NCAA Division III

This update is a tool to enhance communication between the NCAA national office and the Division III membership, with distribution to athletics directors, senior woman administrators, faculty athletics representatives, presidents, national SAAC, conference commissioners and the NADIIIAA listserv.  We encourage athletics directors to share this communication with their athletics department members.  Please contact Louise McCleary to include an item or share comments, and remember to check out the Division III governance homepage for the latest news and information.


Division III University

The Division III staff is excited to introduce Division III University, an online learning platform, to provide educational modules to athletics directors, senior woman administrators, head coaches and conference commissioners.  Initial Division III University modules relate to NCAA Division III overview; student-athlete well-being; and compliance. 
Each chapter contains an interactive series of courses to educate users.  The NCAA Sport Science Institute developed sexual violence prevention and mental health modules – two student-athlete well-being priority areas for Division III.   
Access to Division III University is through NCAA MyApps on  To access it, open the NCAA Learning Portal app (once it is assigned to you by your single source sign-on administrator) and click on the Division III University icon.  Please note that you can launch the Division III University modules with any web browser, except Internet Explorer.


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Apply Now:  LGBTQ Facilitator Training Program

The Division III LGBTQ Working Group is pleased to announce its inaugural Division III LGBTQ ONETEAM Facilitator Program.  This program is for nonstudent, full-time employees in Division III athletics who would like to facilitate a future LGBTQ ONETEAM program on their campus or in their conference. The facilitator training will occur May 21-23 in Indianapolis.  Thirty participants will engage in a train-the-trainer workshop.  All expenses will be covered by the NCAA.  The application titled “Division III ONETEAM Facilitator Program” is available in the Program Hub  until 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday, April 1.  Anyone who is interested in participating may apply directly.  Please direct questions to Jean Merrill, NCAA director of inclusion.

Division III Week

The eighth annual celebration of Division III Week, scheduled for April 1-7, is a great opportunity to call attention to the unique student-athlete experience enjoyed at our member institutions.  Division III members are asked to highlight the activities and achievements of current student-athletes through scheduling an academic, athletics, co-curricular or extracurricular/community service activity.  The Division III Week Communications Kit serves as a planning guide, and further information about Division III Week is  available online. Please let us know, in advance, all planned Division III Week activities, either by submitting information via the online form, or sending it to  Providing this information in advance will assist the NCAA national office's promotion of the full array of planned activities.  If you have questions, please contact  Adam Skaggs.

ACTION REQUEST:  2019 Graduation Rate Collection

The Academic Portal to report federal graduation rates and enrollment data is now open. The submission deadline is June 1.   Institutions can access the site through the NCAA’s Single Source Sign-On system.  In addition to the required student-body reporting, Division III members are strongly encouraged to provide the voluntary academic success rate data for the 2012-2013 student-athlete cohort. With the adoption of 2019 Convention legislation, Division III institutions will be required to begin reporting student-athlete graduation data in 2020. Participation in the 2019 reporting cycle provides an excellent opportunity for institutions to become familiar with the process. Please contact Maria DeJulio or Eric Hartung with any questions.

NCAA Division III Webinars

The next Division III webinar will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, March 5.  The topic will be on NCAA mental health best practices and resources (Part I).
Future webinars will be conducted from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Eastern time on the following dates: 

  • April 2 – Mental health module – part II.
  • May 7 – Management and Presidents Councils updates.
  • June 4 – Injury Surveillance Program. 

Each webinar will be limited to the first 250 participants. All past webinar PowerPoints are on the Division III website. 

Instagram Account

We are excited to share that the official Division III Instagram account is up and running. This platform will be used primarily throughout Division III championships, DIII Week and the NCAA Convention. Additionally, we intend to use the platform as an alternative to showcase the division's philosophy.  Follow us and continue to pass along content for us to share. To access the Division III Instagram homepage, click here.


2019 FAR Fellows Institute

The Division III 2019 FAR Fellows Institute will be conducted Oct. 18-20 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis.   FARs with at least two years experience are invited to apply for a three-day professional development program, inclusive of travel.  The program provides a thorough examination of best practices and issues surrounding the role and responsibility of the FAR, helps FAR Fellows develop the leadership skills necessary to carry out their responsibilities on campus and in their conference, and strengthens the network of FARs needed to serve on conference, divisional and Association-wide committees.
Applications will be open in the Program Hub from April 15 to May 31.  Contact Leah Kareti with any questions.  Please note that this program is offered in alternating years with the Division III New FAR Orientation, which will be offered again in fall, 2020 in conjunction with the FARA Annual Meeting.


