Conference Carolinas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Information
What is SAAC?
A Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athelete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs.
Purpose of SAAC
The purpose of the Conference Carolinas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to:
- Promote a healthy and constant communication between the student-athletes and the conference administration;
- Communicate suggestions, needs, wants, praise and problems at institutions to the conference administration;
- Encourage involvement in community service projects, community engagement activities and promoting the need for a positive game environment amongst each Conference Carolinas institution;
- Design programs that will encourage academic success, health promotion, social responsibility and general awareness of the needs and overall well being of studentathletes within Conference Carolinas;
- Solicit campus student-athlete response to proposed NCAA legislation
The mission of the Conference Carolinas Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to promote a positive student-athlete image, enforce a unified conference that aids other fellow institutions in need of support or encouragement, and enhance the overall student-athlete experience in areas such as leadership, communication, and instruction.
Guiding Principles of SAAC
The Division II SAAC will be guided by the following principles: ethics, integrity, fairness and respect for diversity, which shall include attention to gender, ethnicity and sport.
The Role of Division II Conference SAACs
Currently 27 members, including representatives from each of the 24 Division II multisport voting conferences, one representative of Division II independent institutions, and two at-large representatives. Additionally, two members of the Management Council and one member of the Presidents Council serve as ex-officio and nonvoting members.
Representatives are responsible for gathering feedback and reporting on behalf of their conference, as well as relaying important events, hot topics and educational information to both the campus and conference levels. In addition to relaying information across campuses and conferences, the committee speaks on behalf of the entire Division II student-athlete body throughout the NCAA governance structure.
Division II SAAC members serve as voting members on a number of Division II committees, including the Management Council. The SAAC also has voting authority during the Division II Business Session at the annual NCAA Convention.
Campus SAAC Executive Board
The NCAA recommends the creation of some type of executive board to oversee the operation of campus SAACs. Traditional board member positions include chairperson, chair-elect, secretary/treasurer and chairpersons of any standing subcommittees. All of these positions should be held by student-athletes.
Constitution and Bylaws
The constitution of the campus SAAC is a document written by the executive board and approved by the representatives. The constitution is essential to outline the policies and operating procedures of the committee. It should include the name and purpose of the committee, membership, leadership structure, standing committees, philosophy, advisors, impeachment process, veto powers, ratification and amendment procedures and voting and meeting requirements. It should be noted that many institutions require that an organization have bylaws to be an officially recognized student committee. Copies of campus SAAC bylaws and models are available through the NCAA national office.