Task Force will review and update policies intended to address postgame spectator incursion on competition fields and courts at the SEC. SEC with any new regulations to be implemented for the 2023-24 sports year.