SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES
Revisions to Standing Rules; Article II – Senate Committee Structure, Section 6(h) Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics
Implementation: Upon Approval By the Senate
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the University Faculty Senate Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics conducted a review of Penn State governance of Intercollegiate Athletics at the university. This review broadly examined the university athletic governance responsibilities, individual body jurisdictions, and overall effectiveness of the collective university-level bodies engaged in this pursuit. The findings of this review culminated in a request for the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules to create a legislation report to modify the standing rules of the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics. This report acknowledges the need for Penn State faculty to engage more fully in the fulfillment of their governance and oversight responsibilities.
The Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics identified challenges such as a lack of familiarity among faculty senators terminology, rules, and underlying issues in Intercollegiate Athletics; a lack of continuity in committee membership and leadership that limits the development of this faculty expertise necessary to fulfill the IAC’s governance responsibilities; and the unavailability of the IAC for consultation during the summer months, when many critical decisions are made by Intercollegiate Athletics that require oversight and response by the IAC.
Recognizing the necessity for adequate specialized knowledge, experience, and flexibility in IAC, CC&R recommends the following changes to the Standing Rules to accommodate those needs.
That Article II, Section 6(h) of the Standing Rules be and is hereby amended as follows:
Please note that the following contains bold text for additions. Added text is notated with [Add] [End Add].
(h) Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics
(i) At least eight elected faculty senators [Add] with the following qualifications:
(a) Senator appointments on the committee will be a minimum of two years, unless impractical due to a need to balance committee membership or a senator being unable to fulfill the duties of their elected term, and
(b) the committee chair will be required to have at least one year of prior experience on the committee, and will be appointed to a two-year term, as applicable given the remaining length of the senator’s term. [End Add]
(ii) At least two of the eight elected faculty senators must be from a location other than University Park. One of these two elected faculty senators must be from a campus with a varsity athletic program participating in NCAA Division III or PSUAC and will also serve as the chair of the extra-senatorial Committee on Campus Athletics.
(iii) Two undergraduate student senators, one from University Park and one from a location other than University Park. The student from a location other than University Park will also serve on the extra-senatorial Committee on Campus Athletics.
(iv) The University Park, Division I, Faculty Athletics Representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association
(v) Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at University Park*
(vi) Senior Women’s Administrator for Intercollegiate Athletics at University Park*
(vii) Two members of the University Faculty Senate selected by the President of the University.
- Selection: By the Committee on Committees and Rules unless otherwise specified
- Jurisdiction: The Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics is responsible to the Senate for all intercollegiate athletic programs at the University as they relate to the University’s academic and educational objectives. Intercollegiate athletics shall include all teams and individuals representing the University with significant off-University activity.
(a) Scope: Without limiting the jurisdiction of the Committee, it shall, specifically (1) consider policies on eligibility of students for intercollegiate athletics, (2) certify the academic eligibility of students for athletic grants-in-aid, (3) approve intercollegiate athletic schedules as they affect academic standards, (4) review and approve matters from the Committee on Campus Athletics as required, and (5) help promote a sound academic climate for the intercollegiate athletic programs at all University locations.
(b) Consultation: The Committee shall meet with responsible administrators and others concerning the intercollegiate athletic programs at University Park and other University locations that offer intercollegiate competition. It shall make a particular effort to seek the views of students participating in these intercollegiate athletic programs.
(c) Advisory role: Subject to the Constitution and rules of the Senate, and in consultation with the Senate Chair, the committee may also serve as the representative of the Senate to advise the President of the University on the operation of the intercollegiate programs at University Park and other University locations that offer intercollegiate competition. Subject to the general authority of the President of the University, as delegated by the University Board of Trustees and to the delegated authority of the Senate under its constitution to manage its own governance where matters considered touch on Senate jurisdiction, it shall initiate new policies, or review existing policies, which govern these intercollegiate athletic programs. These policies shall guide the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and administrators at other University locations that offer intercollegiate competition in administering their respective programs when approved in accordance with applicable rules. With appropriate consultation, it shall develop recommendations to the President of the University on matters affecting the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC), the Big Ten Conference, the NCAA, and other national athletic governance bodies in which the University holds membership and shall work closely with the faculty representatives in establishing the University’s formal vote to these organizations. Without otherwise limiting the Senate’s general forensic and related authority, and at the request of the President of the University to the Senate Chair, the committee may consider other issues affecting the various athletic programs under the President’s jurisdiction.
- Mandated reports: The Committee shall report on its activities to the Senate at least annually. The Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics shall have the authority to approve its mandated Informational Reports for publication to the Senate Agenda. The committee shall send its Informational Reports to the Senate Council.
[Add] 5. Meetings: At the discretion of the committee chair, committee meetings or votes – in person or remotely – may be announced over the summer as necessary to respond to time-sensitive Intercollegiate Athletics issues requiring the full attention of the committee. With the understanding that many senators are on nine-month appointments, participation in such meetings is voluntary and the chair shall use discretion to limit such meetings to those that require time sensitive decisions/input. [End Add]
*nonvoting unless Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws applies
SENATE COMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES AND RULES
- Jonathan Abel
- Michael Bérubé
- Renee Borromeo
- Victor Brunsden, Vice Chair
- Ann Clements
- Dennis Jett
- Beth King
- Binh Le
- Richard Robinett
- Nicholas Rowland
- Keith Shapiro, Chair
- Ann Taylor
- Rodney Troester
- Matthew Woessner