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Equity and Student-Athlete Welfare

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									California State University, Northridge
NCAA Certification – Equity and Student-Athlete Well-Being Subcommittee

Operating Principle 3.3 – Equity and Student-Athlete Welfare


Equity and Student-Athlete Well-Being

Operating Principle 3.1 – Gender Issues

Self-Study Items

   1. List all "corrective actions", "conditions for certification" or "strategies for
      improvement" imposed by the NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics
      Certification in its first-cycle certification decision (if any) as they relate to
      Operating Principle 3.3 (Student-Athlete Welfare). In each case, provide: (a) the
      original "corrective action," "condition" or "strategy" imposed; (b) the action(s)
      taken by the institution; (c) the date(s) of the action(s); and (d) an explanation for
      any partial or noncompletion of such required actions. Please note, the institution is
      not required to respond to recommendations for required actions developed by the
      peer-review team unless those same recommendations were adopted by the
      Committee on Athletics Certification.

   No corrective actions

   2. List all actions the institution has completed or progress it has made regarding all
      plans for improvement/recommendations developed by the institution during its
      first-cycle certification process as they relate to Operating Principle 3.3 (Student-
      Athlete Welfare). Specifically include: (a) the original plan; (b) the actions(s) taken
      by the institution; (c) the date(s) of the action(s); (d) an explanation for any partial
      or noncompletion of such required actions. Please note, the institution will not be
      required to fulfill an element of a first-cycle plan if the element does not affect
      conformity with an operating principle.

   No corrective actions


   3. Describe any additional plans for improvement/recommendations in the area of
      Operating Principle 3.3 (Student-Athlete Welfare) developed by the institution since
      the first-cycle certification decision was rendered by the Committee on Athletics
      Certification.

   While there was no written plan for student-athlete welfare during the first-cycle
   certification, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continues to ensure quality
   academic and athletic experiences for all student-athletes as stated in the mission and goals
   statement. In May, 2002 Intercollegiate Athletics published a Strategic Plan to focus the
Athletics Department on providing an intercollegiate athletics program in which students can
have a successful experience. This was based on the University Mission Statement and
Vision. Within this plan student-athlete welfare was identified as a critical issue and
initiatives were developed:
         a) Finalize the job description for the Assistant Athletics Director for Student-athlete
         Services (reclassification completed 4/1/07).
         b) Continue to strengthen relationships with external campus support services.
         c) Develop a plan for integration of a “life skills program.”

       The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics ensures periodic review and monitoring
       of all procedures and policies regarding student-athlete welfare by developing written
       procedures and written policies regarding student-athlete code of conduct, academic
       rules and services, recruiting, awards, benefits and amateurism, and student-athlete
       health and welfare. Since the first-cycle certification, the Department of
       Intercollegiate Athletics continues to update and provide Student Athlete Handbooks
       to all student-athletes annually.

       In addition, a Life Skills Development Program was implemented in the fall of 2007.
       This program continues to expand and enhance the opportunities provided to student-
       athletes in the areas of campus integration, leadership, career advancement, mental
       health, physical health, sportsmanship, code of conduct behavior, awards and honors,
       communication skills, ethics, post graduate opportunities, and lifelong
       responsibilities.


4. Explain how the institution is organized to further its efforts related to the student-
   athlete welfare operating principle and provide evidence that matters concerning
   student-athlete welfare are monitored, evaluated and addressed on a continuing
   basis.

Philosophically, the University and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics view student-
athlete welfare as a top priority. The University Mission and the Department of
Intercollegiate Athletics' mission and goals both reflect this philosophy. Student-athlete
welfare is the primary consideration when making athletics decisions and developing policies
and procedures. The continued monitoring, evaluating and addressing of student-athlete
welfare issues fall under the direction of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
administration, the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council, and the Student-Athlete
Advisory Committee (SAAC). If a problem arises with a student-athlete, he or she can
discuss that problem with the coaching staff, their sport supervisor (an athletics administrator
assigned to each team), any athletics administrator and/or many of the University directors
and staff whose primary responsibility is to deal with student concerns. The University
enlists the services of many constituents all across the institution to ensure support for all
students, including student-athletes (i.e., academic advisors, the Student-Athlete Academic
Specialist, Learning Resource Center personnel, financial aid personnel, health center
personnel, University Counseling Services, wellness coaches, professors and athletic
coaches).
5. Describe the institution's educational enhancement programs (e.g., education
   regarding career guidance counseling; personal counseling; health and safety;
   alcohol and other drug guidelines [see the NCAA Sports Medicine Handbook,
   Guideline No.1]; non-academic components of life skills programs) available to
   student-athletes. Describe practices/procedures in place to encourage and assure
   student-athletes' access to these programs.

