Dalhousie University penalized for hockey player mispayments

Dalhousie University has been fined $7,000 for unauthorized financial awards to six hockey players and other infractions between 2009 and 2012.

Several Tigers got more money than allowed between 2009 and 2012

Dalhousie University has been fined $7,000 for unauthorized financial awards to six hockey players between 2009 and 2012.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), which governs university athletics, has also placed Dalhousie on two years’ probation and ordered it to pay about $3,450 to cover the costs of the investigation.

Dalhousie says it’s complying.

“Dalhousie recognizes it should have been more diligent regarding the administration of financial awards for the men’s hockey program,” the university said in a statement Friday.

The unauthorized activities took place between 2009-10 and 2011-12.

Six members of the men’s team received payments they weren’t supposed to get under the CIS student-athlete financial award policy. Most of them got too much money.

In addition, in the 2009-10 season, the team exceeded the maximum number of student-athlete awards.

CIS found that eight of the nine infractions were primarily the fault of former head coach Peter Belliveau.

Belliveau was fired by Dalhousie when allegations first surfaced.

But it also found that Dalhousie Athletics had “inadequate institutional controls and policies” related to managing cash and payroll.

In the ninth case, cited as an “administrative error,” a student received money but the university didn’t confirm his enrolment in a course.

Dalhousie says it discovered the irregularities in the fall of 2012 and notified CIS immediately.

The university says it implemented a number of measures to make sure this doesn’t happen again, including annual auditing of Dalhousie Athletics and training for all coaches.

Dalhousie communications director Brian Leadbetter says they have created a position of a finance and administration manager to oversee varsity athletics.

 “We have also integrated a pretty robust annual auditing process,” he said.

Coaches are no longer allowed to manage cash.

In addition to the fines, Dalhousie must review best practices on athletic financial awards and send those “educational documents” to other CIS schools.

It served one year of probation already, in the 2013-14 season.