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Athletics: Student-athletes Advisory Committee

Approver(s):

Executive Council

Authorizes release:

Chief of Staff for the President

Responsible office:

Athletics Office

Review cycle:

Annually or as required

Adopted:

January 2015

Last update:

October 2016

Next review:

June 2017

Related policies and additional references:

Athletics Department Manual

Functions of the Student-athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC):

  • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
  • Disseminate information.
  • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
  • Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department formulation of policies.
  • Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams.
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
  • Organize community service efforts.
  • Create a vehicle for student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees (e.g., student government).
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.

Members of SAAC have the opportunity to address issues affecting student-athletes at St. Mary’s; furthermore, members have the opportunity to offer input on issues which may be national in scope.

The campus committee is meant to serve as a local student-athlete voice in addressing issues of student-athlete welfare at their respective institutions. Campus committees can facilitate better communication among student-athletes from various athletics teams to address issues common to all.

SAAC may also serve as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators on issues to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and education through sports participation. Concerns can be voiced and solutions offered regarding any issue that may be relevant to NCAA student-athletes.

Through the grass-roots efforts of SAAC, student-athletes have the opportunity to change the face of intercollegiate athletics.

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