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Dec. 2, 2003
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EMU receives NCAA Division I Athletics Certification

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University has received its second cycle athletics certification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Athletics Certification.

The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.

“The certification process underscored the strategic directions we have undertaken in the last few years,” said David Diles, athletic director. “Most notable has been the enhancement of our student athletes’ academic success and the improvements we’ve made in gender equity.”

The certification process, which is a self-study led by an institution’s chief executive officer, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; equity; welfare; and sportsmanship.

A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

Appalachian State University, University of California, Los Angeles, Loyola College (Maryland) and Ohio State University also received certification.

The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle used during the initial certification process. All 325 active Division I members participate in the certification process.

The Division I Committee on Athletics Certification preliminarily reviews an institution’s certification materials and provides a list of issues identified during the evaluation. The university then has a period of approximately one year to respond in writing to the issues before a final certification decision is rendered. An institution’s failure to satisfactorily respond to the committee may negatively impact certification status.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive metropolitan university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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