The institution’s educational enhancement programs are provided by: the Life Skills
Development Program; University 100; Student-athlete Peer Mentoring program; the
Leadership Institute; programs within the Division of Student Affairs (the Career Center,
Student Housing, Student Development and International Programs, Student Health Center,
New Student Orientation, Center on Disabilities, University Counseling Services, University
Student Union, and National Center on Deafness); the student-athlete handbook; semester
team meetings; seminars on topics such as drug and alcohol awareness; and various other
opportunities sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) involving
community out reach.

University 100, Freshman Seminar, introduces first-time freshmen to the university as an
institution, a culture, and an intellectual experience. Academic success is the central goal of
the course. Topics include academic skills (writing, reading, note-taking, test-taking, and
information competence, as well as critical, analytic, and creative thinking); the value of
higher education; the history and culture of Cal State Northridge; lifelong learning; ethics
and responsibility; diversity in higher education; advisement; health; and self-assessment.

Student-Athlete Peer Mentoring has the goal of empowering the student-athlete to become
more effective and independent learners. Mentoring is available to first-time freshmen or
students on academic probation. Mentees meet with their mentors on a weekly basis and
discuss class work which will be monitored throughout the semester as well as assisting in
time management skills, priority and goal setting. The mentor can also help the student-
athlete with learning how to answer and ask questions coherently, as well as administering
other important life skills to help make the student-athlete a more well-rounded individual.
Information about the peer mentoring program is provided by the office of Academic
Athletic Advising for Student-Athletes.

The Leadership Institute provides leadership development and personal growth experiences
to members of campus clubs and organizations. Programs and workshops are developed to
meet the needs of student leaders. Reference materials are available and seminars are
conducted on a variety of leadership topics. Other interest areas include the Emerging
Leaders Programs, which was established to provide students with a unique opportunity for
personal development, community building and leadership development.

The Career Center helps students to explore majors and careers; make informed choices;
clarify life and career goals; and prepare for the transition from college to employment or
graduate school. The center provides a variety of support services to empower students,
foster independence, promote achievement of realistic career and educational goals and assist
students to discover, develop and demonstrate full potential and abilities.

Student Housing provides its residents with recreational space, swimming pools, parking,
laundry facilities, and study areas. A variety of meal plan options are available at the Satellite
Student Union. Several Living Learning Communities are available in the UPA including
Cinema and Television Arts, Engineering and Computer Science, the First Year Experience,
Music, the Lighthouse (a living learning community concentrating on deaf studies and
culture), Kinesiology, and Passport (a sophomore experience community). Information about
living learning opportunities is available on the Student Housing website. CSU Northridge
residents become a part of the campus community and have an opportunity to meet and live
with people from many cultural backgrounds.

Student Development staff offers consultation on programs, assistance with group dynamics
and leadership development, information on existing University policies, guidance on
financial matters and the maintenance of organizational records. Advisors frequently serve as
liaisons among students, administration, faculty and the community at large.

The College Health Specialists at the Klotz Student Health Center are dedicated to providing
the highest quality health care to the diverse community at Cal State Northridge. Services are
designed to help students stay healthy and provide support for achieving academic goals. All
services are provided to currently enrolled students at little or no cost. There is no charge to
see a physician, nurse, or nurse practitioner in Primary Care or for X-rays at the Health
Center. The pharmacy, specialty lab services, orthopedic supplies, and the optometry, dental,
massage, immunization, and acupuncture services are provided at low cost.

New Student Orientation is a mandatory full-day event that the University sets aside to
prepare all of its new students into the academic, social, and cultural climate of California
State University, Northridge. New Student Orientation offers new students a day full of great
information on the resources and opportunities Cal State Northridge has to offer. Students
will be advised on appropriate steps needed in order to achieve academic success. Students
will also get an opportunity to meet their peers, both fellow new students and continuing Cal
State Northridge students, who will offer assistance and suggestions to ensure a smooth
transition into the University.