Monthly Prevention Tip

It’s spring break time!  Certainly, not everyone goes on a road trip (in fact, the most common destination for spring break is going home), but for those who do, this week can be the single heaviest drinking week of the academic year. What spring break tips can you pass on to students?  What are protective behavioral strategies students can use to reduce harms?  Re-watch the webinar with national expert Matt Martens (whose Protective Behavioral Strategies survey is the “gold standard”) from March 19, 2017 and consider harm reduction strategies that could make a difference during this high-risk time of year.  Also check out the Jan. 31, 2018, webinar from national expert Clayton Neighbors on spring break interventions and the role that norm perceptions play.  With the end of the academic year coming up, what steps need to be taken as summer approaches?  Consider tips for summer planning discussed in the March 27, 2015 webinar.
As you plan for next year and are considering multiple options, re-watch the webinar from Oct. 25, 2017 with Jessica Gonzalez, Jason Kilmer, and Leah Kareti discussing the NCAA Substance Abuse Prevention Toolkit and 360 Proof.

NASPA Annual Conference

Book a one-on-one appointment or come to the 360 Proof user session at the NASPA Convention on March 11-12 in Los Angeles. Email for details.

Webinar Schedule

360 Proof offers a monthly webinar series to bring current prevention research to a Division III and NASPA Small College and University audience.  Remaining sessions for 2019 include: 

  • March 19, 3 p.m. Eastern:  “Pregaming and Drinking Games: Implications for Work with Student-Athletes,” Byron Zamboanga, professor of psychology, Smith College. 
  • April 10, 1 p.m. Eastern: "Looking Back and Looking Forward: Lessons Learned in Evaluating Prevention,”  David Anderson, director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Health, George Mason. 

All 360 Proof account holders will receive an invitation to these webinar sessions.  Please contact Leah Kareti with any questions about 360 Proof.



For the third consecutive year, Division III will support eight women and/or ethnic minority students to attend the annual CoSIDA Convention, including Division III Day, June 10-12, 2019, through the Division III CoSIDA Student Program.  The nomination/application process, available on the NCAA Program Hub, closes March 15.
Program applicants who meet the following criteria will receive preference: 

  • Female and/or ethnic minority students,
  • Current junior class academic standing;
  • Work experience in a campus or conference athletics communication/sports information office; and
  • Strong interest in a career in Division III athletics communication (sports information).  

At the 2019 CoSIDA Convention in Orlando, Florida the selected students will participate in Division III Day and be exposed to the CoSIDA Convention, its members and the athletics communication profession. Grant recipients will attend welcome and debrief meetings and be assigned a mentor.  The goal is to build the pipeline in an effort to diversify the Division III athletics communication landscape.

Division III and D3SIDA Recognition Award

Congratulations Mike Mancini, assistant director of athletics for communications & compliance at Oberlin College, on receiving the 2019 Winter Division III and Division III College Sports Information Directors of America (D3SIDA) Recognition Award!  The selection committee of D3SIDA members chose Mancini’s video titled: “Athletes Among Us: Olivia Canning '19."  The video was exceptionally well done, and Division III and D3SIDA applaud your work and efforts.  Award winners receive a $1,500 credit to attend Division III Day held in conjunction with the annual 2019 CoSIDA convention. The final submission period for 2018-19 is currently open and closes May 1.  For more details on the recognition award, click here.
The Division III and D3SIDA recognition award is a partnership between the Division III governance staff and D3SIDA to recognize the best work by athletics communication directors portraying the Division III identity and student-athlete experience.  The recognition program is part of the Division III Identity Initiative.  It seeks to honor the best work – including news releases, feature articles, videos, blogs and other materials – produced by Division III campus and conference athletics communication offices. 

2019 CoSIDA Convention Registration

On-line registration is now open for the 2019 CoSIDA Convention, taking place June 9-12 in Orlando, Florida in conjunction with NACDA and Affiliates Convention Week.  A day featuring Division III specific programming will occur on Tuesday, June 11.  Similar to past years, additional dollars were added to the Division III Conference Grant specifically for campus Athletics Communication Directors and Sports Information Directors to receive funding for this professional development opportunity.  Ask your conference commissioner for details.  Early bird registration ends April 2.


