|NCAA - RELATED FAQs|
|Who initiated the "Native American" mascot concern?
What was the response of the University of Louisiana at Monroe?
What were the results of the Institutional Self Evaluation?
What was the NCAA's response to ULM's Institutional Self Evaluation?
What does the ruling by the NCAA mean?
What is the process to make the mascot decision?
Can the NCAA make ULM do this?
Why doesn't ULM sue the NCAA?
What are the other 17 universities doing?
How can individuals share their opinions/recommendations with the mascot committee?
When is the mascot decision expected to be made?
What will happen to the Indian Mascot if there is a change?
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The NCAA Executive Committee requested that the NCAA staff seek additional information, including the institution’s current position regarding American Indian mascots, nicknames and logos. “It is vitally important that we (NCAA) maintain a balance between the interests of a particular Native American tribe and the NCAA’s responsibility to ensure an atmosphere of respect and sensitivity for all who attend and participate” in athletic events occurring on those campuses. To that end, the NCAA requested that each of the institutions who were using an American Indian mascot, nickname or logo participate in an institutional self study of those uses with description, analysis and justification of those practices.
There were 32 universities who were asked to participate in the survey, as their mascots were Native American.
Given the request by the NCAA, President Cofer responded:
The president then established the committee consisting of members of the faculty, student body and constituents from the community who were charged with the research, evaluation and generation of the Institutional Self Evaluation document.
The NCAA Institutional Self Evaluation Examining the Use of American Indian Mascots, Nicknames and Logos, concluded with the following:
The Institutional Self Evaluation identified areas, however, that could not be supported for continued use; specifically Chief Brave Spirit, the Indian caricature, and the word Reservation, that is a form of concentration camp in the case of many American Indians. Therefore, the use of these two artifacts of ULM were immediately discontinued (pg.17 of the Institutional Self Evaluation.)
The Institutional Self Evaluation was submitted to the NCAA on May 2, 2005.
The NCAA ruled that, of the initial 32 universities, some of which had previously changed the name of their mascot, 18 were determined to be Hostile and Abusive in the use of the mascot. ULM was one of those 18 universities. A definition of the two descriptors was never provided to any of the universities found guilty of disrespect to the Native American culture.
The NCAA informed the affected universities of their option to either accept the ruling or to appeal the ruling to the committee. The appeal would include additional or rearticulated information concerning the use of the mascot, justification for its continued use and request that the appeal be approved. The NCAA stated:
The acceptance of the ruling would require the mascot, nickname or logo to be discontinued when the university is involved in post-season play such as tournaments or bowl games. In the event that the university chooses to appeal the ruling, an appeal document would be submitted to the NCAA for further review and evaluation with a ruling forthcoming.
Some universities have been granted approval if they have a pre-existing relationship with the Native American tribe represented by the universities’ mascot and an official endorsement by the tribe.
Other interesting points associated with the ruling by the NCAA concerning the continued use of the university mascot, nickname and logo are as follows:
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President Cofer has appointed a Mascot Committee, chaired by Mr. George Luffey that is charged with the responsibility of constructing and presenting to the president, a recommendation relative to the Mascot issue. The committee will:
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No. As has been stated by the NCAA, they do not have the authority to force a university to modify its mascot, nickname or logo in any manner. However, please understand that the NCAA is a voluntary membership organization and, as such, can enforce the rules, guidelines and regulations of the organization. The NCAA has chosen to disallow the use of American Indian mascots, nicknames or logos in any post season championship venues. The rules of the NCAA must be adhered to if an individual university chooses to participate in those events.
The NCAA is a voluntary membership organization. The expectation of membership is compliance with the rules, regulations and standards of the organization. Since membership is voluntary and mascot changes are the decision of the individual universities, all decisions made by the individual members are of their own choosing and were not forced.
Some of the universities who were placed in the non-approval category have changed the name of their mascots; some have appealed and been denied, and some have not yet made a decision. Specific to our situation at ULM none of the universities who have appealed and have generic mascots such as Braves or Indians have been approved. The NCAA has indicated that there will be none approved as the generic nature of the mascot has the potential to offend all Native American tribes and there is no specific tribe that can endorse the use of the mascot, nickname or logo.
An informational web site, "About Our Mascot" is located at ulm.edu/mascot. Throughout the Mascot Committee's process, information will be added to the web site.
The mascot web site can also be accessed by clicking on the "About Our Mascot" picture at the lower left of ULM's home page. You can e-mail any questions or comments to Mr. George Luffey, Chair Mascot Committee at email@example.com or via mail to:
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Depending on the upcoming initial decision, the entire process could take as much as six months.
In the event that a change is made, the mascot, nickname and logo will be retired with respect and honor at an event to be identified to all.
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