Thursday, May 04, 2006

University back where it started after yearlong debate

University back where it started after yearlong debate
Daily Illini

On Friday the NCAA Executive Committee determined that its initial labeling of Chief Illiniwek as "hostile and abusive" was accurate and grounds to prevent the school from hosting postseason sporting events. The decision concluded a yearlong process heavy on paperwork and rhetoric:

April 30, 2005 - The University is one of 32 schools to sends the NCAA self-evaluations on their uses of American Indian imagery. This is the second self-evaluation in as many years.
July 14, 2005 - University Board of Trustees approves guidelines for coming to a consensus resolution to the debate surrounding Chief Illiniwek.
Aug. 5, 2005 - NCAA Executive Committee rules 18 schools will be barred from hosting postseason competitions or from displaying their mascots, logos or nicknames when participating in those contests at other schools because American Indian imagery is deemed "hostile and abusive."
Aug. 23, 2005 - The Florida State Seminoles are removed from the "hostile and abusive" list after proving they have the support of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This sets a precedent that other schools will later use to get off the list.
Sept. 2, 2005 - The Board of Trustees adds an eighth guideline to its Consensus Resolution policy, saying the Board will keep the best interests of the athletes in mind when deciding what to do about Chief Illiniwek.
Sept. 26, 2005 - The NCAA policy is extended to include BCS Bowl Games.
Oct. 14, 2005 - First appeal sent claiming anti-American Indian imagery policy violates the University's rights as an autonomous institution and that the term "Fighting Illini" is based on the name of the state.
Nov. 11, 2005 - The NCAA rules that Chief Illiniwek is offensive, but "Fighting Illini" gets the OK.
Jan. 9 - The NCAA says it will extend its Feb. 1 deadline for any school that has a pending appeal when that date comes. The University appeals in time for the stay.
March 29 - The University issues its third appeal, which is ultimately denied by the NCAA Executive Committee.
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