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IUPUI responds to NCAA ruling

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Indianapolis - IUPUI is admitting it did not monitor the academic standards for its athletes closely enough and now it is paying the price. The NCAA lowered the boom Tuesday, saying the university is guilty of rule violations that rose to the level of a lack of institutional control.

When Ball State rapped a round tripper against IUPUI in softball Tuesday, it was hard to believe that it was not the hardest hit the school would take that day. That would be delivered by the NCAA Division One Committee on Infractions. The committee cited the university for major violations in all 14 sports at the school from 2003 through the 2007 school year.

"We stumbled but now we think we have things organized very effectively," said Roger Schmenner, who headed IUPUI's internal investigation.

In most NCAA Division One schools, advising and compliance are part of the Department of Athletics. But that is not the case at IUPUI.

"That is why none of the coaches, people in athletics, are at all responsible for what happened. It all happened on our side, the academic side of IUPUI," said Schmenner.

That is also why IUPUI Athletic Director Michael Moore declined to comment Tuesday night.

In this case, 97 infractions were cited over that four-year period, but 61 of them specifically were students making progress toward a degree who had not declared a major or made adequate progress toward that major, as required by the NCAA. So after the school discovered the problem, investigated it, reported it, it even recommended the penalties to the NCAA.

There are 30,000 students at IUPUI in 18 different schools and only one person to monitor and advise 225 student athletes. That has now changed. The advisor responsible in these instances has been fired and the responsibility has been more broadly distributed.

"It is a huge job for any one person to be an academic advisor and to deal with compliance issues for 225 student athletes scattered over 18 different schools on the campus," said Schmenner.

The school has now been placed on three years probation, faces scholarship reductions and forfeits wins in volleyball, soccer, basketball and softball.

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