University Senate Bylaws, Article II., Section 5

A. ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ATHLETICS

The Advisory Committee on Athletics provides consultation and advice to the President, the senior administrator responsible for athletics, and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics on policies and other major decisions. All policies formulated by the Advisory Committee on Athletics will be reported to the Twin Cities members of the Senate Consultative Committee for action and to the Twin Cities Delegation for information after the Twin Cities members of the Senate Consultative Committee have acted. The Twin Cities Delegation has the authority to reverse or modify a decision by the Twin Cities members of the Senate Consultative Committee.

Membership

The Advisory Committee on Athletics shall consist of the following voting members:

(1) a Chair, who must be a tenured Twin Cities faculty member, who holds no administrative appointment higher than department chair or head, appointed by the President after consultation with the Faculty Committee on Committees, for a term of one year;

(2) five (5) Twin Cities members of the faculty or academic staff (at least three of whom shall be members of the tenured faculty), appointed by the President after consultation with the faculty members of the Faculty Committee on Committees, for terms of three (3) years;

(3) the Faculty Representatives to the NCAA;

(4) the chair of the Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, or a member designated by that committee;

(5) four (4) Twin Cities students, two of whom will be appointed by the President after consultation with the Student Committee on Committees, for terms of one year, and two of whom will be selected by the representatives of students in the intercollegiate athletic program for terms of one year;

(6) two graduates of the University, appointed by the President after appropriate consultation for terms of three (3) years;

(7) one University Twin Cities civil service employee, appointed by the Civil Service Committee for a term of three (3) years.

The appointments are subject to approval by the Twin Cities Delegation. No one, other than the faculty representatives, may serve more than six (6) consecutive years on this committee.

The Director of Athletics, the Director of Academic Counseling and the Director of Compliance shall serve as non-voting ex officio members.

Duties

The Advisory Committee on Athletics will advise and consult with the President, the responsible senior administrators, and the Director of Athletics on policies and major decisions relating to intercollegiate athletics at the University. Regents policy delegates immediate administration of the athletics departments to the President, the central administration, and the Director of Athletics; this committee has no direct role in the day-to-day management of the department. These by-laws delegate responsibility for academic and compliance issues to the Faculty Oversight Committee; this committee has no involvement in those issues.

The committee has the following responsibilities:

(A) The committee will advise the Director of Athletics regarding policies and major decisions relating to their programs and operations, except for matters within the authority of the Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics.

(B) When requested by the Faculty Academic Oversight Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, the committee will assist that committee in carrying out its responsibilities.

(C) The committee will advise and consult on issues of equity and student welfare.

(D) The committee will advise and consult regarding the finances of the athletics departments.

(E) The committee will advise and consult regarding the physical facilities and services and their use.

(F) The committee will advise and consult on personnel matters of the athletics department.

(G) The committee (or its representative) will participate in searches for the Director of Athletics and for major coaching appointments and for Directors of Academic Counseling and Compliance and will participate in any periodic comprehensive performance reviews of those positions.

(H) The committee will advise the President and the faculty representatives regarding the positions that should be taken on behalf of the University in the NCAA and in other external bodies.

(I) The committee will advise and consult regarding the activities of booster clubs and other support organizations.

(J) The committee will perform such other functions as the Twin Cities Delegation may assign.

The committee reports to the Twin Cities members of the Faculty Consultative Committee at least once each semester, this report may be in writing or presented in person by the Chair and a suitable delegation.

At least once a year, the voting members of the Committee will meet privately with the President to give their candid evaluation of the management of the departments. The voting members of the committee may also 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.

(updated: 10/9/12)

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