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DII Presidents Council sponsors 3 new proposals for 2022 Convention

New members elected to Management and Presidents Councils

The Division II Presidents Council on Wednesday advanced three additional proposals for the 2022 NCAA Convention.

Two of the proposals focus on the mission and principles of the Division II infractions process, and the investigative and hearing processes. They will be included in a package of five proposals, three of which were already slated to be voted on at the 2022 Convention. The Presidents Council voted to amend the effective date for one of the three previously sponsored proposals, which would establish a negotiated resolution process. The effective date on the proposal was changed from Aug. 1, 2022, to immediate.

The Division II Enforcement and Infractions Task Force recommended the entire package of proposals. The task force includes members of the Division II Management and Presidents Councils, as well as current and former members of the Division II Committee on Infractions and Infractions Appeals Committee, and it was created to study the recent changes made to the Division I infractions process and recommend ways to enhance Division II’s process.

“This package of proposals was developed in a way that prioritizes Division II’s needs in these respective areas,” said Sandra Jordan, chair of the Presidents Council and president of the University of South Carolina Aiken. “The task force and the variety of perspectives on it helped form these recommendations to strengthen the Division II infractions process.”

Additionally, the Presidents Council sponsored legislation for the 2022 Convention to eliminate the option for a student-athlete to sign a written release or waiver declining the sickle cell solubility test. This proposal came from the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, which called for consistent mandatory testing, citing the benefits of appropriately monitoring student-athletes who test positive.

Elections

The Presidents Council elected two new members, named a new vice chair and approved recommendations to appoint two new Management Council members.

Steven Shirley, president of Minot State, was elected vice chair of the Presidents Council effective July 1 for a term through August 2022 and is eligible for re-election. Shirley has served on the Presidents Council since July 2019.

Sandra Woodley, president of Texas Permian Basin, was elected as the Region 4 representative on the Presidents Council. Cheryl Lovell, president of Adams State, was elected as the Presidents Council’s at-large representative.

The two new Management Council members will be Sandee Mott, director of athletics at Texas Woman’s University who will serve as the Lone Star Conference’s representative, and Erin Lind, commissioner of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Legislative authority and process discussion

The Presidents Council discussed and provided feedback about expanding legislative options to broaden the division’s ability to respond in the future to challenges like those seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Specifically, the council discussed broadening the list of instances in which emergency legislation and resolutions can be adopted.

Currently, emergency legislation can be adopted in Division II only in “situations where the NCAA must respond to, or comply with, a court, alternate dispute resolution or government order or when the Council deems it appropriate to limit or avoid NCAA liability,” per the division’s constitution. Similarly, resolutions in Division II can be adopted only at an annual or special convention.

The group also considered whether to reduce the amount of notice needed to convene a special convention from 90 days to 30 days, given technological advancements to hold meetings virtually. As at the annual Convention held in January, each Division II school, conference and the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee would have a vote on each proposal at a special convention.

The Division II Management Council will revisit this topic at its July meeting and is expected to formalize proposals for the Presidents Council to consider at its August meeting for the 2022 Convention.