CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT 1

SUBJECT: COUNCIL FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES
Amend Constitution Article VIII, Section A, as follows:

The members of the National Administrative Council must be qualified by experience or title in holding a position in which they have or have had athletics administrative responsibilities and have or have had direct knowledge of athletics budget and personnel matters.

Members of the Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives must be designated by a member institution’s chief executive officer as the institution’s faculty athletics representative; however, one member shall be an elected officer of the NAIA Registrars Association, not necessarily serving as the institution’s faculty athletics representative.

The members of the Council for Student-Athletes must be qualified by experience or title and be committed to engaging in ongoing research, education and collaboration that will benefit the health, safety and development of the student-athlete.

AND

Amend Constitution Article VIII, Section C, as follows:



Each council shall be elected by its constituency. The term of office shall be for three years unless otherwise noted. Individuals may not serve more than two consecutive terms. Each council shall have a Chair and Chair-elect.

The National Administrative Council shall consist of one representative from each affiliated conference, the President and Vice- President of the Athletics Directors Association, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Conference Commissioners Association, the President of the NAIA Sports Information Directors of America, the President of the Athletic Trainers Association, one representative from the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) per 10 members of the A.I.I., and a sufficient number of at-large members to ensure gender requirements are met. There will be a minimum of 10 athletics directors and 10 conference commissioners on the National Administrative Council. The initial selection shall be staggered in order to ensure a two-thirds council retention each year.

The Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives shall consist of 14 faculty athletics representatives selected with appropriate geographic balance, the Chair and Chair-elect of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association, the Chair of the National Eligibility Committee and an elected officer of the NAIA Registrars Association.

The Council for Student-Athletes shall consist of one representative from the Council of Presidents, one representative from the Conference Commissioners Association, one representative from the Athletic Directors Association, two representatives from the Athletic Trainers Association, one representative from the Faculty Athletic Representatives Association, four members of NAIA coaches associations, the four elected officers of the Association of Student-Athletes, six at-large representatives from the Association of Student-Athletes and one member of the Champions of Character Advisory Committee. Representatives from NAIA coaches associations shall serve a single two-year term, and four different sports (two men’s sports and two women’s sports) shall be represented at all times. Terms for officers from the Association of Student-Athletes shall coincide with the individual’s term as an officer of the ASA. At-large representatives from the Association of Student-Athletes shall serve one-year terms, and individuals may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. The initial council selection shall be staggered in order to ensure adequate council retention each year.

AND

Amend Constitution Article IX, Section C, as follows:

Vacancies on the National Administrative Council, or Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives or Council for Student-Athletes shall be filled by holding a regular election or by appointment by the appropriate council. Should the vacancy be filled by appointment, the appointee(s) shall serve for the remainder of the term, at which time the nomination/election process outlined in Article VIII of the Constitution shall apply.


Intent: To establish the Council for Student-Athletes as part of the NAIA governance structure.
Effective date: April 14, 2015
Submitted by: Council of Presidents