Division II Enforcement
The NCAA enforcement program exists to protect the integrity of intercollegiate athletics by educating NCAA member institutions about legislation, policies and procedures, and to impose sanctions if rules are broken.
Each of the three NCAA divisions deploys a Committee on Infractions to help administer the enforcement program. The Division II Committee on Infractions consists of seven members, including one member of the Division II Management Council, and one individual from the general public who is not associated with a collegiate institution or conference.
Each of the three NCAA divisions also has an Infractions Appeals Committee that can act on an institution’s or an individual’s appeal of the findings or penalties determined by the Committee on Infractions.
In Division II, the Infractions Appeals Committee consists of five members, including one member of the Division II Management Council, one individual from the general public who is not associated with a collegiate institution or conference, and three additional individuals selected “at-large” from the membership.
These committees work in concert with the NCAA enforcement staff at the national office to ensure athletics programs follow the rules as established by the Division II membership.
All policies and procedures regarding the enforcement program are contained in Bylaw 19 of the NCAA Division II Manual.
As part of a major reform effort in 2011, the NCAA established a working group of university presidents and athletics administrators to review and enhance the NCAA’s enforcement program.
As a result, Division I changed its enforcement structure from a two-category infractions system (“major” and “secondary” violations) to a four-tiered system that further defines potential violations.
Division II has retained the major/secondary infractions model to date but is continuing to review its structure.