On Nov. 8, 2021, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released a draft constitution ahead of its constitution convention set to convene on Nov. 15. Representatives from Divisions I, II and III member institutions will discuss the draft and, after two more rounds of feedback, members will vote on the new constitution at the NCAA Convention on Jan. 20, 2022.
The principles outlined in the draft constitution:
The draft also:
What does all this mean for athletic departments and compliance officers? Constitutional changes, if approved, will alter the structure of the NCAA and how it operates and governs intercollegiate athletics. These changes are also likely to require some modifications to the existing bylaws and the processes for enforcing those rules.
We can help your institution take a proactive approach to evaluate the current state of your policies, processes and internal controls related to athletics and the student athlete experience to identify opportunities that align with potential legislative changes.
For more information, or to learn more about how Baker Tilly’s higher education team can help your institution, contact our team.