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UNLV Athletics Earns NCAA Certification

April 16, 2008

LAS VEGAS - The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced this week that the UNLV Athletics Department has successfully completed the certification process.

UNLV was included in a press release concerning the certification status of 37 Division I member institutions that have undergone the Association's second cycle of athletics certification.

The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution's athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.

"Achieving NCAA certification reflects UNLV's ongoing commitment to maintaining the highest standards of integrity, both in the classroom and on the playing field," said UNLV President David B. Ashley.

The certification process, which involves a self-study led by an institution's president or chancellor, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; equity; and student-athlete well-being.

"We are very pleased with this," said UNLV Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. "This certification process took a lot of time with many people involved. Most of all we are pleased that not only were we certified but there were no conditions attached to our certification."

A designation of certified means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

Some schools were certified with conditions, which is a classification that means that the institution is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the NCAA's Division I membership, however, problems identified during the course of the institution's self-study and the peer-review team's evaluation were considered serious enough by the Committee on Athletics Certification to cause it to withhold full certification until those problems have been corrected.

The NCAA does not divulge specific information related to an institution's self-study or peer-review visit or specific information concerning the conditions set forth for certification.

The second round of athletics certifications is being completed on a 10-year cycle rather than the five-year cycle used during the initial certification process. All 326 active Division I members participate in the certification process.

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