Athletics drops NCAA violations to nine

By Northern Star staff

DeKALB | NCAA violations at NIU has dropped from 16 violations in 2014-15 to nine in 2015-16.

Athletics Associate Director Jerome Rodgers shared how NIU is complying with the NCAA and is using student-athlete education to drop the number of violations. He was accompanied by Athletic Director Sean Frazier during a Board of Trustees meeting today in Altgeld Hall, Room 315.

In 2013-14, 11 violations were reported.

NIU has no violation one or two reports.

“We need to ensure there are no level one, level two violations,” said Trustee Wheeler G. Coleman.

The self-reporting process is the means which an issue is presented to the Mid-American Conference, Rodgers said. The MAC then will address the self-reported violation in level three or four by speaking with NIU and allowing the university to handle the violation, unless it deems the school unfit to do so.

The Board of Trustees commended Athletics for being proactive with decreasing these violations. Frazier does not think the department needs additional resources to comply with NCAA violation prevention.

“As of right now, we feel comfortable with our level of resources,” Frazier said.