Lafayette SAAC Heade

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
Sherryta Freeman

Faculty Athletics Representative
Professor David Stifel, Professor of Economics

Advisor to SAAC
Kaity McKittrick, Senior Associate Director of Athletics

Chair
Rachel Bird '19 - birdrk@lafayette.edu

Co-Chair
Amy Hewlett '19 - hewletta@lafayette.edu

Co-Chair
Cameron Costello '20 - costelcs@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.