Dan Lanning could face a week-long suspension for fan behavior in the stands at Autzen Stadium if a new bill proposed in the Oregon state House passes.

The bill, proposed by Rep. Janelle Bynum, D-Clackamas, would hold head coaches and athletic directors at Oregon and Oregon State responsible for fan behavior at sporting events, leveling one-week suspensions for both if fans “engage in the use of derogatory or inappropriate names, insults, verbal assaults, profanity or ridicule in violation of equity focused policies.”

Under House bill 2472, public universities in Oregon could also face financial penalties and lose support from the Oregon State Police if they fail to enact and enforce policies that address such language,

The Oregonian’s James Crepea provided a bit of context on the bill’s shaky viability:

A state law regulating fan behavior in which college coaches and athletic directors would face suspensions would be unprecedented. As written, the bill does not address who is the arbiter of the fans’ behavior or if violators have to have an allegiance to a public university in the state, potentially creating an incentive for opposing fans to act egregiously and under the guise of being aligned with a state school in order to prompt suspensions against UO or OSU coaches and athletic directors.

The proposed bill would require public universities to maintain a “transparent complaint process” that has a reporting system for participants or the public to make complaints about the behavior of students, coaches, or spectators at any interscholastic activity, including sporting events.

Schools would have to respond to those complaints within 48 hours, attempt to resolve them within 30 days, develop and implement a “system of sanctions” against accused parties if a complaint is verified, and conduct annual student surveys “to understand and respond to potential violations of equity focused policies.”

A work session for the bill has been scheduled for March 28. You can read more about the proposed bill, which features support from the Oregon Student Association, here.