Dunfermline have been charged by the Scottish Football Association for entering administration this month.
The First Division club have already been docked 15 points by the Scottish Football League, and the most likely SFA punishment for a breach of Rule 14 is a fine.
Other options open to the governing body include a transfer embargo of the kind issued to Rangers when they went into administration last year.
And the latest guidelines even allow for suspension of the club's SFA membership, although such a severe sanction is thought to be highly unlikely.
Dunfermline's administrator Bryan Jackson said this week he is attempting to put together a Company Voluntary Arrangement - an agreement between the club and its creditors - before the end of the season.
Among those creditors are Hamilton, still owed money from gate receipts for a Scottish Cup tie this season.
Dunfermline have been told they cannot enter next term's competition unless that debt is settled before the new season begins.