NCAA Athletic Compliance Department
What is the Purpose of Athletic Compliance?
As a member institution of the NCAA as well as the Southern Conference, Georgia Southern University strives to maintain a strong program involving the university’s most athletically talented students. As affirmed in our mission statement, we also vow to supplement the student-athlete’s academic pursuits in a nurturing environment in which the principles of fair play, amateur athletics, ethical conduct and student-athlete as well as the fan welfare guide the activities. It is important to recognize that when it comes to compliance and NCAA rules EVERYONE has a role and responsibilities and must establish personal accountability and integrity in their actions. You must identify your role and your responsibilities and not be afraid to regularly communicate and demonstrate the commitment to rules compliance in your actions. It is only with your continuing help and cooperation that we can work to ensure the current and future success of all our athletic programs with integrity.
The NCAA relies on the accountability of everyone involved in the athletics program and does all it can but there is no amount of paperwork or rules that can legislate the integrity of each individual.
It is up to each of us ultimately, being that we are all accountable for all of the rules. It is a team effort. Not everyone is willing to accept their responsibilities, but you have to weigh the options. Play fairly and enjoy the honest victories or alternatively cheat in the game and suffer the consequences! (Embarrassment for the institution, jeopardize a professional career, disappoint our student-athletes, etc.) Sometimes not being able to help a student-athlete in need can be frustrating, but doing things the right way will pay off in the long run.
What is the responsibility of the Athletic Compliance Office?
The primary responsibility of the Athletics Compliance Office (ACO) is to Georgia Southern University. The ACO is responsible for assuring the successful day-to-day operations of all aspects of the intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the spirit of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Southern Conference and University rules and regulations.
“Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.” ~ Jim Stovall
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- Published on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 00:04