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Barry did not monitor its men’s soccer work study program

Download the Apr. 2019 Barry Univ. Public Infraction Decision

Barry University failed to monitor its men’s soccer work-study program, resulting in student-athletes being paid for work they did not perform, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions.

The case was resolved through cooperative summary disposition, a process where involved parties collectively submit the case to the committee in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff and university must agree to the facts of the case for this process to be used instead of having a formal hearing.

According to the committee, 13 members of the men’s soccer team collectively logged more than 40 and up to 161.5 hours per week to complete their work-study job duties when only 37 to 40 hours were available, resulting in an overpayment of approximately $30,510.

The assistant men’s soccer coaches supervised the work-study positions, and the committee found they were the primary reason why the work-study abuse occurred. One assistant coach told the NCAA enforcement staff during the investigation that he noticed discrepancies in the number of work hours logged by one student-athlete and addressed it with him but did not follow up to ensure that the correct hours were logged.

In its report, the committee said the assistant coaches’ “deficient oversight and lackadaisical approach to their responsibilities relative to the work-study program allowed the student-athletes to log excessive hours and receive pay for work not performed.”

The committee also noted that the head coach insufficiently supervised the work-study program. He reported to the enforcement staff that he overheard an assistant coach raise a concern about hours reported with a student-athlete. In response, he directed the assistant coach not to approve incorrect hours but did not take steps to ensure that the number of hours being claimed was consistent with the actual hours worked.

Additionally, the athletics department did not implement adequate monitoring systems for the men’s soccer work-study positions and the university did not monitor attendance at training sessions about the work-study training program, the committee said.

The committee prescribed the following penalties and corrective measures:

  • Three years of probation.
  • A reduction of scholarship equivalencies available to the men’s soccer program by one (from 9.0 to 8.0) for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
  • A $3,000 fine.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Richard Loosbrock, faculty athletics representative and history professor at Adams State; Melissa Reilly, associate commissioner and senior woman administrator at the East Coast Conference; Harry O. Stinson III, Committee on Infractions chair and athletics director at Lincoln (Pennsylvania); Jane Teixeira, senior associate commissioner and senior woman administrator at the Pacific West Conference; and Christie L. Ward, associate athletics director for compliance and senior woman administrator at Georgia Southwestern.