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2018 Division I Infractions Appeals Committee Year in Review

If a Committee on Infractions panel concludes that your school, or an individual at your school, violated the NCAA constitution or bylaws and prescribed penalties, the next step may be to decide whether to appeal the decision 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 information 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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Mission statement

Provide a meaningful, reliable and credible appeal opportunity that produces outcomes which have a positive impact on the infractions process and support the NCAA’s commitment to provide a fair and fulfilling competitive environment for student-athletes.

Core values include:

Fairness
Appeal process should be meaningful and respectful for all constituents.

Integrity
Fulfilling duties and responsibilities with honesty, fairness and accuracy, and adhering to established procedures and NCAA legislation.

Neutrality
Making decisions without bias, and placing an emphasis on the process rather than the outcome.

Reliability
Consistency in application of procedures and consistency of outcomes.

Clarity
Clear communication of standards, procedures, outcomes and decisions.

Committee Caseload

Infractions Appeals Committee Total Cases by Year

 

Violations and Penalties: Two-Year Snapshot

 

Infractions Appeals Committee Timeline

The average Infractions Appeals Committee case takes eight months from the time of appeal until a resolution is reached. These time frames represent legislated benchmarks:

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What’s Next

After naming Wendy Walters as the first managing director of the Infractions Appeals Committees Office in April 2018, the office has expanded to include two more full-time staff members — Joyce Thompson, now director and formerly a longtime member of the NCAA’s enforcement staff, and Kelley Sullivan, an assistant coordinator — to better serve the committee.

Over the past 10 months, the Infractions Appeals Committees office staff and the Division I
Infractions Appeals Committee have created a mission, identified the core values, set goals and begun a complete review of the infractions appeals process. 

Goals Include:

Ensuring efficient and effective administration of the infractions appeals process.

Increasing the expertise and knowledge base of committee members and staff.

Increasing the membership, national office and public’s understanding of the infractions appeals process.