In February 2004, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began its third comprehensive self-evaluation as part of the certification process established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Athletics certification was approved for Division I institutions at the 1993 NCAA Convention as a key part of the NCAA's reform agenda. Certification was originally introduced in 1989 and tested in a two-year pilot program. After a special committee reworked the idea over the next year, the NCAA Presidents Commission, the NCAA Council, and the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics supported a revised version of the program.
The University first underwent certification by the NCAA in 1994-1995 followed by an Interim Certification in 1999-2000. In both certification reviews, the University was in substantial compliance with all of the NCAA's relevant operating principles.
In early 2004, the Chancellor appointed both a Steering Committee for this Certification review, chaired by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and also three Subcommittees, all chaired by individuals outside of the Department of Athletics. In order to ensure broad participation, each committee was composed of individuals from within and outside the Department of Athletics, and included representatives from various campus administrative offices, campus academic departments, student-athletes, and the Board of Trustees. Throughout the 2004 spring and summer, these Committees met to comprehensively address the issues identified by the NCAA in the following areas: Academic Integrity, Equity & Welfare, and Governance & Commitment to Rules Compliance.
Following an NCAA Peer Review Team visit in May, 2005, the NCAA determined that the University is once again operating in substantial compliance with the NCAA's relevant operating principles. Final certification status was granted to the University by the NCAA's Committee on Athletics Certification in August, 2005.
Links to the Final Certification Report and the revised Gender Issues Plan and Minority Issues Plan (following the Peer Review Team visit) are found below. If you have any other questions about the University of North Carolina's Certification Report or the NCAA Certification process, please contact the Athletics Compliance Office at (919) 962-6000.
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