Enforcement

Integrity. Fair play. Accountability.

The NCAA enforcement program strives to maintain a level playing field for the more than 400,000 student-athletes. Commitment to fair play is a bedrock principle of the NCAA. The NCAA upholds that principle by enforcing membership-created rules that ensure equitable competition and protect the well-being of student-athletes at all member institutions.

The enforcement program is dedicated to creating positive student-athlete experiences by preserving the integrity of the enterprise. The mission of the NCAA enforcement program is to reduce violations of NCAA legislation and impose appropriate penalties if violations occur. The program is committed to the fairness of procedures and to the timely and equitable resolution of infractions cases.  

A fundamental principle of the enforcement program is to ensure that institutions abiding by NCAA legislation are not disadvantaged by complying with the rules.

The new enforcement structure creates additional levels of infractions, hastens the investigation process and ratchets up penalties for the most egregious violations. Read more

Understanding the current structure

The enforcement staff holds member institutions accountable by seeking out and processing information about possible violations of NCAA rules, giving schools an opportunity to respond and presenting facts to membership-led committees.

The enforcement process strives to be fair to the involved institution, its employees and student-athletes throughout the investigation, charging, hearing and penalty-assessment stages.  Fairness to other institutions also is a consideration.