US16/17-04: Revise Charge and Name of IAC Committee

Complete Motion

Update 11/30/2016:

Yesterday the Senate voted down an amendment which would have kept the IAC as the Senate watchdog over athletics, and voted overwhelmingly to dissolve the IAC immediately, and replace it with a Presidential Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee.

The gist:

Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Committee


The Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee (IAAC) advises the President of the University of Oregon on policies and practices of the Athletic Department and academic units as they affect academics on campus. Specifically, the committee is charged with advising the President on all issues policies and practices related to the academic performance and welfare of student-athletes and the student life of athletes. The Committee may at the President’s direction, engage broader issues regarding the relation of the athletics program to the overall mission of the university and NCAA or PAC12 policies. Additionally, the IAAC is charged with bringing issues related to the academics of student-athletes to the Senate with recommendations for action as needed.


Voting Members There are eleven voting members – eight seven teaching faculty, broadly drawn from various academic units, of the university, and three students and one classified staff member. Faculty: Three of the faculty members shall be appointed by the President, four three shall be elected and one shall be the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR). Faculty members shall serve staggered renewable two-year terms. Students: One of the student members shall be appointed by the President, one shall be appointed by the Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) and one shall be a varsity student-athlete selected by the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC). Student members shall serve for one year. Classified Staff: The classified staff member shall be elected and shall server for a two-year term.

Non-Voting Members There are five Ex-Officio, non-voting members. Vice President for Enrollment Management Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Director of Services for Student Athletes Intercollegiate Athletic Director Senior Associate Athletic Director / Senior Women’s Administrator

The chair shall be appointed by the President from one of the faculty committee members. The chair for the following year shall be appointed no later than the final regularly scheduled meeting in the preceding spring term. The chair shall meet with the President over the summer to discuss the agenda for the academic year. Subsequent meetings during the academic year may be necessary to revise and add to the agenda. The Committee is ultimately responsible for accepting the agenda and it may add issues to the agenda by a majority vote of the Committee. This chair is responsible for submitting an annual written report to the Senate President and Senate Executive Coordinator, no later than June 1.

At a minimum, this report should contain a summary of the academic performance of and welfare of studentathletes and the student life of athletes over the past academic year. The chair is also responsible for apprising the University Senate in a timely manner of any Committee actions requiring University Senate action. The Committee shall meet at least two times each academic term, with the President in attendance for at least one meeting per term. Additional meetings to discuss specific items may be scheduled at the request of the President, the University Senate, the Chair, or a majority of the Committee.

Date of Notice: 09/21/2016

Current Status: Approved 11/30/2016

Sponsor: Andy Karduna, Human Physiology


Section I

1.1 WHEREAS, in recent years, the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee (IAC) has generally been ineffective in either an advisory or oversight capacity with respect to intercollegiate athletics; and

1.2 WHEREAS in the spring of 2014, upon the recommendation of the chair of the IAC, President Gottfredson formed and appointed members to a President’s Advisory Group on Intercollegiate Athletics (PAGIA) and directed athletics to interacted with this committee, rather than with the IAC; and

1.3 WHEREAS the PAGIA has not met since President Schill arrived at the University of Oregon; and

1.4 WHEREAS President Schill wants an effective advisory committee and the Senate has an interest in working with the president on forming this committee; and

1.5 WHEREAS the chair of the 2015-2016 IAC, in collaboration with the rest of the IAC and President Shill, drafted a charge for a new advisory committee – the Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee (IAAC); and

1.6 WHEREAS the 2015-2016 IAC voted to approve the drafted charge for an IAAC and this charge was then reviewed by the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 Committee on Committees.

Section II

2.1  BE IT THEREFORE MOVED that the Senate approves a replacement of the Intercollegiate Athletic Committee (IAC) by the Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee IAAC, effective immediately; and

2.2   BE IT FURTHER MOVED that current members of the IAC elect 4 current faculty members of the IAC to serve as the elected faculty members on the IAAC for the 2016-2017 academic year and that these member serve until their membership on the IAC would have expired; and

2.3   BE IT FURTHER MOVED that the University Senate encourages the President to select 3 appointed faculty members and 1 student member from existing IAC membership to serve as the appointed faculty and student members on the IAAC for the 2016-2017 academic year, and that these member serve until their membership on the IAC would have expired.


