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Introduction


Table of Contents

Background and Scope
Statement of Purpose
Mission Statement of the University of the Pacific
Mission Statement of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Philosophy
Institutional Control
Notice of Nondiscrimination
Academics
Coaching Staff
Student-Athletes


 

Background and Scope

The University of the Pacific is a member of the NCAA Division I, the West Coast Conference, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the NorPac Conference, and the Golden Coast Conference. This Athletics Policies and Procedures Manual provides information critical to Athletics compliance with all NCAA, University, and government regulations. The department Manual supplements University-wide Policies and Procedures governing University operations and provides the additional guidance specifically related to Athletics compliance and operations. Should the Athletics Policy Manual contain guidance in conflict with University-wide policies and procedures, University-wide policy must be followed unless there is a specific documented exception required in order to ensure NCAA compliance. In such cases the variance must be communicated to the Associate Director of Athletics for Student-Athlete Services & Compliance/SWA and the University Controller.

University-wide policies and procedures include but are not limited to the following:
This Manual is not intended to replace the NCAA Division I Manual. Coaches and staff members should continue to use the NCAA Division I Manual and these University-wide resources in carrying out their responsibilities in addition to the Manual.

Staff members are also required to read and understand the Pacific Student-Athlete Handbook, and must be able to provide pertinent policy information and guidance materials to their respective student-athletes.

Athletics programs are a highly visible and highly scrutinized activity at any University, particularly for Division I programs. All staff and student-athletes play an integral role in upholding the integrity of the University’s Athletics program and ensuring its continued success. All involved in the program must continually demonstrate a strong commitment to high standards for personal conduct and appearance and a commitment to compliance with the guidance outlined above and throughout this Manual.
 

Statement of Purpose

This Manual is intended to serve as a basic guide for each member of the Athletics department. It is designed as a resource for questions regarding philosophy, policies, procedures, responsibilities, organizational structure and lines of authority. It is intended to be both a training and orientation handbook for new staff and a permanent source of reference for all employees. The policies and procedures are necessary to ensure fair and equitable treatment of each staff member and student-athlete, as well as compliance with University, NCAA and other governance requirements.

This Manual is maintained in electronic format and regularly updated on the Athletics Department website. All suggestions for changes should be submitted to the Associate Director of Athletics for Student Services & Compliance. Suggested modifications will be forwarded to the Director of Athletics for approval. Any changes will be made in consultation with other affected University divisions prior to implementation.

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Mission Statement of the University of the Pacific

The University of the Pacific's mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning environment integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities.

 

 

Mission Statement of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

 

The mission of the University of the Pacific Intercollegiate Athletics Program is to support and facilitate the university’s mission while being dedicated to providing its student-athletes opportunities to experience valuable lessons in diversity, self discipline, leadership and teamwork through NCAA Division I competition.

 

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Philosophy

 

Pacific Intercollegiate Athletics shall direct its activities to encourage positive attitudes in a diverse group of student-athletes and motivate them to be the “best and the brightest” in athletic achievement, academic development, and moral character. The University of the Pacific considers intercollegiate athletics an integral part of the educational and developmental process of the complete student-athlete.

Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to providing opportunities for its student-athletes to strive for excellence both academically and athletically. Through participation in intercollegiate athletics, each student-athlete should:

  • Develop a strong sense of pride, sportsmanship and personal integrity;

  • Experience the positive effects of team work, appreciation of diversity, and a strong sense of loyalty;
  • Recognize the benefits of hard work, patience, and perseverance in both winning and losing; and
  • Carry forth into the community the values gained from the competitive experience and the academic opportunity provided them by the University.

The University of the Pacific Department of Intercollegiate Athletics believes that a strong athletics program generates enthusiasm and loyalty among the student body, stimulates strong interest and support from alumni, and increases public awareness of Pacific’s athletic and academic achievements locally, regionally and nationally.

There are a number of arenas where elements of a liberal education can expose their differences and similarities. Like a philosophical issue or a work of art, a game played at a sufficiently high level provides an opportunity for exploring the ways in which spirit and emotion, body and intellect, theory and practice, unite. This is the ultimate justification for any intercollegiate athletics program–as a forum for learning through the elements of play and sport.

