Baldwin Wallace University to Forgo Postseason Play in 2012-13 Athletics
"Recently mistakes in the application of NCAA regulations to the awarding of financial aid to a small percentage of our student-athletes have come to light," Helmer wrote. "Baldwin Wallace University has always stood for the highest standards of integrity. For that reason, we have notified the NCAA that we are withdrawing from any consideration of postseason play for our athletic teams during the 2012-13 academic year. This was a difficult decision to make, but one that would certainly be expected of us by the NCAA."
"The University is obligated as an NCAA member to examine any possible failure to maintain full compliance and to take appropriate corrective action. Over the coming months, we will work cooperatively with the NCAA to determine a final resolution of the situation."
Statement on Behalf of Trustees
Paul H. Carleton ‘70, Chair, BW Board of Trustees said, "Since the University leadership first learned of this problem, the Board of Trustees has been actively engaged in determining the appropriate response and supports the actions being taken. While only a small percentage of our student-athletes’ financial aid packages were inappropriately calculated, the substantial majority of our teams were affected by these awards; hence, the decision to withdraw from post-season play for all team sports."
Carleton went on to say that while this type of investigation is conducted by the NCAA in a confidential manner, the results will be made public, both by Baldwin Wallace and the NCAA, at the conclusion of the process. "President Helmer will lead this effort with the NCAA and the Board will be actively involved as the situation progresses," Carleton said. "The Board further has charged the administration with developing appropriate procedures and training in order to avoid this type of situation in the future."
Communicating with Student Athletes
President Helmer met with hundreds of student athletes before the decision was announced on October 29 and said he understands and shares the disappointment of everyone involved in BW's outstanding Division III athletics programs.
"This is a difficult time for the Baldwin Wallace community, particularly for those students and families involved in our athletics teams," Carleton added.