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Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct

In 1997, the NCAA's member schools and conferences established a Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct, representing educational institutions from all three Divisions. The committee's mission is to improve the condition of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in all aspects of intercollegiate athletics by developing and implementing strategies that foster greater acceptance of the value of respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. Since the establishment of the committee, the group has focused on two areas:

  • Provide best practices and creative tools (e.g., the RESPECT Initiative) for campus and conference implementation.
  • Increase the awareness and profile of the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.

Individual institutions and conference offices are responsible for creating and maintaining positive competitive environments for fans, officials and especially student-athletes at their own sponsored events. The NCAA works with the host institutions and venues for NCAA championships to do the same during NCAA-sponsored events.

The best protocol for reporting incidents of poor sportsmanship at institutional or conference events is to contact the event hosts, as the hosts are in the best position to address local issues.

For other sportsmanship-related questions, please contact us at ncaasportsmanship@ncaa.org.

NCAA Bylaw 2.4 The Principles of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct.

For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program. It is the responsibility of each institution to: (Revised: 1/9/96)

(a) Establish policies for sportsmanship and ethical conduct in intercollegiate athletics consistent with the educational mission and goals of the institution; and (Adopted: 1/9/96)
(b) Educate, on a continuing basis, all constituencies about the policies in Constitution 2.4-(a). (Adopted: 1/9/96)

NCAA Bylaw 21.2.8 Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct

21.2.8.1 Composition. The Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct shall consist of 11 members. One student-athlete from each division (who shall have one combined vote) shall serve as a member of the committee. The Division I student-athlete may serve on the committee up to one year after completion of his or her intercollegiate athletics eligibility. The Division II and Division III student-athlete may serve on the committee up to two years after completion of his or her athletics eligibility. (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97, (Division I Revised: 11/01/01) (Division II Revised: 1/14/02) (Division III Revised: 1/13/03))

21.2.8.2 Duties. The committee shall be responsible for promoting sportsmanship and ethical conduct within the Association. (Adopted: 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97)