May 22, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions today concerning the certification status of six active Division I member institutions, including Santa Clara University, that have undergone the Association's second cycle of athletics certification.
The following universities were certified:
The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution's athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. Legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.
Santa Clara University has undergone the athletics certification process three times since conducting its first self study as part of the NCAA's initial development of the program. The second was conducted in 1996 and the third was completed in March. Prior to this round of athletics certification, each institution was required to complete the process every five years. Recently, the committee extended the annual review to every 10 years.
The certification process, which involves a self-study process led by a school's chief executive officer, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, fiscal integrity, equity, welfare and sportsmanship. A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.
The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle used during the initial certification process. All 325 active Division I members participate in the certification process.
The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution's certification materials, and then provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. The university then has a period of approximately one year to respond in writing to the issues before a final certification decision is rendered. An institution's failure to satisfactorily respond to the committee may negatively impact certification status.
The certification process is separate from the NCAA's enforcement program, which investigates allegations of rules violations by NCAA member institutions. A decision of certified does not exempt an institution from concurrent or subsequent enforcement proceedings.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions may ask the Committee on Athletics Certification to review an institution's certification status as a result of the completed infractions case.
The members of the Committee on Athletics Certification are: Tom Davis, Sam Houston State University; John Hardt, Bucknell University; Susan Hofacre, Robert Morris University; Pat Howey, University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Jerry Kingston, Arizona State University; Colleen Lim, Yale University; Jamie McCloskey, University of Florida; Fred Mims, University of Iowa; Rance Pugmire, Utah State University; Paul Risser (chair), Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Dawn Rogers, Xavier University; Greg Sankey, Southeastern Conference; Irene Shea, California State University, Sacramento; Richard L. Wallace, University of Missouri, Columbia; and Brenda Weare, Conference USA.