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Compliance Information 

The Defiance College Athletic Department is committed to a high standard of ethical conduct by following all NCAA and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference rules and regulations. The purpose of this page is to provide compliance resources to all Defiance College Athletic Department personnel, student-athletes, college employees, boosters, and prospective student-athletes. Any specific questions can be directed to the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. Please don't hesitate to ASK BEFORE YOU ACT!

Kathleen Westfall - Assistant AD for Compliance/SWA

Summary of NCAA Regulations 

Defiance College Academic Standards 

NCAA Banned Substance List

NCAA DIII Self-Release Forms

DC Student-Athlete Handbook


Overnight Visit Form


NCAA Recruiting/Communication Quick Reference Guide

Transgender Handbook 


Athletic Philosophy

Defiance College Athletics Boosters Information                                                                      



Defiance College Intercollegiate Athletic Philosophy


The Defiance College intercollegiate athletic program serves as a window of opportunity for all prospective student-athletes to experience an extra-curricular educational and physical activity that fits within the general mission of the college to develop the whole person.

The student-athlete will be exposed to a variety of opportunities for personal growth in the areas of intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social and physical dimensions as it relates to each individual and their respective sport. The student-athlete, as a team member, will be involved in a learning community that will strive for excellence both on the field and in the classroom while maintaining a dignity of fair play and continued emphasis on positive sportsmanship.

Jointly, the coaches and student-athletes will build an engaging environment that will accentuate the learning process not only within the competitive arena but also within the college campus and the community as a whole. An emphasis will be placed on the impact of participation and personal growth, rather than scoreboard success, in a balanced sports program where equitable sports opportunities will be available to both genders.

The student-athletes of Defiance College choose to participate in the intercollegiate athletic program for a variety of reasons but none of which includes athletic-related financial aid or the promise of financial security through professional athletic stardom. Through participation in the intercollegiate athletic program, a student-athlete continues to compete for the love of sport, the thrill of competition, and the fulfillment of countless intrinsic values.

The Defiance College intercollegiate athletic program strives to be an integral and cohesive part of the collegiate learning and living process, appropriately well suited to co-exist with the Defiance College mission statement…to know-to lead-to serve and to understand.

Student-Athlete Affairs


The mission of the NCAA is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body. With this in mind, the Student-Athlete Affairs Program was created to support the student development initiatives of its member institutions and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the university setting. In the process of achieving this mission, the Student-Athlete Affairs Program will:

  • Support efforts of every student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation.
  • Use athletics as preparation for success in life.
  • Meet the changing needs of student-athletes.
  • Promote respect for diversity among student-athletes.
  • Enhance interpersonal relationships in the lives of student-athletes.
  • Assist student-athletes in building positive self-esteem.
  • Enable student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities.
  • Promote ownership by the student-athletes of their academic, athletic, personal and social responsibilities.
  • Enhance partnerships between the NCAA, member institutions, and their communities for the purpose of education.
  • Encourage the development of leadership skills.