What is a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)?
A student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses.
Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs.
Division III SAAC Mission Statement
The mission of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committees is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete welfare and fostering a positive student-athlete image.
Purpose of SAAC
Promote communication between institutional student-athlete advisory committees and the North Atlantic Conference student-athlete advisory committee.
Distribute information from the North Atlantic Conference to institutional student-athlete advisory committees.
Serve as a voice to represent the concerns and interests of student-athletes and to discuss issues relating to student-athlete well-being.
Generate a student-athlete voice within North Atlantic Conference administration in the formulation of policies.
Solicit institutional student-athlete responses to proposed North Atlantic Conference and NCAA legislation.
Build a sense of community within the North Atlantic Conference involving all institutions’ athletic teams.
Promote a positive student-athlete image throughout conference institutions.
SAAC "You Can Play"
The Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has engaged in discussions around inclusion for student-athletes within the LGBTQ community. The committee’s conversations focused on ensuring that all Division III student-athletes experience a quality and respectful athletics experience, regardless of sexual orientation. The You Can Play Project works to guarantee that athletes are given a fair opportunity to compete, and be valued only by what they contribute to their sport or their team’s success. The Division III SAAC You Can Play video can be found here, the North Atlantic Conference You can Play video can be found here and the Husson University You Can Play video can be found here. Visit the You Can Play website for more information.