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Principles of Institutional Control

Institutional control of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA legislation. Specifically, the NCAA constitution provides that each institution shall be responsible for:

  • Controlling its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association.

    A key indicator of an institution’s commitment to compliance and institutional control is the extent to which each sports program (regardless of its visibility or potential for producing income) is subject to the same operating procedures and standards in terms of rules compliance

    Regular personnel assessment is a crucial element of institutional accountability. By appropriately rewarding or penalizing individuals based on an assessment of their compliance performance, the institution explicitly demonstrates its control and commitment.
  • Monitoring its programs to ensure compliance, identifying and reporting to the Association instances in which compliance has not been achieved and taking appropriate corrective actions.

    To support compliance monitoring and oversight programs, institutions are required to establish procedures for investigating alleged violations and self-reporting discovered violations.

    Evaluation of an institution’s compliance program and administrative systems through self-study and external review provides important opportunities to gauge overall efforts to effect rules compliance and institutional control.

  • Ensuring that members of the institution’s staff, student-athletes and other individuals or groups representing the institution’s athletics interests comply with all applicable Association rules.

    Rules compliance must be a collective institutional responsibility. Certainly, the compliance responsibilities of the athletics department are substantial, but the institution must recognize the important role that other departments and administrators play throughout the institution.

    The Committee on Infractions has placed the burden of proof on institutions to demonstrate control of their athletics program. The committee has stated that problems related to institutional control may exist if:

  • Coaching staff members are aware of violations and do nothing.
  • Administrative staff members should have been aware of violations but were not.
  • A pattern of reoccurring violations is evident.
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