(CNN) - The NFL is toughening its rules for personal conduct.
On Wednesday, Commissioner Roger Goodell released new guidelines for all league personnel. NFL teams unanimously endorsed the personal conduct policy.
Under the new rules, an accused player will immediately go on paid leave following formal charges or an independent investigation. A suspension of at least six games without pay will be given violent incidents, including assault, battery and domestic violence.
The move comes in the wake of the Ray Rice controversy and the criticism of how the league and Goodell handled it.
Goodell said he regrets not doing enough in past cases.
The new policy applies to everyone in the NFL, including owners.