November 17, 2009


ATTENDING:   Cory Absey, Charlie Bridgeford, Jeff Dodson, Brian Faison, Greg Gagnon, Sherryl Houdek, Gail Ingwailson, Sue Jeno, Susan Nelson, Bradley Rundquist, Lowell Schweigert, Paul Todhunter


Guests:  Scott Herring


Recorder:  Bev Hopman


Susan Nelson called the meeting to order at 4:32 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Student Union. 


Minutes:  Judy DeMers was unable to attend the meeting but had sent an e-mail commenting on the minutes from the previous meeting.  Brian Faison recommended the e-mail be added to the minutes from the October meeting.  Sue Jeno moved the minutes from the October 20, 2009, meeting be approved, with the e-mail from Judy DeMers attached as an amendment.  Greg Gagnon seconded.  Motion carried.


Old Business:


Fan Behavior:  Brian Faison distributed two handouts related to fan behavior; a press release and the Fan Code of Conduct.  Copies are attached to the minutes.  Steps that have been taken include meeting with the students, implementing texting of inappropriate behavior to security, developing intro videos related to fan behavior, increasing security in certain areas, training ushers and monitoring alcohol consumption.  Brian Faison made it clear that Athletics is prepared to enforce the new policy. 


Role and Responsibilities of the IAC:  Brian Faison requested that the discussion on the role and responsibilities of the IAC be addressed at a later date. During the compliance audit, Ice Miller, the law firm contracted by the NCAA, questioned where the IAC fit within the management of Athletics.  NCAA guidelines state that the president of an institution must be at the top of the management structure.   The IAC is a University Senate committee and does not currently report to the President.  The discussion on the role of the IAC will be tabled until Athletics receives clarification from President Kelley’s office and the NCAA.


FAR Report, Sue Jeno:  Sue Jeno attended the national FAR convention in St. Louis November 11-14.  The various roles that FAR’s can play on their individual campuses was discussed.  UND has not yet determined which option to pursue.


The NCAA provides academic post-graduate scholarships for fall, winter and spring sports participants.  There are also minority and diversity scholarships available.  Sue Jeno said that two student-athletes from the fall sports were applying, one male and one female.


Departmental Updates: 


Internal Operations/Compliance, Brian Faison:  Brian Faison distributed a series of handouts provided by Daniella Irle.  They contained information on the services provided by the Athletics Academic Services Center, progress reports, CHOICES program evaluation, compliance office activities and various compliance forms. 


Sue Jeno pointed out that student-athletes participating in the book voucher program should return their books.  Per clarification from Daniella Irle, this is a matter of internal athletics department policy to allow the department to recoup some of the money spent on the books (refunds). However, if the student athlete wishes to keep the book for future academic use there is a protocol in place for them to make that request through the Associate AD for Internal Ops office.


Athletic Director Updates, Brian Faison: 

  • The volleyball team won the Great West Conference outright and will receive top seed in the conference tournament. 
  • ESPN the Magazine has named 6 football players and 1 soccer player to their Academic All American teams.
  • A budget sheet was distributed with revenues and expenses to date.  Ticket sales are slightly behind projections.  But the major area of concern is in the major gifts category.  Brian Faison said the department is taking steps to account for the shortfall.


New Business:


Attendance Policy:  Sue Jeno presented a request from the SAAC organization.  Student-athletes often miss classes due to team travel.  They would like the University to consider excused absences for students missing classes due to official University business.  This would benefit all student organizations, not just student-athletes.  The current University policy states that professors set their own policies regarding class attendance.  Jon Jackson will take this to the University Senate Executive Committee for consideration.


Announcement:  Greg Gagnon announced that the Indian Studies Association is sponsoring a film festival.  A letter with additional information was sent out to the coaches.  The life of Jim Thorpe is one of the features  "Jim Thorpe, The World's Greatest Athlete" is a look at the complex life of Jim Thorpe, the Native American sports icon.


Gail Ingwailson moved the meeting be adjourned.  Lowell Schweigert seconded.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned at 6:08 p.m.



