University Officials Release Results of Self-Investigation
BATON ROUGE — LSU officials released today the results of its self-report into alleged academic improprieties involving student-athletes. Findings show the university’s Academic Center for Student Athletes committed the following NCAA violations:
- An academic mentor, on one occasion, typed a paper for a student-athlete
- An Academic Center for Student Athletes employee and an Athletic Department employee arranged for a prospective student-athlete to receive five hours of free tutoring and a place to study
- On one occasion, a tutor assisted a student-athlete in writing a paper and then typed the paper for the student-athlete
- Two academic mentors typed parts of lab reports for two student-athletes
- An Academic Center for Student Athletes employee had, on one identified occasion, typed papers and helped student-athletes with computer work when they were injured and unable to type.
The self-report states that the violations were limited to a time period of about one year, from December 2000 to December 2001, and primarily involved one LSU staff member. The report also states that corrective measures were taken to prevent the problem from becoming systematic and that the university believes the infractions will not occur again.
“This has been a long, challenging process for all of us at LSU,” Chancellor Mark A. Emmert said. “I have insisted that we take whatever time was necessary to conduct our inquiry in as thorough and comprehensive a manner as was warranted and appropriate. Although we do not believe that any of these rise to the level of a major NCAA violation, this should not be interpreted to mean that we don’t take them very seriously. We do.
“And, we have taken the proper corrective actions, we have put in place procedures to prevent a recurrence of those problems, and we will be vigilant in viewing those procedures. I have great pride and confidence in our faculty, staff and athletes and know that these unfortunate events in no way characterize their professionalism, character or commitment to excellence. We’re not looking back, but moving on with what will be an outstanding year here at LSU.”
The Chancellor also noted steps that the university had already been taken including: (1) hiring Roger Grooters as the new Executive Director of the Academic Center for Student Athletes, (2) doubling the size of the staff at the center, (3) the implementation of new policies and procedures to insure compliance with NCAA regulations, (4) new managerial procedures, (5) new training programs for staff, tutors and athletes, and (5) conversion of the LSU Gym/Armory into a new space for the Center. LSU’s self-report was delivered to the NCAA this week, where it will be examined by the NCAA’s enforcement committee. At that point, the NCAA will decide whether to begin its own investigation.