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IAAC Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council oversees all aspects of the University of Northern Iowa's athletic program. Its primary reponsibility is to monitor policies and activities related to the academic quality and integrity of the institution and the welfare of student athletes. It also (a) supports the development and maintenance of a competitive intercollegiate athletic program which reflects favorably upon the university and (b) formulates new policies regarding athletics and student athletes, and (c) supports the Provost, the Vice President for Administration & Finance, and the University Senate on matters regarding athletics and student athletes.

The Council meets monthly and when called by the Chair. The Council makes an annual report to the Provost, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Professional & Scientific Council, and the University Senate.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Council are elected annually by and from the Council's voting membership. Minutes of Council meetings are taken by a secretary from the Department of Athletics staff and overseen by the Chair.

Membership

The Council voting membership comprises:

  • five (5) faculty representatives elected by the faculty of their colleges: the College of Education (1), the merged College of Humanities and Fine Arts / College of Natural Sciences (2), the College of Business Administration (1), and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (1)

  • one (1) faculty representative from any of the colleges, appointed by the Faculty Senate

  • one (1) faculty representative elected by the "non-voting faculty" of the university

  • one (1) administrative representative, appointed by the President of the university

  • one (1) P&S representative, elected or appointed by the Professional & Scientific Council

  • one (1) student representative, appointed by the President of the Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG)

  • one (1) student-athlete representative, elected by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)

With the exception of the students members, voting members serve for a term of three years and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The NISG and SAAC representatives serve for a term of one year and may be reappointed.

Each voting member is required to designate an alternate who will attend and participate in council meetings whenever the elected member is unable to attend.

The Council is supported by several non-voting participants who attend council meetings:

  • NCAA Faculty Representative ex officio

  • Athletic Director (Department of Athletics) ex officio

  • Senior Women's Administrator (Department of Athletics) ex officio

  • Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance (Department of Athletics) ex officio

  • Athletics Academic Advisor (Department of Athletics) ex officio

  • representative of the university Registrar ex officio

  • representative of the University Relations ex officio

  • one (1) community representative, appointed by the UNI Foundation

The community representative serves for a term of three years and may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Ex officio members may serve indefinitely.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council's roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • reviewing with the NCAA Faculty Representative the status of institutional compliance with the NCAA rules and guidelines, the issues and opportunities pertaining to athletic conferences in which UNI participates, and problems involving student athletes at UNI

  • reviewing with the Athletic Director the status of, and activities undertaken by, Intercollegiate Athletics at UNI

  • serving as a liaison to the faculty and staff of the institution, by communicating relevant information from the Council and by seeking input from the faculty and staff

  • selecting one of its members to serve as a representative on the Compliance Council

  • monitoring the schedules of all athletic teams, including missed clss time

  • reviewing grade reports, graduation rates, admission and retention data, and related information for the institution, and comparing this data with that of the non-athlete student body at UNI and with that of other NCAA Division One institutions

  • reviewing compliance mechanisms and practices of the Department of Athletics and receiving regular reports of Compliance Council activities from the NCAA Faculty Representative

  • participating on search committees for head coaches and other athletic administrative positions

  • participating team meetings with participants in each sport, the purpose of which is to inform student athletes about the IAAC, the rights and responsibilities of student athletes at UNI, and IAAC concerns for student welfare, academic integrity, and institutional control

  • conducting exit interviews with student athletes to discuss the experience of participation in intercollegiate athletics at the university and to identify and solve any problems that may exist related to recruiting, financial aid, advising, and participation

April 8, 2011

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