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NCAA Division III Infractions Appeals Committee upholds Kalamazoo penalty

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Kalamazoo College must implement a postseason ban for all athletics teams that continue to have student-athletes who are receiving financial aid based on athletics participation, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division III Infractions Appeals Committee.

In March, the Division III Committee on Infractions found that the college failed to monitor its financial aid awards when it used a system that considered athletics participation when determining financial aid packages for student-athletes. In total, the financial aid packages of 567 student-athletes considered athletics leadership, ability and participation information. Division III members cannot award financial aid based on athletics performance.

In addition to the appealed postseason ban, the Committee on Infractions also prescribed three years of probation. The Committee on Infractions noted that teams would not have to serve a postseason ban if the college repackaged the aid.

In its appeal, the college argued the postseason ban should be set aside because it affects all current student-athletes in every sport program for the next two academic years. It also believes the penalty is not consistent with other penalties imposed in similar cases.

After its review, the Infractions Appeals Committee found that the depth and breadth of the student-athletes and sport programs potentially impacted are the result of actions and decisions the college made. The appeals committee noted the college could rectify the violation and avoid the postseason ban. It also noted that the penalty was not excessive just because correcting the financial aid packages may be difficult.

The members of the Infractions Appeals Committee who heard this case were Zorica Pantic, Committee on Infractions chair and president at Wentworth Institute of Technology; Kate Roy, senior woman administrator and associate athletics director at Lyndon State College; Larry Shank, athletics director at Muskingum University; and Phill Talavinia, athletics director at Bluffton University.