NCAA Releases UCSD Women's Rowing Infractions Report
Release: Wednesday 08/06/2013 
by UCSD

Statement from UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla

The University of California, San Diego strives to maintain the highest standards in education, research and service. This commitment to excellence includes our athletics programs. We regret that contrary to our expectations, rules violations occurred in our women’s crew program.

We have instituted additional checks and balances to ensure adherence to NCAA rules, and will be better as a result of the steps taken to ensure a situation of this nature does not occur again. Some of our changes include amending the reporting structure for spring sport supervision in order to enhance monitoring and ensure compliance, as well as adding bystander intervention education for our assistant coaches and student-athletes.

We will continue to take proactive steps to ensure that our athletics department operates within the framework of NCAA rules and UC San Diego’s high standards and expectations.

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Statement from UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl W. Edwards

I know you have received a statement from the university. I’d like to reiterate that we take these infractions very seriously. As soon as we learned of the allegations, we reported them to the NCAA and a thorough investigation was conducted. Appropriate punitive and corrective actions were immediately taken, including the termination of the coach responsible for the violations.

As published in its Public Infractions Report, the NCAA Committee on Infractions found that at various times during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons the head women's rowing coach knowingly allowed five ineligible student-athletes to participate.  The head coach took measures to conceal the student-athletes participation from the Department.  Both the head and assistant coaches were cited for unethical conduct and the head coach was found to have provided an extra benefit to several student-athletes.  The Committee has prescribed one year of probation for our Athletics Department, from August 6, 2013 through August 5, 2014.

Since these issues came to light, we have instituted additional checks and balances to ensure adherence to NCAA rules, and will be better as a result of the steps taken to ensure a situation of this nature does not occur again. Some of our changes include amending the reporting structure for spring sport supervision in order to enhance monitoring and ensure compliance, as well as adding bystander intervention education for our assistant coaches and student-athletes.

We are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct, and as such, UC San Diego Athletics has a demonstrated commitment to NCAA rules compliance. The Intercollegiate Athletics Department continually strives to educate all constituents on NCAA rules and to uphold the integrity of the Triton student-athlete experience.

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