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UI athletics program participates in NCAA certification program

IOWA CITY, Iowa--The University of Iowa is currently engaged in a self-study of its athletics program as required by the three-year-old certification program of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) .

A 22-member steering committee, chaired by Mark Schantz, UI general counsel, and Douglas True, UI vice president for finance and university services, will prepare the self-study report to be submitted to the NCAA in the fall. Once the report has been submitted, an NCAA certification team, made up of faculty and administrators from peer institutions, will visit the campus late in the year. This team of peer reviewers will conduct interviews on campus and will make a recommendation to the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification, which will make a final decision on certification.

The NCAA is the organization through which the nation's colleges and universities speak and act on athletics matters at the national level. It is a voluntary association of more than 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals devoted to the sound administration of intercollegiate athletics. Despite the voluntary nature of the organization, certification can have a profound effect on an institution's participation in intercollegiate athletics. The certification program was first instituted in 1993 as part of an overall reform of the NCAA, in an effort to ensure the NCAA's commitment to integrity in intercollegiate athletics.

Four basic topics are examined in the certification program: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; and commitment to equity. The team for the Iowa visit has not yet been named, but it will most likely include the president of another Big Ten university.

The University of Iowa NCAA certification committee is seeking comments regarding the university's intercollegiate athletics programs from all interested parties: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public.

Comments can be submitted in several ways:

By mail: NCAA Certification, The University of Iowa, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242

By email:

On the World Wide Web at:". The website will include complete information about the process.