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Haskell Indian Nations University had not notified the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics of academic violations dating back to 2008 outlined in a news release issued this week.
“We have not received a self report,” said Kay Hawes, NAIA spokeswoman. However, Hawes said that the organization was contacted by Haskell officials recently and expect the school to file such a report. The NAIA, which includes nearly 300 colleges, is the agency that could issue sanctions and penalties against Haskell for athletic-related academic violations.
On Tuesday, Haskell issued a news release providing vague information about a federal investigation into falsified student-athlete ACT scores at the school. The release stated that employees were “disciplined for manipulation of three other student transcripts.” Some games will be forfeited as well. Two employees involved no longer work at Haskell, according to the release.
The information was released after repeated Journal-World requests for information beginning in early May. The Journal-World received an anonymous letter in late April alleging a federal investigation into the basketball and football programs at Haskell and potential academic misconduct.
The news release did not specify what sports were involved, and it’s unclear how many employees were involved or how high up the athletics hierarchy at Haskell the investigation reached.
If the NAIA does take any action, it will be up to Haskell to release such information, Hawes said. The NAIA — in contrast to the NCAA — does not release information about penalties or infractions it takes against schools.
Haskell forfeited a Jan. 13 women’s basketball game against Southwestern Christian University, according to Haskell’s website.
The Journal-World has been in contact with Haskell officials seeking more information about the forfeited game and the other violations. However, no further information has been provided, though Haskell has scheduled a Journal-World interview with Haskell President Chris Redman early next week.
The Journal-World also filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the U.S. Department of Interior for all investigations into alleged academic misconduct at Haskell since 2008.
Ted Juneau, Haskell athletics director and men’s basketball coach until 2010, said he was unaware of any investigation involving athletics and falsified ACT test scores while he was at the school.