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2017 Division I Infractions Appeals Committee Year in Review

A school or an individual who has been found by a Committee on Infractions panel to have violated the NCAA constitution or bylaws may appeal to the Infractions Appeals Committee.

An appeal is not a new hearing that provides a second chance to argue the case. The Infractions Appeals Committee acts based on the record in the case. It will not consider evidence that was not presented to the Committee on Infractions panel, except in limited circumstances.

The Infractions Appeals Committee will reverse the Committee on Infractions’ decisions involving Level I or Level II violations only if the individual or institution can show one or more of the following:

  • A factual finding is clearly contrary to the evidence presented to the Committee on Infractions panel.
  • The facts found by the Committee on Infractions panel do not constitute a violation of the NCAA constitution and bylaws.
  • There was a procedural error, and but for the error, the Committee on Infractions panel would not have made the finding or conclusion.
  • Or, in prescribing a penalty, the Committee on Infractions panel abused its discretion.

Meet the Committee

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Case Volume

Infractions Appeals Committee total cases by year:

What Comes Next

In 2018, the NCAA increased the resources available to the office of the Infractions Appeals Committee by naming Wendy Walters the group’s first managing director. Walters will add two additional members to her staff, expanding the scope and support offered to committee members and better serving their needs as they hear vital infractions cases.

Walters has been a liaison to the committee while working as a director of the NCAA’s inclusion and human resources groups. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in economics from the University of Rochester and a law degree from Loyola University Chicago before joining the NCAA in 1999. As the Infractions Appeals Committee liaison for 15 years, Walters oversaw the committees for Divisions I, II and III.