A former tutor for Mizzou athletics, Yolanda Kumar, has self-reported herself of wrong-doing in what she called “academic dishonesty,” in a post on her private Facebook account Tuesday afternoon.
“I have knowingly participated in academic dishonesty in my position as a tutor at the University of Missouri-Columbia Intercollegiate Athletic department, which is not limited to assistance with assignments. I have taken and assisted with entrance assessment, completed entire courses, and I been present to provide assistance with online assessments. It was encouraged, promoted, and supported by at least two Academic Coordinators for athletes in revenue generating sports, however, the wide spread desperation to succeed by other student-athletes at the bottom of an inverted pyramid of the organization’s construct cross (sic) multiple sports. I self-reported on November 2 and naively wanted to close the door on the manner after seeking counsel. I immediately resigned from my position on November 7 prior to meeting with a member for compliance, general counsel, and an individual that reports to the chancellor.
“You are able to see this post because I respect and honor your thoughts of me. I wanted you to hear it from me first. I apologize for disappointing you.
“I just can’t carry this burden anymore.”
From Kumar’s response, she is clear to point out, “revenue generating sports,” which are football and men’s basketball.
The news from Mizzou came out the same day when Notre Dame football was forced to vacate wins and pay a fine after an athletic training for the team was completing assignments and classes.
While the facts of the case at Missouri are still left to be determined, the penalty could be strong and harsh if it is proven that Kumar was pressured or forced by members within the athletic department to help.
STATEMENT FROM MIZZOU ATHLETICS
The University of Missouri has received allegations of potential academic rules violations by a former tutor in the Athletics Academic Services area. Consistent with our commitment to rules compliance and to operating our athletics program with integrity, we are conducting a review of the allegations. We also have informed the NCAA who is working with us on this matter. To protect the integrity of the review process, we will not comment further at this time.
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS JIM STERK
“While we recognize that there will be many questions regarding this situation, these investigations take time to ensure that we do it the right way. As always, our mission is to uphold the highest standard of academic performance and ensure the proper conduct with all of our programs.”