Story Links

Dec. 16, 2005

The Department of Athletics is currently conducting a self-study as part of the NCAA’s athletics certification process. The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments.

The certification process, which involves a self-study led by an institution’s president or chancellor, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; equity; and student-athlete welfare.

The University of Virginia completed the initial certification process in 1995 and was certified. A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

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.

Part of the certification process requires that the report be made available for public comment. We invite your comments regarding the report. Please send them to

View Report
(This is a very lengthy document and is best viewed with high-speed connections.)

Print Friendly Version