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CHAPTER III

21. INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

21.1 Statement of Values.

The Texas State University System Board of Regents believes that participation in athletics is an appropriate part of the academic experience and that a well-balanced intercollegiate athletics program in which both men and women enjoy equal opportunity to participate is likewise of institutional benefit. To this end, the Board is committed to assuring integrity and accountability in the administration of such programs while fostering careful institutional oversight of day-to-day operations.

21.2 General Principles.

Consistently with the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities’ 2007 Statement on Board Accountability, the Board adopts the following general principles:

(1) Individual Missions. Each Component’s educational values, practices, and missions shall guide the decision to establish intercollegiate athletics programs and the standards by which they are conducted.

(2) Presidential Authority. Responsibility and authority for the administration of athletics departments, including all basic policies, personnel and finances are vested in the Presidents.

(3) Equal Treatment. Every student athlete shall receive fair and equitable treatment within the letter and spirit of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

(4) Funding Oversight. All funds raised and expended in connection with intercollegiate athletics programs shall be accounted for through the Component’s accounting system. Athletics department budgets shall be developed and monitored in accordance with the Component’s general budgeting procedures.

(5) Non-University Income. Income from non-Component sources for coaches and athletics administrators is subject to presidential review and approval. When the income involves Component’s facilities, trade or service names or marks, the arrangement shall be memorialized in a written contract.

(6) Notification of Possible Major Infraction. Each Component shall have established processes to review information concerning potential major violations of NCAA or NJCAA legislation. One step in that process shall be the immediate notification by the Component to the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel of the Component’s receipt of a Notice of Inquiry from NCAA or NCJAA enforcement staff concerning a possible major violation since that could result in corrective, punitive, or disciplinary actions by the NCAA or NJCAA, the athletic conference, or the Component itself. The notification shall include the nature of the alleged major infraction; the NCAA, NJCAA, conference, or institutional bylaw involved; the plan for investigating the allegation; and a corrective action plan. The Chancellor shall timely notify the Board as appropriate.

(7) Audit. See Subparagraph 7.75 of this Chapter.