NCAA COI Decision Statement
NCAA INFRACTIONS DECISION
On February 2, 2016, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions (“COI”) released a Public Infractions Report regarding violations of NCAA rules in Saint Peter’s University’s men’s and women’s swimming programs. This infractions case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort that did not necessitate a COI hearing.
Saint Peter's and the COI agreed that Level II violations of NCAA rules occurred in the university's swimming programs, primarily during one academic year. Specifically: (1) In the 2013-14 academic year, four student-athletes received participation expenses while ineligible, and two of those student-athletes practiced or competed while ineligible. (2) During the 2011-12 through 2013-14 academic years, at least three student-athletes practiced with non-university teams coached by the then head swimming coach. (3) In the 2013-14 academic year, the then head swimming coach arranged for seven student-athletes to submit lifeguard work-study hours at the university's aquatics center for which there were no records of the student-athletes actually working.
Additionally, the COI found that the then head swimming coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules by intentionally committing some of the above-listed violations and by failing to fully cooperate in the investigation of the case.
This is the first instance of significant violations of NCAA rules at Saint Peter’s, and the university regrets that the violations occurred. It is important to note that the violations were limited to one program during primarily one academic year. The university discovered the issues, reported them to the NCAA, and then worked closely with the NCAA to conduct the follow-up investigation. The COI and the NCAA staff stated their appreciation for Saint Peter's cooperation throughout the process.
As a result of the above-listed violations, the COI and the university agreed to penalties that include public reprimand and censure for the university, two years of probation beginning February 2, 2016, vacation of records in which student-athletes participated while ineligible, and a $5,000 fine.
Additionally, the then head swimming coach received a five-year “show-cause order” from the COI.
A complete copy of the COI’s Public Infractions Report can be found HERE