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BW Moving Forward as NCAA Issues Final Report on Self-Reported Aid Violations

Yellow Jacket Student-Athletes Free to Compete in Future Postseason Play

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Committee on Infractions today released a final report on Baldwin Wallace University's self-reported financial aid violations. The NCAA and the University agreed that a lack of institutional control allowed a misinterpretation of financial aid rules to influence aid awards for some student-athletes during the 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years.

Penalties in the case include three years of probation requiring increased oversight and annual compliance reports, but there are no limits on regular or post-season competition for current and future student-athletes. Also included is a vacation of the University’s NCAA championship participation in women's cross country for 2009-10 and softball and men's track and field for 2010-11.

"When we discovered the misapplication of financial aid in 2012, there was no question among the officers and Trustees that we had to act quickly, decisively and with the highest integrity," said BW President Robert C. Helmer. "The final resolution announced today means that our BW community can look forward to cheering on our Yellow Jackets throughout the regular season and into the postseason."

Since the fall of 2012, BW already has taken a number of corrective and preventative measures including:
• Strengthening institutional oversight of NCAA compliance
• Establishing processes that place a firewall between athletics and financial aid
• Providing and requiring ongoing employee education on NCAA regulations

"We have taken a number of steps to ensure the integrity of our athletics program and our institution as a whole as we move forward," Helmer said. "Our goal is to have the most competitive, best-administered and unquestionably compliant athletics program in D-III."

The NCAA News Release and Public Infractions Report are available at NCAA.org.

Posted February 2014

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