National Collegiate Athletic Association Ethics and Compliance Program


NationalCollegiate Athletic Association Ethics and Compliance Program


NationalCollegiate Athletic Association Ethics and Compliance Program

Anysporting activity needs a regulatory authority that oversees allactivities regarding the games that take place. The NationalCollegiate Athletic Association Ethics and Compliance Program is incharge of the university and college athletics. Sports need to beregulated to prevent noncompliance of institutions to the ethicalrequirements of a given competition (Weston, 2010). In collegiateathletics, the NCAA has the responsibility to ensure that allparticipants follow the standard regulations. Athletes should refrainfrom acts like doping and sexual assault. Without a functionalcontrol body, it is impossible to prevent misconduct from takingplace. In the recent past, there have been cases of misbehavior inthree institutions where some students were accused of sexualviolation, and in another case, a head coach was charged withextramarital affairs with one his staff member. All the blame wasdirected to the NCAA’s ethics program for failing to act promptlyto stop these scandals from happening hence, the collegiateathletics should be regulated to ensure fair competition handvalidity of the games.

Recently,there have been major athletics scandals at Penn State, Ohio Stateand the University of Arkansas. The indignities amounted to majorviolations of the NCAA’s rules and regulations. The initial 1906bill of the NCAA (IAAUS at that period) reflected a wish of the firstdelegates to control college athletics and guarantee that thecompetitions reflected the decorum and high purpose of the educationsystem. In the early years of the program, the goal was accomplishedby assuming a position as the chief policy-making organization formany games and encouraging ethical gaming conduct. It also suggestedthat athletic units be documented as departments of instruction inevery university, and debating matters such as amateurism andqualification for the contest. Nevertheless, the organization`sfunctions have expanded considerably over the years to include themanagement of national championships, marketing, and promotion,communications, education, outreach initiatives, public affairs,licensing, membership and the enforcement of rules (Weston, 2010).

Whenthe established rules are violated, it means that the authority isdoing little to curb the unwanted activities in the games. Thenational competitions are governed by a set of laws established bythe ethics program (Weston, 2010). Subsequently, a weak enforcementstrategy leads to law breaking, which results in the scandals such asthe ones experienced at Penn State, Ohio State and the University ofArkansas. If the NCAA would be more effective in punishing theoffenders, the cases of rule violations would be minimal. Themanagement of the authority should provide more personnel to monitorcollegiate games and activities in the whole nation. Someindividuals breach the laws hoping that the NCAA would not know abouttheir activities. Additionally, the authority should introducestiffer penalties for those that do not follow the rules.

Outof the 29 major athletics violations, the Ohio State football teamdid six of them. The contraventions included Braxton Miller promotingproducts from Advocare, and Cardale Jones making an appearance at theJoe Haden’s superstar softball match in Cleveland despite theathletic unit restricting him from attending the event. Otherdesecrations involved impermissible travel of one player to thenational championship regardless of the NCAA’s restrictions. Theplayer was found unfit to participate in the national championship.However, the state went ahead to include the said player. Anotherdefiance included one recruit being called by two coaches within oneweek. The NCAA does not allow one player to engage two coaches fromdifferent teams within a period of one week. In other incidences, acoach took a picture with high school coaches and a player commentingabout a 2016 prospect on the social media.

Theviolations by the state of Ohio amounted to major and minor offensesin regards to the athletics management organization. In this case,the NCAA failed in many ways. First, they should improve on theirrule enforcement. For instance, the player that was involved with twocoaches within one week should be banned from the games for aparticular period. Secondly, there should be entry restrictions forindividuals who have been banned from the games instead of allowingthem back, and then the NCAA reacts later. Thirdly, the issue ofsocial media is an emerging trend, and the NCCA should revise theirrules to control whatever might take place in these platformsregarding the collegiate games.

TheUniversity of Arkansas was also involved in major athleticviolations. The NCAA determined that the institution overpaidathletes to work at its trucking company. This led to the universitylosing two crucial football scholarships and its entire sportsprogram put on probation for three years. The major case involved theuniversity’s trainer who received $21100 from the boosters evenafter the school reduced his salary due to a drug case thatimplicated him. The probation covers all the NCAA related games thatwill take place within the three-year period. The paymentirregularities involved at least 20 students being paid for work theyhad not done or were paid highly for work they performed at TedHerrod’s place. Two of the athlete students received payment evenbefore they were enrolled to the school team. Moreover, 20 of thestudents were enrolled during the academic year which is a violationof the national employment bylaws (Sawyer, 2015). Even if, the NCAAacted promptly on this case it should ensure that such issues do noteven happen. This can be achieved by imposing stiffer rules such asmore years out of the games instead to the three. This will make theuniversities that intend to break the rules to think twice beforedoing anything wrong.

Anothermajor scandal that involved the breaking of the athletics ethics isthat of Penn State. The state’s athletics members were foundguilty of child sex violation in a case that was investigated by theFBI. Penn State officials, coach and former assistant football coachwere interdicted. The scandal involved an employee by the maneSandusky who worked in the state’s football program for thirtyyears. He was accused of sexually violating boys he met in his secondmile children’s charity. Some of these boys came from state campus.This case amounts to serious ethical violations. However, the FBIconducted an investigation and the guilty individuals charged,including Sandusky who is serving a sentence amounting to lifeimprisonment (Bond, 2015). Child sex abuse is a serious ethicalviolation. Such employees should not even be allowed to work in thegames. The NCAA should have a requirement of good conduct beforeanyone is allowed to work for the association. Moreover, the NCAAshould form a branch that investigates these misconducts and judgesthem according to authorities’regulation.

Dueto these scandals, the trust and confidence that the stakeholders andstudents had on the NCAA died. However, the association can redeemits trust in two easy was. First, it should introduce stiffer rulesto the games. This includes longer bans from the games and criminalprosecution of the offenders. By doing so, the effects of itsfunctionality will be felt by all the stakeholders (Sawyer, 2015).Second, the NCAA should ensure that its regional employees workaccordingly. This will be attained by ensuring that they understandthe consequences of them not acting promptly on issues that mightarise.

TheHR departments of universities and colleges also have an importantrole to play. They are responsible for all the staff that works fortheir institutions. Therefore, any misconduct by the employees willbe subject to their evaluation even before any other authority comesin (Sawyer, 2015). First, they should do a comprehensive criminalbackground cheek. This will ensure that they do not employ coachesthat have a bad history such as sex abuse. Also, only individualswith good ethical background will get these jobs. Second, the humanresource department has the task to ensure that the employees workaccording to the provisions of the NCAA. This will prevent anyscandals from their respective institutions.

Inconclusion, the NCAA has the task to oversee all activities relatedto the collegiate games. The association makes and enforces theregulations and laws. All institutions are required to follow theserules and regulations. However, there have been major scandals thatamounted to the breaking of these requirements. The NCCA should workmore efficiently to prevent such cases. The collegiate athleticsgames will be competent if the association enforces the lawsaccordingly (Brown, 2015).


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