On December 22, 2015, after a cooperative investigation by Rose-Hulman and the NCAA enforcement staff, the NCAA Division III Committee on infractions found that during academic years 2010-11 through 2014-15 Rose-Hulman committed two major violations of NCAA bylaws. First, contrary to Bylaws 15.4.1-(a) and 15.4.6, Rose-Hulman failed to exclude prospective students’ participation in high school athletics extracurricular activities from the Institute’s process for calculating institutional financial aid for Rose-Hulman students. This resulted in thirteen Rose-Hulman student-athletes receiving a total of $38,933 in institutional financial aid not allowed by NCAA bylaws during the five-year period. Second, based on the above-noted violation, Rose-Hulman violated NCAA Constitution 2.8.1 by failing to sufficiently educate its financial aid staff and monitor its financial aid process in order to assure compliance with NCAA bylaws. The Committee also found a related secondary violation of Bylaw 16.01.1 that occurred when three of the thirteen affected student-athletes used a financial aid appeal process that was not memorialized in writing or previously used by Rose-Hulman students.
The Committee placed Rose-Hulman on NCAA probation for two years – through December 21, 2017. The Committee also prescribed several compliance-enhancing corrective measures, most of which were already implemented or proposed by the Institute. These measures include revising Rose-Hulman’s consideration of athletics extracurricular activities in the Institute’s process for calculating institutional financial aid as well as increasing on-campus NCAA compliance education programs. None of the penalties or corrective measures prevents current or future Rose-Hulman student-athletes from competing for individual or team awards or NCAA championships.
The full text of the Committee’s finding is at NCAA.org.
The Committee agreed with the Institute and the enforcement staff that the violations were not intentional. Nevertheless, Rose-Hulman regrets the violations occurred. Rose-Hulman is committed to NCAA compliance and to learning from this matter in order to better guard against future NCAA violations.