WMU News

Session planned on academic integrity in athletics

Nov. 25, 1997

KALAMAZOO -- A public meeting regarding the academic integrity of Western Michigan University's athletics programs is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Room 5302 of Friedmann Hall.

The meeting is part of a year-long study WMU has just begun of its athletics programs under the National Collegiate Athletic Association's certification program. WMU, along with all 307 Division I schools, is taking part in this on-going certification program that examines the academic and financial integrity, rules compliance and commitment to equity of the programs.

The process includes a self study phase during which the University evaluates its programs against NCAA measures. This will be followed a year later with an external review by a team of officials from other Division I institutions.

Four subcommittees currently are each examining one area of inquiry. The academic integrity subcommittee, which has scheduled the Dec. 4 meeting, is chaired by Dr. Werner Sichel, chairperson of the WMU Department of Economics.

"We are at a very early stage in our deliberations, but we are, of course, pleased to get input from persons both within and outside the University," he said. "We welcome persons to attend this session and say what is on their minds regarding academic integrity questions surrounding University athletics. We hope those attending will express their views on items the subcommittee should consider during this initial information gathering."

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