In 2012, Division I redesigned its enforcement structure to address a variety of concerns identified by the membership. The new enforcement structure creates additional levels of infractions, hastens the investigation process and offers stauncher penalties for the most egregious violations. The structure is the result of more than a year of work by the Enforcement Working Group, established after the 2011 Presidential Retreat.
“A more sensible rules book combined with a more efficient way to enforce those rules will serve to sustain the collegiate model and restore public trust in college sports and the NCAA,” Board of Directors Chair and Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch said. “These outcomes are precisely what presidents sought after the 2011 retreat.”
At its core, the new enforcement structure:
The new structure became effective August 1, 2013
The Enforcement Working Group; established by presidents and composed of athletics directors, coaches, administrators, a student-athlete, faculty and others; worked to re-establish a sense of shared responsibility for NCAA rules compliance and enforcement. The group was guided by the principles of fairness, accountability and integrity, as well as several concerns the membership had expressed about the process.
The working group recommended changes in several areas. In October 2012, the Division I Board of Directors adopted an overhauled enforcement structure that creates additional levels of infractions, accelerates the investigation process and holds the membership accountable with tougher penalties for the most egregious violations.
The membership wanted to have stiffer and more predictable penalties, so that people would think twice about whether to engage in bad behavior. Having penalty guidelines sends clear signals about what consequences people can expect for certain behaviors.
Members also asked for a more expedited process. Expanding the Committee on Infractions to as many as 24 members and creating multiple panels of 5-7 members from that “pool” that can adjudicate cases more frequently could reduce by half the time to completion for the less complicated cases.Last Updated: Aug 1, 2013