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UNI gets NCAA certification

March 1, 2012

Troy Dannen, director, Athletics Administration, 319-273-2470,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification announced decisions today (March 1) concerning the athletics certification status of 13 member institutions. The University of Northern Iowa has been fully certified through successful completion and review of its Cycle 3 self-study.

The certified designation denotes that UNI operates its athletics program in full compliance with the operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.

"I want to thank all of the faculty, staff, students, and community members who participated in the process," University President Ben Allen said. "We owe this excellent news to everyone's hard work. Gaining the NCAA endorsement by receiving full certification reflects positively on UNI and the integrity of our intercollegiate athletics program."

"We welcome the NCAA's acknowledgment that our institution is operating within the principles, expectations and regulations of our governing body," UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen said. "The self-study process has proven a beneficial examination of our department and our practices, and has helped establish a path which will lead us to positive experiences for our student-athletes, coaches and everyone associated with Panther athletics."

Legislation mandating certification was adopted for all active Division I schools in 1993 to ensure the integrity of each member institution's athletics program, while assisting institutions with improvements when necessary. To complete the certification process, each institution had to complete a self-study led by its president or chancellor. The self-study instrument includes a thorough review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender/diversity issues; and student-athlete well-being.

This cycle represents the last certifications started before a moratorium was placed on the program in April 2011 by the Division I Board of Directors. In January 2011, NCAA President Emmert asked staff to evaluate the program to reduce the burden on institutions, increase cost-effectiveness and improve the overall value.