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What Is Institutional Control?

July 26, 2001

What is "Institutional Control?"

Per NCAA bylaw 2.1.1, it is the responsibility of each member institution to control its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association. The institution's chief executive officer is ultimately responsible for the administration of all aspects of the athletics program.

Key Themes

An institution demonstrates institutional control when:

1. Formal institutional policies and procedures for compliance are in place.

2. Policies and procedures are being monitored and enforced, and are established in such a way as to deter violations before they occur.

3. Communication of compliance procedures occurs clearly and regularly.

4. Steps are taken to alter or correct a compliance system when there is indications the system is not working.

5. Upon learning of a violation, the institution takes swift and meaningful action.

6. The institution makes clear that violations of NCAA rules will result in discipline and possible discharge.

7. The institution makes clear that individuals have the responsibility to self-report any NCAA rules violation without fear of negative consequences.

8. Meaningful compliance-education programs exist for personnel engaged in athletic related activities.

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