GCCC self-reports NJCAA violation, receives sanctions

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (Release) -- Garden City Community College has self-reported a violation of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) bylaws within the Men’s Basketball program. Article VI, Section 1.C.1 of the bylaws states that “Student-athletes may not receive assistance in cash or kind, which is not administered by the member institution or which exceeds the permissible limits listed in Article VI, Section 1.B.1.a.” When the violation of this statue was discovered, the GCCC Administration terminated the coach, who was in violation of the NJCAA bylaws and the values of GCCC, and self-reported the infraction to the NJCAA.

A letter from the NJCAA Compliance and Eligibility Director to GCCC President, Dr. Ryan Ruda, stated, “Thank you for the self-report and actions taken by Garden City Community College when this violation was discovered.” The letter outlines the sanctions imposed upon the men’s basketball program as a result of the violation, which included a reduction in the number of allowable letters of intent (LOI’s) for men’s basketball in the 2019-2020 season. The allowable LOI’s have been reduced by two (2), limiting the number of LOI’s for the 2019-2020 season to 13. Although GCCC has terminated the coach in violation, the NJCAA will still impose a five-game suspension on the coach at any NJCAA school.

Garden City Community College operates with the values of transparency and integrity and expects all employees, programs, and departments to adhere to federal, state, association, and institutional laws, bylaws, and policies. Athletic Director, Greg McVey commented, “Self-reporting a violation of this nature is an example of the integrity the leadership possesses at Garden City Community College. The athletic department will continue to remain vigilant and prioritize educating our coaches and athletic staff on meeting the expectations of the National Junior College Athletic Association.”

Garden City Community College exists to produce positive contributors to the economic and social well-being of society.