Universities have an absolute obligation as NCAA members to maintain control of their athletic programs. These programs are highly visible, highly scrutinized, and highly criticized when something goes wrong. Institutional compliance directors investigate and report NCAA violations. They also oversee incidents involving student-athlete behavioral issues, and they are the athletic department liaisons to the greater campus. Scrutiny and criticism of athletic programs necessarily extends to scrutiny of their work.This article describes the nuts and bolts of the institutional compliance job. It then focuses on a prime impediment to effective compliance risk management—the failure of those with information about violations to report that information to the compliance director. Finally, it offers guidance on how to increase the likelihood of reports being made. It also sets forth the minimal requisites of a violation investigation, and the prime elements of a compliance risk management plan.

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