The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Committee on Athletics Certification has certified Florida A&M University and 34 other Division I member institutions that have undergone the Association’s second cycle of athletics certification.
“We are elated at this news, which is a result of the hard work and dedication of our administrative staff and coaches, who have helped us maintain a high quality athletic program here at Florida A&M University,” said William “Bill” Hayes, FAMU’s Athletic Director. “We will continue to build on the great tradition here at FAMU as we continue to move our program forward in the future.”
The purpose of athletics certification is to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. NCAA legislation mandating athletics certification was adopted in 1993.
The certification process, which involves a self-study led by an institution’s president or chancellor, includes a review of these primary components: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; equity; and student-athlete well-being.
A designation of “certified” means that an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership.
This classification means that the institution is considered to be operating its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the NCAA's Division I membership.