October 21, 2008
Absey, James Antes, Charlie Bridgeford, Judy DeMers, Brian Faison, Greg Gagnon,
Daniella Irle, Jon Jackson, Sue Jeno, Jeremy Jones, Susan Nelson, Glenn Olsen,
Recorder: Bev Hopman
Susan Nelson called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.
Minutes: Judy DeMers moved the minutes from the September 16, 2008, meeting be approved as submitted. Lowell Schweigert seconded. Motion carried.
New Members: Two new student-athlete committee members were introduced, Jeremy Jones and Cory Absey
Faculty Athletic Representative Report:
Brian Faison said that UND is fortunate to have Daniella Irle and Kara Helmig on staff to work with compliance issues. They have an excellent network to draw from and are working very hard to educate both internal and external constituents to do the right thing.
Missed Class Policy:
Brian Faison presented the missed class policy. Daniella Irle said information to develop the policy was drawn from several different sources. Jon Jackson moved the missed class policy be adopted as submitted. Judy DeMers seconded. Motion carried. Charlie Bridgeford asked if any progress had been made to assist student-athletes when they miss classes due to team travel and competitions. Judy DeMers and Jon Jackson said this issue has been discussed by the Senate Executive Committee and by the Academic Policy Committee but no campus-wide policy has been developed. Sue Jeno said this affects not only student-athletes but all students involved in extra curricular activities. Daniella Irle said that when students receive their syllabus at the start of each semester they need to visit with the professors if conflicts exist. Sue Jeno said she can become involved if necessary.
Student Athlete Code of Conduct:
Brian Faison said that research to develop the Student Athlete Code of Conduct was done by athletic administrative staff and coaches. The policies set up in the code do not replace any rules or laws of UND, the state or local authorities. Daniella Irle said the SA Code of Conduct mirrors the Dean of Students Office policies. Greg Gagnon expressed concern that a student-athlete could be punished under the code for violating team rules since the IAC has not seen or approved team rules. Judy DeMers stated that she was concerned the student-athletes were being denied “due process”.
At the recommendation of the IAC, the following two items were removed:
Brian Faison said he would take the amended draft to Legal Counsel for their review. It will then be brought before the IAC for final approval. Greg Gagnon moved the Student Athlete Code of Conduct draft, as amended, be used as a guideline until it is approved by UND Legal Counsel and the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee. Sue Jeno seconded. Motion carried. Judy DeMers abstained.
Next Meeting: Due to scheduling conflicts, the next meeting will be held on Thursday, November 20, at 4:30 p.m.
The meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.