Cheyney University has been placed on five years probation by the NCAA for multiple infractions surrounding the institution's lack of control over its certification process.
In a decision rendered by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions, Cheyney was found to have allowed 109 student-athletes to practice, compete, receive travel expenses and athletically related financial before receiving their amateur certification from the NCAA beginning in 2007 through 2011.
A former university compliance director was also found to have not followed proper procedure in the certification of student-athlete's eligibility.
The probationary period is effective immediately and runs through August 20, 2019. Other penalties include relinquished NCAA voting privileges until Aug. 20, 2019; a self-imposed postseason ban for all sports during the 2013-14 academic year; and the vacating of all wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed during the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years.
Cheyney's probation will now include sanctions for eight of the 12 year period from 2007-2019.
Cheyney was placed on three years probation in 2007 when the Committee on infractions penalized the school for major violations in its athletic program. The violations included ineligible participation by football student-athletes, unethical conduct by the former head football coach, as well as a failure to monitor and lack of institutional control. Penalties for the violations included placing the university on three years of probation, a vacation of records, and a one-year show-cause penalty for the former football coach, among other sanctions.
The committee found the university failed to monitor the conduct of its coaches and the administration of its athletics programs during the summer of 2002 through September 2006, based on a lack of system for effectively monitoring various aspects of its athletics program.
In the 2007 report the Committee stated that it was "dismayed that this case continues the recent trend of Division II member institutions, either through inadvertence or ignorance, failing to devote the necessary resources to effectively operate a Division II athletics program.