Through routine checks and balances to ensure athletics compliance, Lynn University identified student-athlete certification errors made by the former director of athletics compliance between 2016 and 2018.
The university immediately launched an internal review, engaged The Compliance Group (TCG) to conduct an independent review of athletics compliance practices and submitted a report to the NCAA. The NCAA investigated and, on Feb. 1, issued its findings, which were failure to monitor and improper certification.
The NCAA accepted the university’s self-imposed penalties, including a $5,000 fine, increased staffing in the Office of Athletics Compliance, a two-year probation and a voluntary vacation of games in which ineligible student-athletes competed.
In addition, the university:
- recertified all student-athletes;
- established an athletics compliance committee;
- modified eligibility certification processes;
- and expanded NCAA training requirements for athletics staff and administrators with athletics compliance responsibilities.
Our teams compete at the highest level of athletic performance, and we strive to be a model for student-athlete development, compliance, and honorable performance on and off the field. We have tremendous respect for NCAA legislation and are dismayed that this happened. Moving forward, we are dedicated to enhancing our Department of Athletics compliance processes to ensure absolute adherence to NCAA bylaws.
What is probation?
NCAA probation serves as warning and is a time that an institution must demonstrate enhanced commitment to NCAA bylaws. An institution maintains full NCAA membership benefits during this time.
How does probation affect student-athletes?
Probation does not affect student-athletes. Lynn’s enhancements to its Office of Athletics Compliance will benefit student-athletes by fostering greater compliance education, guidance and academic services.