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LMU Earns NCAA Certification

March 3, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS---Loyola Marymount University was one of 13 NCAA Division I member institutions to be certified by the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, the NCAA announced on Thursday, March 3. The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution's athletics program and to assist institutions 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 a 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.

"Once again, the hard work of individuals has allowed Loyola Marymount University athletics to achieve," said LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. LMU early this week ranked fifth in the nation among all NCAA Division I schools in the first Academic Progress Rates (APR) report. "There were many people who worked long hours to ensure that LMU remains a solid member of the NCAA. I want to thank them publicly for their efforts. Once again, the hard work of student-athletes, coaches, staff and University officials make me proud to be a Lion."

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 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.

The members of the Committee on Athletics Certification are: Rita Hartung Cheng, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Rich Ensor, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference; John Hardt, Bucknell University; Pat Howey, University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Gerald M. Lage, Oklahoma State University; Leo Lambert, Elon University; Colleen Lim, Yale University; Jamie McCloskey, University of Florida; Fred Mims, University of Iowa; Frank Pergolizzi, Southeastern Louisiana University; Paul Risser (chair), Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; Dawn Rogers, Xavier University; Mary Ann Rohleder, Indiana University, Bloomington; and Greg Sankey, Southeastern Conference.

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