CULLOWHEE – A yearlong study of Western Carolina University's intercollegiate athletics program is coming to a close as a team of external reviewers visits campus Nov. 15-17 to evaluate the findings of a campuswide self-study committee.

Appointed last year by Chancellor John W. Bardo as part of the NCAA Division I certification process, the committee has been examining issues of academic integrity, governance, rules compliance, and university commitment to equity, student-athlete welfare and sportsmanship.

The certification program's purpose is to help ensure integrity in the institution's athletics operations, said A.J. Grube, Western's assistant to the chancellor for equal opportunity programs who is chairing the campuswide study committee.

An external team of peers from other colleges, universities or conference offices will be on campus Monday, Nov. 15, through Wednesday, Nov. 17, to evaluate the committee's work, which includes the identification of six “areas of concern” and university strategies to address those areas.

The review team will report to the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification, another independent group, which will then determine the university's certification status and announce the decision in January.

The athletics certification report is available online at the university's athletics page by clicking on NCAA Self-Study Information, and on the chancellor's page.

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