Faculty Senate Bylaws, Article IV., Section 5
FACULTY ACADEMIC OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
Faculty Academic Oversight Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics has
responsibility for eligibility, compliance, and other issues relating to
academic integrity of participants in the programs. This committee will work
closely with the Provost, who as head of academic affairs is the senior
administrative officer in charge of academic counseling programs for
athletes. All policies formulated by the Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics will be reported to the Faculty Consultative Committee for action and to the Faculty Senate for information after the Faculty Consultative Committee has acted. The Faculty Senate has the authority to reverse or modify a decision by the Faculty Consultative Committee.
The Faculty Academic Oversight Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics shall be composed of:
6 tenured faculty members,
2 Faculty Representatives to the NCAA,
the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Athletics, and
ex officio representation as specified by vote of the Faculty Senate.
Since the purpose of this committee is to ensure that students who choose to participate in athletics have a full opportunity to pursue and complete their University studies, the primary qualification for appointment to this committee is a commitment to teaching students, rather than a special interest in athletics.
After consultation with the President, all members shall be appointed by the Faculty Committee on Committees.
The committee will hold at least one meeting each semester without the presence of the ex officio members.
In cooperation with the office of the Provost, the committee will oversee
certification of the eligibility of students who participate in varsity
athletics programs, in accordance with the standards of the NCAA and other
The committee will establish University academic standards for participation in
varsity athletics, including minimum grade point average and progress toward
degree. These standards must meet and may exceed the standards established by
the NCAA and other external organizations and are in addition to the academic
standards established by the college in which each student is enrolled. The
committee will see that students are informed of these standards, are warned if
they are not making reasonable progress, and are declared ineligible if they
fail to meet them.
With the assistance of the office of the Provost, the committee will conduct
regular reviews of the grade average and progress of each student. It will
also regularly evaluate the performance of each team in achieving the academic
goals of student participants, and will advise the Director of Athletics
concerning the performance of coaches in support of these goals. It will also
advise the senior administrator responsible for athletics, the Provost, the
President, and the Twin Cities members of the Faculty Consultative Committee
regarding the support for academic achievement shown by each of the teams and
The committee may establish scheduling standards limiting the days in any term
that a student may be absent to participate in athletic events. It will review
every schedule for conformity to these standards. In unusual cases, the
committee may grant exceptions to that rule. All violations of these rules and
all exceptions granted to them shall be reported immediately to the senior
administrator responsible for athletics, the Provost, the President, and the Twin Cities members of the
Faculty Consultative Committee.
The committee will advise the Director of Academic Counseling regarding matters
within the authority of that office.
The committee will receive a report from the Director of Compliance at least
once each semester regarding significant compliance concerns coming to the
attention of that office. It will also refer any compliance matters that come
to its attention to the Director of Compliance. It will report any concerns
about compliance issues to the Director of Athletics, the senior
administrator supervising compliance, the President, and the Twin Cities members
of the Faculty Consultative Committee. It will advise the Director of
Compliance regarding matters within the authority of that office.
The committee (or a representative) will participate in searches for the
Director of Athletics, Director of Academic Counseling and Director of Compliance, and in
searches for major coaching positions, and in any periodic comprehensive
performance review of these positions, paying particular attention to the
qualifications of candidates in the fields of academic performance and
The committee will advise and consult with the athletics department to ensure
that those participating in or employed by the athletics programs observe
required standards of compliance and academic integrity, and will make such
reports and recommendations as may be necessary.
The committee will advise the President and the faculty representatives
regarding positions the University should take on proposed NCAA or other
external rules relating to academic performance, eligibility, or
(J) The committee will consult regularly with the Director of Athletics and will meet at least once each semester to discuss programs and policies for ensuring academic performance and compliance with all standards. It will meet at least once each semester with the Director of Athletics to review the academic performance of the teams, the support given to academic performance by the department, coaches and teams, and to make recommendations in this regard.
(K) The committee will meet regularly with the Provost or a representative of the Provost's office.
The committee will perform such other functions as the Twin Cities Faculty
Delegation may assign.
evaluating individual or team records, the committee may act as a whole or by
the committee primarily considers matters that are private or personal data
under the laws governing data privacy, its meetings are closed unless it
committee reports to the Twin Cities members of the Faculty Consultative
Committee at least once each semester; this report may be in writing or in
person by the Chair and an appropriate delegation.
least once a year, the voting members of the committee will meet privately with
the President to give their candid evaluation of the performance of the
department and teams in achieving academic performance and rules compliance.
The voting members of the committee may also at any time request a private
meeting with the President and/or with the Twin Cities members of the Faculty
Consultative Committee to discuss any matters of concern to them. The ex
officio members shall not attend such meetings, unless requested to do so by
vote of the committee.
Senate Office will provide staff assistance for the committee. The Provost
will, in consultation with the committee, provide adequate staff assistance
drawn from the office of the Registrar, the advising offices of colleges, and
other administrative offices and assist in the preparation, presentation and
evaluation of student records. The athletics department and academic
counseling and compliance offices will provide information requested by the
appointed member of the committee may accept any tickets, team travel, or other
benefit or favor from the athletics department except as specifically
authorized by the President and the Twin Cities members of the Faculty
committee deals with eligibility and compliance issues established by the
University and by the NCAA and external organizations. It does not review the
decisions of coaches imposing sanctions on athletes for violating team
FACULTY ATHLETICS REPRESENTATIVES
Faculty Athletics Representatives will serve as the University's delegates to
NCAA, Big 10, WCHA and other external organizations. The representatives also
will perform certain functions prescribed in the rules of those organizations,
in these by-laws, and as delegated by the President or the Twin Cities Faculty
Delegation. The authority of the representatives does not displace any of the
authority granted to the two committees above. The Faculty Athletic
Representatives are appointed by the President in consultation with the Twin
Cities members of the Faculty Consultative Committee. Before making an
appointment the President will give an opportunity for interested faculty
members to apply. The President will also solicit nominations from the Faculty
Academic Oversight Committee and the Advisory Committee on Athletics.
faculty athletics representative must be a member of the regular faculty who
holds permanent tenure, and may not hold an administrative office higher than
that of a department head or chair. The faculty athletics representatives will
serve at the pleasure of the President for a three (3) year term. Normally,
individuals will not serve more than six (6) consecutive years in this office,
but the President may, with approval of the Twin Cities members of the Faculty
Consultative Committee, reappoint an individual as faculty athletics
representative for additional terms of up to three years. So long as the
University has two faculty athletics representatives from the Twin Cities
campus, every effort should be made to ensure that their terms are
President, in consultation with the Twin Cities members of the Faculty
Consultative Committee, after receiving the view of the Faculty Academic
Oversight Committee and the Advisory Committee on Athletics, will determine the
position the University will take regarding proposed changes in NCAA and other
external rules. The faculty representatives will faithfully represent this
Faculty Academic Oversight Committee has primary responsibility for all
eligibility and compliance issues. If the rules of any external organization
require a faculty representative to make a decision or recommendation on any
matter relating to eligibility or compliance, the representative will first
refer the matter to the Faculty Academic Oversight Committee and will faithfully
carry out its recommendation.
faculty athletics representatives will report to the Twin Cities Faculty
Delegation annually in writing. They report to the Twin Cities members of the
Faculty Consultative Committee orally and in writing at least once each
COORDINATION OF OVERSIGHT
Chairs of the Faculty Academic Oversight Committee and the Advisory Committee on
Athletics and the faculty representative(s) will meet periodically with the
President, the Provost, the senior administrator responsible for athletics, and
the Chair of the Faculty Consultative Committee to coordinate their
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