The NCAA has denied an appeal by the University of Notre Dame after the school’s football wins in 2012 and 2013 were vacated over academic integrity issues.
The 2012 season included an appearance in the NCAA Championship game, though Notre Dame lost.
An undergraduate Notre Dame student working as an athletic training assistant wrote or substantially edited assignments for several football players.
Part of the athlete’s punishment under the university’s academic honor code changed the student’s grades, making them retroactively ineligible for competition.
In a letter, University President John I. Jenkins said in part the imposition of a severe penalty threatens academic autonomy.
“This discretionary penalty against Notre Dame could set this unusual precedent where other universities would be deterred from doing the right thing,” said Notre Dame spokesperson Paul Browne.
Browne says the university wants to work with the NCAA to change the punishments in academic integrity cases. The NCAA declined to comment on its decision.