Southern University is being penalized with five years of probation and vacating of records by the NCAA, after an investigation found problems with their monitoring and handling of student athletic programs.
This is a developing story and we are working to learn more about which students were involved and how the school and its athletic programs will be impacted. Stay with BRProud.com for continuing updates.
The NCAA’s 54-page decision can be read in full here: http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2016INF_SouthernPublicInfractionsDecision_20161116.pdf
Below are three official responses, beginning with the NCAA’s statement explaining their decision, followed by two statements from officials with the University.
Southern University system President-Chancellor Ray Belton and interim athletic director Roman Banks issued their responses about an hour after the news first broke. Their statements are below.
After a lengthy process, Southern University is pleased with the NCAA adoption of the University’s self-imposed penalties submitted in response to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions’ decision regarding Southern University.Over the past several years, the University and the Department of Athletics have been aggressively pursuing and implementing measures and investing resources to address deficiencies that contributed to previous inaccuracies and NCAA infractions. Corrective actions, including dedicating additional resources and adopting improved policies and procedures, have had a measurable and positive impact on our data collection, student-athlete certification, student academic performance, and compliance. The full list of corrective actions is included in today’s NCAA report.Today’s outcome is the end of a long journey. Going forward we remain committed to investing to ensure we have the infrastructure to support a productive athletic program and strong institutional control and outstanding NCAA compliance. We appreciate everyone for the work and effort that brought us to this point.— SU System President-Chancellor Ray L. BeltonToday’s release of the NCAA Public Infractions Report represents the culmination of a long and arduous process and closes the chapter on Southern University’s involvement with the NCAA disciplinary bodies.The University’s efforts to self-investigate and self-report violations, which involved a large volume of work executed by a broad-based spectrum of university personnel, yielded self-imposed penalties confirmed by the NCAA as fair and equitable.Many of the violations detailed in the public report were deemed by the NCAA as administrative or clerical mistakes and mostly occurred in the past and involved personnel who are no longer employed with the department.Our robust corrective actions listed in the report have been in place for one-two years and we have demonstrated their success as evidenced by a preliminary assessment that gives indication of significant improvement in APR scores in all SU athletic programs.Moving forward, Southern University athletics is committed to dedicating the necessary resources and to providing exceptional leadership to regulate and function under the guidelines established by the NCAA.— Roman Banks, interim athletics director