The Center on Disabilities provides a variety of support services to empower students, foster
independence, promote achievement of realistic career and educational goals and assist
students to discover, develop and demonstrate their full potential and abilities. The center
provides academic support under federal and state regulations to ensure full access to
programs and activities at Cal State Northridge, and is committed to the vision of an
inclusive society in which persons of all abilities have the chance to achieve their goals and
experience success. Through the provision of excellent student services, education, training
and research, the staff works to nurture learning, innovation and encourage self-advocacy in
assisting students during their academic journeys at Cal State Northridge.
   The University Counseling Services (UCS) offers confidential counseling and psychological
   services to the campus community. All services are designed to assist students in achieving
   academic success and to create a campus environment that is sensitive to student
   psychological and developmental needs. The following services programs are currently
   available:
       Individual and Couples Counseling
       Individual Counseling
       Group Counseling
       Crisis Intervention
       Support and Psychotherapy Groups
       Experience Confidence and Enjoyment of Learning (ExCEL) programs
       Workshops
       Peer Education Programs
       ACT (Advocates for Cultural Talk)
       JADE ( Joint Advocates for Disordered Eating)
       BLUES (Depression and Suicide Prevention)
       DATE (Rape Prevention)
       Helpline (www.csun.edu/helpline)
       Consultation to Faculty and Staff

Counseling services are available free of charge to all regularly enrolled university students. An
individual counseling appointment can usually be scheduled within a week. There are counselors
available throughout the day to deal with emergency situations.

The University Student Union, Inc. at California State University, Northridge has two locations,
the main University Student Union (USU) and the Satellite Student Union (SSU). The USU and
the SSU have a variety of services including the Fitness Centre, ATMs and Wells Fargo bank,
room reservations, study areas, TV lounges, a games room, and two computer labs with free
printing, and have the mission to be a world-class university center that educates through
inclusion, personal growth, and entertainment- creating the ultimate college experience, which
exceeds all student expectations.

The National Center on Deafness is a pioneer in serving students who are deaf and hard of
hearing at the university level. NCOD is internationally recognized for its programs and serves
as a model for other institutes. It provides innovative orientation programs, direct
communication (sign) classes, full communication access, interpreting, captioning, note taking,
tutoring, and academic advisement to students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Each semester
these services make it possible for approximately 200 deaf and hard of hearing students to have
access to University classes, functions and student sponsored co-curricular activities. The Cal
State Northridge model for providing service to students who are deaf and hard of hearing is
shared with the western regional postsecondary institutions (colleges, universities, technical
schools, and training programs) as well as three other regional technical assistance centers
throughout the United States.

All student-athletes are provided access to these opportunities and resources. Student-athletes
are encouraged to participate in these programs trough team meetings, SAAC reports, email
announcements, the Athletics Department web site, the student-athlete handbook, and the
University Catalog and web site.


6. Describe the institution's process for conducting the student-athlete exit
   interviews required by NCAA Constitution 6.3.2 and the means by which this
   information is used to better the student-athlete experience. Describe other avenues
   available to student-athletes to provide input.

A variety of methods are utilized to solicit feedback from student-athletes.

Senior Interviews – Each academic year, sport supervisors are responsible for conducting exit
interviews with a sample of student-athletes whose eligibility has expired. The sample includes
at least one student-athlete from each team. The Faculty Athletic Representative participates in
some of these interviews. During these meetings the Student-Athlete Questionnaire is discussed
and reviewed with each student-athlete. The athletics administrators then discuss any pertinent
information with the Director of Athletics.

Exit Interviews - The Director of Compliance sends each student-athlete who is deleted from a
team roster an Exit Questionnaire. The Director of Compliance will review the feedback and
forward the information to the sport supervisor as appropriate. Exit interviews are conducted
with the student-athlete and the sport supervisor as deemed appropriate. If the student-athlete is
an athletics aid recipient, every effort is made to have a meeting with the Director of Compliance
and the sport supervisor to discuss the situation and the reason for the departure from the team.

Student-Athlete Experience Survey – At the conclusion of each sport season, the Associate
Director of Athletics for Student–Athlete Services conducts a survey with each team assessing
their experience.

The information gathered from all of these mechanisms is shared with the sports supervisors and
the Director of Athletics. This information is shared with a coach or staff member as appropriate
and is considered in the annual evaluation of the coach and/or staff member.


7. Describe the institution's and/or athletics department's written grievance and/or
   appeals procedures available to student-athletes in areas mandated by NCAA
   legislation (i.e. financial aid and transfers) and in other areas (e.g. harassment, hazing,
   abusive behavior, and sexual orientation). Also, identify the individual(s) responsible
   for overseeing the administration of the grievance and/or appeals procedures and
   describe the means by which the grievance and/ or appeals procedures are
   communicated to student-athletes and staff.

Procedures have been developed for handling of both financial aid appeals and transfers appeals,
and are outlined in the Compliance Handbook.

