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Haskell president: NAIA probation traced to academic fraud involving two students

September 21, 2012

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Haskell Indian Nations University President Chris Redman provided more specifics this week about academic violations that placed all of the school’s athletics programs on probation through 2014.

Since May, after receiving anonymous tips that the school was under investigation, the Journal-World has sought more information about the violations.

Although the school has issued two new releases during the past several months about the investigation, it’s been unclear what the violations were and how they had been discovered. Last week, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, or NAIA, placed Haskell on probation through 2014 because of the violations.

According to Redman, the initial investigation, conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, revealed:

• Academic fraud involving one member of the 2009 men’s basketball team who had taken an online course through another community college and had received additional and fraudulent assistance in the course. Haskell was required to forfeit nine basketball games from the season in which the student had played. The player left Haskell that year and any credit he received from courses at Haskell was nullified.

• A member of the 2010 football team submitted a fraudulent ACT score upon admission to the school. At the time, the school accepted ACT scores from students themselves. At some point, the score had been fraudulently altered to enable the player’s athletic eligibility. Redman said it was never determined who altered the score. The school was required to forfeit the one game the player had played in. Any credit the student received from Haskell was also nullified. Redman said the school has instituted a new policy and database system designed to prevent future fraud.

Redman said although the Department of Education investigation began in May 2011, Haskell already was aware of potential issues and was conducting its own investigation.

The Journal-World has requested the investigative report from the Department of Education but has yet to receive it. Redman said the report’s results “weren’t real conclusive,” and do not place restrictions on the school.

Redman also said the terms of probation issued by the NAIA do not prevent the school from post-season play, but Redman did not outline the specific terms of any sanctions. The school is considering an appeal of the probation, which affects all sports, not just football and basketball.

“We have some confusion as to why they include all sports,” Redman said.

No one on the current coaching staff was involved in any of the previous accusations, Redman said.

The Journal-World was unable to contact any members of the Haskell Board of Regents for comment.

Comments

always_Haskell_at_heart 1 year, 6 months ago

and it take one thought like Katatnite to make a comment he/she knows nothing about when it comes to student interns @ Haskell. I for one, have worked in the Registrar's office and had to have an extensive federal background check done that was umteen pages long and very invasive of my history. All student interns/workers have to go through this same process. AND let me remind yall, that there was no wrong doing on any part of the employees or workers. AND we do have ACCESS to records but there are only certain people who can CHANGE items in the system-its called RESTRICTED ACCESS or USER ACCESS RESTRICTIONS. You should check it out before jumping to conclusions, just my thought......and by the way they do have students working at KU who handle records, I was a student there too and lo and behold I had to go to the registrars office too and what do you know? There were students, just like at Haskell, who was able to print out my transcript on the spot and give it to me. No laws are being broken or violations committed, and IF you had such a problem with it, why didnt you just ask, instead of gossip and be whiny about it........

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katatnite 1 year, 6 months ago

I know some Haskell students and went down with one of them to get a copy of their transcript to sent to another school. We dropped into admissions so I could be introduced to a Patty Gram? I may have her name wrong. I was shocked to see her office filled with students working with and having access to other students records! You will NOT see this at KU where I attend. I said it then and believe it now that, that is illegal. One might think that a person in charge of admissions might know this. No wonder a student could change their ACT score without being caught. No telling how many others have been changed. I don't understand why all the other sports programs are sanctioned, for the wrong doing of two students. I thought this was going to end up being a lot more students then two. Maybe someone needs to check and see if any other students have had grade changes in the last two years and I don't mean just the sports students.

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Liberal 1 year, 6 months ago

Punishing all of the student athletes for two students indiscretions is a crock. It is the same for most schools who get these suspensions. Why should current students be punished for what another student did in another year.

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LJ Whirled 1 year, 7 months ago

"At the time, the school accepted ACT scores from students themselves."

:-)

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