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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 鈥減articipation 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.鈥 The policy manual goes on to state that 鈥渄ecisions 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).鈥 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鈥 Intercollegiate Athletics Committee;
  2. Coordinating the review and submission of athletic program proposals to 鈥渆stablish 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鈥 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 鈥渇inancial and program soundness鈥; 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 (鈫 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: 

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