Fordham University failed to monitor its scholarship program, the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Tuesday, after several “communication breakdowns” led to campus officials awarding 87 illegal scholarships. University staff had a “mistaken belief” that NCAA rules allowed them to award scholarships to athletes enrolled in three credit hours during summer sessions rather than the required six, the public infractions report says, and did not verify NCAA or university rules. The NCAA had considered a proposal to make three credits the new minimum, but it was defeated. Penalties for Fordham include a $20,000 fine, an NCAA rules seminar for academic advisers and compliance staff, two years’ probation, and a compliance review by an outside agency.
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