The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Wednesday that East Carolina University “committed unethical conduct violations involving academic fraud by four baseball student-athletes and a women’s tennis student-athlete.” What may come as a surprise to area alumni of the UNC system school located in Greenville was due to the fact that a formal hearing process was not utilized. Unlike the full investigation that is ongoing at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, the ECU penalties came about as a result of self-reported infractions by the institution to the NCAA.
What’s the difference?
In using the summary disposition process, a ‘cooperative effort’ made by the involved party, ECU in this instance, submitted the case to the Committee on Infractions (COI) in written form. By doing so, it avoided and did not need to undergo the process of a formal hearing. After the COI studied the details of the case submitted to them and when the NCAA enforcement staff, the university and involved individuals agreed to the facts of the case, including penalties proposed by the university, an official announcement was made on the final sanctions handed down to the institution.
What did they do?
The actions of the ECU student-athletes involved included academic misconduct and providing false and misleading information to the university.
“While working as academic tutor in the athletics department, the involved women’s tennis student-athlete wrote papers for the four baseball student-athletes, who submitted the work as their own. This academic fraud included writing a paper for two of the student-athletes, eight papers for another and five papers plus a PowerPoint presentation for a fourth student-athlete.
In addition, two of the baseball student-athletes provided false and misleading information to the university during three separate interviews. In both cases, these student-athletes did not acknowledge their involvement in academic fraud until they were interviewed by the NCAA enforcement staff.” NCAA news release – May 19, 2011
What are the sanctions?
As announced by the NCAA, the ECU athletics program and its baseball and tennis programs specifically were handed the following penalties:
- Public reprimand and censure.
- One year of probation from May 19, 2011, through May 18, 2012.
- Two student-athletes were ruled ineligible for competition for the remainder of the 2009-10 baseball season and the entire 2010-11 season.
- The three remaining involved student-athletes were ruled permanently ineligible and removed from the baseball and women’s tennis teams.
- Vacation of all wins in which the four baseball student-athletes competed during the 2009-10 season and women’s tennis student-athlete competed during the spring 2010 season.
For Tar Heels fans, the wait continues and will likely take a significantly longer period of time before an announcement is made on the final results of the NCAA investigation that the UNC athletic department has been undergoing. UNC’s case includes two-prongs involving allegations of improper inducements to student-athletes through the involvement of player agents in addition to academic misconduct by players on the Tar Heels football team.
Want to know more about the NCAA process? Check out the Enforcement Experience
Still want to learn more? Go to the NCAA’s Enforcement web site
This is the first of a continuing series of articles intended to educate readers about pending local NCAA rules infractions cases and related events in 2011 highlighting the complex issues related to NCAA rules enforcement cases.
NCAA Violation 2010: Raleigh Sports Examiner’s nine-part series of articles intended to educate readers about pending local NCAA rules infractions cases and related events in 2010 highlighting the complex issues related to NCAA rules enforcement cases.
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