NCAA grants conditional certification to Southeastern athletics
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University’s athletics program has been recertified by the National Collegiate Athletic Association with two conditions that university officials expect to address quickly.
The NCAA announced decisions Thursday (April 15) by its Division I Committee on Athletics Certification; 14 institutions throughout the country were certified by the committee.
Certification with conditions means the institution is operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with principles adopted by the NCAA’s Division I membership, but that certain areas needing attention were identified in the institution’s self-study and peer review team’s visit and must be addressed before full certification is awarded.
Both conditions relate to meeting the goals of our gender-equity plan, said Southeastern President John L. Crain.
“We recognize areas in which we can improve and are fully prepared to demonstrate our commitment to the fair and equitable treatment of all of our student athletes,” he said. “Our response to the NCAA will detail specific steps we are undertaking to meet our goals and to ensure our athletics program is equitable for both genders.”
“We are working to correct those areas of concern and will submit our plan of action to the NCAA,” said Bart Bellairs, who was appointed director of the athletics program in January. “I am confident we will be able to meet the conditions to the satisfaction of the certification committee.”
Southeastern competes in the Southland Conference with 15 men’s and women’s athletic teams.