Primer on How Autonomy Legislation Applies to Other DI Conferences

As the NCAA Convention and autonomy business session are rapidly approaching, here is a brief summary of how business session functions and what impact adopted proposals carry for non-autonomy DI conferences.

Autonomy Voting:

  • Each autonomy institution receives one independent vote. There are also three student-athlete representatives from each conference who have independent votes.
    •  65 institutions + 15 student-athletes = 80 votes
  • For a proposal to be approved, it must either:
    • Receive a simple majority of votes in at least three conferences and at least a 60% majority of the total votes. (3/5 conferences and 60% of votes)
    • Receive a simple majority of votes in at least four conferences and a simple majority of the total votes (4/5 conferences and 51% of votes)

If adopted, the autonomy conferences are required to adhere to that legislation. However, non-autonomy DI conferences have the opportunity to opt-in to use the new legislation. Here is an educational column that speaks to the latitude that non-autonomy DI institutions have regarding use of adopted autonomy legislation.

Proposal No. 2014-2 Organization — Division I Governance Structure (I)

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Editor’s Note: This educational column reflects the most recent Question and Answer Document associated with the proposal.

This document contains questions and answers to assist the NCAA membership in its understanding of Proposal No. 2014-2 (Division I governance structure).

Question No. 1: When autonomy legislation is adopted, will the previous legislation continue to be published for institutions in conferences other than the five conferences that choose not to apply the autonomy legislation?

Answer: If the autonomy legislation is more restrictive than the previous legislation, then the previous legislation will continue to be published. If the autonomy legislation is more permissive than the previous legislation, then the previous legislation will no longer be published. In those situations, institutions in conferences other than the five conferences can decide, subject to conference discretion, what standard to apply.

Question No. 2: Are conferences, other than the five autonomy conferences, required to take any specific action (e.g., conference rule, policy, etc.) to enable a conference institution to have the discretion to decide whether to apply autonomy legislation?

Answer: Conferences have the discretion to determine conference and/or institutional positions on applying autonomy legislation.

Question No. 3: Are institutions in conferences other than the five autonomy conferences required to take any specific action (e.g., have a statement on file with the president’s office, director of athletics’ office, faculty athletics representative’s office, etc.; provide notice to the conference office; provide notice to the national office; etc.) to indicate whether the institution is applying autonomy legislation?

Answer: Subject to conference discretion, institutions in conferences other than the five autonomy conferences have the discretion to determine whether they will apply autonomy legislation.

Question No. 4: In conferences other than the five autonomy conferences, may an institution choose to apply the autonomy legislation on a sport-by-sport, team-by-team and/or student-athlete by student-athlete basis?

Answer: Yes. Subject to conference discretion, institutions in conferences other than the five autonomy conferences can choose to apply the autonomy legislation on a sport-by-sport, team-by-team and/or student-athlete by student-athlete basis.