Intercollegiate athletics is a vital part of the University, and like all parts of the University, should reflect a concern for intellectual, moral, and spiritual values, and for pursuit of excellence which is faithful to the Jesuit tradition and to the educational mission of the University.
Intercollegiate athletics is of value to the University, and the program ensures that the student-athlete is first a student, that student-athletes are protected from risk of injury, that there is a commitment to the principles of fair play and amateur athletic competition, that the rules of the NCAA are adhered to, that justice and equity are present in the distribution of resources, that competitive excellence is the goal but not at the risk of institutional ideals, that outside supporters of athletics are valued for their financial support and when they are sensitive to the integrity of the University, and that unity exists between the athletic program and all elements of the University.
In addition, Creighton University subscribes to the principles of the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics (1992) and these are:
PREAMBLE: Creighton University is committed to a philosophy of firm institutional control of athletics, to the unquestioned academic and financial integrity of our athletics program, and to the accountability of the athletics department to the values and goals befitting higher education. In support of that commitment, the board, officers, faculty and staff of Creighton University have examined and agreed to the following general principles as a guide to our participation in intercollegiate athletics:
I. The educational values, practices and mission of Creighton University determine the standards by which we conduct our intercollegiate athletics program.
II. The responsibility and authority for the administration of the athletics department, personnel and finances, are vested in the president.
III. The welfare, health and safety of student-athletes are primary concerns of athletics administration on this campus. Creighton University will provide student-athletes with the opportunity for academic experiences as close as possible to the experiences of their classmates.
IV. Every student-athlete -- male and female, majority and minority, in all sports -- will receive equitable and fair treatment.
V. The admission of student-athletes -- including junior college transfers -- will be based upon their showing reasonable promise of being successful in a course of study leading to an academic degree. That judgment will be made by admissions officials.
VI. Continuing eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics will be based on students being able to demonstrate each academic term that they will graduate within five years of enrolling. Students who do not pass this test will not play.
VII. Student-athletes, in each sport, will be graduated in at least the same proportion as non-athletes who have spent comparable time as full-time students.
VIII. All funds raised and spent in connection with inter-collegiate athletics programs will be channeled through Creighton University’s general treasury, not through independent groups, whether internal or external. The athletics department budget will be developed and monitored in accordance with general budgeting procedures on campus.
IX. All athletics-related income from non-university sources for coaches and athletics administrators will be reviewed and approved by the university. In cases where the income involves the university's functions, facilities or name, contracts will be negotiated with the institution.
X. Annual academic and fiscal audits of the athletics program will be conducted. Moreover, Creighton University intends to seek NCAA certification that its athletics program complies with the principles herein. Creighton University will promptly correct any deficiencies and will conduct its athletics program in a manner worthy of this distinction.