NCAA COI Hearing Up Next for UNC

A final resolution in UNC's longstanding NCAA investigation will likely come in early 2017.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina is on track for a NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions hearing in October following Friday’s announcement that the school will respond to the NCAA’s amended notice of allegations on Aug. 1.

Monday marked the close of the 90-day deadline for UNC’s response after receiving the amended notice on Apr. 25. The school’s release indicated the University and other involved parties requested a one-week extension last week. While extensions are disfavored, according to the Committee on Infractions’ internal operating procedures manual, such requests “may be granted for good cause shown.”

The extension request does not reflect any new information and the amended notice of allegations has not changed, according to UNC. The school received its initial notice of allegations in May 2015 and reported new information in August that warranted a revised notice.

The NCAA is alleging five Level I violations:

  1. Jan Boxill, women's basketball athletic academic counselor and chair of the faculty, knowingly provided extra benefits in the form of impermissible academic assistance and special arrangements to women's basketball student-athletes.
  2. Deborah Crowder, former student services manager in the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when she failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution.
  3. Dr. Julius Nyang'oro former professor and chair of the African and Afro-American Studies department, violated the NCAA principles of ethical conduct when he failed to furnish information relevant to an investigation of possible violations of NCAA legislation when requested to do so by the NCAA enforcement staff and the institution.
  4. The institution violated the NCAA Principle of Rules Compliance from the 2005 fall semester through the 2011 summer semester when individuals in the athletics and academic administrations on campus, particularly in the college of arts and sciences, did not sufficiently monitor the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) and the African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department.
  5. The institution violated the NCAA Principle of Institutional Control and Responsibility when individuals in the athletics and academic administrations on campus, particularly in the college of arts and sciences, did not identify or investigate anomalous courses offered by the African and Afro-American Studies (AFRI/AFAM) department and students', including student-athletes', enrollment in such courses, as detailed in Allegations 1-4.

The NCAA detailed its response directives in the original notice. UNC must include (1) whether or not it agrees with the level of each allegation, and if not, provide an explanation for why the level of charge should be changed; (2) whether or not the information provided is substantially correct; and (3) whether or not it agrees with the aggravating and/or mitigating factors.

The amended notice lists the institution’s aggravating factors as multiple Level I violations, a history of major violations (March 2012, January 1961), a lack of institutional control, and individuals of authority condoning, participating in or negligently disregarding wrongful conduct. The lone mitigating factor is the approximately 95 Level III/secondary violations that UNC has self-reported over the past four years.

Once UNC submits its response next Monday, the NCAA enforcement staff has 60 days to file a written reply to the responses and must produce a statement of the case, which operates as the final statement of the involved parties detailing agreements and disagreements within the amended notice. The Committee on Infractions (COI) then uses this final document as the basis for the scope of the hearing.

The COI meets six times a year, according to the NCAA’s website, with scheduled meetings in October and December. UNC responded to its 2011 notice of allegations on Sept. 19 and participated in its COI hearing on Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.

Infractions reports, which include any potential penalties, are typically completed and delivered to the institution 6-to-8 weeks following the COI hearing, according to NCAA guidelines. However, UNC had to wait 19 weeks for its infractions report to arrive in March 2012.

UNC will release its response to the amended notice of allegations to the public on Aug. 2 after a review to protect privacy rights.


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