REPORT OF THE
NCAA DIVISION III STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
1. NCAA Division III Drug Education and Testing Pilot. The NCAA Division III
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee discussed the drug-testing pilot program findings.
The deterrent effect of penalties for a positive drug test was debated, along with the
benefit of additional drug education for student-athletes. The committee did not reach a
formal position given the incomplete drug-testing pilot data and the balanced discussion.
The feasibility of implementing an effective drug-testing policy was also discussed. The
committee further considered privacy issues for student-athletes. Ethical questions were
raised related to whether student-athletes should be tested when the general campus
community is not tested. Finally, it was noted the results may represent a campus issue,
as opposed to a student-athlete issue, and early findings appear indicative that student-
athlete positive test rates are not different than the general student.
2. Subcommittee Reports.
a. The NCAA Division III Issues Subcommittee provided feedback related to the
NCAA nutrition Web site and encouraged staff to enhance the Web site by
including information related to fast food options and healthy grocery lists and
recipes. The subcommittee is also conscious that it will be involved with the
Division III philosophy discussion and looks forward to contributing to related
b. The NCAA Division III Legislation Subcommittee discussed the Convention
videos prepared by staff for the 2009 NCAA Convention and noted a need to
distribute more legislative information to student-athletes. This subcommittee
will combine with the NCAA Division III Public Relations Subcommittee to
further discuss communication means with a broader student-athlete population.
c. The NCAA Division III Web site Subcommittee focused on better communicating
and providing information to student-athletes related to the national SAAC and
items of interest to student-athletes. This subcommittee will also work with the
Public Relations and Legislation Subcommittees in an effort to better
communicate more information to a broader audience of student-athletes. The
committee also received a presentation aimed at all three divisions’ SAACs and
detailed a student-athlete Web site initiative. The subcommittee and committee
noted this would be a good measure to reach student-athletes. Such a Web site
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would need to be interactive to appeal to and engage student-athletes in each
d. The NCAA Division III Community Services Subcommittee recommended a
Division III partnership with Special Olympics. The committee supported this
recommendation and instructed the subcommittee to further investigate the
implementation of a partnership with Special Olympics. The subcommittee noted
this partnership is in line with the NCAA Division III philosophy statement, and
the organization is broad-based and present in most communities. The committee
further noted partnership with such a large non-profit organization allows for
quantifiable results and tracking. No priority status was given to this community
service effort, but it was deemed important to student-athletes and the Division III
3. SAAC Action Planning Session. The committee discussed how it can take a leadership
role and potential actions it could spearhead to improve the Division III student-athlete
experience. The committee focused on Division III branding, marketing and philosophy.
The committee also discussed support for former student-athletes immediately following
graduation and the concept of what life after graduation entailed. The committee finally
discussed its identified community service initiative and intent to reach more student-
athletes via its committee Web site.
4. NCAA Division III Grant Program. The committee noted the current conference grant
program structure allows for student-athlete involvement and grant allocation review, but
there may not be adequate input or involvement by student-athletes in some conferences.
The committee noted that signatures do not necessarily denote student-athlete
involvement in the grant review and allocation process. The committee discussed several
potential recommendations to the NCAA Division III Strategic Planning and Finance
Committee and ultimately made the recommendation that the Strategic Planning and
Finance Committee should consider this information and make appropriate adjustments
within the grant program. The committee further noted this subject should be addressed
at conference meetings.
5. Diversity Training. The committee participated in a diversity training session. This
training serves as a foundation for enhanced diversity conversations, such as the
discussion regarding the decrease of women in athletics administration and coaching.
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6. Committee Chair Election. Isaiah Goodman was elected to chair the committee.
Staff Liaison(s): Azure Davey, Academic and Membership Affairs
Sarah MacInnis, Educational Affairs
Jason Montgomery, Enforcement Services
The National Collegiate Athletic Association
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