What is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee? (SAAC)
A Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight into the student-athlete experience on our respective campuses as well as within the Little East Conference. The SAAC also offers input into the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes on their own campuses as well as at the Conference and National levels.
At the National level, there are separate National Student Athlete Advisory Committees for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have a SAAC on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have a functioning Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well.
The mission of the Little East Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; fostering a positive student-athlete image; providing a forum for student-athletes throughout the LEC and NCAA, as well as, promoting a spirit of camaraderie by modeling positive sportsmanship while maintaining the tenants of the Division III philosophy.
LEC SAAC Guiding Principles
The Little East Conference SAAC will strive to develop a collective voice within the guise of the following principles: ethics, athletic integrity, fairness and a respect for sport and the tenets of diversity, which, shall include race, culture, sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, gender and disability.
Composition of Committee
The Little East Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee shall consist of 18 members, including two representatives from each full-time member institution and the Chair and Vice-Chair. Each member institution may also elect an alternate conference SAAC representative who may sit in for a regular delegate at conference meetings if necessary. Sport specific member institutions will not have representation on the Little East Conference SAAC. Member institutions should make every effort to elect one male and one female representative to the Conference SAAC, one of whom should be an ethnic minority if possible, but ultimately it is up to the Director of Athletics on each respective campus who will represent them on the LEC SAAC.