Commitment to academic achievement and adherence to member-created rules are vital parts of the NCAA’s mission to integrate athletics into the fabric of higher education. NCAA member schools create rules to ensure that the Association’s 430,000 student-athletes compete on equal footing. Various NCAA committees and the national office staff members work to make sure rules are applied fairly.
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.
Matthew Banker, Ohio Valley Conference
David Flores, Big 12 Conference
Roderick Perry, Wright State University
Robert Philippi, Conference USA
Marcus Clarke, Shaw University
Laura Clayton, University of West Georgia
Wispeny Ellis, chair, Lynn University
Kathryn Flaherty, Coker College
Larry Marfise, University of Tampa
Janine Hathorn, Washington and Lee University
Lori Runksmeier, New England College
Terry Small, New Jersey Athletic Conference
Julie Soriero, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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.Last Updated: Sep 9, 2013