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Alaska Fairbanks postseason ban upheld by NCAA Division II Infractions Appeals Committee

Download the report of the Division II Infractions Appeals Committee concerning the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Alaska Fairbanks women’s basketball and women’s swimming teams must serve a one-year postseason ban, according to the NCAA Division II Infractions Appeals Committee.

After reviewing the case, the Infractions Appeals Committee determined the postseason ban for the two teams was appropriate because of the depth and breadth of violations created by the university’s failure to develop and maintain an adequate certification process.

In its appeal, the university had stated that the two teams should not have to serve the postseason ban because the penalty was a significant and unwarranted departure from Division II infractions case precedent.

In November 2014, an NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions panel and the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions found that the university lacked control over, and failed to monitor, its athletics program. The infractions panels determined that the university did not properly certify the eligibility of 40 student-athletes in nine sports programs over five years, resulting in student-athletes competing while ineligible. Men’s ice hockey is a Division I sport at Alaska Fairbanks; the university competes in Division II in all other sports.

Penalties prescribed by the Committees on Infractions included three years of probation; postseason bans for men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and women’s swimming; scholarship reductions; a $30,000 fine; the men’s ice hockey team and the men’s and women’s basketball teams must vacate all wins in which ineligible student-athletes participated; and the women’s skiing and women’s swimming teams must vacate points scored during competitions by ineligible student-athletes.

The university did not appeal the postseason bans for men’s basketball and men’s ice hockey.

The members of the Infractions Appeals Committee who heard this case were Richard D. Loosbrock, faculty athletics representative at Adams State University; Ann Jirkovsky, faculty athletics representative and assistant professor of psychology at Bellarmine University; LaKeisha C. Marsh, chair and attorney in private practice; Gregory Moore, commissioner at the Southern Intercollegiate Athletics Conference; and Morgan Walker, senior associate athletics director at  California State University, San Bernardino.