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To: University Community
NSU Alumni Board
Colonel Club Officers
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From: Stephen T. Hulbert, President

Tuesday the University announced the penalties handed down by the NCAA in its academic fraud investigation. I would like to share this news with you as we all prepare to move past this issue. We have learned some painful lessons from this series of events and have initiated significant preventative measures to ensure that such a situation does not occur again, including new wide-ranging policies and more checks and balances.

It is evident from the quality of our athletic performance this past year that our student-athletes and our coaching staff are capable of overcoming any obstacles placed before them. The future of athletics at Nicholls is bright.

The University has fully cooperated with the NCAA in this investigation from the moment we initiated the review, and we are ready to accept the penalties. The list below was developed by the University. The NCAA only made two changes to our self-imposed penalties: an additional year of probation and forfeiture of five victories in the 2003 football season.

Now that this matter has concluded, my hope is that we will move forward as an institution of higher learning with reinforced values that shape ethical citizens of tomorrow.

University Penalties Imposed on May 10, 2005

  1. Public reprimand and censure.
  2. Four years of probation from May 10, 2005, through May 9, 2009.
  3. Exclusion from the Southland Conference television package for the 2005 season in football and the 2005-06 season in men’s basketball.
  4. Loss of one scholarship in men’s basketball for the 2005-06 academic year, independent of any reductions in scholarships due to new NCAA academic reform standards.
  5. Football must implement the following reductions through the 2007-2008 academic year:
    1. reduce by five the number of official visits;
    2. delay the start of preseason practice by three days;
    3. reduce off-campus recruiting by the coaching staff by seven days;
    4. award no more than 60 scholarships per year in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 academic years (the maximum is 63).
  6. Volleyball team must vacate its 2003 Southland Conference championship. The team must also vacate all wins from 2003 in which the ineligible student-athlete competed, reconfigure all 2003 records to reflect the changes and remove all publicity references to the wins.
  7. Football must also vacate any wins in which an ineligible student participated for the 2003 season.
  8. The university must pay a $10,000 fine for the ineligible student-athlete’s participation in the first round of the 2003 NCAA volleyball championship.
  9. Nicholls is now subject to the repeat-violator provision of the NCAA bylaws for five years.
  10. The university must also notify its regional accrediting agency regarding the academic fraud.

See the Nicholls news release at http://www.nicholls.edu/news/2005/098.html for more detailed information. A link to NCAA release and complete report of the Infractions Committee about Nicholls is at the bottom of the Nicholls release.

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