West Virginia University is nearing the end of a campus-wide effort to study its athletics program as part of the NCAA Division I Athletics Certification Program. The study includes the areas of academic and fiscal integrity, governance, rules compliance, commitment to equity, student-athlete welfare and sportsmanship.

WVU volunteered for participation in the NCAA ’s pilot certification program in 1990, and was one of the first schools to become certified after the NCAA formally adopted the self-study certification process in 1993at the conclusion of the pilot program. The purpose of the certification program is to help ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics operations.

Comments are encouraged and should be received no later than noon Feb. 4 by e-mail to Angie Eaglen at aeaglen@wvu.edu . Those interested in reviewing a hard copy of the draft report can find them on reserve at the circulation desks of WVU ’s Evansdale and Health Sciences Center libraries or from the reference desk at Wise Library.

The public is also invited to offer input regarding the draft report at a special meeting of the Self-Study Steering Committee on Monday, Feb. 7, at 9 a.m. in WVU ’s Mountainlair Bluestone Room.