The Financial Aid Appeals Process is as follows:
When a potential appeal arises, the Director of Compliance meets with the student-athlete as
appropriate and if possible to review the situation. The meeting represents the student-athlete's
opportunity to appeal to the Athletics Department regarding the recommended changes to his/her
scholarship. The Director of Compliance consults with the Director of Athletics and the sport
supervisor, as appropriate, to formulate a final recommendation to the Office of Financial Aid. If
the decision is made by the Athletics Department to reduce, cancel or not renew the aid, the
Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations notifies the Office of Financial Aid in
writing of the requested change, as well as any associated institutional steps which must be taken
in accordance with NCAA regulations (i.e., an opportunity for an appeal hearing at the
institutional level). The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for notifying these students, in
writing, within 4 weeks but no later than July 1, of the opportunity they have to appeal and the
applicable procedures. Any such appeals are handled by the Athletics Financial Aid Appeals
Committee. Head coaches must attend Appeal Hearings for their student-athletes.

The transfer appeals process is as follows: Current Cal State Northridge student-athletes desiring
to transfer to another institution first discuss the situation with the head coach and then meet with
the Director of Compliance. This meeting includes a review of NCAA transfer regulations,
procedures and the Conference transfer regulations, if applicable. After consulting with the head
coach, the Director of Compliance either grants or denies “permission to speak” to other
institutions. In addition, waiving the one time residence requirement is discussed with both the
head coach and the student-athlete. If the coach recommends that permission to speak or the
waiving of the residence requirement be denied, the Director of Athletics is consulted for a final
recommendation. If either permission to speak or the residence requirement is denied, the
student-athlete is notified of their right to appeal this decision.



8. Describe the institution's educational and support programs in the area of sexual
   orientation. Also, describe the institution's structure and/or policies that ensure the
   provision of a safe environment for all students, including student-athletes with diverse
   sexual orientations.

As stated in the University Catalog, California State University, Northridge does not discriminate
on the basis of sexual orientation. This is consistent with California State University Board of
Trustees policy, as expressed in a 2006 executive order.

“No campus shall recognize any fraternity, sorority, living group, honor society, or other student
organization that discriminates on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age,
gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability. The prohibition on
membership policies that discriminate on the basis of gender does not apply to social fraternities
or sororities, or to other university living groups. Student organizations shall deliver to the vice
president for student affairs or his/her designee a statement signed by the president or similar
officer of the local student organization attesting that the organization has no rules or policies
that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, sex, marital
status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability. This statement shall be renewed annually.
In addition, the University is committed to creating and maintaining a working and learning
environment free from sexual harassment of its students and those who apply to be students.
Sexual harassment violates both personal integrity and professional responsibility and will not be
tolerated by the university. It subverts the mission of the University and damages the careers,
educational experience and well being of students, faculty and staff. The intimidation whether
obvious or subtle, involved in sexual harassment stifles personal and intellectual development
and attacks the principle of honesty and academic freedom that is the responsibility of the
University and its agents to foster. Sexual harassment undermines the respect students and the
community has for the University and endangers the credibility of its degrees and scholarship.”

This information is available to students in the University catalog and on the University web site.
Sexual orientation is addressed in the University's New Student Orientation in which all students
are required to participate. In addition, the Women’s Research and Resource Center offers
informal peer support and discussion groups, providing valuable forums for personal growth and
exploration in such topics as sexuality, self-esteem and body image, health and feminist
spirituality. New groups form as interest develops. University Counseling Services and the
Office of Equity and Diversity also provide information and assistance to students experiencing
sexual harassment in any form.

The Student-Athlete Handbook states that California State University, Northridge Intercollegiate
Athletics Department is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from sexual
harassment and free from discrimination and harassment of its students based upon race,
religion, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or age. The
department will not tolerate such actions by or against student athletes, and works in
collaboration with organizations on campus to provide workshops that specialize in sexual
orientation education (the Women’s Research and Resource Center, and the Gender and
Women’s Studies Department).


9. Identify the mechanisms in place to ensure the health and safety of student-
   athletes and the administrator(s) responsible for the institutional awareness of health,
   safety, travel and sports medicine policies. Describe the process by which these policies
   and guidelines are approved and communicated to athletics department staff and
   student-athletes. In addition, describe the process by which these policies are
   periodically evaluated to ensure continued effectiveness.