Students who participate in this program must be motivated to learn and excel in a dynamic and highly competitive environment, which is an integral part of the student's total educational experience. Academically, student-athletes must meet the requirements of demanding and challenging scholastic programs while participating in athletic contests which require them to think and act under stress. In addition to committing themselves to a rigorous schedule of regular athletic practice and competition, student-athletes are expected to maintain academic excellence as their first priority and, at all times, to be making normal progress toward the completion of a degree.

Coaches must instill in each member of their teams the desire to excel and must also provide an environment in which excellence can develop. Coaches must have a thorough knowledge of their sports as well as the ability to communicate this knowledge effectively. They must recognize the importance of the student-athletes' academic pursuits and encourage and support these efforts. It is the coaches’ responsibility to maintain the delicate balance that exists between the welfare of each individual on the team, the welfare of the team as a whole, and the pursuit of excellence.

Intercollegiate athletics is a public forum. Members of the University community and the larger community of which it is a part have a chance to share with the participants the benefits of this program. Like theatre, music, and art, Athletics can enrich the quality of life of the onlooker. Also, the sharing that brings together people of different and often conflicting interests and points of view is the ingredient from which "esprit de corps" is formed.

 

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Institutional Control

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to practices, procedures and policies that reflect the integrity of the program and its mission consistent with its membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Consistent with NCAA Article 6, Institutional Control, Bylaw 6.01.1, the control and responsibility for conduct inclusive of financial dealings of intercollegiate athletics shall be exercised by the institution itself and by the conferences of which it is a member.

 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

University of the Pacific does not discriminate in the administration of any educational services (including admissions, scholarships, loans, athletics, or other University activities) or any employment decisions (including recruitment, training, compensation, benefits, employee relations, promotions, and termination) on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, color, religion, religious creed, age (except for minors or for bona fide occupational qualifications), marital status, cancer-related or genetic-related medical condition, disability, citizenship status, military service status, and any other status protected by law.

Any decision that is based upon an individual seeking advice concerning a matter of discrimination, filing a discrimination complaint, or otherwise participating in good faith in the processing of a discrimination or harassment complaint is a violation of this policy. The University will not retaliate against a person making a complaint of discrimination or harassment and will not knowingly permit retaliation to occur.

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Academics

The Department strives to develop the student-athlete as a whole person with specific emphasis on promoting academic excellence. The University of the Pacific Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is required to meet all University academic requirements, as well as the eligibility rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the West Coast Conference, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the NorPac Conference, and the Golden Coast Conference. The Department is committed to academic and athletic excellence and shall always focus on the total development of the student-athlete in a manner consistent with the overall mission of the University.

 

Coaching Staff

Coaches are teachers, mentors, and role models. As such, coaches share in the education, training and development of student-athletes. Coaches are important partners in carrying out the mission of the University and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Coaches have the responsibility to all student-athletes to take a sincere interest in academic, social, and athletic activities and to ensure that each individual is treated with fairness and provided with the optimal opportunity to excel.

Coaches also have the responsibility to maintain a high level of personal conduct. They shall represent the Department, University and the Conference in a manner that will enhance the image of the University and the intercollegiate athletics program and promote confidence in the Department.

In addition, coaches will operate all programs and activities within the rules and regulations of the Department, University, NCAA, West Coast Conference, Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, NorPac Conference, and Golden Coast Conference. Failure to conform to those directives may result in a formal reprimand, suspension with or without pay, or termination.

 

Student-Athletes

The Department has a dual responsibility to its student-athletes: first, to see that each student-athlete achieves the best possible education; and, second, to provide an environment conducive to building character and competing to the fullest extent of his or her ability. The student-athlete will be provided an environment designed to enhance their physical well-being through education, training, and medical services.

The student-athlete is first and foremost a student. The student-athlete must have the character and discipline necessary to meet required classroom and athletic performance levels. Further, student-athletes shall be amateurs in their respective intercollegiate sports and will be given the opportunity to compete under the principles of fair play.

Student-athletes are expected to meet the same general standards of conduct as any other student. As a result, student-athletes are subject to all University rules of personal conduct.

Student-athletes are also required to meet all academic standards as maintained by the University, the NCAA, the Big West Conference, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the NorPac Conference, and the Golden Coast Conference.

Full integration of student-athletes into the overall student body of the University is a key goal of the Athletics department.

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