Howard University Addresses NCAA Report
Bison Charges Forward, Outlines Robust Compliance Action Plan
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2014) – Howard University today received the written decision from the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions that concludes a 29-month long investigation into the University’s administration of its online book voucher program, the Banner student accounts system, and the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field sports teams. The institution fully cooperated with the NCAA enforcement staff’s investigation, including submitting a comprehensive report, which was jointly prepared with the NCAA enforcement staff, and proposing several self-imposed penalties. The institution accepts the findings and the penalties as detailed in the Committee on Infractions report.
Since first becoming aware of possible infractions, Howard University has taken numerous steps to continue strengthening its NCAA compliance efforts with the implementation of an athletics compliance action plan. This robust plan includes changes already made, additional steps to be implemented in the near term and the vision for Howard’s ongoing commitment to being NCAA-compliant.
The investigation was conducted with the support and leadership of several University departments and business areas. The following includes comments from the Howard University leadership in response to the report from the NCAA Committee on Infractions.
“We are thankful to the NCAA Committee for its fair and thorough review of the facts,” said Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “We have begun a new chapter at Howard University with bolstered campus-wide compliance initiatives, experienced athletics and compliance personnel and an unwavering commitment to pursue excellence in all aspects of athletics and university operations. I commend the Howard team including Intercollegiate Athletics and Enrollment Management for their diligence in designing and implementing a corrective action plan that strengthens the athletics program and advances the University’s ongoing NCAA compliance efforts.”
“This process has resulted in a meticulous review of our entire operations – in athletics and across the University landscape — to ensure that all touch points are adhering to NCAA compliance guidelines,” said Louis “Skip” Perkins Jr., athletics director.
“This has made us a stronger institution. We have learned from all of this and are committed to having an NCAA-compliant athletics program that continues to foster an environment of integrity and sportsmanship on and off the field of play.”
Perkins added, “The steps we have taken include revamping our athletics compliance operations, creating a Compliance Officers Group, improving our compliance education as well as the textbook distribution and return process, and the hiring of a new track & field coach. I would like to thank our leadership for their support of the many changes that have significantly bolstered our NCAA compliance, staff and student-athletes who have been professional and cooperative throughout the lengthy investigative process and to the Bison community who remain steadfast in their support of our student-athletes and Howard University.”
For additional information about the NCAA report, click here.
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at www.howard.edu.
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