Aug. 27, 2004
Butler University has received certification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The Indianapolis based university was one of 18 institutions certified by the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification. The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution's athletics program and to assist in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993. The certification process, which is a self-study led by an institution's chief executive officer, includes review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, equity and welfare. A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership. This was the second cycle of athletics certification by the NCAA. In addition to Butler, institutions receiving certification were American University, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, University of Buffalo, Dartmouth College, University of Dayton, Louisiana State University, University of Louisville, North Carolina A & T University, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, North Carolina State University, Rider University, University of San Francisco, Seton Hall University, University of Texas-Pan American, Villanova University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Yale University. The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle used during the initial certification process. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification process. The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution's certification materials and 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. 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 members of the Committee on Athletics Certification are Rich Ensor, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; John Hardt, Bucknell University; Susan Hofacre, Robert Morris University; Pat Howey, University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Jerry Kingston, Arizona State University; Leo Lambert, Elon University; Colleen Lim, Yale University; Jamie McCloskey, University of Florida; Fred Mims, University of Iowa; Paul Risser (chair), Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Dawn Rogers, Xavier University; Mary Ann Rohleder, Indiana University; and Greg Sankey, Southeastern Conference.