Internal GovernanceThe Board of RegentsThe PresidentAthletics Advisory BoardDirector of AthleticsSenior Woman Administrator (SWA)Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR)
External GovernanceThe National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)Conference Affiliation
The administrative structure of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of the Pacific is outlined in this chapter, including the internal governance roles of the Board of Regents, the President, the Athletics Advisory Board, the Vice President for External Relations, the Director of Athletics, the Senior Woman Administrator, and the Faculty Athletics Representative. In addition, the Department is subject to requirements imposed by external governing organizations. Internal and external governance roles are further discussed below.
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The University of the Pacific Board of Regents has oversight responsibility for all University operations. The Board of Regents delegates this responsibility to the President, who, in turn, delegates responsibility for the Athletics program to the Vice President for External Relations. Reporting to the Vice President for External Relations, the Athletics Director is responsible for management of the overall Athletics Department and its programs. The bylaws of the University also established a Board of Trustees Student Life Committee which is charged with a periodic review of the intercollegiate athletics program.
The President is the University official responsible for certifying that the University is in compliance with the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), as well as all conference memberships and affiliations.
This body advises the President concerning the conduct of the athletics program under the policies of the University and acts as a hearing committee for the Director of Athletics regarding student-athlete policies and other issues related to athletics. The Board evaluates and monitors NCAA rules education and compliance programs of the athletics program.
The Athletics Advisory Board comprises:
Ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board shall include the following:
The Director of Athletics is responsible for all major decisions related to the intercollegiate athletics program. The Director of Athletics reports directly to the Vice President for External Relations and is responsible for the planning, management, administration, and direction of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and its programs within the mission of the University.
Under authority delegated by the Board of Regents, the President, and the Vice President for External Relations, the Director of Athletics has administrative responsibility for the direct supervision, approval, conduct and control of the athletics program. The Director is an ex-officio member of the Athletics Advisory Board. The Director is responsible for the maintenance and implementation of all policies directly pertaining to intercollegiate athletics. In addition:
The University of the Pacific Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has an Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Services & Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator (SWA), whose function is the supervision and management of compliance, eligibility, student-athlete services, and academic support. This administrator reports directly to the Director of Athletics. Also, she is responsible for ensuring that the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is adhering to Title IX, as well as the supervision of specific sports programs to be designated by the Director of Athletics.
As defined in Article 4.02.4 of The NCAA Manual, the Senior Woman Administrator is the highest ranking female administrator involved in the management of an institution's intercollegiate athletics program. The duties of the SWA include, but are not limited to:
Each institutional member of the NCAA is required to appoint a faculty athletics representative (FAR) (NCAA Bylaw 6.1.3). The NCAA requires that the FAR be a member of the faculty or administrative staff (who holds faculty rank) who is designated by the institution's CEO to represent the university and its faculty in the institution's relationships with the NCAA, and its athletic conference(s) (NCAA Bylaws 6.1.3 and 4.02.2). The duties of the FAR are to be determined by the member institution.
ResponsibilitiesThe duties of the FAR shall include:
Appointment of FAR and Budget
The University of the Pacific is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As such, the University of the Pacific and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, inclusive of administrative and support staff, coaches, student-athletes and boosters, are subject to the rules and regulations of the NCAA which govern departmental personnel behavior, student-athlete behavior, eligibility, financial aid, recruitment, non-therapeutic drug use, non-permissible awards, benefits/expenses, gambling and bribery, and other areas of misconduct. All such rules and regulations are found in the NCAA Division I Manual.
NCAA Division I Philosophy Statement In addition to the purposes and fundamental policies of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, as set forth in Constitution 1, members of Division I support the principles set forth in the Division I Philosophy Statement in Bylaw 20.9 of The NCAA Division I Manual.
The University and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics fully endorse the policies of the West Coast Conference, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the America East Conference, and the Golden Coast Conference as they relate to personnel conduct, student-athlete conduct, conference championship play and inter-conference transfer of student-athletes. University of the Pacific Athletics personnel and student-athletes are subject to the rules and policies of the West Coast Conference, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the America East Conference, and the Golden Coast Conference respective to their sport.
The primary purpose of the West Coast Conference is to form and maintain, among academic institutions of comparable educational and intercollegiate athletic programs, an athletic conference, the members of which shall incorporate intercollegiate athletics within their respective educational programs and shall place and maintain such athletics under the same administrative and academic control as exists in their other educational programs.