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Salem International penalized for violations

Nov 25, 2008 9:05:12 AM

The NCAA News

The NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions has penalized Salem International University for major violations in its athletics program, including a lack of institutional control and failure to monitor by the university. Penalties for the violations include three years of probation, vacation of records and scholarship reductions in select sports, including men’s and women’s basketball.

The violations occurred from the 2002-03 through the 2007-08 academic years when the university allowed 16 student-athletes in five sports to participate while ineligible. The reasons for ineligibility included failure to meet satisfactory progress-toward-degree requirements; enrollment in less than a full-time program of studies; failure to complete a required academic year in residence; and competition beyond the 10th semester of full-time enrollment or fourth season of competition.

The university also did not adequately track work-study hours, resulting in six soccer student-athletes being paid for work they did not perform. In addition, a member of the men’s basketball coaching staff was allowed to participate in and observe out-of-season pick-up games with team members. Further, the university failed to track countable hours or complete squad lists.

The committee noted that when violations were discovered or should have become known, the university failed to thoroughly investigate them, withhold ineligible student-athletes from competition and report the violations to the NCAA. The university did not have in place an adequate system of rules education, according to the committee.

In its report, the committee reiterated that every NCAA Division II institution must devote the necessary resources to facilitate a thorough and comprehensive compliance system operated by trained and competent personnel. The committee also noted that in this case, a significant part of the issue was that coaches and administrators had multiple titles and duties.

“There is an inherent difficulty in having one person serve in multiple capacities, and implicit in the requirement to devote sufficient resources to athletics is the duty to not overload coaches and administrators with multiple jobs to the point that they cannot adequately monitor or control the athletics program,” the committee said in its report.

In determining the penalties, the Committee on Infractions considered the university’s self-imposed penalties and corrective actions. The penalties, some of which were self-imposed by the institution and adopted by the committee, are as follows:

•         Public reprimand and censure.

•         Three years of probation beginning November 21, 2008, and ending November 20, 2011.

•         Vacation of all contests in which ineligible student-athletes participated for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and women’s golf. The individual records of these student-athletes also shall be vacated. Further, the college shall reconfigure the records of the head coaches in the affected sports to reflect the vacated wins. The vacated records shall be recorded in all publications in which athletics records are referenced, including media guides, recruiting material, Web sites, and institution and NCAA archives. The university shall notify all opponents in writing of competition results that have been vacated. Any public reference to these vacated contests won during this time shall be removed, including athletics department stationary and banners displayed in public areas.  

•         Reduction in scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and women’s golf. Athletically related financial aid in these sports cannot total more than 90 percent of the average amounts awarded in these sports during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years.

•         Forfeiture of the per diem reimbursement for participation in the 2005-06 Division II Men’s Basketball Championship (self-imposed by the university).

The Division II Committee on Infractions consists of conference and institutional athletics administrators, faculty and one member from the public. The committee independently rules on cases investigated by the NCAA enforcement staff and determines appropriate penalties. 

Members of the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions who heard this case are Wendy Taylor May, chair, senior associate athletics director, University of California, San Diego; Bruce Kirsh, athletics director and vice president, Franklin Pierce University; Jean Paul Bradshaw II, attorney, Lathrop and Gage L.C; and Bridget Lyons, senior associate director of athletics, Barry University.


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