Athletic Council Constitution



The Council shall be composed of the following 13 members:

  1. Six faculty members (it shall be the policy as a general rule to make appointments from the ranks of teaching, research and extension faculty);
  2. The faculty member appointed by the President as Faculty Representative to the Intercollegiate Conferences, ex officio;
  3. The Director of Athletics, ex officio;
  4. The Director of Alumni Relations, ex officio;
  5. The Controller, ex officio;
  6. Two Alumni Members;
  7. The President of Student Government, ex officio.

The faculty members shall be appointed by the President, subject to the approval of the Academic Senate. Three shall be appointed each year to serve a two-year term. An alumni member shall be nominated by the Alumni Varsity Club and the second by the Alumni Advisory Council. Both alumni members are to be recommended by the Alumni Advisory Council to the President for appointment. Alumni members shall not be employees of Michigan State University.

Terms of office shall begin on July 1 following the member's appointment or election.

Vacancies occurring during the term of any member shall be filled by appointment by the President in the case of faculty, and upon the recommendation of the Director of Alumni Relations in the case of alumni.


The officers of the Council shall be a chairperson, vice chairperson, and a secretary. The Director of Alumni Relations shall serve as secretary. The Faculty Representative to the Intercollegiate Conference shall serve as chairperson. The vice chairperson shall be elected at the first regular meeting following July 1 and will take office immediately to serve a one-year term.


  1. Rule on eligibility of students for intercollegiate competition.
  2. Vote on intercollegiate conference legislation under the terms of the White Resolution.
  3. Vote on National Collegiate Athletic Association legislation requiring faculty action.
  4. Review schedules and develop schedule policy.
  5. Control complimentary ticket allocation.
  6. Determine ticket prices and policies.
  7. Determine athletic contest television and radio policy.
  8. Determine athletic awards policy.
  9. Serve in an advisory capacity to the University administration on matters of intercollegiate athletic policy.
  10. Serve in an advisory capacity to the Athletic Director on such matters as the Director may refer to the Council.
  11. Serve in an advisory capacity to the Faculty Representative concerning special matters requiring faculty action on the Big Ten or National Collegiate Athletic Association.
  12. Determine what sports shall be part of the intercollegiate athletic program.


  1. The Director of Athletics shall advise the Council as to the development of the athletic program at each regular meeting.
  2. The Faculty Representative shall advise the Council as to relationships with other members of the Big Ten and on all matters requiring faculty action at each regular meeting.


The Council will meet during the first month of the fall, winter, and spring terms and at such other times as the chairperson may determine.


Enacted: 11/19/55

Amended: 1/3/56