Saginaw Valley State University placed on probation by NCAA

Feb 11, 2019

The NCAA has placed Saginaw Valley State University on probation for failing to correctly certify 130 athletes over 5 years.

Those infractions were largely due to the university failing to certify that its athletes were amateurs. University officials describe the failure in certification as “paperwork oversights.”

J.J. Boehm is a spokesperson for SVSU.

“SVSU did not live up to those obligations during the four or five year period that was identified in the inquiry.”

Boehm said the four-year probationary period will not impact students.

“We are pleased that there are no scholarship reductions, there is no ban on postseason competition so that our current SVSU students are not affected by something that happened in prior years.”

In a letter from the NCAA the organization “weaknesses in the university’s athletics compliance office,” including frequent staff turnover, were the cause of the problem.

Boehm said the University has already corrected some of the problems with the office and will continue to improve and upgrade operations.