UPDATE: Afternoon, all. It seems I made a bit of a boo-boo this morning in my post wake-up haze. The code of conduct was actually posted months ago; the news is really the above image, which is what Infinity Ward's "banhammer" software looks like, as shared by Robert Bowling on Twitter. You have my apologies for the error. I'm going to go ahead and blame the Nazis, because video games have taught me to do so.
ORIGINAL POST: Activision's Call of Duty developers have never been shy about denying players access to the online portion of the game when they act like jerks, by cheating, boosting, hacking or being just plain, old meanies. Those bans are actually governed by a set of internally established guidelines, which Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling shared in a post to the Call of Duty forums earlier today.
The Modern Warfare 3 Online Code of Conduct breaks possible offenses down into six separate categories: Boosting, Cheating, Glitching, Hacking, Offensive Behavior and Offensive Gamertag. Offending players risk incurring anything from a stats reset to a leaderboard or multiplayer ban. Some categories have an escalating series of punishments for first, second and third offenses. Hacking is not tolerated at all, however; any confirmed hacker will have his or her console immediately and permanently banned.
But hey, I'll make this real easy. Don't cheat, don't be an ass. Then you won't have to worry about any of this!