Cincinnati Athletics Department Certified By NCAA

April 12, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Cincinnati's Department of Athletics has been certified by the NCAA as part of its second cycle of certification. The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions on today, April 12, concerning the certification status of 46 Division I member institutions.

The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution's athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.

The certification process, which involves a self-study led by an institution's president or chancellor, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, equity, and student-athlete well-being.

At the University of Cincinnati, the certification process began in October 2005 when President Nancy L. Zimpher launched a year-long, campus-wide effort to study the athletics program. This was the second time UC participated in the process.

Mitchel D. Livingston, Vice President for Student Affairs & Services, chaired the UC certification steering committee. Livingston has been a member of the University Athletic Committee for the past 13 years. The steering committee included faculty, administrators, alumni, students and coaches. Daniel Acosta, Dean of UC's College of Pharmacy and chair of UC's Council of Deans, was the chief writer of the self-study report.

"The University of Cincinnati is strongly committed to the principles underlying athletics certification," Livingston said. "The certification process assures that the NCAA's commitment to the integrity of intercollegiate athletics is shared and advanced by UC."

A designation of certified means an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

"Having been here since almost the start of the certification process, I first want to thank the faculty, administrators, department staff and student-athletes that have given of their time and effort. The certification process is a major undertaking," said UC Director of Athletics Mike Thomas. "Having gone through this process, all of our fans, donors, staff and student-athletes can be assured that the Department of Athletics is living within the guiding principles set forth by the NCAA Division I membership."

The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle used during the initial certification process. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification process.