FSU appears before NCAA Comm. on Infractions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell and other representatives of the university appeared before the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis today.

Administrators said they welcomed the opportunity as another step toward the conclusion of the circumstances surrounding the provision of answers to numerous student-athletes in an online music course by former members of the university's Athletic Academic Support Services staff. FSU self-reported the information to the NCAA enforcement staff earlier this year.

Today, the university had the opportunity to present the results of its internal inquiry and answer questions from the committee. "We appreciate the efforts of the committee and the NCAA enforcement staff in the timely resolution of this matter," Wetherell said. The Committee on Infractions typically issues its report approximately six to eight weeks after the conclusion of the hearing. That report will detail findings of violations and penalties imposed upon the institution.

In its written response to the Notice of Allegations and in its oral presentation today, the university asked the committee to accept its self-imposed penalties and take no further action. Due to the ongoing nature of this inquiry, FSU officials said the institution will not comment further until it receives the infractions report from the Committee on Infractions.

Attending the hearing on behalf of Florida State University were:

• T.K. Wetherell, President
• Betty Steffens, University General Counsel
• Chuck Smrt, The Compliance Group
• Lawrence G. Abele, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
• Stacey Karpinski, The Compliance Group
• Joe Beckham, Faculty Athletics Representative
• Randy Spetman, Director of Athletics
• Brian Battle, Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance
• Mark Meleney, former Director of Athletic Academic Support Services, current Business Analyst, Department of Admissions
• Bill Shults, Director of Athletic Academic Support Services
• Shane Lyons, Associate Commissioner of the ACC

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