The University of Transylvania is the recipient of the February Division III Diversity Spotlight Initiative. To celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day, the university held a program that allowed current student-athletes to engage with female campus leaders.  More than 150 student-athletes participated in the program.  Click here for more information.

The Diversity Spotlight Initiative recognizes and promotes outstanding diversity related projects, programming and initiatives that are occurring on Division III campuses and in conference offices.  All selected recipients receive $500 toward their next diversity initiative.  To submit an initiative for consideration for February, email Louise McCleary, with a brief statement (no more than 500 words) as to why your institution or conference office deserves to be the spotlight recipient. Attach a video or photo if applicable. The nomination deadline is March 21

Diversity Tip of the Month

Have you considered attending the NCAA Inclusion Forum ?  Registration is open for the 2019 Forum that will be April 26-28 in Atlanta.  The forum, in its eighth year, offers useful knowledge, engaging dialogue, and practical takeaways to empower participants’ efforts on equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives on their campuses. Sessions will focus on core identities such as race/ethnicity, women/gender equity, LGBTQ, disability sport, and international students.  In addition, to end the first day of programming, the 2019 NCAA Inclusion Forum features a special welcome reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 at the  Center for Civil and Human Rights, where attendees can explore the fundamental rights of all human beings and leave empowered to join the conversation in their own communities.


Spotlight Poll

The NCAA Division III Special Olympics Spotlight Poll is a story-telling initiative located on .  It features new stories each month that highlight a Division III and Special Olympics joint activity or event.  The story with the highest number of votes on the 25th day of each month is the winner. That institution or conference receives $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. Both written and digital submissions are accepted.  Featured stories are selected based on inclusion of the student-athlete perspective and Division III messaging. To submit a story for consideration, please email

February Winner

After 933 total votes, Vassar Hosts Special Olympic Volleyball Tournament won the February Special Olympics Spotlight Poll by gathering 42 percent of the total votes! The Brewers will receive $500 to use for its next Special Olympics event. To submit a story for consideration, please email

March Nominees

Here are the stories for the March Special Olympics poll: 

 Click here to vote starting Monday, March 4. The winner will be announced March 26, 2019.


Rule of the Month

With increased media attention around fantasy leagues, as well as the upcoming NCAA basketball tournaments, remember that sports wagering is not allowed under NCAA Bylaw 10.3. The Association and its member schools and conferences oppose all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering due to its threat to the well-being of college student-athletes and the integrity of college sports.  Student-athletes, coaches, conference staff members, athletics administrators, and nonathletics staff members who have responsibilities within or over athletics departments may not participate in sports wagering or provide information to anyone gambling on sports. NCAA members have defined sports wagering as putting something at risk – such as an entry fee – with the opportunity to win something in return. 
Student-athletes risk their eligibility if they participate in a sports wagering of any kind by putting something at risk (i.e., money, entry fee or tangible item) for the opportunity to win something.  That would include participation in fantasy leagues; online sports betting; March Madness brackets; Super Bowl pools; and sports parlay cards.  The staff would like to stress the importance of educating individuals on this prohibition.  In this regard, the enforcement staff has created a Sports Wagering Resource page and Don’t Bet On It poster geared towards student-athletes for institutions to display in athletics facilities and on campus.

Regional Rules Seminars

NCAA Constitution (Convention and Regional Rules Seminar Attendance) requires all Division III institutions to attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar (RRS) at least once every three years.  Click here to see if your institution is required to attend this summer.  The three-year window for attendance includes attendance at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 RRS.  Any institution that did not send a representative in 2017 or 2018 should plan to attend the 2019 RRS.  Registration opens March 4. Before the seminars, attendees are encouraged to review the LSDBi and RSRO training videos to prepare for on-site learning objectives. 
The 2019 dates and locations are May 13-15 in Indianapolis; and June 3-5 in Denver.  An updated Regional Rules Seminars webpage,, will provide attendees with information and materials prior to seminars to review and download. Any discrepancy between posted materials and presentation materials (such as updates due to recent changes in legislation or interpretations or omitted answer slides) will be highlighted by presenters.  Questions about the seminars should be directed to the academic and membership affairs staff at

