Faculty Athletic Representative position description

Faculty Athletics Representative

Position Description

The Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) reports to the president of the University of Oregon and serves at the will of the president.
The term of appointment is five years with the possibility of renewal, and includes yearly reviews. The FAR is to be appointed from faculty with faculty rank. 

The duties of the FAR are:

  1. The primary responsibility and duty of the FAR is to certify that all student-athletes meet all NCAA, Pac-12 Conference, and University requirements for initial and continuing eligibility for athletic participation, both practice and intercollegiate competition, and financial aid. These certifications may be performed by university personnel in the Offices of the Registrar, Admissions, Financial Aid, and Athletics Compliance, but are subject to oversight, review and audit by the FAR. The FAR will review and sign all Certificates of Eligibility and Participation Lists (team rosters). In order to complete this duty, the FAR must develop knowledge of current NCAA Division I Bylaws, specifically Articles 13, 14 and 15, and Pac-12 Conference Rules. The FAR will participate in the various rules education activities carried out internal to the UO and by the Conference and the NCAA. The FAR will review and authorize by signature all NCAA and Pac-12 Conference rules waiver applications.
  2. The FAR will interact directly with student-athletes, be widely known among student-athletes, and interact specifically with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).  The FAR will collaborate with the Services for Student-Athletes staff as well as those units in the Athletic Department specifically charged with student athlete development for the betterment of student-athletes’ academic experience at the UO. The FAR will coordinate these duties with and communicate his or her activities to the president. Student-athletes should recognize the FAR as a source of information, support and advice located administratively outside of the Athletic Department.
  3. The FAR will meet regularly with the Athletics Compliance Office staff to review outstanding compliance and eligibility issues.  The FAR will participate in or be informed of investigations of alleged violations of these regulations and may be called upon to lead such investigations. It is mandatory that the FAR play a direct role in investigations of potential major violations of NCAA rules; the FAR chairs the Intercollegiate Athletics External Review Committee in this role. The FAR will review and sign all violation reports that are sent from the University to the Conference and NCAA. The FAR shall review and certify all petitions to the PAC-12 Conference for medical hardship waivers. The FAR shall review and certify all petitions to the NCAA Administrative Review Sub-Committee.
  4. The FAR will evaluate the academic progress and performance of the student-athletes on the various intercollegiate sports teams based on periodic reports provided by the Services for Student Athletes, the Athletic Department and other offices on the campus. The Intercollegiate Athletics Committee (IAC) will receive periodic reports regarding the academic progress and performance of student-athletes with collaboration of the FAR and SSA units.
  5. The FAR will periodically attend the meetings of the head coaches, the SAAC, Athletic Department awards ceremonies, team banquets, competitions and other athletically-related events.  The FAR is part of the effort to ensure that the University of Oregon is demonstrating a culture of compliance.
  6. The FAR will represent the university to the NCAA and the Pac-12 Conference. Together with the athletic director, the FAR will formulate and recommend institutional positions on NCAA legislation and other matters affecting or related to intercollegiate athletics on campus. The FAR will attend NCAA and conference meetings as required and appropriate and will participate in communications among Pac-12 Conference FARs and the Pac-12 Conference Office.
  7. The FAR will participate in the UO Athletics Compliance Advisory Group to ensure that the interface between the various units is collaborative and informative.
  8. The FAR will serve as a liaison between the Athletic Department and the UO faculty, and, in particular, the IAC. The FAR will hold ex officio membership on the IAC. The FAR will promote interaction between the UO faculty and the Athletic Department, its employees and the student-athletes. The FAR will provide an annual report to the university senate.
  9. The FAR will work with the Athletic Department staff to ensure that there is a comprehensive and effective rules education and compliance program on campus. 
  10. Other duties as assigned by the President.

The FAR will have a comprehensive review that will take place early in the fifth year of service.