The University System's Board of Regents will now have to approve the establishment of intercollegiate athletics, the expansion of sports, changes in intercollegiate athletic competition levels and the funding of these programs before the programs can go forward.
The change applies to all 31 college campuses in Georgia's university system.
Chancellor Hank Huckaby says "This policy makes it clear that in the future, we are going to address athletics from a System perspective and with the board's close attention to the financial impact upon our campuses and on our students."
The new policy requires campuses to provide detailed information on projected expenditures and revenues and the sources of funding for both the creation of new and expansion of existing athletic programs.
The policy says "The operation of intercollegiate athletics cannot come at the expense of academic programs and essential activities at a campus by diverting funds from other major campus functions."