Terms & Definitions

Failure to Monitor

What is failure to monitor in college sports?

Failure to monitor is typically a Level II infraction within the NCAA’s enforcement structure, but may be deemed to be of a Level I nature if the failure is substantial or egregious.

What actions would cause a school to be cited for a failure to monitor?

Each institution has an affirmative obligation to monitor and control its athletics programs, its representatives and its student-athletes to ensure compliance with the constitution and bylaws of the Association. When a school is negligent in this responsibility by not taking reasonable, proactive steps to meet this obligation, it is vulnerable to a failure to monitor finding.

How would a school prevent being cited for a Failure to Monitor infraction?

A school could prevent a Failure to Monitor violation by instituting practices and, devoting adequate staff and resources to detect noncompliance within its program.

What are the penalties for a Failure to Monitor violation?

Probation, fines and scholarship reductions are some typical penalties for a Failure to Monitor violation.

Lyle Adams


Lyle was a member of the 2007 NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship team at Wake Forest. After embarking on a professional soccer career, Lyle transitioned to the tech industry, where he was one of the first 100 employees at Uber, designing platforms and tools for data consumers. Lyle also holds a Master’s in Sports Management from Columbia University.