Neumann University, a Division III school, has been informed by the NCAA that it unintentionally violated an association bylaw. The University has worked closely with NCAA officials to bring the institution into compliance.
The violation relates to Neumann’s International Initiative Grant, which was given to international students. The NCAA found that the program inadvertently benefited a slightly higher proportion of student-athletes than students in the entire university population. During the same review, the NCAA determined that Neumann’s domestic financial aid package is appropriate.
Dennis Murphy, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs, stated, “The NCAA indicated that our International Initiative Grant violation was unintentional. They also point out that the institution, the student-athletes, and our employees did not purposely seek to gain an unfair advantage for the athletics program through this initiative.”
Prior to any determination of a violation, Neumann discontinued the International Initiative Grant. “Neumann is committed to the values of Division III collegiate athletics and will continue to work closely with the NCAA to ensure continued compliance,” explained Murphy. “As part of its mission, Neumann University will continue to support all international students who wish to pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees at Neumann.”