CRITERION V: Integrity

 

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Athletics

The Board of Regents has strongly committed itself to integrity in the administration of intercollegiate athletic programs. (See Board of Regents policies and procedures relating to intercollegiate athletics, 10.21, Policy on Athletics, pages 60-63, at http://www2.state.ia.us/regents/policy.html). In 1991, the Board of Regents adopted a policy asserting presidential control of athletics at the three Regents universities, as well as academic integrity, financial integrity, and accountability through certification. In 1992, the Board specified consequences for serious infractions of NCAA, conference, or University rules and regulations and established a reporting procedure.

In 1999, the Board of Regents added to its policies a statement of principles vesting all responsibility and authority for administration of university athletic departments in the presidents and committing itself "to a philosophy of firm institutional control of athletics, to the unquestioned academic and financial integrity of the athletics programs, and to the accountability of the athletics departments to the values and goals befitting higher education" (p. 62). Among the principles asserted are an affirmation that the "welfare, health and safety of student athletes are primary concerns of athletics administration on the campuses," and that "every student athlete † male and female, majority and minority, in all sports † will receive equitable and fair treatment." The admission and continuing athletic eligibility of student athletes is to be based on their showing reasonable promise of academic success. Graduation rates of student athletes are to be as high as those of comparable non-athletes. Athletics departments budgets are to be monitored and audited. Thus the Board of Regents commits itself and the University of Northern Iowa to the highest standards of integrity in intercollegiate athletics.

The Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council (IAAC) oversees all aspects of UNI's athletic program as it relates to the academic quality and integrity of the institution.

According to its mission statement (http://aflink.af.uni.edu/IAAC/mission.shtml
), the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council

supports the development and maintenance of a competitive intercollegiate athletic program which reflects favorably upon the university; monitors policies and activities related to the welfare of student athletes; and formulates and recommends to the Provost and/or Vice President for Administration and Finance, and/or the University Senate, new policies regarding athletics and student athletes.

The Council meets regularly and reports annually to the Provost, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Professional & Scientific Council, and the University Faculty Senate. The Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council is charged to do the following:

1.Review, with the NCAA Faculty Representative, the status of institutional compliance with the NCAA rules and guidelines, the issues and opportunities pertaining to athletic conferences in which UNI participates, and problems involving student athletes at UNI

2.Review, with the Athletic Director, the status of and activities undertaken by Intercollegiate Athletics at this institution

3.Participate on search committees for head coaches and other athletic administrative positions

4.Conduct team meetings with participants in each sport to inform student athletes about the IAAC, the rights and responsibilities of student athletes at UNI, and IAAC concerns for student welfare, academic integrity, and institutional control

5.Conduct exit interviews with student athletes

6.Monitor schedules of all athletic teams

7.Review grade reports, graduation rates, admission and retention data, and related information for the institution and then compare these data with those of the non-athlete student body at UNI and with those of other NCAA Division I institutions.

The University of Northern Iowa offers a 20-sport intercollegiate athletic program. All programs are offered at the Division I level, with football recognized as a I-AA program. More than 475 student-athletes compete in these 20 programs. The Missouri Valley Conference serves as the league affiliation for all sports except football and wrestling. Football competes as a member of the Gateway Football Conference, and wrestling competes as an independent member of the NCAA.

Women's soccer is the newest varsity sport at UNI, beginning competition in Fall 2000. It is the mission of the University's athletic program to offer the same athletic programs at the Division I level that are offered as championship sports by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. The addition of women's soccer completes that mission.

Currently, the athletic program and its personnel; policies and procedures are undergoing an extensive evaluation process. This process is a part of the North Central Association process as well as the NCAA certification process, which will take place during the 2000-2001 year. Within that evaluation process is an effort by the new Director of Athletics to reorganize the department. An evaluation of job duties and responsibilities as well as departmental mission, goals, and objectives is being undertaken. Intercollegiate athletics at the University of Northern Iowa is committed to live up to Title IX.

Student athletes at UNI receive fair and equitable treatment. They are mainstreamed yet supported with respect to academic advising and learning assistance. Graduation rates of student athletes, on average, exceed those of the student body. (see Table V.1).

Table V.1: Graduation Rates Comparison


Funding for women's teams†in dollars, practice facilities, mode of travel, and accommodations†is approaching the level of funding for men's sports. And institutional control provided by President Koob and the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council ensures the welfare of our student athletes.

Introduction

Criteria I
Criteria II
Criteria III
Criteria IV
Criteria V
Summary &
Recommendations
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