The California State University, Northridge Sports Medicine staff is charged with the
responsibility of providing the highest possible quality medical care to the intercollegiate athletic
teams at the university in the most efficient manner possible. This responsibility includes
administering to the health and welfare of the student-athlete on a daily basis and measuring their
readiness for athletic competition. The sports medicine staff utilizes both the campus Student
Health Center as well as community medical resources and services on a daily basis. The sports
medicine staff utilizes guidelines set forth by the NCAA and the Big West Conference, as well as
other medical associations including the American Medical Association and the National
Athletic Trainers’ Association. The sports medicine staff is responsible for making critical
decisions regarding medical aspects of athletic competition and communicating those decisions
to various athletic department personnel and student-athletes at CSU, Northridge. The Sports
Medicine staff includes the certified athletic trainers, athletic training students, team physicians,
and a wide variety of medical specialists who are utilized on a referral basis.

These policies and guidelines are disseminated within the athletic department via written
policies, verbal communications, e-mail and scheduled meetings. The Sports Medicine Policies
and Procedures Manual includes detailed descriptions of the procedures for the provision of
sports medicine and traveling. The Cal State Northridge Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Policy and Procedure Manual also includes information regarding sports medicine services,
medical insurance and injury waivers. In addition, each year during the mandatory preseason
team meetings, the Athletic Trainer makes a presentation to the coaches and student-athletes
regarding the risks of participation in intercollegiate sports, the scope of athletic training
services, the procedures for injury assessment and management and the protocols to access the
team physician staff.

Cal State Northridge team physician(s) must clear student-athletes through a physical screening
prior to participation in intercollegiate athletics. All student-athletes new to the institution must
receive a screening on campus from the team physician(s). Returning student-athletes are
required to fill out a Returning Athlete Survey, Cal State Northridge Athletic Department
Disclaimer, Insurance Information Form, and Cal State Northridge Drug Testing Consent Form.
If a significant injury has taken place during the past year, the student-athlete must be cleared by
the treating physician as well as a Cal State Northridge team physician. Cal State Northridge
team physician(s) have the ultimate responsibility for athletic clearance. If it is deemed that the
student-athlete’s health or welfare may be jeopardized by participation in intercollegiate
athletics, the physician can withhold clearance or withdraw clearance after a significant injury
has occurred. The athletic training staff utilizes a Pre-participation Athletic Health Survey in
order to do a preliminary physical evaluation of recruits. This survey reviews the student-
athlete’s recent medical history in order to better prepare the sports medicine staff to handle any
potential medical issues that may arise during the student-athlete’s career at Cal State
Northridge.

Preventative measures are taken throughout the athletic seasons. Such preventative measures
include consultations with coaches, off-season and pre-season conditioning programs, weight
training programs and nutritional counseling. Coaches are provided with end of the season
recommendations for athletes outlining appropriate training programs for returning student-
athletes.

It is required that all student-athletes receive and pass a physical screening prior to practice or
competition. All student-athletes new to the institution must receive an on-campus screening and
be cleared for participation by Cal State Northridge team physician(s). Physicals from an off
campus physician are not acceptable. A student-athlete may be recruited, but then not receive
medical clearance. The Cal State Northridge team physician(s) must clear all incoming student-
athletes, regardless of recruiting status. The purpose of the pre-season screening is to ensure the
safe participation of the student-athletes as well as to reduce the risk to the department with
regards to both insurance and liability.
Contents of the physical screening include:

   1. Appropriate paperwork
         a.     Complete medical history
         b.     Insurance information
         c.     Signed consent forms: authorization for disclosure of general medical
                information, general consent for treatment, Cal State Northridge athletic
                department disclaimer, NCAA and Cal State Northridge drug testing consent
                forms,
   2. General medical assessment which meets or exceeds the NCAA requirements
   3. General Orthopedic assessment which meets or exceeds the NCAA requirements
   4. Drug screening

All returning student-athletes will fill out a returning athlete survey, CSUN Athletic Department
Disclaimer, updated Insurance Information Form, and CSUN Drug Testing Consent Form and if
necessary, have a follow-up visit with the Cal State Northridge team physician(s). If a
significant injury or illness has occurred either during or after the season, there must be
documented clearance by the treating physician in their file and when deemed necessary, the Cal
State Northridge team physician(s) will also provide medical clearance.

Travel safety - all athletic travel complies with the University's travel policies. All student-
athletes are required to travel (including transportation and lodging) with the team and the Code
of Conduct and team rules apply. Transportation vehicles must be owned by the university or
university rented vehicles/chartered buses must be driven by university certified drivers. All
lodging arrangements must be made with Department of Intercollegiate Athletics approved
motels/hotels.


