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Building a culture of NCAA compliance starts with leadership at the top

Stories of Changing One’s NCAA Compliance Culture 

Gain a Deeper Insight Into CACMS

Our job doesn’t end once we’ve integrated the CACMS framework into your NCAA compliance effort.  The think tanks at Proactive Sports Compliance will continue to inform, educate and share the rewards of integrating this athletic compliance management system into colleges and universities nationwide.  Through our blog posts, we aim to inspire and motivate you to embrace a more proactive way of addressing your NCAA compliance obligations.

Positively Changing Your NCAA Compliance Culture

A positive NCAA compliance culture includes strategic vision and must relate to a larger strategic goal.  Here are some of what a 

CACMS framework will help you achieve as you strive to change your NCAA compliance culture:

    • Ensure the establishment of strategic NCAA compliance goals driven by top administrators.
    • Ensure education and training is embedded in the institution’s NCAA compliance activities.
    • Develop and reinforce incentive programs that reward proactive NCAA compliance deeds and recognize problem-solvers.
    • Ensure that the NCAA compliance goals and mission are communicated to all stakeholders.
    • Ensure that NCAA compliance is built-in to all activities and not simply be an add-on.
    • Clearly define consequences for NCAA noncompliance.
    • Make sure the signs of a positive NCAA compliance culture is obvious.  If questions have to be asked, then it’s not there.
    • Make sure NCAA compliance is represented around the senior administrators’ table, otherwise, your NCAA compliance effort could be seen as flowery prose by NCAA enforcement personnel and government regulators.
    • Place priorities on frequent and constant communication of NCAA compliance issues.
    • Ensure that NCAA compliance is a “shared responsibility.” 

Athletic Compliance Policy Defined

A college or university’s NCAA compliance policy states the intentions and principles of the college or university or athletic department in relation to its overall NCAA compliance performance.  It provides a framework for action and the setting of NCAA compliance objectives and targets.


In other words, an athletic compliance policy is your institution or athletic department's declaration of its commitment to NCAA compliance.  The policy should serve as the foundation for your institution’s athletic compliance management system and provide a unifying vision of NCAA compliance concern by the entire institution or athletic organization.


The policy should be brought to life in your plans and deeds.  If your athletic compliance policy does not meet the criteria's outlined above, you should consider a major re-draft of your NCAA compliance commitment.


Start With The Following Questions:

  • Has the institution’s top management defined an athletic compliance policy stating the principal objectives to be achieved and the NCAA compliance commitments of the institution?
  • Does the President or Athletic Director endorse the institution’s NCAA compliance policy?
  • Is the institution’s NCAA compliance policy appropriate to the nature, scale and compliance impacts of the institution’s NCAA compliance activities?

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