NCAA Certifies Oregon State University

Aug. 22, 2002

Indianapolis - The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions today concerning the certification status of six Division I member institutions that have undergone the Association's second cycle of athletics certification. Oregon State University is one of the six that the NCAA has deemed certified, joining the University of Denver, Oklahoma State University, Eastern Illinois University, Old Dominion University, and the United States Air Force Academy.

The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution's athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. Legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.

'This was a team effort by a lot of people on this campus,' OSU senior athletic woman administrator Marianne Vydra said. 'This is an intense process that involves a number of individuals, and I want to thank those on campus who played vital roles in this certification.'

The process, which involves a self-study process led by a school's chief executive officer, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, fiscal integrity and equity welfare and sportsmanship.

A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle utilized during the initial certification process. All 321 Division I members that are active division members participate in the certification process.

The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution's certification materials, and then provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. The university then has a period of approximately one year to respond in writing to the issues before a final certification decision is rendered. An institution's failure to satisfactorily respond to the committee may negatively impact certification status.

'It's important for people to understand that this is a process, and we will be reviewed again in five years,' Vydra said. 'This is a continual process, and we have to keep meeting certain benchmarks. What this certification shows is that we are meeting those NCAA benchmarks.'

The certification process is separate from the NCAA's enforcement program, which investigates allegations of rules violations by NCAA member institutions. A decision of certified does not exempt an institution from concurrent or subsequent enforcement proceedings.The NCAA Committee on Infractions may ask the Committee on Athletics Certification to review an institution's certification status as a result of the completed infractions case.

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