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May 11, 2009

Professor Jim O’Fallon Named to NCAA Committee on Infractions

Jim O’Fallon, Oregon Law’s Frank Nash Professor of Law and University of Oregon faculty athletic representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, recently was appointed to the NCAA’s Division I Committee on Infractions. Professor Jim O'Fallon

O’Fallon, who has served as the university’s faculty representative to the NCAA since 1989, is no stranger to the responsibilities of committee service, having served on three committees in the past.

The Committee on Infractions is composed of individuals from various NCAA member institutions. As part of the committee, Professor O’Fallon will help adjudicate charges brought against NCAA member schools accused of violating NCAA rules. The committee meets six times per year to participate in cases involving alleged violations by member institutions.

Involvement in this committee is no easy task as NCAA legislation is quite complex; however, Professor O’Fallon said he enjoys the change of pace from his normal routine.

“It’s a nice change from what I normally do, yet draws on my background, skills, and training — and offers a different context to exercise those,” he said.

Professor O’Fallon was nominated by the Pacific 10 Conference to serve on the Committee on Infractions and was approved through a selection process by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors, which is comprised of college and university presidents and chancellors.

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