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The NCAA Committee on Infractions has levied sanctions against North Carolina Central University for failing to properly monitor its academic certification process.nccu eagle head

The Committee found that NCCU did not monitor its certification process when it improperly certified student-athletes in seven sports as eligible for competition.

The miscertifications, including student-athletes from men's and women's cross country, track & field, baseball, men's basketball and football, were discovered during an NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) data review initiated in September 2016. The university's self-reported violations determined that the involved student-athletes could have been eligible, but for an administrative error during the certification process.

The improper certifications came from a single, but repeated, error of counting foundational courses toward student-athletes’ percentage-of-degree completion. Outdated degree auditing and academic advising systems were another factor that contributed to the violations. Additionally, the academic support and certification groups did not have enough staff to oversee the certification process.

Because of the improper certifications, 22 student-athletes competed while ineligible from 2012-13 to 2014-15. The university also did not withhold six of the student-athletes from competition before they were reinstated.

The panel used the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to prescribe the following measures:

  • Two years of probation from May 30, 2018, through May 29, 2020.
  • A vacation of records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible.
  • Attendance at NCAA Regional Rules Seminars.
  • Completion of an internal academic audit by the end of the 2017-18 academic year (self-imposed by the university).
  • A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university.

The penalties imposed by the Committee on Infractions did not include any additional competition penalties, scholarship reductions or recruiting restrictions.

 

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