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Faculty Athletic Representative Responsibilities

The Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) is recognized as the representative of The Florida State University and its faculty in the relationship between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Atlanta Coast Conference (ACC), and the local campus.  The FAR represents FSU as the voting delegate to the annual NCAA convention and any other NCAA or ACC meetings.  In addition, the FAR serves on NCAA councils, cabinets, and committees as appointed.  The FAR helps to interpret NCAA and ACC legislation and policies, and is also empowered to assist in the preparation, on behalf of FSU, any requests for waivers or appeals from such legislation or policy.  

The Faculty Athletics Representative reports to the faculty and administration on the academic well-being of student-athletes.  The FAR has responsibility to ensure, either directly or indirectly, that student-athletes meet all NCAA, conference, and FSU requirements for eligibility to practice, financial aid, and intercollegiate competition.  As FAR, the representative has the responsibility to monitor the student-athlete experience and be involved in the personal and academic welfare of the student-athletes.  The FAR participates in the mandated exit interviews of graduating FSU student-athletes or reviews the results of such interviews with students.  Such interaction provides insight into the student perceptions of the athletics program, including interactions with coaches and the operating policies at FSU.  On the athletics side, the FAR works with the athletic director, and other athletic staff, to educate student-athletes about NCAA rules, and devise and implement compliance programs within the athletics department.  The FAR's typical activities include the coordination of the nominations process for NCAA and ACC honors and postgraduate scholarships; administration of the coaches' rules examination and NCAA student surveys; and attendance at departmental senior staff and coaches' meetings with Compliance.     

The Faculty Athletics Representative meets regularly with the Director of Athletics and serves as the Senior Faculty Advisor on athletics to the President of The Florida State University.  The FAR serves as a channel of information between the faculty and administration and the athletics program; the FAR provides periodic reports to the Athletics Board relating to matters of academic integrity, performance of student-athletes, rules compliance or violations, and other matters related to the athletics program.  The FAR meets with Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and serves as a member of the FSU Athletics Board.  

Key Responsibilities

Represent Florida State University to the NCAA and ACC

Serve as delegate to all NCAA meetings and conventions, as well as, NCAA councils, cabinets, and committees, as appropriate 

Attend ACC meetings and, in the absence of the President, cast institutional votes on conference matters

Be well versed and knowledgeable regarding NCAA or ACC legislation and policies 

Be knowledgeable about all institutional investigations, alleged violations, and student infractions

Assist in the preparation of any requests for waivers or appeals from NCAA or ACC legislation or policy, including eligibility requirements and restoration

Be knowledgeable of all secondary and major violations to the NCAA 

Administer the coaches' rules examination and NCAA student surveys 

Serve as faculty advisor to the President regarding athletics 

Establish solid working relationships with the director of athletics, compliance coordinator, director of admissions, registrar and director of financial aid

Develop a comprehensive plan for the institutional control of intercollegiate athletics (with the President and Athletics Director), and ensure that appropriate and explicit assignments of both responsibility and authority are made

Assist in preparing FSU's self-study report and participate in any peer-review team on-site evaluations

Be visible to the student-athletes - Monitor the student-athlete experience and be involved in personal and academic welfare of the students

Participate in orientation activities 

In conjunction with the Director of Athletics and the Compliance Director, ensure that student-athletes understand and meet all NCAA, ACC, and Florida State University requirements for eligibility to practice, financial aid, and intercollegiate competition 

Establish control or oversight of academic eligibility decisions

Conduct or review a portion of exit interviews with student-athletes 

Coordinate the nomination process for NCAA and ACC postgraduate scholarships and honors 

Report to the faculty and administration periodically about the academic wellbeing of student-athletes, performance, rules or compliance violations, and other matters related to the athletics program

Attend periodically the departmental senior staff and coaches' meetings with Compliance 

Be active in working with Florida State University's Athletic Board and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) 

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