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2017 Enforcement Year in Review

When allegations of NCAA rules violations occur, they are investigated and processed by the enforcement staff. Its mission is to uphold integrity and fair play among member schools while ensuring that playing by the rules does not place compliant schools and student-athletes at a disadvantage.

To succeed, an environment of trust and collaboration between member schools, conferences and the NCAA’s enforcement staff is vital. The NCAA’s enforcement development staff works with member schools, their athletics departments and others to identify issues and concerns affecting college sports and encourages them to report potential violations as early as possible. That said, disagreements can occur and tensions can rise in contentious and complex cases.

The investigations group that looks into potential violations is committed to investigating facts in a fair, accurate, collaborative and timely manner. When the staff contemplates bringing allegations for some of the most significant violations, it considers factors laid out in specific guidelines agreed to by the membership. The guidelines provide clarity around serious violations: lack of institutional control, failure to monitor, unethical conduct and head coach responsibility.

At the completion of an investigation, the enforcement staff works collaboratively with schools to prepare potential violations for presentation to the Division I Committee on Infractions.

Meet the Staff

The enforcement staff has seen minimal turnover in recent years, ensuring the group is laden with experienced investigators.

Enforcement Trends

Average case duration has been reduced by three months in recent years.

Two-thirds of cases are processed via summary disposition, in which all parties agree with the facts and other substantive aspects of the case.

More than 1,000 interactions occur annually between enforcement staff and key campus personnel to further their understanding of issues threatening college sports and to put the enforcement staff in a proactive position to learn about violations.

 

Where the Cases Come From

The enforcement staff has seen minimal turnover in recent years, ensuring the group is laden with experienced investigators.

What Comes Next

The enforcement staff is committed to improving in several key areas and has set goals around them for the next year:

Implementing Commission on College Basketball recommendations

The Commission on College Basketball called for significant changes regarding how select cases are investigated and adjudicated. The enforcement group will make any necessary changes in the coming months to comply with new directions delivered by the NCAA Board of Governors that reflect the commission’s recommendations.

Ensuring academic integrityand ethical recruiting

The enforcement staff’s substantive areas of focus are recruiting and academic integrity. It will not focus exclusively on academic misconduct and recruiting infractions to the detriment of other violations, but will continue prioritizing them until instructed otherwise by member schools.

Changing the environment

The enforcement group’s aim is to ensure that member schools are not disadvantaged by their commitment to compliance. Enforcement staff members hope to create an environment in which schools and coaches do not feel compelled to break rules to be competitive.