Cheyney University was placed on five years probation by the NCAA on Thursday for multiple infractions regarding the university’s lack of control over its certification processes, according to a decision rendered the by the Division II Committee on Infractions.
Beginning in 2007 through 20011, Cheyney, the nation’s oldest African-American University, was found to have allowed 109 student-athletes to practice, compete, receive travel expenses and athletically related financial aid before receiving their amateur certification from the NCAA.
The committee also concluded that a former university compliance director failed to monitor when she did not follow proper procedures in the certification of student-athlete’s eligibility.
The probationary period is effective immediately and runs through August 20, 2019. Other penalties include relinquished NCAA voting privileges until Aug. 20, 2019; a self-imposed postseason ban for all sports during the 2013-14 academic year; and the vacating of all wins in which ineligible student-athletes competed during the 2007-08 through 2010-11 academic years.
According to the NCAA, a member of the men’s basketball team was permitted to play while not fully enrolled in the minimum required credit hours and was not making appropriate progress toward finishing his degree work.
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