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March 31, 2009
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations 218 726-8830

UMD Announces Ruling Regarding Women's Hockey

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) announced today that the NCAA and UMD have concluded the formal investigation of by-law violations concerning a former UMD women's hockey student athlete.

The violations occurred when the student athlete competed during a portion of the 2007-08 regular season while ineligible, because she had previously participated on teams later deemed to be professional by NCAA rules. Prior to the investigation, UMD and the student athlete were unaware of the status of those teams.

It was also determined that an additional violation occurred when a former UMD student athlete was involved in the recruiting process, contrary to NCAA by-laws.

All violations were determined by the NCAA to be secondary violations.

This investigation began when the University was alerted in January 2008 to a concern regarding the student athlete's eligibility. UMD immediately contacted the NCAA about the issue, and worked cooperatively with the NCAA in its investigation over the past year.

Agreed Upon Actions to be Taken by UMD:

This matter has been formally reviewed by the NCAA and the WCHA. Consistent with its obligations as an NCAA and WCHA member, UMD is committed to maintaining full compliance with all NCAA and WCHA rules and regulations.

This matter is now officially concluded.

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