BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University received the final decision of the NCAA Committee on Infractions today (August 11, 2016) regarding the incorrect NCAA academic certification of 34 student-athletes in 10 sports dating back to 2010. The violations were discovered following a NCAA initiated APR audit and were self-reported by Campbell.
The University determined that an administrative error during the certification process was responsible for the ineligibility of the student-athletes. The NCAA investigation confirmed that student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrative staff members were not involved with the unintentional institutional errors. Since discovery of these irregularities, the University has implemented additional systems to correct its NCAA academic certification process and prevent future errors from occurring.
The case was resolved through the NCAA Summary Disposition process, a collaborative effort whereby the University and NCAA enforcement staff conducted a joint investigation of the issues and submitted agreed-upon findings to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. The University acknowledged that it failed to monitor the academic certification process administered during the time period that the self-reported violations occurred. The Committee on Infractions accepted the University's and NCAA enforcement staff's joint findings.
The penalties imposed by the NCAA Committee on Infractions in this case include:
- Public reprimand and censure
- One-year probation from August 1, 2016 until August 1, 2017
- A one-time fine of $5,000
- Mandatory attendance at a NCAA Regional Rules Seminar by certain staff members
- Administrative reporting requirements
- A vacating of all wins in which the involved student-athletes competed while ineligible
The penalties imposed by the Committee on Infractions did NOT include any additional competition penalties, scholarship reductions or recruiting restrictions. All of Campbell's 21 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports are fully eligible for post-season competitions with no restrictions.
"Campbell University has been a NCAA Division I athletic program for nearly 40 years. We have been a proud member of both the Big South and Atlantic Sun athletic conferences. Our commitment to highly competitive and quality athletic programs within a culture of integrity and professionalism is of the utmost priority," said Campbell President J. Bradley Creed. "We are grateful that the NCAA has worked with us to correct administrative irregularities and we have taken steps to ensure something like this does not happen again. We are fully committed to ensuring compliance with conference and NCAA regulations and in operating an athletics program with a level of professionalism that best serves our student-athletes and campus community."