Part 3 - Comprehensive Standards
  

3.2.11  The institution’s chief executive officer has ultimate responsibility for, and exercises appropriate administrative and fiscal control over, the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program. (Control of intercollegiate athletics)

Compliance
Partial Compliance
Non-Compliance
Not Applicable

Narrative

The University of New Orleans (UNO) is an official member institution of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Southland Conference, which is based in Frisco, Texas. Conference membership includes 13 institutions from Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas.  Four of those fellow Southland Conference institutions join UNO as members of the University of Louisiana System: McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University. 

UNO’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports, which is the minimum requirement for NCAA Division I membership, and complies with NCAA bylaw 20.9.6 (a).  Each of 14 sports seven (7) men’s sports and seven (7) women’s sports, compete in NCAA Division I (“DI”).

The mission of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to produce successful student-athletes and competitive athletics teams through a progressive and positive student-athlete experience which is centered on academic excellence and the comprehensive development of each individual.  The Department is committed to providing equal opportunities without regard for ethnicity or gender and to preparing student-athletes to be influential leaders and productive citizens. The department will promote a championship culture and inculcate a unified appreciation for the program’s responsibility to support the mission of the University, to represent the University with integrity and enthusiasm and to stimulate pride and interest in the University of New Orleans. Our student-athletes, coaches and staff will proudly represent the University and its alumni, as well as the people of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana.

The President of the University of New Orleans maintains administrative and financial control over the institution’s department of intercollegiate athletics. The President appoints a Director of Athletics (“AD”) to direct the daily operations of the department of intercollegiate athletics, manage the athletics department staff and develop and execute a strategy for the advancement of the department in union with the institution’s mission and strategic plan.

The AD reports to the President, is a member of the President’s Cabinet and serves at his discretion.  The AD prepares and presents reports to the President and Cabinet members during bi-monthly Cabinet meetings, which are hosted by the President during the fall and spring semesters.  Furthermore, the AD provides the President with departmental, NCAA and Southland Conference updates during monthly individual meetings and on an as-needed basis.

The University Athletic Council (“UAC”), a committee comprised of university faculty and institutional administrators, is appointed by the President and serves at his discretion. The mission of the University Athletics Council is to provide guidance to the department of intercollegiate athletics, assist with policy formulation and monitor student-athlete enrichment services including academic support, degree progress, eligibility, NCAA compliance, life skills programming and eligibility.  The UAC is chaired by the Faculty Athletics Representative (“FAR”), who is an active member of the faculty.  The FAR is appointed by the President, reports to the President and serves at his discretion.

In accordance with the department of intercollegiate athletics organization chart, the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance has dual reporting to the President and the AD.  The Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance serves at the discretion of the President and monitors NCAA rules compliance within the department of intercollegiate athletics and administers an NCAA rules and eligibility education program for student-athletes, coaches and intercollegiate athletics administrators. The role of the NCAA compliance office and expectations of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators to represent the University with integrity and respect for the NCAA and Southland Conference rules are outlined in the department of intercollegiate athletics policies and procedures document.

The President serves as the keynote speaker for the annual Student-Athlete Academic Awards Ceremony and is a regular attendee at home athletics events. 

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconDept_Athletics_MissionDepartment of Intercollegiate Athletics Mission Statement
Document IconDept_Athletics_Org_ChartDepartment of Athletics Organization Chart
Document IconDept_Int_Athletics_Pol_Pro_GuideDepartment of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy and Procedures Guide
Document IconNCAA_Bylaw_20_9_6_aNational Collegiate Athletic Association Bylanw 20.9.6 (a) Sports Sponsorship
Document IconPres_Cab_Meeting_ReportPresident's Cabinet Meeting Intercollegiate Athletics Report 10/14/2013
Document IconSouthland_Conference_WebsiteSouthland Conference Website www.southland.org
Document IconUL_System_Member_UnivMembers of the University of Louisiana System
Document IconUNO_Sports_TeamsList of Men and Women Sports at the University of New Orleans