Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Ronald C. Kramer

Second Advisor

Dr. Douglas Davidson

Third Advisor

Dr. Timothy Diamond

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this research is to study deviant behavior among collegiate student athletes. This study involves institutions in the Midwest region of the United States, particularly the Mid-American Conference (MAC). This study took on a sociological approach by interviewing specialized athletic officials, and examining different levels of social control by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), along with its interaction with the Mid-American Conference. Various variables that affect social control such as gender, race, and economic conditions were also examined to get an understanding of how these factors influence behavior.