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On Friday afternoon, the NCAA announced that Johns Hopkins’ men’s and women’s lacrosse programs would be penalized due to a violation of financial aid rules between the 2016-17 and 2019-20 academic years.
According to the NCAA’s release, “The NCAA enforcement staff and the school agreed that the school did not notify 77 men’s and women’s lacrosse student-athletes of the renewal, reduction or cancellation of their scholarships by the required July 1 deadline. In nearly every case, the school issued renewal letters but did not distribute them until after the deadline.”
The release further stated that, as the result of “the men’s lacrosse head coach working with multiple student-athletes and/or their families to reduce their scholarships,” the school did not provide 12 student-athletes with a written notification of their scholarship reduction or information about the opportunity of a hearing.
Additionally, a clerical error led to both programs exceeding the maximum team scholarship limits by a slight amount.
As a result of these infractions, the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s lacrosse programs have been handed the following penalties:
- One year of probation.
- A $5,000 fine.
- A 2% reduction in scholarships for the men’s lacrosse program for the 2021-22 academic year.
- A 5% reduction in scholarships for the women’s lacrosse program over the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years.