General News, Nov. 12, 2009



UND athletics and Ralph Engelstad Arena address fan behavior initiatives


GRAND FORKS, N.D. – In an effort to continue to make Fighting Sioux men’s hockey games the best fan experience in college hockey, the University of North Dakota and Ralph Engelstad Arena have combined to institute some new fan initiatives.


“After much public discussion through e-mails surveys of our season ticket holders and communication with our students, we feel we have put together some measures that will enhance the atmosphere at our home men’s hockey games,” said UND athletics director Brian Faison.


“The overriding sentiment from our fans is that they love the energy in the building, but we need to make sure the passion of all of our fans is directed in a positive fashion.”


To that end, several steps will be taken this weekend for the home men’s hockey series against St. Cloud State and additional measures will be implemented throughout the remainder of the 2009-10 home men’s hockey season and beyond.


Some of the initiatives that will implemented include a series of positive sportsmanship videos on the scoreboard, communication and enforcement of the new University of North Dakota and Ralph Engelstad Arena Fan Code Of Conduct, proactive alcohol enforcement measures and increased promotion of the Guest Help Line.


The Ralph Engelstad Arena’s Guest Help Line allows fans to text or call the Ralph Engelstad Arena Guest Services department during a game to report the location of inappropriate behavior.


“We feel it’s in the best interest of all parties to continue to create a positive, safe and enjoyable atmosphere in the building,” said Ralph Engelstad Arena General Manager Jody Hodgson.  “We’re committed to improving the fan experience – in every way we can, from the time our fans arrive in the parking lot to the time when they depart at the end of the night.”


To that end, the University of North Dakota and the Ralph Engelstad Arena have developed a new Fan Code of Conduct that sets clear expectations and encourages an event environment that is enjoyable for all.


The University of North Dakota and the Ralph Engelstad Arena will continue to work with all of their customers to communicate expectations, receive feedback, and then refine and create additional initiatives.


Refer to page two of this press release for the Ralph Engelstad Arena and University of North Dakota Fan Code of Conduct.






– Go Sioux –












Ralph Engelstad Arena and University of North Dakota


Fan Code of Conduct


Ralph Engelstad Arena and the University of North Dakota are committed to providing a safe, comfortable and enjoyable event experience for all fans and event participants. The Fan Code of Conduct is designed to set clear expectations and encourage an event environment that is enjoyable for all. Ralph Engelstad Arena and the University of North Dakota strive to encourage good sportsmanship, and that includes appropriate fan behavior.


We ask all fans to adhere to the following Fan Code of Conduct in order to meet these goals:


·         Abusive language or disorderly conduct is unacceptable and unwelcome. Profanity, racial or sexist comments or intimidating actions directed at the student-athletes, coaches or officials will not be tolerated.

·         Fans shall not interfere unduly with anyone else’s right and opportunity to enjoy the event.

·         Fans shall refrain from throwing objects and/or possessing prohibited items.

·         Fans who consume alcoholic beverages shall do so in a responsible manner. Intervention with an intoxicated or underage guest will be handled in a prompt and safe manner. Fans appearing intoxicated will be denied entry and/or subject to ejection.

·         Offensive or obscene messages on signs or clothing will not be permitted.

·         Fans will be courteous to visiting teams and guests. We will cheer for the Sioux, not against our opponents.

·         Fans shall comply with the directions and instructions of Ralph Engelstad Arena staff regarding Arena operations and emergency response procedures.

·         Season ticket holders are responsible for their conduct as well as the conduct of their guests and/or persons occupying their seats.


Fans shall be treated in a professional and courteous manner by all Ralph Engelstad Arena staff and University of North Dakota personnel.


During games, contact the nearest Ralph Engelstad Arena staff member or text or call our Guest Help Line at (701) 740-5495 if another fan is interfering with your enjoyment of the game. Following the game, please contact us at if you would like to report inappropriate fan behavior. 


Fans not adhering to the Fan Code of Conduct provisions may be subject to ejection without refund and may also be subject arrest and prosecution.


Ralph Engelstad Arena and University of North Dakota thank you for your

commitment to creating a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans.