The Athletic Compliance Office works to identify and reduce areas of risk within the athletic program that could negatively impact the University. If a problem arises, it is the responsibility of the Athletic Compliance Office to determine how the problem occurred, how it could have been prevented and how to reduce the chances of it occurring in the future.
The two main functions of the Athletic Compliance Office are to educate and monitor. The compliance staff meets regularly with coaches and student-athletes to provide information and materials on the applications of the complexities of the NCAA Bylaws, and at the same time provides as much information as possible to the UMass Community. The staff also monitors functions of the athletic department that are governed by NCAA legislation.
A misconception about the role of the Athletic Compliance Office is that because UMass has an athletic compliance office, no problems will occur. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Many people are involved in the operation of an athletic program that make decisions daily that affect the program positively or negatively. Just as having a fire station does not stop fires from occurring, a compliance office cannot stop violations from occurring within an athletic program. All components within an athletic program must work together and each component must function properly, effectively and efficiently to insure compliance. It must be a shared responsibility. Each person interested in UMass athletics assists the athletic program by knowing and complying with NCAA rules. For more information please contact the Athletic Compliance Office.