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Eastern New Mexico did not monitor its eligibility certification process

Download: Eastern New Mexico Public Infractions Decision

Eastern New Mexico University did not monitor its athletics programs when it incorrectly certified 132 college athletes in 12 sports during a five year period, according to a decision from the Division II Committee on Infractions.

Penalties in the case include four years of probation, a $3,500 fine and vacation of wins in which ineligible college athletes competed.

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort in which the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff and university must agree to the facts of the case for this process to be utilized instead of having a formal hearing.

The university allowed college athletes to practice, compete and receive financial aid while ineligible for a variety of reasons, including the school’s failure to obtain NCAA Eligibility Center certification and students who did not designate degree programs, meet progress-toward-degree requirements, meet two-year or four-year transfer requirements or have remaining eligibility. The certification errors occurred primarily because the university did not have the resources and training in place.

The university did not properly monitor its athletics program when it failed to establish an adequate system to comply with NCAA eligibility rules, provide sufficient NCAA rules education and address previously identified issues in its eligibility certification process.

Penalties and corrective measures prescribed by the committee include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Four years of probation from Sept. 1, 2015 through August 31, 2019.
  • A $3,500 fine.
  • Vacation of wins in which ineligible students competed, including any NCAA championship. The public decision contains additional details.
  • Attendance at NCAA Regional Rules seminars from 2015 through 2020 by the athletics director, compliance coordinator, eligibility coordinator and faculty athletics representative.

Members of the Committees on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the Division II Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case are Douglas D. Blais, professor of sport management, Southern New Hampshire University; John D. Lackey, attorney in private practice; Bridget E. Lyons, senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, Barry University; Julie Rochester, chair and faculty athletics representative and associate professor, Northern Michigan University; Carey Snyder, associate director of athletics, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania; Harry O. Stinson III, interim athletics director, Kentucky State University; and Jane Teixeira, associate commissioner and senior compliance administrator, Pacific West Conference.