2019 Institutional Self-Study Guide

NCAA Constitution 6.3.1 requires all Division III institutions to conduct a comprehensive self-study and evaluation of their athletics programs at least once every five years.  The next Institutional Self-Study Guide (ISSG) is due June 1, 2019.  Click here for a list of institutions that need to complete the ISSG this year.  The full ISSG and requirements for supporting documentation must be completed online; fax, hard copy, or email submissions of the ISSG will not be accepted.  The ISSG can be accessed via the My Apps link on (if access has been granted by the institution’s single-source sign-on administrator).  The manual is designed to assist member institutions in accessing the ISSG.   Institutions that need technical assistance are asked to send questions via email to Corey Berg.


NCAA Leadership Development Programming

Applications for several NCAA leadership development programs, to be held this summer, must be submitted by noon Eastern time March 11. Visit the program websites to learn more about these professional development opportunities: 

DiSC Assessments Available

Use of the DiSC is strongly encouraged on member campuses. Participants gain personalized feedback on their specific leadership style, and student-athletes, coaches and administrators gain valuable understanding of everyone’s unique behavioral style. Applying this knowledge can promote effective team dynamics, leadership, and communication.
In 2018-19, each Division III school interested in utilizing the DiSC resource will be provided assessments for up to 50 student-athletes, as well as 30 coaches or administrators, at no cost. Funding is limited, and requests will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here, to learn more about the DiSC resource.


Men's Basketball Playing Rules

Please note that the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and the Men’s Basketball Rules Committee continue to consider the following four major potential rules changes:

  • Extend the three-point line by approximately 1 foot, 5 inches (from 20 feet, 9 inches to 22 feet, 1¾ inches).
  • Widen the lane from 12 feet to 16 feet.
  • Reset the shot clock after an offensive rebound to 20 seconds (rather than 30 seconds).
  • Use four 10-minute quarters instead of two 20-minute halves. 

The Men’s Basketball Rules Committee is scheduled to meet May 7-10 to decide on these four potential rules changes (as well as other potential changes). The Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) will then review and take final action on any potential rules changes when it meets by teleconference June 13.  Please contact Dan Calandro if you have any questions.


Several committees conducted in-person meetings in February. 

Championships Committee, February 5-6
Financial Aid Committee, February 11-12
Interpretations and Legislation Committee, February 11-12
Membership Committee, February 20-21

Dates Meeting/Championships Location 
Mar. 8-9  Wrestling Championship Roanoke, VA
Mar. 8-9 Men and Women's Indoor Track Championship Boston, MA
Mar. 15-16 Women's Ice Hockey Championship TBD
Mar. 15-16 Men's Basketball Championship Ft. Wayne, IN
Mar. 15-16 Women's Basketball Championship Salem, VA
Mar. 20-23 Men and Women's Swimming and Diving Championship Greensboro, NC
Mar. 22-23 Men's Ice Hockey Championship TBD
Apr. 13-14 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Meeting Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 15-16 Management Council Indianapolis, IN
Apr. 24-25 Committee on Women's Athletics Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24-25 Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee Atlanta, GA
Apr. 26-27 Men's Volleyball Championship Union, NJ
Apr. 30-May 1 Presidents Council Meeting Indianapolis, IN
May 13-15 Regional Rules Seminar Indianapolis, IN
May 14-17 Men's Golf Championship Nicholasville, KY
May 14-17 Women's Golf Championship Houston, TX
May 20-25 Men and Women's Tennis Championship Kalamazoo, MI
May 23-25 Men and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship Geneva, OH
May 23-28 Softball Championship Tyler, TX
May 25-26 Women's Lacrosse Championship Richmond, VA
May 26 Men's Lacrosse Championship Philadelphia, PA
May 30-Jun. 2 Rowing Championship Indianapolis, IN
May 31-Jun. 5 Baseball Championship Cedar Rapid


This email was sent to NCAA Division III presidents and chancellors that serve on Division III committees, directors of athletics, athletics direct report, faculty athletics representatives, senior woman administrators, sports information directors, compliance officers, commissioners, assistant/associate commissioners, provisional/reclass/exploratory members, based on contact information in the NCAA Directory.  Contact information changes for NCAA members can be sent to

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