The Monroe College Athletics Department was heavily sanctioned in 2011 by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) due to violations of the NJCAA Letter of Intent program. As a result of the sanctions, the NJCAA took away a total of 52 scholarships in six sports over a two year period. The sanctions will end in 2013.
An NJCAA Letter of Intent is a legally binding agreement that a student-athlete is bound to a particular institution for a period of one year. A signee of an NJCAA Letter of Intent counts towards the overall maximum number of individuals in that sport regardless of the amount of athletic scholarship. Failing to file LOIs with the NJCAA would allow a member institution to circumvent scholarship limits.
The Monroe College Men’s baseball program was reduced to 14 scholarships from 24 for two years. The Monroe College Men’s basketball was reduced to 11 scholarships from 15 for one year. The Monroe College Men’s soccer program was reduced to 10 scholarships from 18 for two years. The Monroe College Women’s basketball was educed to 9 scholarships from 15 for one year. The Monroe College Softball was reduced to 22 scholarships from 24 for one year. The Monroe College Women’s volleyball program was reduced to 10 scholarships from 14 for one year.
The NJCAA does not announce disciplinary actions against members nor does it require members to announce disciplinary actions against themselves.
Monroe College only made a statement about the rules violations 10 months after the sanctions went into effect. The statement was provided to Talk of the Sound in response to inquiries related to the news web site's investigation into an incident last fall involving an altercation between two players and a loaded .9mm semi-automatic carbine. The team's coach was fired following the incident.