Comprehensive Standard 3.2.11

The institution's chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institution's intercollegiate athletics program. (Control of intercollegiate athletics)  

Judgement: Compliant

Narrative:  

The Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate (USC Upstate) carries out the expressed commitment of the University of South Carolina (USC) Board of Trustees (Board) to assure full compliance with all athletic conference and national association rules, regulations, constitutions and bylaws.  As detailed in the Board of Trustees Bylaws: Article XI, Section 3(G), the Chancellor will "bear responsibility for fund raising, intercollegiate athletics, auxiliary enterprises, and alumni activities." 

The University of South Carolina Upstate sponsors 17 sports that compete for championships in the Atlantic Sun Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.  Men’s sports include: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track.  Women’s sports include: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, and volleyball.

Membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association dictates that institutions abide by all NCAA rules and regulations.  The 2010-2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Manual states in Principle 2.1.1 that "it is the responsibility of each member institution to control its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Association.  The institution’s president or chancellor is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the athletics program, including approval of the budget and audit of all expenditures."

In keeping with this principle, the USC Upstate Department of Athletics’ organization chart shows a direct link between the intercollegiate athletics program and the Chancellor (NOTE: As of August 1, 2011, Dr. Tom Moore assumed the role of Chancellor).  Further, the Athletics Policy Manual clearly stipulates that the Chancellor has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institution's intercollegiate athletics program.  As required by NCAA rules, USC Upstate submitted a self-study of its athletic program during its reclassifying period in its move to Division I in April of 2010 (self-study available for review onsite).

The Chancellor exercises fiscal control over the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program. South Carolina law precludes the use of state appropriated funds for intercollegiate athletics.  All privately raised funds are deposited into a USC Upstate Foundation account and are disbursed in accordance with University policies and procedures.  To comply with NCAA rules pertaining to Budgetary Control, the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and the Chancellor review and approve the expenses affecting the Intercollegiate Athletics programs.

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