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UNC Greensboro improperly certified student-athletes

Download UNC Greensboro Public Infractions Decision

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro failed to monitor its initial eligibility certification process and squad list requirements, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. From 2007-08 through 2012-13, the university improperly certified the initial eligibility of 57 student-athletes in 13 sports. Additionally, from 2007-08 through 2010-11, the university did not require the athletics director or head coaches to review and sign squad lists and did not keep lists on file.

Penalties include two years of probation, a $5,000 fine and a vacation of wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed.

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 university must agree to the facts of the case in order for this process to be utilized instead of having a formal hearing.

The university acknowledged the majority of the certification errors occurred because student-athletes did not register with the NCAA Eligibility Center; complete a required certification questionnaire; request certification in the student-athlete’s sport; submit transcripts or test scores to the Eligibility Center; and/or request final certification. In its decision, the panel noted that while the student-athletes didn’t complete certain requirements, it is the university’s responsibility to certify amateurism and initial eligibility standards.

The university failed to monitor its athletics programs when it did not consistently follow initial eligibility procedures and assure compliance with NCAA rules, resulting in allowing 57 student-athletes to compete while ineligible. The university also failed to monitor its squad lists when it did not require the athletics director or head coaches to certify student-athletes’ eligibility by signing squad lists.

Penalties and corrective measures include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Two years of probation from June 25, 2015 through 24, 2017.
  • A vacation of all wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed during 2007-08 through 2012-13. The public report contains further details on the vacation (self-imposed by the university).
  • A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
  • A comprehensive compliance review by an outside agency with athletics compliance expertise (self-imposed by the university).

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 Carol Cartwright, president emeritus at Kent State University; Jack Ford, legal analyst for CBS News; Thomas Hill, senior vice president for student affairs at Iowa State University; Jim O’Fallon, law professor and faculty athletics representative at the University of Oregon; Larry Parkinson, director of investigations for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; and Greg Sankey, chief hearing officer and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.