On April 11, 2012, the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions (COI) released its decision regarding the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse enforcement case. The COI found Wisconsin La Crosse violated Division III financial-aid legislation from the 2007-2008 through 2011-12 academic years. Specifically, the institution violated NCAA Division III Bylaws 15.4.1(a) (athletics participation as a scholarship criterion) and 15.4.5 (athletics staff involvement in the financial-aid process). Further, the COI found these violations established a failure to monitor by the institution.
The penalties implemented as a result of this decision include: (1) public reprimand and censure; (2) two-years probation; and (3) institutional request of a Level Two review from the NCAA Committee on Financial Aid and implementation of recommendations made by the reviewer.
The public report from the COI can be found here.
The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm will provide a full review of this case as well as strategies Division III compliance offices can take to ensure compliance with Division III financial-aid legislation in the May 2012 College Sports Best Practices newsletter.