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Message from the President

November 4, 2010


Dear Members of the University Community:

I write to inform you that Georgetown has begun a yearlong, campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I athletics certification program. We are required to conduct a self-study every 10 years, and Georgetown completed its last report in 2001. The study covers governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, gender and diversity issues and student-athlete well-being.

NCAA certification provides Georgetown with a very valuable opportunity to ensure the integrity of our athletics program and to increase campus-wide knowledge and understanding of our efforts. We take the process very seriously and hope that it will both affirm our program’s many strengths and help us identify areas for improvement.

I have appointed Jane E. Genster, senior counselor to the president, to chair the steering committee that will lead the self-study. Three subcommittees will assist the steering committee – the governance and commitment to rules compliance subcommittee will be chaired by Wayne Davis, Chair, Department of Philosophy and President of the Faculty Senate; academic integrity by Robert Cumby, Professor of Economics, and gender, diversity and student-athlete well-being by Rosemary Kilkenny, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. I am deeply grateful to Jane, Wayne, Bob and Rosemary for their leadership in this effort and to Lee Reed, Director of Athletics, and the many members of our steering committee for their time and contributions to this process.

Over the course of the year you will hear from members of the steering committee about opportunities to contribute to this process. I encourage you to share your perspective and participate in this process so that we may develop appropriate ways to further our commitments to a high quality intercollegiate athletics program and student athlete experience.

We plan to submit our self-study report to the NCAA in the spring and anticipate an external review team on campus next Fall. At the conclusion of that work, the NCAA will determine Georgetown's certification status.

We take seriously our responsibilities as an NCAA member and look forward to the work of this committee over the next year.

Sincerely,


John J. DeGioia
President

Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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