MSU Athletics Department Mission Statement and Core Values
Michigan State University is committed and obligated to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletics program in a manner that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of NCAA, conference and University rules and regulations.
The commitment and obligation to operate the intercollegiate athletics program in adherence to the principle of institutional control is both institutional and individual. The University's commitment is to maintain control of its athletics programs through the responsible administrators, faculty, and institutional bodies; to educate coaches, staff, student-athletes and other individuals involved with the athletics program in their institutional responsibilities under the rules; to develop operating systems within the athletics department and the University that provide guidance in how to work within the rules; and to discover and report any violations of the rules that occur. Each individual involved in intercollegiate athletics is obligated to maintain competency in knowledge of the rules; to act within his or her realm of responsibility in full compliance with the governing legislation; and to report any violation of NCAA, conference and/or institutional rules of which he or she is aware.
It is the University's policy that no violation is so minor that it need not be reported. In responding to rule violations, the University will look at such factors as whether the violation is intentional, whether any advantage is gained (e.g., recruiting, competitive or for the student-athlete involved), whether a student-athlete's eligibility is affected and whether violations are recurring. The University's goals in responding will be to encourage communication, to seek consistency and accountability and, above all, to send a strong message that the University is unequivocally committed to rules compliance.
Information concerning violations will be forwarded to the Associate
Director of Athletics for Compliance Services who will examine the situation
and communicate with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and the
General Counsel/Vice-President for Legal Affairs, and the Faculty Athletics
Representative. When it is determined by the Assistant Director of Athletics
for Compliance Services that a violation of the rules has occurred, the
University will report the violation and correct the situation that led
to the problem. Rule violations will be reported to the appropriate athletics
governing body (i.e., NCAA, the Big Ten Conference, and/or the CCHA) with
copies to the President, Vice-President for Finance and Operations, General
Counsel/Vice President for Legal Affairs, Director of Intercollegiate
Athletics, Faculty Athletics Representative, the Conference Office, and
any involved staff members.