What is a Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR)?
An FAR is a member of the faculty at an NCAA member institution. He or she has been designated by the institution to serve as a liaison between the institution and the athletics department, and also as a representative of the institution in conference and NCAA affairs. Each institution determines the role of the FAR at that particular institution.
According to one of FARA's Guiding Principles, the role of the FAR is: "... to ensure that the academic institution establishes and maintains the appropriate balance between academics and intercollegiate athletics." Click here to see all of FARA's Guiding Principles.
The role of the faculty athletics representative is mandated in NCAA legislation. NCAA Bylaw 6.1.3 states:
A member institution shall designate an individual to serve as faculty athletics representative. An individual so designated after January 12, 1989, shall be a member of the institution’s faculty or an administrator who holds faculty rank and shall not hold an administrative or coaching position in the athletics department. Duties of the faculty athletics representative shall be determined by the member institution.
What is the role of the FAR in the NCAA?
Faculty voices and influence have been present in the affairs of the NCAA for as long as the NCAA has been in existence. The Carnegie Foundation Report on American College Athletics in 1928 attests to the presence of faculty views in the operation of the NCAA up to that time. In 1980, the NCAA released a study written by Earl Ramer, which outlined the history of the significant and continuing roles played by faculty in the NCAA in the decades before 1980. Shortly after the Ramer Report was published, the NCAA produced the first Faculty Athletics Representative Handbook, which was revised in 1987 and 2004. These reports indicate that faculty athletics representatives have long been thoroughly integrated into the infrastructure of the NCAA. Faculty athletics representatives are prominent in all levels of NCAA governance, excepting those reserved for chief executive officers, and they continually serve as points of contact between their campuses and the NCAA in the regular conduct of intercollegiate athletics programs. (Source: Faculty Athletics Representatives Handbook.)
The integration of faculty athletics representatives into NCAA operations is reflected in the bylaws of the NCAA. A brief review of this legislation follows.
Articles 4, 5 and 6 of the NCAA Bylaws recognize the involvement of faculty athletics representatives in the organization, legislative authority and legislative process of the NCAA, and the important role of faculty athletics representatives in the local institutional control of intercollegiate athletics programs. Specifically, the NCAA Manuals indicate the following:
Each member institution is required to appoint a faculty athletics representative. (NCAA Bylaw 6.1.3)
Qualifications of those who may serve as faculty athletics representatives are described in NCAA Bylaw 6.1.3.
The faculty athletics representative is recognized as the representative of the institution and its faculty in the relationship between the NCAA and the local campus. (NCAA Bylaw 4.02.2)
The FAR is one of only five institutional representatives authorized to request an NCAA legislative interpretation on behalf of the institution.The chief executive officer, director of athletics, senior woman administrator and compliance coordinator (or their designate) are the other individuals permitted to do so. (NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11.1.2)
(Source: Faculty Athletics Representatives Handbook.)