Compliance Mission Statement

West Virginia University is committed and obligated to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletics programs in a manner that is consistent with NCAA, conference and institutional rules and regulations. The commitment and obligation to operate the intercollegiate athletics program in adherence to the principle of institutional control is both institutional and individual.

West Virginia University’s commitment is to maintain control of its athletics programs through responsible administrators, staff, coaches, and student-athletes; to educate coaches, staff, student-athletes, and other individuals involved with the athletics program in their institutional responsibilities under the rules; to develop operating systems within the athletics department and West Virginia University that provide guidance in how to work within the rules; and to discover and report any violations of the rules that may occur.

Each individual involved in intercollegiate athletics is obligated to maintain competency in knowledge of the rules; to act within his/her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation; and to report any violation of NCAA, conference and/or institutional rules of which he/she is aware.

It is West Virginia University’s policy that no violation is so minor that it need not be reported. In responding to rule violations, West Virginia University will look at such factors as whether the violation is intentional, whether any advantage is gained (e.g., recruiting, competitive, or for the student-athlete involved), whether a student-athlete’s eligibility is affected, and whether violations are recurring. West Virginia University’s goals in responding will be to encourage communication, to seek consistency and accountability, and above all, to send a strong message that West Virginia University is unequivocally committed to rules compliance.

Information concerning violations will be forwarded to the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance or Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. When it is determined by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance that a violation of the rules has occurred, West Virginia University will report the violation and correct the situation that led to the problem.

Rule violations will be reported to the appropriate athletics governing body (i.e., NCAA and/or BIG EAST Conference) with copies to the President, Chief of Staff, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Faculty Athletics Representative, and any involved staff members.