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NCAA Enforcement Potpourri: UNC Faculty Statement of Principles and Social-Media Compliance Approaches

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm provides a summary of ongoing enforcement, reinstatement or waiver cases (or stories highlighting the impacts of prior infractions cases) involving NCAA member institutions. We call it “NCAA Enforcement Potpourri”. Enjoy.

“A Statement of Principles for Athletics at UNC”

Alex Barinka of reesesport reported a group of faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill released on Friday, February 17, 2012, “A statement of principles for Athletics at UNC”. The document was prepared in the aftermath of the NCAA investigation into rules-violations involving the UNC football program during the 2010 season. According to the news release from the group, Barinka noted “the statement, which was endorsed by 112 faculty members, was the result of meetings between an informal group of faculty members at UNC who came together to discuss the future of athletics at UNC. . . The principles are said to address the challenges associated with “the emphasis on Division I athletics and the scandals that are associated with the athletics enterprise. The three principles that the undersigned faculty hopes to see within the athletic department are institutional openness, educational responsibility and mission consistency.”

For more information on this story, click here to read Barinka’s full article or click here to read the News-Observer’s piece on the story.

Social-Media and Universities’ Approaches to Compliance

Seth Kovar, an anchor with WDBJ7 (CBS affiliate; Roanoke/ Lynchburg, Virginia) authored an interesting article describing NCAA member institutions’ diverse approaches to educate, and monitor compliance with NCAA legislation, on social-media. Kovar’s piece starts with the following summary of the issue: “Colleges and universities across the country are closely monitoring their student-athletes’ use of social media. The schools use methods from the honor system to outright bans on Facebook and Twitter accounts.” Kovar looks at how schools such as Virginia Tech and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill approached the issue.

The full story and video can be viewed by clicking here.

Disclaimer: The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm may represent a party or parties in one or more NCAA enforcement cases listed or described on this blog. This blog post does not represent arguments on behalf of firm clients.


About Michael L. Buckner, Esquire

An attorney who provides clients with internal investigation, civil litigation, estate planning and compliance services.


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