Enforcement Program

The Pac-12 Conference maintains a comprehensive enforcement program. In doing so, its goal is to assist its member institutions in conducting high quality intercollegiate athletic programs in accordance with Conference and NCAA rules. The Conference believes that by conducting its own enforcement program it can best serve its members through timely investigation and resolution of potential enforcement matters.

When an institution discovers potentially serious rules violations within its program, it shall have the option of either asking the Conference office to investigate or conducting a self-investigation. Any self-investigation shall meet the Conference's standards for thoroughness and due process. The institution shall contact the Conference office once it determines it will conduct a self-investigation and shall make periodic reports to the Conference office on the progress of the investigation. The Conference office shall inform the NCAA that a self-investigation is occurring and shall keep the NCAA informed of the progress of the investigation. The Conference office, at its discretion, may participate in interviews.

When the Conference office discovers potential rules violations at one of its member institutions, as a general rule, the Conference office shall conduct an investigation in accordance with the investigative provisions followed by the NCAA enforcement staff as set forth in NCAA Bylaws 19 and 32, usually in cooperation with the involved member institution. Formal investigative and enforcement procedures may be employed when the Commissioner judges that information received by the Conference office concerning a member institution or its personnel warrants Conference review.

If, after investigation, the Commissioner receives information that raises the reasonable cause for concern that violations of NCAA or Conference legislation which warrant the review by the Compliance and Enforcement Committee may have occurred, the Commissioner shall present the allegations to the involved institution in a document known as the Notice of Charges. The Notice of Charges shall include a sufficient amount of supporting evidence to enable an institution to conduct its own investigation of the allegations, and shall establish a reasonable deadline for the institution's written response. The Notice of Charges and the institution's written response shall be forwarded to members of the Compliance and Enforcement Committee.

The Compliance and Enforcement Committee shall consist of four Council members, appointed by the Nominating Committee. Two of the members shall be representatives of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Committee, one shall be a representative of the Senior Women Administrators Committee and one shall be a representative of the Athletics Directors Committee. It is the duty of the Compliance and Enforcement Committee to determine whether alleged violations have occurred, and to recommend penalties and corrective actions to the Council.

The Council shall initially review and either ratify or remand for further consideration the findings of the Compliance and Enforcement Committee concerning violations. The Council also shall review and either ratify, amend, or reject penalties and corrective actions recommended by the Compliance and Enforcement Committee. Such actions shall be by a majority vote of those members eligible to vote, with the institution whose employees and/or student-athletes are involved in alleged violations ineligible to vote.

Attendance at the Council meeting when it reviews the case shall be limited to members of the Council, representatives identified at the discretion of the involved institution (which shall not include representatives of its athletics interests as defined by NCAA 13.02.14) and representatives of the Conference office and Conference legal counsel. Institutional representatives and the Conference office representative who was the primary investigator in the case shall be excused during any deliberation and decision phase of the Council meeting.

The Chief Executive Officers Group shall receive recommendations from the Council concerning findings, penalties, and corrective actions. The recommendations with regard to findings must be affirmed or remanded for further consideration to the Compliance and Enforcement Committee and Council by a two-thirds vote of the Chief Executive Officers entitled to vote.

The Conference shall request the presence of a member of the NCAA enforcement staff to attend each in-person hearing of the Compliance and Enforcement Committee to expedite review of the case by the NCAA. The NCAA staff member shall be a silent observer and shall not participate actively in the hearing.