Related Documents:

IAC revision proposal Oct 2016

Nov. 3 draft revision proposal

Current IAC:

8 thoughts on “US16/17-04: Revise Charge and Name of IAC Committee”

  1. There were two classified staff members on the IAC last year. Both were fully engaged in this process and both shared concerns about not having a classified staff member on the new committee. I also reached out to Kurt for input.

    I pulled up this email I sent to Kurt back in April: “On the point of classified staff, that came directly from the President. We pushed back, but he felt that the committee should be faculty and students, since the new committee would be focusing on academic issues. That doesn’t mean the senate can’t include classified staff, but the more it deviates from the current version, the higher the risk that the president will not support it or engage with the committee.”

  2. Andy, Chris:

    While I mull my response to the classified representation this weekend, I have this to share :

    1 – It is not clear to me in going through the minutes re. discussions leading the the new restructure that there was input by classified senators in the IAC regarding the exclusion of their elected roles to serve on committee. Were there no classified staff at these meetings, and if not, were there attempts to seek classified staff reps input?
    2 – I have a document from a classified staff who submitted comments, alarmed at what she was learning that her elected representatives on committee would be summarily excluded. How would I upload this doc?

    3 – I have the following to share from past chair Kurt Krueger (who served six years on committee) to share:

    Below from Chair Krueger:

    “I have given some thought to the possible discontinuation of classified staff members on the IAC.

    What about other standing senate committees? Are they also in danger of losing their classified members?

    Certainly, classified staff people have a place in the University’s shared governance. The UO does not function without classified staff. Therefore we should have a voice.

    Specifically, the IAC has benefited from the participation and perspective of people who represent hundreds of workers, whose job it is to support the University’s mission.

    In fact, the IAC was successfully managed by a chairperson who is a classified staff member.

    All these things point to retaining classified staff on the IAC, and other standing Senate committees.”


  3. Andy,
    By your definition would the new IAAC advise the president on issues related to the Division of Student Life? If so, I believe that is beyond an appropriate scope of this new committee. I worry about what is left up to interpretation by the etcetera and ellipsis in your definition of “student life.” I understood the purpose of a new IAAC over the previous IAC was to limit the committee’s scope in order to be more effective.

    If the intention of including the phrase, “and the student life of athletes,” is to supplant, or even amend, the advice the president would receive from staff in the Division of Student Life, I would strongly oppose. I suspect there’s plenty of oversight for the committee in monitoring the academic performance of student athletes.

    I reiterate my recommendation to remove the phrase, “and the student life of athletes,” from the purpose statement of the IAAC, leaving its purpose to appropriately be “the academic performance of student athletes.”

  4. I would take student life to encompass issues that the office of student life would generally deal with ( – eg, campus life, health care, careers, etc…

  5. I am generally supportive of this motion. I agree that having a senate committee not meeting its charge should compel us to act, and this seems like a reasonable solution.

    As I mentioned yesterday during the senate meeting, I am concerned about a clause in the purpose statement of the new IAAC, found here:

    I propose eliminating the phrase “and the student life of athletes” from the second sentence of the purpose. Without a clear definition of what “the student life of athletes” means, including this phrase would seem to contradict the reason for the motion—narrowing the scope of oversight. If the phrase is not eliminated, a definition of “student life” should be added.

  6. If you click on the current IAC link above and go to the tab ‘Reports and Documents’ you will see these reports and a few more.

    I realize the passage of this motion may be difficult, but from my point of view I would rather have a functional committee with some representation rather than two committees: one of which is elected but without the ability to fulfill its charge without the support of Athletics, and the other which is functional, but is completely appointed by the University President.

  7. I’d be happy to answer questions about this motion (either via email, on this blog, or at another Senate meeting). As a start, here is a summary of some issues:

    1) I had long discussions with President Schill and last year’s IAC about the proposed charge. The charge was approved by vote by last year’s IAC and President Schill supports it.

    2) I surveyed IAC chairs from the past decade – the general consensus was that many parts of charge was not being followed.

    3) As Bill mentioned, the current IAC charge was created in response to a Task Force on Athletics from 2004. The changes from an older charge can be found here:

    4) Here are some past IAC chair reports (including mine):





    Andy Karduna

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