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NAAC Announces Compliance Industry Standards

Sept. 28, 2010


CLEVELAND – In an unprecedented initiative within intercollegiate athletics, the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) announced the inaugural release of Division I industry compliance standards within three areas of current NCAA legislation. The industry standards, called “Reasonable Standards,” are intended to establish a model for all institutions to follow to monitor compliance with specific NCAA rules and provide education on those rules.

The three Reasonable Standards released by the Association are in the areas of

  • Countable Athletically Related Activities - view standard
  • Complimentary Admissions - view standard
  • Recruiting Contacts and Evaluations - view standard

    “This first release of NAAC Reasonable Standards is a significant step in establishing clear expectations for all Division I institutions and their compliance efforts,” stated NAAC President Tony Hernandez, deputy athletics director at the University of Miami. “These standards are important for the long term success of our profession.”

    NAAC, which has been under the umbrella of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) since 1998, is a member driven organization comprised of athletics professionals whose mission is to improve the overall understanding and effectiveness of the athletics compliance profession, while upholding the ideals of higher education.

    “The Committee’s goal has been to produce standards that can be applied across all levels of the Division I membership and I think we have done just that,” said NAAC 1st VP and Reasonable Standards Committee Chair Kate Hickey, senior associate AD/SWA at Rutgers University. “While the standards provide a framework, they also give institutions the flexibility to determine the best way to implement each standard on their respective campuses. The Committee is looking forward to continuing this initiative as it begins work on the next round of standards.”



    In devising its reasonable standards, NAAC sought feedback from a variety of Division I athletics professionals including campus and conference compliance administrators, athletics directors, and conference commissioners, as well as NCAA staff members, including the NCAA enforcement staff. The result of the Committee’s work is a model that will assist institutions in understanding the expected industry standard for monitoring and education. NAAC plans to continue its work on future reasonable standards within other areas of NCAA legislation for release at a later date.

    If you have any questions about the reasonable standards, please contact Tony Hernandez (thernandez@miami.edu, 305-284-2692) or Kate Hickey (khickey@scarletknights.com, 732-445-7899).  

    About NAAC: NAAC is in its 13th year and serves as the professional and educational association of senior compliance administrators. For more information on NAAC, please visit www.naaccompliance.com. NAAC is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 46th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.