10. Describe the institution's emergency medical plan for practices and games. [Note: The
    institution may want to refer to the emergency care section of the NCAA Sports
    Medicine Handbook Guideline No. 1 as a guide in responding to this self-study item.]

Emergency Action Plans have been prepared for each Athletic Facility and are posted at each
site. The Director of Sports Medicine distributes these emergency action plans to the coaches
and staff on an annual basis, in addition to reviewing the information at staff meetings.
Procedures Regarding Emergency Treatment during Non-traditional hours are as follows:

       1) Each coach is provided an emergency phone list. The coach contacts a member of the
       sports medicine staff for instructions on how to deal with an emergency. If a member of
       the sports medicine staff cannot be reached or it is a serious emergency, the Emergency
       Action Plan procedures in Appendix I of the Sports Medicine Policy and Procedures
       should be followed.

       2) Each coach is provided with his/her student-athlete’s insurance information in order to
       better help the student-athlete in an emergency.

       3) Coaches are instructed to use a designated hospital when transporting a student-athlete
       to the hospital or emergency room.

       4) If an injury occurs during a scheduled off-season practice, i.e. conditioning or
       weights, and there is no medical coverage, an incidence report is filed.

       5) Coaches are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid as per the Big West
       Conference Bylaws and Cal State Northridge Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
       Policies.

The following emergency procedures are provided:

       1) Stabilize student-athlete and administer any appropriate emergency or life saving care
       (i.e. CPR)
       2) Whenever possible, stay with the student-athlete and send someone else to call for
       emergency aid or transportation.

       CALL:          On campus: 2111
                      Off campus: 911

       What information to Relate:
              Identify self
              Give exact location of person needing help
              Describe the nature of the injury or illness
              Provide phone number you are calling from
              Describe what if any care is being given to the student athlete
              Always be the last to hang up
         3) Contact the Director of Sports Medicine
         4) Whenever possible, send someone with the student-athlete to the hospital
         5) Follow up with the student-athlete

The Department of Athletics houses two Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices. One
is located in the Athletic Training Room; the other is transported to the site of competition. In
addition, all campus police cars are equipped with AED devices.
11. Describe the institution’s written emergency medical plan for the athletics program and
    specific coverage for out-of-season workouts, strength training and skills sessions. Describe
    the process by which these policies and guidelines are approved and communicated to
    athletics department staff and student-athletes. In addition, describe the process by which
    these policies are periodically evaluated to ensure continued effectiveness.

Athletic training and sports medicine services are provided for out-of-season practices and
competitions in the same manner and to the same extent as traditional in-season practices and
competitions. When there is an issue of coverage, in-season sports take priority as do high risks
sports. Team coaches or strength-and-conditioning coaches conduct out-of-season strength
training and individual skill sessions. These coaches are CPR certified, knowledgeable regarding
first aid, and are capable of initiating emergency medical services and act as first responders (see
charts at the end of this section for medical coverage Traditional Season and Non-Traditional
Season).

This chart describes basic athletic training and medical coverage during traditional and non-
traditional seasons for each sport. If available, a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) may be
provided if not indicated in the chart above, with priority going to home events in sports with the
higher risk of injury.

The following policy has been established for practice:

“Medical coverage by the Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) for in-season sports provided from
the Athletic Training Room seven days a week when a practice schedule is submitted to the ATC
at least two (2) weeks in advance. Practice changes must be submitted to one of the Certified
Staff Members at least 36 hours prior to the practice. If this cannot be accomplished, the practice
coverage request may not be fulfilled. The cooperation and communication of the Head Coaches
is necessary for proper scheduling. Medical coverage provided by the Certified Athletic Trainer
for non-traditional season practices or conditioning sessions will be provided as availability
permits, as long as the practice is scheduled during normal posted hours for the Athletic Training
Room (M-F 9am-6pm) and is a supervised NCAA approved practice session. If coaches have
special needs, they must discuss them with the Athletic Medicine Staff so it may be determined
if coverage is feasible. Coaches are not to ask Athletic Training Students (ATS) to cover events
or travel with their teams. The Athletic Medicine Staff will make all coverage assignments.”

12. Using the four program areas for student-athlete welfare issues please:

       a) Describe how the institution studies these topics as they apply to all student-athletes;
       b) Provide data demonstrating the institution's commitment to these issues for all
       student-athletes; and
       c) Explain how the institution will address these topics in the future for the welfare of all
       student-athletes.


