Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) was cited for major violations within the athletics department, the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Committee on Infractions announced in a report on Thursday.
The report stated that UWS "considered athletics criteria in the awarding of foundation scholarships over a five-year period, from 2008-2009 through 2012-2013. NCAA rules prohibit Division III schools from considering athletics when determining a student's financial aid."
Yellowjackets athletics director Steve Nelson said the school wasn't aware they were violating any rules but have now moved forward with the process.
"Rules are important in everyday things that we do, and I don't want to make it sound like I'm making light of a rules situation, and I'm not, but this is the process," said Nelson. "Again, I mentioned to other people you know, there was no intent involved. It was an inadvertent situation for us that was missed. We dealt with it quickly."
When UWS realized the violations, they immediately self-reported to the NCAA and changed the scholarships to reflect that. As a result, the UWS athletics department will be on probation for two years.
In addition, UWS will be required to undergo a review of its financial aid process during each year of probation.