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More efficient, binding enforcement system

Updated Aug. 8, 2018

New responsibilities and obligations solidify effective and fair enforcement of NCAA rules. Changes include:

Responsibility to cooperate

As a term of employment, school presidents and athletics staff must commit contractually to full cooperation in the investigations and infractions process. Full cooperation means reporting violations in a timely manner; sharing all knowledge and documents requested in a timely manner; providing access to all electronic devices, social media and other technology; and maintaining confidentiality. The chair of the Division I Committee on Infractions or the Independent College Sports Adjudication Panel can impose immediate penalties when schools or individuals do not cooperate (including loss of revenue or postseason opportunities). These bodies can consider lack of cooperation as admission of a violation.

This new rule is effective immediately, and associated language must be included in contracts or appointments executed on or after Aug. 8, 2018. The penalties will be effective Feb. 1, 2019.

Use of outside facts

People charged with investigating and resolving NCAA cases can accept information established by another administrative body, including a court of law, government agency, accrediting body or a commission authorized by a school. This will save time and resources previously used to confirm information already adjudicated by another group.

This new rule is effective immediately.

More efficient infractions resolutions

When schools and NCAA staff agree on the facts of a case, they can work together on a resolution, including appropriate penalties, if any. This change will reduce legal fees and minimize drawn-out adversarial situations. Agreed-upon resolutions are subject to approval by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

This new rule is effective immediately.