1. EVALUATION
a. Describe how the institution studies these topics as they apply to all student-athletes.
California State University, Northridge Department of Intercollegiate Athletics continually
reviews, monitors, and evaluates student health and welfare when making student-athlete related
decisions. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory
Council (IAAC), the Director of Athletics, the Faculty Athletics Representative, the Coordinator
of Academic Advisement for Student-Athletes, and the Director of Sports Medicine continuously
review policies regarding student-athlete welfare and make adjustments accordingly. Student-
athlete welfare is evaluated with suggestions from the Student-Athlete Advisory Council, exit
interviews, as well as through the NCAA certification process and a Student-Athlete Experience
Survey.

The Equity and Student-Athlete Well Being Subcommittee included the following steps in their
review of student-athlete welfare issues.
      Reviewed the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act reports from 2004 - 2007 to evaluate
       trends and discrepancies with student athlete participation rates between minority and
       white student-athletes;
      Reviewed Department of Intercollegiate Athletics records and institutional data regarding
       student participation;
      Conducted interviews and discussion with senior athletic administrators;
      Conducted interviews and discussion with head and assistant coaches;
      Conducted interviews and discussion with student-athletes and;
      Participated in a facility tour

b. Provide data demonstrating the institution's commitment to these issues for all
student-athletes.
Student-athletes are expected to contribute to their own welfare by utilizing the open door policy
of their sport supervisors, by providing feedback to their team Student-Athlete Advisory Council
leaders, and by participating in the Student-Athlete Experience Survey and in the senior exit
interview. Each sport team is assigned an athletics administrator who serves as the supervisor for
that team. Student-athletes can take their concerns to their sport supervisor or any department
administrator with whom they feel comfortable. Student-athletes are expected to complete the
Student-Athlete Experience Survey provided at the completion of each season. The Senior
Women Administrator (SWA) reviews these surveys and brings any concerns to athletic
administration, and specifically the sport supervisor. Senior exit interviews are conducted by the
sport supervisor for each sport. The student is asked to complete a questionnaire and to schedule
an appointment for an interview. The sport supervisor reviews the survey and discusses
indicated concerns and explores the student-athlete experience shared by the student. Concerns
are brought to the Director of Athletics. Student-athletes are also asked to complete exit surveys
when the student-athlete is leaving the program prior to graduating or exhausting the expiration
of their NCAA eligibility. These assessments and questionnaires encourage student-athletes to
offer their concerns including welfare and safety issues.

Monthly Student-Athlete Advisory Council meetings provide the student-athletes the opportunity
to voice concerns and issues important to all student-athletes. The Director of Compliance and
the Associate Director of Athletics for Student Services attend the Student-Athlete Advisory
Council meetings on a regular basis in order to increase communication and awareness of
student-athlete welfare issues.
c. Explain how the institution will address these topics in the future for the welfare of all
student-athletes.

The department of Intercollegiate Athletics managers will continue to meet with the Student-
Athlete Advisory Council on a regular basis, as well as administer and review seasonal
assessments, senior exit interviews and exit surveys. The Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory
Council meets twice each semester and reviews issues of student-athlete welfare. The
University’s first priority in its mission statement is to promote the welfare and intellectual
progress of students. The Director of Athletics will consults with the Faculty Athletics
Representative, Director of Compliance, Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete
Services, Director of Sports Medicine, and Coordinator for Academic Services for Student-
Athletes to assure issues and concerns raised will be examined to address the well being of all
student-athletes.

 2. ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE
a. Describe how the institution studies these topics as they apply to all student-athletes.
The department of Intercollegiate Athletics is ultimately responsible for student-athlete health
and welfare issues with respect to athletics, and views this responsibility as a top priority. The
Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council, Athletics Director, Faculty Athletics Representative,
Associate Athletics Director for Student Services, and Head Athletics Trainer study the
organization and structure of the Athletics programs and policies regarding student-athlete
welfare. This is accomplished through regular staff meetings, periodic meetings of the
Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council, and attendance at the monthly Student-Athlete
Advisory Council meetings. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council President or designee serves
as the student-athlete representative on the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council and as the
University’s representative to the BWC Student-Athlete Advisory Council committee. Student-
Athlete Advisory Council leaders historically attend the NCAA Champs Life Skills Conference,
have representation on the Institutionally Related Activities Finance Board, and participate as
part of the Clubs and Organizations community.

