In cases when no other waiver process already has authority, institutions, conferences and committees may seek relief from applying a rule when extraordinary or extenuating circumstances warrant.
A member school, conference or committee submits a waiver application to the NCAA national office. Staff members on the legislative relief waiver team work collaboratively with the school, conference or committee to develop a complete picture of the situation and then render an initial decision.
The entity seeking relief may accept the decision or appeal it (Division I applicants through the Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief, Division II applicants through the Division II Committee for Legislative Relief, and Division III applicants through the Division III Management Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief). Those bodies review the written appeal and provide final decisions, which include granting or denying the request for flexibility, or granting a conditional waiver.