IAC June 2009
Charge to the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee
The following information comes from US04/05-3
passed in January 2005. It updates the previous charge contained in
CHARGE & RESPONSIBILITIES: CHARGE & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Intercollegiate Athletics Committee shall:
As part of its function and in order to carry out its governance function,
the IAC shall be consulted by:
1. Represent the academic standards of the university as embodied in the
University of Oregon Mission Statement in all decisions;
2. Advise the administration, the senate, and the athletics director on
any athletics department policy or program, including the athletics department
3. Promote and safeguard opportunities for student athletes to excel in
academics and protect and ensure the academic integrity of student athletes;
4. Promote greater understanding, for the university community, of intercollegiate
athletics and the relationship between academics and athletics.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Committee shall have one subcommittee, an
executive committee, consisting of the committee chair, one faculty member,
one student and the faculty athletics representative. The executive committee
shall be charged with maintaining close and timely communications with
the athletics department, through the athletics director or designee. The
executive committee shall set the agenda and venue for IAC meetings. The
executive committee shall be empowered to call extraordinary meetings of
the IAC. The chair of the IAC shall be elected at the final regularly scheduled
spring meeting and must be a returning member. The chair of the IAC shall
be responsible for forming the executive committee. It is expected that
the executive committee shall have regular contact with the athletics department
during the summer.
1. The athletics department on:
1. any proposed changes in departmental recruiting policies, academic advising,
expectations regarding student schedules, or any other practice that could
affect the academic or financial standing of students who are athletes.
The IAC need not to be informed of all changes mandated by the NCAA for
student athletes, which fall under the purview of the faculty athletics
representative, although the IAC should be notified of any major changes.
2. any decisions, large donations, or commercial offers that potentially
change the financial landscape of athletics or might influence university
finances outside the athletics department;
3. any decisions that potentially affect the campus environment, including
construction, removal, or remodeling of facilities, changes in the timing
of facilities use, or changes in permitted uses of facilities;
4. scheduling of athletic events, including scheduling changes made to
accommodate other universities or the media except for Saturday football
5. addition or termination of sport teams, or changes in the status of
6. the appointment of head coaches for all intercollegiate athletics teams.
In cases where an open search process is conducted for head coaching positions,
an Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) faculty member shall be included
on the search committee. When the search is abbreviated, the athletics
director shall consult with the chair of the IAC.
2. The athletics director, or designee, via the chair of the IAC to determine
if changes in athletics department procedures, policies, or activities
reach a threshold deserving of attention by the full committee.
3. The faculty athletics representative about all ongoing investigations
and major violations.
To better educate its committee members to the complexities of university
athletics, the IAC shall hold a once yearly retreat prior to the academic
year. The retreat shall provide a forum for new members to learn about
the role of the IAC in supporting the Mission Statement of the University
of Oregon, to learn about administration of campus athletics, and to be
informed on issues potentially requiring IAC attention in the year ahead.
Membership of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee is fixed and consists
of eighteen (18) voting members, eleven (11) teaching faculty, two (2)
classified staff, and five (5) students. Eight (8) teaching faculty members
-- four (4) from the College of Arts and Sciences and four (4) from other
areas -- and two (2) classified staff shall be elected to the committee
by the teaching faculty, and classified staff, respectively. Faculty and
staff committee members may serve up to three consecutive two-year terms.
After three terms, faculty and staff members must be off the committee
for two years before being eligible for re-election or re-appointment.
The University Senate shall appoint two (2) faculty members to the IAC
for two-year terms. The faculty athletics representative shall be an ex-officio
member of the committee with full membership privileges. The five students
shall be appointed through the ASUO and the president's office. At least
one student member shall be a varsity student athlete. Students shall serve
one-year terms and may serve up to three consecutive terms. The athletics
director and his designees on the IAC shall be ex-officio non-voting members.
No member of the IAC may receive benefits from the Department of Athletics
beyond what she or he would otherwise be entitled to if she or he were
not a member of the IAC.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Committee shall report to the University
Senate. At a minimum this report shall be in the form of an annual written
report submitted by the committee chair to the secretary of the University
Senate no later than the final University Senate meeting in May. The committee
shall also make additional written or oral reports to the senate as necessary.
The IAC executive committee shall maintain communication with the senate
through the IAC's senate appointees (who are eligible to serve on the executive
committee). The executive committee shall meet with the senate president
and the vice president for academic affairs at the beginning of the academic