UNC Greensboro improperly certified student-athletes

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The University of North Carolina Greensboro did not properly certify its student-athletes, according to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

The panel noted that from 2007 to 2008 through 2012 to 2013, the university improperly certified the initial eligibility of 57 student-athletes in 13 sports.

In addition, they found that from 2007 to 2008 through 2010 to 2011 UNCG did not require athletic directors or head coaches to review and sign squad lists or keep them on file.

UNCG was placed on a two-year probation and was fined $5,000.

The probation period will end June 24, 2017.

The university will also be forced to vacate all of the wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed.

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 June 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).