On November 13, 2012, the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced the NCAA is investigating a major infractions case based upon a series of secondary violations that were self-reported by the institution in 2011. Specifically, the violations involved academic advising and eligibility for 17 student-athletes over a four-year time period.
In the announcement, the institution’s chancellor, Brian Rogers, stated it was an institutional mistake and the violations did not involve poor academic performance or wrongdoing on the part of the student-athletes. The violations occurred due to advising and eligibility certification systems, which failed to identify students who had not earned the required number of countable credits or who had informally switched majors but not filed the appropriate forms to do so officially.
The full release from the institution can be found here.