December 14, 2012
Athletic Compliance Committee
Present: Ethan Bergman, Gail Farmer, Kathy Gaer-Carlton, Scott Drummond, Kari Gage, Gary Hyatt, Rob Lowery, Pam McMullin-Messier, Tina Morefield, Lisa Plesha, Bruce Porter, Staci Sleigh-Layman, Jeffrey Stinson
Gail Farmer was introduced to the group. As the new administrator for Equal Opportunity, Gail will be taking over Staci Sleigh-Layman’s position on the committee. Staci will continue to attend meetings for a few months.
No action items.
III. Items for Discussion
a. Title IX Report
Gary Hyatt walked the committee through CWU’s 2011-2012 Title IX Athletic Report. Regulation requires institutions to accommodate effectively the interests and abilities of students to the extent necessary to provide equal opportunity in the selection of sports and levels of competition. All in all, CWU’s report is really good. If you would like to see CWU’s complete report, contact Gary Hyatt in Athletics.
b. Conflict Avoidance Registration
Gary shared a summary of what some of the other GNAC schools do with regard to “conflict avoidance registration.” There are only three universities that have a written policy on conflict avoidance registration for student athletes. Ethan Bergman asked the group if this is something that we should pursue? Staci suggested we call our policy something other than “priority registration.” She added that coming forward with a holistic policy that includes STAR, CAMP, TRIO, Veteran’s, disabled students, and athletes will be key. It was suggested that a policy be developed with rationales explaining why each group should be entitled to register early. Staci volunteered to convene an ad hoc committee to develop a draft policy. Tina Morefield made a motion that Staci convenes an ad hoc committee consisting of folks from STAR, CAMP, TRIO, Disability Services, Athletics, and the Veteran’s Center to develop a draft conflict avoidance registration policy that will be brought back to this committee for review and vetting with other university constituents. Rob Lowery seconded the motion. No further discussion. Motion carried.
Suggested CWU groups to include in the vetting process are: ASCWU, Faculty Senate, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Provost’s Council, Cabinet, & UPAC.
c. Update on Wildcat Success on and off the field
Football won the GNAC conference
Women’s Volleyball took 2nd in the GNAC conference and was selected to compete in the NCAA Division II Championships.
Soccer finished 5th in the league
a. CWU Grade Report and Awards
CWU’s 421 student athletes averaged a GPA of 3.076 for the 2011-2012 academic year. In the GNAC Academic All-Sports standings, CWU’s men’s and women’s sports finished in the top five overall. In men’s sports, CWU football had the highest GPA in the conference and baseball had the 2nd highest. In women’s sports, basketball had the 2nd highest GPA in the conference and track and field was 3rd in GPA rankings.
In addition, a total of 140 GNAC student-athletes were the first recipients of the GNAC’s Faculty Athletic Representative’s Scholar-Athlete award. To qualify for the award, a student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.85. Twelve CWU student-athletes received this award.
The next meeting will be scheduled at the end of January.