b. Provide data demonstrating the institution's commitment to these issues for all
student-athletes.
The Associated Students President has annually requested Student-Athlete Advisory Council
representation on the student senate and other committees to provide opportunity for the student-
athlete voice and needs to be expressed. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council President
served on the Blue Ribbon Commission and on the Student Recreation Center Ad Hoc
Committee. Student-Athlete Advisory Council representation on the Intercollegiate Athletics
Advisory Council is annually renewed.

 c. Explain how the institution will address these topics in the future for the welfare of all
student-athletes.
Cal State Northridge values the well-being of all student-athletes. Organization and structure
will continue to be reviewed in the meetings of the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council.
The Director of Athletics will continue to monitor organizational and structural issues, in
consultation with the Faculty Athletics Representative, Director of Compliance, Associate
Director of Athletics for Student Services, Director of Sports Medicine, and the Coordinator for
Academic Services for Student-Athletes. The department will continue to conduct external
reviews as required by the NCAA. The Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council will continue
to meet to monitor department activities as they relate to student-athlete welfare. The Associate
Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Services will continue to encourage and include
student-athlete representation on Athletics Department committees and, where appropriate, at the
campus level.


3. PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE AND DECISION-MAKING
Involvement of student-athletes in the governance and decision-making processes of the athletics
department (including the student-athlete advisory committee).

a. Describe how the institution studies these topics as they apply to all student-athletes.
The student-athletes are involved in the governance and decision-making through the SAAC, as
well as in the search process for head coaching positions, associate directors of athletics and the
director of athletics positions.
The president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council or designee serves as the University's
representative to the Big West Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Council and on the
Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council. Student-Athlete Advisory Council leaders
historically attend the NCAA Leadership Conference, have representation on the Institutionally
Related Activities Finance Board, and participate as part of the Clubs and Organizations
community. The Associated Students President has annually requested Student-Athlete
Advisory Council representation on the senate and other committees to provide opportunity for
the student-athlete voice and needs to be expressed.

b. Provide data demonstrating the institution's commitment to these issues for all student-
athletes.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Council meets once a month to address issues regarding all
aspects of student-athlete welfare. The sport representatives are responsible for running
meetings, communicating with their respective teams, providing topics for the agenda and
creating sub-committees to address special interests. The Student-Athlete Advisory Council
President or designee is required to attend all Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council
meetings. Representatives must attend the Student Development Clubs and Organization Fair to
qualify the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for membership.

c. Explain how the institution will address these topics in the future for the welfare of all
student-athletes.
The Director of Compliance and the Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes will
continue active participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Student-athlete
representatives will continue to be encouraged to participate on committees and attend
organizational meetings. Student-Athlete Advisory Council representatives continue to be
encouraged to discuss departmental and legislative proposals with their teammates. The
continuous monitoring and evaluating of student-athlete welfare issues will remain a priority.

4. PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES:
a. Describe how the institution studies these topics as they apply to all student-athletes.
Concerns and issues to study most often emerge from the Student-Athlete Advisory Council
meetings, Big West and/or NCAA reviews, and from exit interviews. These issues are discussed
and followed up on in Department Administration meetings, and in the Intercollegiate Athletics
Advisory Council meetings. Through coordination with other student service groups on campus,
Athletics participates in and discusses the needs of all students, including student-athletes, and
cooperatively provides services to address those needs. The Associate Director of Athletics for
Student Services serves on various committees that address student welfare. These committees
include New Student Orientation Committee, Sexual Assault Committee, Retention Sub-
Committee (Enrollment Management), Alcohol Advisory Committee, Athletics Compliance
Review Committee, and the Sports and Exercise Council.

b. Provide data demonstrating the institution's commitment to these issues for all student-
athletes.
Examples demonstrating the institution's commitment to these issues include the continuous
efforts of the Intercollegiate Athletics Advisory Council to address situations impacting student-
athlete welfare. The involvement and supervision provided by the Director of Compliance and
Associate Director of Athletics for Student Services in the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
The Athletics Department collaborates with other University services on campus to fund
speakers and address issues such as alcohol and substance abuse. The first-year seminar,
University 100, is a freshman student orientation course which focuses on issues relevant to
students during their first year of college, such as increasing awareness and use of resources
available on campus, learning strategies for good study habits, taking notes, managing time, and
understanding the purpose of a college education.

c. Explain how the institution will address these topics in the future for the welfare of all
student-athletes.
The Athletics Director, the Director of Compliance, the Associate Director of Athletics for
Student Services, the Faculty Athletics Representative, and the Director of Sports Medicine will
continue to respond to issues and concerns as raised by the Student-Athlete Advisory Council,
from exit interviews, and from issues raised in Big West and NCAA reviews.

								
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