The Basis For Institution Control
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a strong commitment to maintaining institutional control of its athletics program by:
A committee of the Faculty Senate, the Athletic Board is responsible for seeing that the athletic program adheres to the university's academic and educational objectives. Its members include nine faculty, four alumni, three students, one member of the Board of Trustees and, as ex officio members, the Athletic Director and designees of the Chancellor and the University Comptroller. In consultation with the Athletic Board, the Chancellor appoints two faculty members to serve as University representatives to the Big Ten and the NCAA. Faculty Representatives are voting members of the Athletic Board, rule on all certifications of athletic eligibility and review petitions to the Big Ten and NCAA on behalf of student-athletes. The Athletic Board is also advisory to the Chancellor and Athletic Director on financial and personnel management and other operational aspects of DIA.
A Committee of the Athletic Board, the Academic Progress and Eligibility Committee (APEC), monitors the academic progress of all student-athletes, approves all intercollegiate schedules for competition and makes recommendations concerning academic policy to the Athletic Board.
In order to be most effective, accountability must be shared throughout the institution. To achieve this commitment, offices outside of DIA are aware that they also share responsibility in the compliance function. The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) and the Office of Admissions and Records (OAR) play critical roles in determining student-athlete eligibility and are aware of and have a commitment to compliance with NCAA and Big Ten regulations. Meetings between the academic services staff of DIA and representatives of OSFA are held regularly to ensure good communication on issues and problems and the Assistant Director for Compliance provides rules education for staff in those offices.
Within DIA, the responsibility for compliance, of course, threads through the entire organization, from the Athletic Director and other administrators to the coaching staff and student athletes. The Athletic Director expresses the importance of compliance to coaches in the hiring process, during annual evaluations, and when determining compensation levels. The contracts for all coaches include clauses which state that compliance with NCAA and Big Ten rules and regulations is an expectation for continued employment. Coaches are expected to attend rules education sessions and to understand and adhere to the rules.
ESTABLISHING SOUND POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The Assistant Director has responsibility for providing rules education to DIA personnel; to student-athletes; and to organizations outside DIA such as clubs that support the athletic programs and businesses that hire student athletes and that provide gifts-in-kind. The Assistant Director creates systems to ensure compliance with NCAA and Big Ten regulations, evaluates documentation and reports from coaches in all sports, interprets rules and obtains advice from NCAA and conference offices, investigates potential violations that he and others have identified and reports those that are violations to the Athletic Director and the Associate Chancellor and to the Faculty Representatives, who then notify the NCAA. The Assistant director works to correct any weaknesses in the compliance effort to prevent similar violations and keeps the Athletic Director and Faculty Representatives informed of the status of compliance. The system is documented in the DIA Policies and Procedures Manual, which is given to all DIA staff and informs athletics personnel of many compliance-related policies and procedures and NCAA rule interpretation procedures. A compliance manual is under development with an expected completion date of September 1, 1998.
AUDITING AND EVALUATING
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