The Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council advises on all aspects of the University of Northern Iowa's athletic program. Its primary responsibility 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, (b) formulates new policies regarding athletics and student athletes, and (c) supports the President, administration, and faculty.
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 Athletics Compliance Council
- monitoring the schedules of all athletic teams, including missed class 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 I institutions
- reviewing compliance mechanisms and practices of the Department of Athletics and receiving regular reports of Athletics Compliance Council activities from the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
- participating on search committees for head coaches and other athletic administrative positions
- participating in 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
The Council assists the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative in preparing an annual report to the President.
The Council voting membership comprises:
- five (5) faculty representatives elected by the faculty of their colleges: the College of Education (1), the College of Humanities, Arts, and 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 student 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 non-voting membership comprises several non-voting participants who attend council meetings:
- NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative ex officio
- Athletic Director (Department of Athletics) ex officio
- Senior Women's Administrator (Department of Athletics) ex officio
- Associate Athletic Director for Compliance (Department of Athletics) ex officio
- Athletics Academic Advisor (Department of Athletics) ex officio
- Director of University Registrar ex offici, or designee
- Director of University Relations ex officio, or designee
- 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.
The Council meets monthly and when called by the Executive Secretary.
The NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative shall serve as the Executive Secretary of the Council and shall chair the meetings.
February 6, 2014