Lightfoot's Take on Alabama A&M University's Lack of Institutional Control and Failure to Monitor
September 12, 2018
Author: Enrique (Henry) J. Gimenez
On September 11, 2018, the Division I Committee on Infractions (COI) found that Alabama A&M University (AAMU) exhibited a lack of institutional control (LOIC) when it improperly certified 101 student-athletes in nearly all of the university’s sport programs during the 2011-12 to 2015-16 academic years. The case, considered through the summary disposition process, was ultimately classified as Level I-Standard.
The parties agreed that: AAMU’s compliance staff lacked the requisite experience and rules education and training to conduct certification; AAMU did not appropriately involve staff outside of athletics in certification; and the certifying staff failed to correctly apply the legislation. The COI described AAMU’s systemic problems as some of the most extensive and widespread certification failures in recent case history. Read more.