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Santa Clara Compliance Office
Compliance with NCAA rules is of the highest priority for our athletics program and institution. As a member of the NCAA and WCC, Santa Clara University is responsible for the actions of its coaches, student-athletes, faculty and staff, fans, boosters, alumni, and friends. We value the interest and support, but we must remind all constituencies that inappropriate action can jeopardize the eligibility of a student-athlete or prospect.
We are committed to the principle of institutional control and operating our athletics program in a manner consistent with the letter and spirit of the NCAA, WCC, and Santa Clara University regulations. Please contact the compliance office if you have any questions regarding what is permissible. Remember, "ALWAYS ASK BEFORE YOU ACT!"
Mission Statement of Santa Clara Athletics
The overriding purpose of the Department of Athletics and Recreation at Santa Clara University (“Santa Clara Athletics”) is student learning – educating young men and women to be leaders of competence, conscience and compassion.
Athletics is a key component of the Jesuit philosophy of the education of the whole person - body, mind and spirit. Through participation in intercollegiate athletics and recreation at Santa Clara, students will learn critical life lessons and values, including sportsmanship, discipline, teamwork, overcoming adversity, preparation, trust in others, and selflessness, to name just a few. Competing for Santa Clara will nourish their character and build their confidence, as they learn to maximize their potential.
Santa Clara Athletics will field first-rate men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics and sport club teams that are competitive within their Conference and the region, and strive to be competitive nationally. The programs will bring honor, distinction and greater national awareness to the University, which will not only complement but enhance its national image and prestige.
Santa Clara Athletics will provide a comprehensive campus recreation program for students, faculty, and staff, offering each numerous opportunities to enrich their lives and promote their personal health through a broad scope of recreational, educational, and competitive programming.
Santa Clara Athletics will enrich the life, character and vitality of the Santa Clara University campus. It will foster school spirit, and will generate fun and excitement for students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and fans. It will build upon existing traditions and generate new ones. It will enhance the family and community character of Santa Clara University.
Santa Clara Athletics will be run with the utmost integrity and honesty, committed to absolute compliance with all applicable NCAA rules. It will operate in a manner consistent with the fundamental values that Santa Clara holds dear.
Santa Clara Athletics will maintain high academic standards for its student-athletes, intramural and club sport participants. It will graduate student-athletes at rates which will make it a leader within the Conference and the region, and place it among the nation’s leaders.
Santa Clara Athletics will encourage and provide opportunities for student-athletes to participate in community service and other types of charitable volunteer work in the Jesuit tradition.