INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC

COMMITTEE MEETING

November 15, 2005

 

ATTENDING:  Rob Bollinger, Ron Brinkert, Judy DeMers, Lillian Elsinga, Donna Pearson, Betty Ralston, Lowell Schweigert, Bruce Smith, Mollie Sullivan

 

Recorder:  Bev Hopman

 

Ray Diez was unable to attend.  Judy DeMers served as acting chair.

 

Judy DeMers called the meeting to order at 3:35 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.

 

Minutes:  Lillian Elsinga moved the minutes from the October 25, 2005, be approved as submitted.  Bruce Smith seconded.  Motion carried.

 

Department Updates:

 

NCAA Logo:  Betty Ralston said the second appeal has been sent to the NCAA.  A copy of the appeal can be viewed at the UND website. 

 

Facilities:  Betty Ralston reported that Athletics is working with Facilities to develop a master plan for Athletics.  Tom Buning has requested that Facilities share the cost of the study. 

 

Compliance:  Betty Ralston expressed concern that professors are not allowing student-athletes to make up exams that are missed when teams are traveling.  She cited one case where the soccer team qualified for the NCAA regional playoffs.  The player spoke with the instructor at least one week prior to the exam.  The professor said the player would receive a zero on the exam but that since he allowed all students to drop their lowest score, it should not be a problem.  The student-athlete had received an 88 on a previous exam and was planning to drop the 88.  This issued was pursued through her coach, the Athletic Department and the Dean’s Office, with no results.  Ms. Ralston pointed out several areas in the UND catalog that encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities.  She felt the attitude of this professor does not represent the University.  Bruce Smith and Lillian Elsinga both said this was an issue that has been addressed by the Dean’s Council and they will bring it up again.  It was also recommended that a letter be sent to the professor from the IAC. 

 

Betty Ralston said UND will have some secondary NCAA violations regarding financial aid to student-athletes.  Several over-awards were made as a result of mistakes in Athletics and Financial Aid.  The student-athletes were declared ineligible and later reinstated by the NCAA after repayment.

 

Budget:    Betty Ralston said no budget reports were available for this meeting and recommended quarterly budget reports may give a more accurate picture of Athletic finances.  Lillian Elsinga moved that budget reports be presented to the IAC three times a year; in August/September, January and April/May.  Lowell Schweigert seconded.  Motion carried.

 

 

Old Business:

Athletic Credit for Sport Participation:  Ron Brinkert said the PEXS Department will be discussing this issue at their Dec. 2 meeting.

Exit Interviews:  Betty Ralston said student-athletes who have completed their eligibility are given written exit interview forms.  Several student-athletes from each sport are randomly selected for a face to face interview with two faculty members, one Athletic Department representative and one student-athlete.  Betty Ralston asked if the IAC would participate as the faculty representatives.  Ron Brinkert asked when the interviews were conducted.  Betty Ralston replied between Thanksgiving and Christmas for the fall sports, then again in March and April.  Ron Brinkert and Judy DeMers both volunteered.  Bev Hopman will follow up with the rest of the committee members and set up schedules for the interviews.

Reviewing Coach’s Logs:  Betty Ralston said another area that the IAC could help with was reviewing coach’s logs.  These are records that are kept by the coaches documenting their contacts with prospective student-athletes.  There also are practice logs that should be reviewed.  The committee members felt this was an administrative job and should be handled within Athletics.  The request was tabled and will be reviewed at a later date.

Ron Brinkert moved the meeting be adjourned.  Lillian Elsinga seconded.  Motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 4:07 p.m.  The next meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Student Union.