SOUTH BEND, Ind.– The University of Notre Dame was ordered to vacate football wins from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons and pay a $5,000 fine after a former student trainer acted unethically and committed academic misconduct.
NCAA officials say the trainer, who was not identified, committed academic misconduct for two football players and provided six other players with impermissible academic extra benefits. Another football player committed academic misconduct on his own.
During two academic years, the former student trainer completed coursework for the student-athletes. The university determined the three student-athletes violated its academic integrity policies.
The misconduct resulted in the student-athletes playing while ineligible — one student-athlete during the 2012-13 season and the other two student-athletes during the 2013-14 season.
Officials say the former student trainer also provided impermissible academic assistance to six additional football student-athletes in a total of 18 classes while she attended the university and after graduating.
Two of the student-athletes violated the university’s academic integrity policies. The other four were not enrolled at the time the violations were discovered, so they were not subject to the university’s policies.
The former trainer signed documents outlining that she should not complete academic work for student-athletes.
The following penalties were prescribed:
- Public reprimand and censure for the university.
- One year of probation from Nov. 22, 2016, through Nov. 21, 2017.
- A two-year show-cause order for the former student trainer from Nov. 22, 2016, through Nov. 21, 2018. During that time, any NCAA member school that hires her in an athletically related position must appear with her before a Committee on Infractions panel.
- A disassociation of the former student trainer from the university’s athletics program from Nov. 22, 2016, through Nov. 21, 2018. During this period, the university may not accept assistance in the recruitment of prospects or support of student-athletes from the former student trainer; may not accept donations to the athletics program from the former student trainer; may not extend athletics benefits or privilege to the former student trainer that is not generally available to the public; and must ensure the former student trainer is not involved in the university’s athletics program.
- A vacation of all records in which student-athletes participated while ineligible during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 football seasons.
- A $5,000 fine.
Notre Dame issued a statement saying they will appeal the decision.