Academic Programs

Academic Affairs Division


Intercollegiate Athletics

This webpage provides various resources on intercollegiate athletics and compliance with Board Policy 4.5: Intercollegiate Athletics

Please review the Resources section of this page to access athletics policies, procedures, and archived USG Athletics Conference session materials. 

BOR Policy 4.5: Intercollegiate Athletics

Board Policy 4.5.1 Purpose: Recognizes that “participation in and enjoyment of intercollegiate athletics are important components of the overall collegiate experience and also provide valuable benefits to the communities in which universities and colleges are located.” The policy manual goes on to state that “decisions made with respect to athletic programs may have significant financial implications for the institutions, and, subsequently, affordability for University System of Georgia students. These programs must be operated in an ethically and fiscally responsible manner consistent with the rules, regulations, and principles of the national intercollegiate athletic associations and the conferences with which the institutions are affiliated (BOR minutes, March 2013).” Management and control of intercollegiate athletics is a primary responsibility of the institution and the institution president. However, System-level oversight of athletics is an important component accomplished through Board Policy 4.5 Intercollegiate AthleticsUSG Business Procedures Manual (BPM) Section 15.6 Accounting and Reporting Requirements for Intercollegiate Athletics, and through the efforts of various offices within the University System Office.

The Office of Athletics

The Office of Athletics is charged with:

  1. Supporting the work of the Board of Regents’ Intercollegiate Athletics Committee;
  2. Coordinating the review and submission of athletic program proposals to “establish an intercollegiate athletics program, expand its current intercollegiate athletics program, make a change in conference that requires significant program or resource expansion, or change competition levels” as referenced in Board Policy 4.5.5 Authorizations and Approvals;
  3. *Collecting and analyzing the annual athletics reports required under Board Policy 4.5.6 Monitoring in coordination with the Office of Fiscal Affairs and the Office of Internal Audit;
  4. **Performing periodic reviews of institutional intercollegiate athletics for “financial and program soundness”; and,
  5. Monitoring adherence to the subsidy percentages and athletic operating expense provisions of Board Policy 4.5.8 Funding of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs.

*Institutional points of contact will be provided instructions on completing and submitting required reports. 

**Institutions selected for a periodic review will be notified no later than 60 days before the scheduled commencement of the review.



Athletics Expansion Requests:

Athletics Program Expansion Criteria Information Request Form (← click link)

Athletics Special Review:

BOR Athletics Special Review Report 2016 

Mandatory Fees:

Policy: Mandatory Student Fees  

Business Procedure Manual: Student Fees

Policies and Procedures:

BOR Policy Manual on Athletic Fees 

Business Procedures Manual 15.6 for Intercollegiate Athletics Accounting and Reporting

2021 USG Athletics Director Conference Materials: 

Husch Blackwell Athletics Resources:     Articles, Webinars and Podcasts

HB 2024 NCAA Compliance Report

On-Demand Webinar (must register to view) NCAA and NIL: An Update on the Regulatory State of College Athletics

On-Demand Webinar (must register to view) Navigating the Changing NCAA and Legal Landscape of College Athletics

Back to School: What You Need to Know as the NLRB Pursues Unfair Labor Practice Charges on Behalf of College Athletes

Legal Updates | August 15, 2023

The Labor Law Insider - Recent U.S. Supreme Court, NLRB Decisions Highlight Labor Issues in Higher Education, Part II

Podcast | August 02, 2023

The Labor Law Insider - Recent U.S. Supreme Court, NLRB Decisions Highlight Labor Issues in Higher Education

Podcast | July 18, 2023

Texas Name, Image, and Likeness Law Now Effective

Legal Updates | July 07, 2023

EdUp Legal: Making LegalEASY: Name, Image & Likeness in College Athletics: From There to Here with Jason Montgomery

Podcast | June 26, 2023

Department of Education Publishes Proposed Regulation Governing Athletics Eligibility Based on Gender Identity

Legal Updates | April 11, 2023

2023 NCAA Compliance Report: College Athletics at a Crossroads

White Papers | March 20, 2023

"More Than Just a Game: An Appreciation of Title IX", WILS Connect, October 2022

Articles | October 2022

College Athletics and the Law: Uncapped education-related benefits for student-athletes can impact their federal student aid

Articles | April 08, 2022

2022 NCAA Compliance Report: College Athletics in a State of Transition

White Papers | March 2022

Uncapped Student Athlete Education-Related Benefits' Impact On Federal Student Aid

Legal Updates | January 24, 2022

Rock M Nation Podcast: Eli stays on fire and a couple special guests talk NIL

Podcast | July 09, 2021

NCAA v. Alston: Five Key Takeaways

Legal Updates | June 22, 2021

2021 NCAA Compliance Report: The Changing Context of College Athletics

How to think about the coming year and the issues that will drive the conversation around college sports.

White Papers | March 2021