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CAU Accepts NCAA Recommendations, Moving Forward in 'Right Direction'

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  • Date: 1/24/2014
  • Author: Donna Brock
  • Origin:Clark Atlanta University

ATLANTA (January 24, 2014) - Clark Atlanta University (CAU) today received an official National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) report affirming CAU- and NCAA-imposed penalties against the University for actions that occurred during the 2011 academic year.

“We cooperated fully with NCAA officials and are in accord with their recommendations,” CAU Chief Compliance Officer Robert Clark said. “After an aggressive investigation, thorough review and careful deliberation, we are moving forward in the right direction.” Clark added that the University is “serious and intentional about its reinvigorated focus on compliance training for athletes, coaches and staff.”

The NCAA in its review found a pattern of three secondary infractions related to player eligibility (men’s basketball and women’s tennis) and extra benefits (men’s basketball) that, when aggregated, were deemed “lack of oversight.” In addition to public reprimand, penalties amount to the forfeiture of men’s basketball games and forfeiture of women’s tennis games, including the tennis team’s 2011 championship.

The individuals responsible for oversight during the period when the infractions occurred are no longer with the University, and the compliance process in the University’s current Athletics Department structure now reports directly to Clark. Earlier this month, Clark led a compliance workshop for more than 200 athletes, coaches and staff.