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IPFW failed to monitor aspects of its financial aid program

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Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne did not monitor aspects of  its financial aid program, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. The school provided financial aid that exceeded the value of a full scholarship to student-athletes, improperly documented nonathletic aid, did not notify student-athletes of changes in financial aid and impermissibly changed financial aid.

Penalties in the case include two years of probation, attendance at NCAA Regional Rules seminars and a fine.

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

Over the course of four years, the school failed to monitor its financial aid and meal processes due to incorrect practices that caused the school to misapply NCAA rules and incorrectly calculate financial aid elements. The impermissible financial aid given to 52 student-athletes totaled more than $42,000.

In its decision, the panel noted that after transitioning to Division I from another division, it is important to dedicate the necessary resources and structure to meet the compliance expectations.

Penalties and corrective measures include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Two years of probation from Nov. 24, 2015, through Nov. 23, 2017.
  • Campus personnel responsible for the administration and oversight of athletic scholarships must attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar during each year of the probation period.
  • A $15,000 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 Britton Banowsky, executive director of the College Football Playoff Foundation; Carol Cartwright, president emeritus at Kent State University; Melissa Conboy, chief hearing officer and deputy director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame; Alberto Gonzales, dean of the law school at Belmont University and former attorney general of the United States; and Joel Maturi, former University of Minnesota athletics director.