FACULTY ATHLETICS COMMITTEE
END OF YEAR REPORT
The Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC) received a new mission statement
last May and has subsequently transitioned to those revised responsibilities
this academic year. A work program was developed in the fall and much progress
has been accomplished toward that task.
It is the interpretation of the Committee that it is to function as
an oversight body, making observations of the intercollegiate athletics
program at Elon with follow up recommendations to the athletics director.
The Committee feels that our athletics department is well organized and
staffed by competent and concerned professionals. Student-athlete welfare
and the university mission have always been at the forefront of meeting
Specific accomplishments follow:
It has been observed and confirmed by Vice President Whittington
that the athletics department is subject to the same budget, accounting
and audit procedures as any other division of the university. No concerns
have surfaced from any source with regard to fiscal integrity in this department.
Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), Vicki Hightower, coordinated administrationand
analysis of 40 Exit Interviews for Senior Athletes.
Athletics Department Compliance Coordinator, Clay Hassard, gives explanations
of compliance issues at each FAC meeting. A written copy of all compliance
violations is provided to the FAC chairperson in a timely manner.
Athletics Department mission statement and annual goals and objectives
are being formulated and will be made available to the Committee in fall
2003. In addition, an organization chart and standard operating procedures
manual are available to all members of the committee and each member has
received a copy of the Student Athlete Handbook.
The FAC chairperson receives copies of all official notices of reduction/termination
of athletic grants-in-aid from the athletics director and serves as a final
stage arbiter of all grant-in-aid appeals and student-athlete grievances.
Chairperson Drummond sat on two final stage grants-in-aid appeals this
year and reported fair and equitable disposition of each. One student-athlete
grievance came before the Committee; a determination was made that the
designated process had not been followed and was referred back to an appropriate
stage of that process where it was ultimately resolved. Confidentiality
is emphasized in all student-athlete personnel matters.
Athletic scheduling is a conference function. Individual institution input
and concerns are requested and utilized in this process. Non-conference
schedules are developed by the respective sport coaches within standard
department guidelines and policies with final approval by the athletics
As FAR, Mrs. Hightower reports to the Committee on relevant NCAA and conference
matters; she does a very thorough and credible job with this task. In addition,
the FAR attends various NCAA and conference workshops in order to stay
current and informed.
In its oversight role, the FAC was asked to work with the athletics department
in meeting two specific NCAA certification concerns. These two concerns
were a student-athlete attendance policy and a five year gender equity
plan. Committee members met directly with coaches concerning gender-equity
issues and verified all information developed in the Gender-Equity Plan
draft.On February 25, the Committee voted unanimously to endorse this draft.
Planned Activity Report
Faculty Athletics Committee
A primary goal of the Faculty Athletics Committee for 2002-2003 will
be to transition to an adjusted mission approved by the faculty on May
25, 2002. Specific tasks shall include the following:
I. Review and offer recommendations
regarding fiscal integrity of Elon Athletics Department -- Mr. Whittington
and Dr. Drummond
Results of this work plan will be recorded in various written reports and
Committee minutes. Minutes of each meeting will be forwarded to academic
council with actual work assessments submitted at the conclusion of each
II. Review and offer recommendations regarding adherence
to established Gender and Minority Programs -- Ms. Shearer, Dr. Van Bodegraven
and the Committee
III. Review and offer recommendations regarding student
athlete welfare -- Ms. Hightower (FAR) via Senior Questionnaire and other
IV. Request a general information report on Athletics Department
governance to include organization chart, SOP manuals etc. -- Dr. White
and Dr. DeJournett
V. Request a general information report from the Athletics
Department Compliance Coordinator -- Mr. Hassard
VI. Review Athletics Department mission statement along
with annual goals and objectives. Request subsequent reports on accomplishment
of annual goals and objectives -- Dr.White and Dr. D'Amato
VII. Request a general information report from Athletics
Department regarding awarding, reducing and terminating grants-in-aid --
Dr.White and Dr. Allis
VIII. Request general information on athletic scheduling in light
of transition to Southern Conference -- Dr.White, Ms. Hightower and Dr.
IX. Request periodic updates/reports from FAR regarding
NCAA and Southern Conference issues -- Ms. Hightower
Submitted by Jim Drummond
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