Montana State University

University Athletic Committee

Membership

Name Position Status Represents Term # Ends
Mokwa, Robert Chair Voting Faculty 1 5/14
Creel, Scott Member Voting Faculty 1 5/14
Fuchs, Maddy Member Voting Student Athlete Advisor Committee 1 5/13
Hansen, Mary Anne Member Voting Faculty 2 5/16
Moreaux, Shannon Member Voting Faculty 1 5/15
Mangold, Jane Member Voting Faculty 1 5/16
Mokwa, Robert Member Voting Faculty 1 5/14
Stewart, Craig Member Voting Faculty 1 5/16
Vanata, Giana Member Voting ASMSU President's Representative 1 5/13
Haynes, George Ex-officio Voting Faculty Athletic Representative    
Fields, Peter Ex-officio Non-voting Director of Athletics    
Bechtold, Camie Ex-officio Non-voting Senior Woman Administrator    
Remely, Chris Ex-officio Non-voting MSU Bobcat Club    
Pence, Belinda Secretary Non-voting Athletics    

Charge

Advise the President and Vice President of Student Success on intercollegiate athletic programs offered at MSU-Bozeman.

Purpose

The University Athletics Committee (UAC) is comprised of faculty, staff, and students, and acts in an advisory role to the President of the University and the Vice President for Student Success in matters pertaining to intercollegiate athletics. The UAC regularly reviews the following areas: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; fiscal integrity; commitment to equity; and student-athlete welfare. Regular subcommittees on Academics, Student Wellbeing, Gender Equity, Finance, and Compliance will present a report on their area of oversight to the UAC as a whole on an annual basis.

A special subcommittee of the UAC, named the Faculty Athletics Committee (FAC), comprised of the six faculty members appointed by the MSU President and the Faculty Athletics Representative, can meet at the request of the UAC Chair to consider athletic-related issues of student, faculty and athletic department staff that are not appropriate for the full UAC. The minutes of the FAC meeting will be taken by the UAC Chair and sent to the MSU President.

The UAC shall review and oversee policy making decisions within the Department of Athletics. The Director of Athletics will notify the UAC Chair of any proposed changes in the Department of Athletics' Policy Handbook or Student Athletes' Policy Handbook. The UAC Chair will send the proposed policy changes to all members of the UAC for their comments and approval. The UAC members will have five business days to respond to the proposed policy changes. The comments will be sent to the Director of Athletics. If a majority of the UAC do not approve the policy change, the policy change will be discussed at the next regular meeting of the UAC and a revised policy change will be submitted to the UAC for comments and approval. If the implementation of the policy change is urgent, the UAC Chair could call a special meeting to consider the policy change.

The UAC is required to make an annual report with recommendations to the University Governance Council, President and Vice President for Student Success on the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics' progress in each area, on or before the end of the fiscal year. A copy of this report will be submitted to the Faculty Senate, the ASMSU Senate, the MSU Bobcat Club, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Interim reports may be made to the President and the Vice President for Student Success as deemed appropriate by the Committee.

Membership

The membership of the UAC will consist of appointed voting and non-voting members as well as ex-officio voting and non-voting members.

  • There will be eight (8) appointed voting members. Six (6) faculty members will be nominated by Faculty Senate and appointed by the MSU President. One (1) student member will be appointed by the ASMSU President, and one (1) representative appointed from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
  • There will be one (1) voting ex-officio member -the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).
  • There will be three (3) non-voting ex-officio members - the Director of Athletics, the Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), and a representative from the MSU Bobcat Club.

Qualifications for Membership

  1. Faculty Members
    1. Must be from the resident faculty employed and salaried by the State of Montana on the MSU-Bozeman campus.
    2. Term of appointment will be three (3) years.
    3. May serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive full terms. After serving two (2) consecutive full terms, a minimum of two (2) years must elapse before a faculty member is eligible for reappointment.
    4. Appointments to fill vacancies in unexpired terms will be made by the President upon recommendation of the Faculty Senate.
    5. Appointments will be staggered so that no more than two (2) faculty members will be appointed or reappointed each year.
    6. If a faculty member is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings, the member may be asked to resign from the Committee.

  2. Student Members
    1. Must be registered at MSU-Bozeman as an undergraduate carrying a minimum of twelve (12) credits.
    2. Appointments to fill vacancies in unexpired terms will be made by the ASMSU President as soon as possible after notification that such vacancy exists.
    3. The term of a student appointment will be one (1) year. A student representative may be appointed to a maximum of three (3) consecutive full terms.
    4. If a student member is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings, the member may be asked to resign from the Committee.

  3. Student-Athlete Members
    1. Must be registered at MSU-Bozeman as an undergraduate carrying a minimum of twelve (12) credits.
    2. Appointments to fill vacancies in unexpired terms will be made by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as soon as possible after notification that such vacancy exists.
    3. The term of a student-athlete appointment will be one (1) year. A student-athlete representative may be appointed to a maximum of three (3) consecutive full terms.
    4. If a student-athlete member is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings, the member may be asked to resign from the Committee.

Officers

At the first meeting held each fall semester, the Committee will elect a Chairperson from among the faculty and FAR. The Chairperson may be re-elected annually for up to three years. A Secretary will be designated by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Meetings

The Committee will conduct its business meetings in accordance with the following criteria:

  • Regular meetings will be held at least twice a semester during the academic year (four times per year).  Subcommittee meetings will be held on an as needed basis.
  • Special meetings may be held at the discretion of the Chair or called by a majority of the voting members.
  • The Chair or designee will conduct the meetings of the committee.
  • A quorum for conducting business at Committee meetings will be four (4) voting members.
  • In all matters requiring a vote, a simple majority of the voting members present will govern.
  • Meetings will be conducted under Roberts Rules of Order.
  • The duties of the Secretary include:
    1. Taking minutes of meetings;
    2. Distributing minutes and meeting agendas to the membership prior to the next meeting and calling for agenda items;
    3. Maintaining the records of the Committee;
    4. Maintaining records of membership and notifying the Committee as to whose membership expires each spring; and
    5. Notifying members of meetings.

Membership; Updated November 27, 2012