The two main functions of the Athletic Compliance Office are to educate and monitor. The compliance office 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 MTSU community. The compliance office also monitors functions of the athletic department that are governed by NCAA legislation.
The Athletic Compliance Office works to identify and reduce areas of risk within the athletic program that could negatively impact Middle Tennessee State 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.
A misconception about the role of the Athletic Compliance Office is that because Middle Tennessee State University 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 who 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 all violations from occurring within an athletic program.
All components within an athletic program must work together and each function properly, effectively and efficiently to insure compliance. It must be a shared responsibility. Each person interested in Middle Tennessee State University athletics assists the athletic program by knowing and complying with NCAA rules. For more information, please contact the Middle Tennessee State University Athletic Compliance Office.
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