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Johns Hopkins failed to monitor lacrosse programs

Download the May 2021 Johns Hopkins University Negotiated Resoultion

Johns Hopkins failed to monitor its men’s and women’s lacrosse programs, which violated multiple financial aid rules between the 2016-17 and 2019-20 academic years, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions.

The NCAA enforcement staff and the school agreed that the school did not notify 77 men’s and women’s lacrosse student-athletes of the renewal, reduction or cancellation of their scholarships by the required July 1 deadline. In nearly every case, the school issued renewal letters but did not distribute them until after the deadline.

The parties agreed that the men’s lacrosse head coach worked with multiple student-athletes and/or their families to reduce their scholarships, resulting in the school not providing 12 student-athletes with a written notification of the reductions to their scholarships or information about a hearing opportunity. The school also did not have an established hearing process available to student-athletes whose scholarships were reduced or canceled, which is required under NCAA rules.

According to the agreement, the school also incorrectly applied its cost-of-attendance figure for textbooks instead of the correct place holder amount, resulting in a clerical error that led to the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs exceeding maximum team scholarship limits by a slight amount.

This case was processed through the negotiated resolution process. The process was used instead of a formal hearing or summary disposition because the university and the enforcement staff agreed on the violations and the penalties. The Division I Committee on Infractions reviewed the case to determine whether the resolution was in the best interests of the Association and whether the agreed-upon penalties were reasonable. Negotiated resolutions may not be appealed and do not set case precedent for other infractions cases.

The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university. The report contains the full list of penalties as approved by the Committee on Infractions, including:

  • One year of probation.
  • A $5,000 fine.
  • A 2% reduction in scholarships for the men’s lacrosse program for the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A 5% reduction in scholarships for the women’s lacrosse program over the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from the NCAA membership and members of the public. The members who reviewed this case are Thomas Hill, senior vice president emeritus at Iowa State and chief hearing officer for the panel; Jill Redmond, senior associate commissioner at the Atlantic 10 Conference; and Dave Roberts, special assistant to the athletics director at Southern California.