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Lafayette SAAC

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE
STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I: Purpose

A. To enhance the student-athlete experience academically and athletically by providing an avenue through which the voice of student-athletes may be heard at the local, conference, and national level.
B. To provide an opportunity for the student-athlete population to more effectively communicate with the Lafayette College athletic department administration.
C. To encourage and organize the involvement of Lafayette College student-athletes in campus and community projects.
D. To serve as representatives of student-athletes at Lafayette College.

ARTICLE II: Structure

A. Representatives: Each team will select two representatives with the assistance of the head coach. Those two representatives will act as a liaison for that particular team and the issues important to that team.
B. Meetings: Meetings will be held once a month during the academic semester. The time and place of the meetings will be determined by the executive board.
C. Elections: Elections for new officers will be held during the second meeting of the Spring semester. Officers will serve a one-year term. An individual can be voted to more than one term if he/she is still eligible and re-elected by the committee. The newly-elected executive board will begin holding meetings with the assistance of the current board members.
D. Executive Board: Consists of a chair, two co-chairs, SAAC advisor, senior woman administrator, faculty athletic representative, and director of athletics.

ARTICLE III: Responsibilities

A. Representatives:

  • 1) Attend monthly meetings. In order for attendance to be noted, it is the representative's responsibility to sign in. If unable to attend, he/she must inform the executive board and find a replacement to ensure representation from the team at the meeting.
  • 2) Report to teammates and coaches with the issues presented at the meeting. Representatives should discuss these issues with their team.
  • 3) Participation is necessary in order for the committee to be effective.
  • 4) Outgoing senior representatives should bring their appointed replacements with them to the spring meetings.
  • 5) Become informed and educated about various issues relevant to Lafayette College and the Patriot League.

B. Executive Board:

  • 1) Prepare for general SAAC committee meetings in advance.
  • 2) Attend Patriot League SAAC events and act as a liaison between the league and the campus.
  • 3) Present NCAA legislation to campus SAAC and report to Patriot League Representative.
  • 4) Coordinate volunteer activities and increase involvement with the surrounding Lafayette College community.
  • 5) Plan events such as Student-Athlete Appreciation Day, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, and other relevant events.
  • 6) Record meeting minutes and present them to SAAC representatives.
General Campus Contact Information

Athletic Director
Bruce McCutcheon

Faculty Athletics Representative
Professor Susan Averett, Head of Economics & Business Department

Advisor to SAAC
Kaity McKittrick, Senior Associate Director of Athletics

Chair
Hanna Sotiropoulos '14 - sotiroph@lafayette.edu

Co-Chairs
Laura Zito '15 Women's Soccer - zitol@lafayette.edu
Brendan Gover '14 Men's Lacrosse - goverb@lafayette.edu

Purpose of SAAC

A student-athlete advisory committee is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. SAAC offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on their campuses.

Responsibilities of SAAC Members:

  1. Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes
  2. Disseminate information
  3. Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues
  4. Generate a student-athlete voice within the athletics program involving all athletic teams
  5. Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletic teams
  6. Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation
  7. Organize community service efforts
  8. Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus

Members of a campus SAAC have the opportunity to address issues affecting student-athletes at their institution; furthermore, members have the opportunity to offer input on issues that may be national in scope.

The campus committee is meant to serve as a local-student-athlete voice in addressing issues of student-athlete welfare at their respective institutions. Campus committees can facilitate better communication among student-athletes from various athletics teams to address issues common to all.

The campus SAAC may also serve as a conduit of communication among student-athletes, coaches, and athletics administrators on issues to improve the student-athlete experience and promote growth and education through sports participation. Concerns can be voiced and solutions offered regarding any issue that may be relevant to NCAA student-athletes.

Through the grass-roots efforts of campus SAACs, student-athletes have the opportunity to change the face of intercollegiate athletics.

Lafayette Athletics, as a partner in the mission of the College, provides an incredibly effective learning experience for student-athletes through competitive NCAA Division I athletics. Lafayette sponsors 23 varsity sports with more than 600 student-athletes.

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