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Division III Procedures for Sponsoring Amendments-to-Amendments

For consideration at the 2020 NCAA Convention, amendments-to-amendments must be received at the NCAA national office not later than 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, November 1. 

In addition, the following procedures should be observed:

  1. Amendments to proposals contained in the 2020 NCAA Convention Division III Second Publication of Proposed Legislation may be submitted by active members in accordance with the provisions of NCAA Constitution 5.3.4.
  2. Institution Submissions: Twenty or more Division III institutions may submit amendments-to-amendments, provided all sponsoring institutions are active members with voting privileges. An amendment-to-amendment must be submitted in the name of the institution by the chancellor or president or the designated representative. [Note: The chancellor or president must provide written notification (prior to the November 1 deadline) to the national office of any individual designated to assert sponsorship of a legislative proposal on behalf of the institution.] 
  3.  Conference Submissions: Two or more member conferences with voting privileges may submit amendments-to-amendments on behalf of each conference's active member institutions. Conference submitted amendments-to-amendments must be signed by the chair of the conference's presidential administrative group or at least two chancellors or presidents of the conference's member institutions if the conference has no presidential administrative group.
  4. Indicate the specific proposal to be amended by using the number of the proposal as designated in the SPOPL for the Convention.
  5. All amendments-to-amendments shall include a statement of intent.
  6. All amendments-to-amendments may include a statement of rationale that shall not exceed 50 words in length.
  7. All amendments-to-amendments shall designate a primary contact person.
  8. An amendment-to-amendment may not increase the modification of the original proposal.  The following standard may be used to determine whether the amendment-to-amendment "increases the modification" of the proposal in question: 

    First, examine the current legislation that the original proposal is designed to amend.  For example, current legislation permits a prospective student-athlete to make unofficial visits to a member institution's campus (at his or her own expense) an unlimited number of times.  Suppose the original proposed amendment would limit a prospective student-athlete to only three such visits per institution.  If the required number of Division III institutions wishes to submit an amendment-to-amendment stipulating that five (rather than three) such unofficial visits should be permitted, such an amendment-to-amendment would be permissible because a limit of five visits is between the current legislation (no limit on the number of such visits) and the original proposed amendment (a limit of three visits). If the required number of Division III institutions wishes to sponsor an amendment-to-amendment that only two (rather than three) such unofficial visits should be permitted, such an amendment-to-amendment would not be permissible, because a limit of two visits is a greater modification of the current legislation (no limit on the number of visits) than the original proposed amendment (a limit of three visits).  In summary, amendments-to-amendments cannot make a greater change to the current legislation than the original proposed amendment.
  9. The sponsors of each proposed amendment-to-amendment that, if adopted, would result in significant expenditures from the Association's budget and/or by member institutions may be required by the NCAA Division III Presidents Council to provide written documentation of the estimated costs to the division and/or member institutions.
  10. Amendments-to-amendments must be submitted through the Legislative Services Database for the Internet.
    1. To access LSDBi, go to www.ncaa.org.
    2. Click on "My Apps" in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Log in to the membership side of www.ncaa.org using your previously established username and password. If you do not already have a username and password, click on "register" and follow the on-screen instructions. If you have forgotten your previously established password, click "Forgot your password?".
    3. Click on "LSDBi" in the My Applications Links box.
    4. Click the "Legislative Process" tab.
    5. Click on "Amend a Proposal".

Please contact Jeff Myers or Bill Regan at the NCAA national office (317-917-6222) if you have any questions.