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.