Athletic Committee FY2022

Athletic Committee FY2022


Athletic Committee


Standing Committees of the University Senate


Chair:Jordan Bass (2022)
Faculty: Megan Greene, History (2024)
Faculty: Lisa Bergeron, Business (2023)
Faculty: Florence DiGennaro, ABSC (2023)
Faculty: Jerry Crawford, Journalism (2022)
Faculty: Scott Harris, Communications (2024)
Staff: Heather Abernathy, Engineering Administration (2022)
Staff: Kelly Banks, Spencer Museum , (2023)
Staff: Brett Bricker, Communication Studies, (2024) 
Vote, Student: 
Voting, Graduate Student: 
Voting, Student: Student Senate University Affairs Committee: 
Voting, Student: Appointed by Student Athlete Advisory Committee: 

Ex-Officio (non-voting):
Susan Stagg-Williams, CPE, Faculty Representative
Paul Buskirk, Assoc. AD, Student Athlete Support Services




Approved by SenEx: June , 2021

Approved by University Senate:  September 9, 2021


Athletic Committee: This committee serves as the link between governance and athletics programs at KU, and works with athletic corporation to promote the educational experience of student athletes, to support compliance with NCAA requirements, and to address other issues of interest to faculty, students, and staff in relation to athletic programs at KU.

For further information or to schedule a meeting with SenEx to discuss charges or the committee’s work, contact SenEx Chair Hossein Saiedian.

  • Minutes of each meeting should be e-mailed to the Governance Office ( as they are approved.  The minutes will be posted to the Governance web site .
  • If the committee is recommending a change to university policy or rules, please contact the University Governance Office, at
  • Please send a report of the committee’s actions on each of the charges, as well as any recommendations the committee wishes to make concerning charges or membership for the following academic year, to University Governance, at, and submit the final report by April 29, 2022.

FY2022 Standing charges:

  1. To the extent possible the committee is encouraged to start each year with a joint meeting of the KAI Staff and the Athletic committee.

    1. KAI would outline the things that are on their agenda that the committee could work on to help KAI and student athletes. The Senate Athletic Committee could do the same.
    2. From this meeting, the agenda for the rest of the year could be built.
  2. Review KU and Kansas Athletics Inc. (KAI) efforts to promote and maintain academic excellence for the student athletes.
    1. Identify potential academic barriers and recommend mechanisms to overcome such barriers including collaboration with the student athlete academic support services.
    2. Review current-year data on missed class days due to competition and travel.
    3. Review the following KAI academic reports: Spring and Fall Student-Athlete Grade Summary, NCAA Academic Progress Rate Institutional Report, Graduation Rates and the KAI report on academic majors for student-athletes and non-athletes.
    4. Review the effects of university changes regarding core requirements, majors, minors, certificates or other curricular issues.
  1. Review KU and KAI efforts to provide a premier student athlete experience.

    1. Review programs designed to ensure the personal development and personal welfare of student athletes including: nutrition and physical health, mental health, and safety.
    2. Review reports from KAI exit-interviews and KAI survey questions regarding participation in the broader campus community.
    3. Review Student Athlete Advisory Committee programs and recommend opportunities to improve student athlete involvement in extracurricular campus and community activities.
  1. Help ensure KU maintains athletic compliance with University, Big XII and NCAA rules and Federal law.

    1. Review educational programs and communication strategies to ensure the KU community better understands the combined responsibility for compliance.
    2. Review and summarize KAI reports identifying athletic compliance parameters including but not limited to recruiting practices and university admissions.
    3. Review KU and KAI policies and procedures on drug testing, diversity and sexual harassment including Title IX compliance, and alcohol use in matters of sexual assault reporting.
  2. Help ensure KU meets its strategic goals pertaining to athletics.
    1. Recommend educational programs and communication strategies to enhance the balance between academics and athletics, as well as to promote a broad understanding of the goals and priorities of each. 
    2. Recommend mechanisms for improved communication between KAI coaches and staff and KU faculty, staff and students.
    3. Maintain regular communications with the NCAA/Big XII Faculty Representative, the Athletics Advisory Committee(AAC), KAI and University Governance to ensure the needs of each are being served.

FY2022 Specific charges:

  1. Schedule a session early in the year with the new athletic director to identify issues on which the Senate Athletic Committee might focus.
  1. Meet again with SAAC early in the year (with no Athletic Department Administrator present) to gain a sense of academic and student life issues over which the Senate Athletic Committee has potential influence and could focus its 2021-22 agenda.
  1. Follow up on status of Excused Absence Policy
  1. Ask Jane Fulton for reports on the two SAAC issues raised this spring: the status of the sexual violence prevention requirements for athletes and the status of health services to for student-athletes.
  1. Follow up on SAAC complaints about consistent violations of the twenty-hour rule.
  1. In light of national attention to issues of gender inequities in NCAA practices, it might be useful for the Senate Athletic Committee to request a presentation from Nicole Corcoran, Executive Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator about how KU Athletic Department ensure that KU is a “model” of gender equity, not a problem.
  1. Monitor the College Athlete Economic Freedom Act and discussions regarding paying student athletes, and submit final report.