Athletic Committee FY2023
Committee: Athletic Committee
Committee Category: Standing Committees of the University Senate
Fiscal Year: FY2023
Fiscal Year: 2023
- Jordan Bass, Health Sport & Exercise Science, Faculty, 2023 (Chair)
- Megan Greene, History, Faculty, 2024
- Lisa Bergeron, Business, Faculty, 2023
- Florence DiGennaro, ABSC, Faculty, 2023
- Scott Harris, Communications, Faculty, 2024
- Brett Bricker, Communication Studies, Faculty, 2024
- Kelly Banks, Spencer Museum, Staff, 2023
- Derek Kwan, Lied Center, Staff, 2025
- Evan Riggs, Provost's Office, Staff, 2025
- Sadie Williams, Student Body President or designee, Voting Student
- Kirby Boehm, Voting Graduate Student
- TBD, Student Senate University Affairs Committee, Voting Student
- TBD, Voting Student
- Susan Stagg-Williams, CPE, Faculty Representative, Ex-officio
- Paul Buskirk, Assoc. AD, Student Athlete Support Services, Ex-officio
- To the extent possible the committee is encouraged to start each year with a joint meeting of the KAI Staff and the Athletic committee.
- 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.
- From this meeting, the agenda for the rest of the year could be built.
- Review KU and Kansas Athletics Inc. (KAI) efforts to promote and maintain academic excellence for the student athletes.
- Identify potential academic barriers and recommend mechanisms to overcome such barriers including collaboration with the student athlete academic support services.
- Review current-year data on missed class days due to competition and travel.
- 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.
- Review the effects of university changes regarding core requirements, majors, minors, certificates or other curricular issues.
- Review KU and KAI efforts to provide a premier student athlete experience.
- Review programs designed to ensure the personal development and personal welfare of student athletes including: nutrition and physical health, mental health, and safety.
- Review reports from KAI exit-interviews and KAI survey questions regarding participation in the broader campus community.
- Review Student Athlete Advisory Committee programs and recommend opportunities to improve student athlete involvement in extracurricular campus and community activities.
- Help ensure KU maintains athletic compliance with University, Big XII and NCAA rules and Federal law.
- Review educational programs and communication strategies to ensure the KU community better understands the combined responsibility for compliance.
- Review and summarize KAI reports identifying athletic compliance parameters including but not limited to recruiting practices and university admissions.
- 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.
- Help ensure KU meets its strategic goals pertaining to athletics.
- 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.
- Recommend mechanisms for improved communication between KAI coaches and staff and KU faculty, staff and students.
- 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.
- Monitor the continued impact of Name-Image-Likeness and the ways in which the university should be involved.
- Address mental health and well-being of student-athletes.
- Monitor the time commitments placed on student-athletes.
- Consider the future of college athletics – specifically the impact of being left out of a “super” conference or league would have on the university prestige and enrollment.
- Continued monitoring of the academic success of student-athletes – specifically as the transfer portal grows.
- Consider the impact of the 2022 Men’s Basketball National Championship on the university (enrollment, fundraising, etc.) and ways the university did use/or could use it to benefit the university community.
- Monitor any legislative action taken by the Kansas Legislature to discriminate against transgender athletes in college athletics. Consider any necessary supportive measures.