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College Sports, Division III

Division III Committee on Infractions Releases Decision in Kean University Case

On April 19, 2012, the NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions (COI) released its decision regarding the Kean University enforcement case. The COI found Kean University “lacked institutional control and failed to monitor its women’s basketball program, leading to impermissible financial aid and extra benefits for its student-athletes.” Specifically, the “former women’s head basketball coach failed to establish an atmosphere of rules compliance, according to the committee, and Kean also was cited for providing financial-aid packages in violation of NCAA legislation, which impacted student-athletes across four sports.”

The penalties implemented as a result of this decision include: (1) four years of probation; (2) a four-year show-cause order for the former coach; and (3) postseason bans for four teams.

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.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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