Committee Seeks Input on NCAA Certification Self-Study

Posted: April 9, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: April 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

As part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I athletics certification program, Mason has been engaged in a self-study of its intercollegiate athletics program during the past year.

A full draft of the self-study report has now been completed and is available on Mason’s Athletics web site ( under the heading “Certification Documents for Review” (which can be found on the bottom right of the home page).

Also on the web site is a video introduction to the certification process and intercollegiate athletics at Mason by President Alan Merten. It is taken from a recent interview by Lindsay Gray, president of Mason’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

All members of the Mason community are urged to review the NCAA certification self-study report prior to its submission to the NCAA in late April.

Comments and suggestions should be sent to Steering Committee Chair Martin Ford at or 703-993-2007 by Friday, April 23, to ensure the committee has time to incorporate community input into the final self-study report.

The NCAA certification self-study involves three areas of inquiry and verification:

• Governance and commitment to rules compliance
• Academic integrity
• Gender and diversity issues and student-athlete well-being

The governance and commitment to rules compliance area, which covers 32 self-study items, focuses on whether the university has appropriate institutional control of its athletics program and whether the university is in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations.

The academic integrity area, which encompasses 35 self-study items, focuses on academic standards and academic support services for student-athletes.

The gender and diversity issues and student-athlete well-being area, which covers 33 self-study items, focuses on issues related to participation, nondiscrimination, and the health, safety and fair treatment of student-athletes.

The Steering Committee welcomes input as it works toward a final report. Other committee members are Jevita Rogers, chair, Subcommittee on Governance and Commitment to Rules Compliance; Cliff Sutton, chair, Subcommittee on Academic Integrity; and Corey Jackson, chair, Subcommittee on Gender and Minority Issues and Student-Athlete Well-Being.

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