NCAA investigating claims of academic fraud in Mizzou Athletics Department

8 months 3 weeks 1 day ago Wednesday, November 23 2016 Nov 23, 2016 Wednesday, November 23, 2016 4:06:53 PM CST November 23, 2016 in Sports
By: Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director

COLUMBIA - The NCAA is investigating reports of academic fraud involving the Mizzou Athletics Department.

A former tutor has leveled allegations of academic rules violations which, according to the Kansas City Star includes taking or assisting with entrance exams and completing classes for student-athletes.

Athletic director Jim Sterk said, "“While we recognize that there will be many questions regarding this situation, these investigations take time to ensure that we do it the right way. As always, our mission is to uphold the highest standard of academic performance and ensure the proper conduct with all of our programs.”

In the same statement, the athletics department said,

The athletics department issued the following statement: "Consistent with our commitment to rules compliance and to operating our athletics program with integrity, we are conducting a review of the allegations.  We also have informed the NCAA who is working with us on this matter.  To protect the integrity of the review process, we will not comment further at this time."

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