AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has completed the agreement that authorizes Gene Marsh, a national expert on collegiate athletics and academic integrity, to review Texas Athletics’ Student Services division.
The contract between UT Austin and Jackson Lewis PC, where Marsh is of counsel, formalizes the review that began on June 15. The review, which was approved by UT System officials and the state attorney general’s office, will include all areas relating to academic guidance for student-athletes including admissions, advising, tutorial services, and interactions with faculty members and other campus offices.
President Gregory L. Fenves hopes to receive a report from Marsh before the end of 2015, though the contract authorizes the review to continue beyond that if needed.
The review is expected to cost approximately $200,000, though that is subject to change as Marsh develops a more detailed framework for the scope and details of the review.
The agreement also continues Marsh’s ongoing investigation into several specific allegations regarding the handling of possible student-athlete academic matters.
Fenves, who became president on June 3, commissioned the review last month to look at all aspects of the academic mission of the university’s Athletics program.
Marsh has worked on issues surrounding college athletics for 20 years and served as the University of Alabama faculty athletics representative to the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA from 1996 through 2003. He was also a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions from 1999 through 2008, including two years as chair.
For a copy of the contract, please contact University Communications at 512-471-3151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.