NCAA to Open Major Infractions Case on Alaska Nanooks

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has received notification the N.C.A.A. will open a major infractions case on the athletic department for a series of secondary infractions that were self-reported by the department in 2011.

Infractions reported involve advising and eligibility for 17 student-athletes over a span of four years.

University officials say the infractions happened because advising and elegibility certification systems failed to identify students who had not earned required number of countable credits and some who informally switched majors but not filed appropriate forms to make the switch official.

Since discovery of the oversight, the university has hired a full-time academic advisor dedicated to student-athletes and two people in the registrar's office have been given specialized training in the nuances of N.C.A.A. eligibility requirements and have been assigned to student-athlete records.

The university does not plan to contest the case opened by the N.C.A.A. since the infractions were self-reported by the athletic department.

More information on this story will be unveiled duirng the November 13 broadcast of The Fairbanks Evening News