UNCG-NCAA Final Decision

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (JUNE 25, 2015) – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) received notice today from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Infractions of its final decision that the athletic department was found to have failed to adequately monitor the NCAA initial-eligibility certification and squad-list certification form process.

UNCG discovered the violations, self-reported the violations to the NCAA, took corrective action and self-imposed penalties. None of the eligibility violations were related to admission to the university.  No student athletes were improperly admitted to the university.

“I want to commend our athletics compliance staff for taking prompt, decisive action upon discovery of these inadvertent initial-eligibility certification violations,” said Dana Dunn, Acting Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “UNCG discovered violations, self-reported the violations, took immediate corrective action, and self-imposed penalties in coordination and cooperation with the NCAA.”

The case involves multiple inadvertent violations of the NCAA’s initial-eligibility legislation that resulted in 57 student-athletes from 2007-08 through 2012-13 academic years practicing, competing, receiving athletically related aid and/or receiving actual and necessary expenses for competition while ineligible. A majority of the deficiencies that caused the NCAA initial-eligibility certification violations included student-athletes not registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, not completing the required amateurism certification questionnaire, not requesting certification for a specific sport in which the student-athlete participated, not submitting transcripts or test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center and/or not requesting final amateurism certification. Additionally, from 2007-08 through 2010-11, the university did not require the athletics director or head coaches to review and sign squad lists and did not keep lists on file.

“I want to stress that these violations were certification-based and at no time were any student-athletes admitted to UNCG improperly,” Dunn further stated.  “The NCAA has agreed that these violations did not constitute unethical conduct. These violations also do not constitute academic fraud and there was no intent to gain a competitive advantage.”

The violations occurred in 13 sports – baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track/cross country, women’s track/cross country, volleyball and wrestling.

Although the violations were secondary in nature, the number and duration of violations make this a Level II case.

“UNCG is committed to the highest level of NCAA compliance,” Director of Athletics Kim Record said. “We are committed to abiding by all NCAA rules and I expect our entire athletic department to continue its strong dedication to compliance in the future.”

UNCG provided corrective actions to the NCAA after initial review of infractions, including:

  • The department of athletics implemented policies wherein all initial-eligibility certification decisions are made by the certifying officer (housed in the Office of the Registrar) after consultation and review by the associate athletic director of compliance/senior woman administrator, and the associate director of athletics for academics and student-athlete development.
  • The department of athletics implemented policies wherein all NCAA squad lists are reviewed by the associate athletic director for compliance/senior woman administrator, the associate director of athletics for academics and student-athlete development, the head coach and the certifying officer before the documents are presented to the athletics director (or designee) for final approval and signature.
  • The revised policies specific to the violations discovered in this matter have been incorporated into all rules education sessions with relevant department of athletics staff.
  • The institution issued a letter of reprimand to the former athletics compliance administrator and a letter of admonishment to the former supervisor for their involvement in the violations found in this matter.

The penalties self-imposed by UNCG and accepted by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions include:

  • A comprehensive compliance review by an outside agency with athletics compliance expertise.
  • Vacation of individual and team records from contests and events in which the ineligible student-athletes participated;
  • Probation for all sports for a period of one year, and;
  • A $5,000 fine (paid by externally generated revenue).

The NCAA accepted the self-imposed penalties by UNCG and added the following penalties:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • An additional year of probation for a total of two-years probation (one year self-imposed and one year added by the NCAA).

Penalties imposed do NOT include any postseason bans, scholarship reductions or recruiting restrictions.