Athletic Council

Co-Chairs: Linda Griffin (
                Diane Barstow (





The Athletic Council will meet on the following dates during the 2022-23 academic year:

Fall Semester 2022
September 16 - (in person with Zoom option)
October 14 - Champions Center Lounge (Lower Level) 
November 4 - CANCELLED
Decembe 9 

Spring Semester 2023
February 10 
March 24 
April 14 - M Lounge, Boyden 

All meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Recreation Center Conference Room 117 unless otherwise noted.  To attend meetings being held via Zoom, please contact the Council chair for a link to the meeting.

The Athletic Council shall implement the “Statement of Athletic Policy” adopted by the Board of Trustees on February 14, 1957, and any related resolution which the Board may adopt thereafter.  Consistent with present policies on admissions and academic standards, the Intercollegiate Athletic Program shall be developed to a point where it is representative of the best efforts of the University, with aims and ideals of achievement comparable to those expected of the academic departments.  This development shall proceed in accord with policies and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and all athletic conferences in which the University maintains membership.  The Athletic Council shall review the efforts of the Department of Athletics, including academic progress of student-athletes, student-athlete health and wellness, departmental compliance with NCAA regulations, finances, and matters of equity and diversity in its programs.

The Athletic Council shall also review activities of Campus Recreation, including Intramural and Club Sports, Fitness, Aquatics, and Outdoor pursuits, related Wellbeing initiatives, and the campus Recreation Center and related facilities, and help ensure that Campus Recreation is staffed and equipped to meet the needs of all students who desire to participate, and the University shall encourage participation through a varied program including sports with carry-over value for life after graduation. The Athletic Council shall submit an annual report to the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association, and the Graduate Student Senate. This report shall include a detailed breakdown of the administration and operation of the Department of Athletics. The report shall address academic performance of student-athletes, compliance with NCAA regulations, equity and diversity, facilities, finances, and student-athlete health and wellness (including mental health and sports medicine).

Its membership shall be:
(a) Eleven Members of the Faculty and Professional Staff, three of whom shall be alumni selected by the Alumni Association for three-year terms.  The other eight shall be Faculty Members or Librarians selected at large, nominated by the Committee on Committees, and approved by the Faculty Senate, for three-year terms;
(b) One at-large position for an alumnus/alumna, not necessarily a current member of the faculty or staff, to be appointed by the Alumni Association for a three-year term;
(c) The Director of Athletics, serving ex officio, non-voting;
(d) The Director of Campus Recreation, serving ex officio, non-voting;
(e) The Vice Chancellor for University Advancement or a designee, serving ex officio;
(f) The Director of the Alumni Association, serving ex officio;
(g) A Faculty Member appointed by the Chancellor as the University Faculty NCAA Representative;
(h) A Faculty Member appointed by the Faculty Senate's Rules Committee as the Faculty Senate's Representative on the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA);
(i) The Secretary of the Faculty Senate or a designee, serving ex officio, non-voting;
(j) The President of the Graduate Student Senate or a designee, serving ex officio;
(k) The President of the Student Government Association or a designee, serving ex officio; and
(l) Six undergraduate students to be chosen for two-year terms.  No team shall be represented by more than one participant.

From Chapter 5 Section 4 of the Faculty Senate Bylaws.