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DIII Presidents Council supports future action on name, image and likeness

Committee also approves enrollment flexibility blanket waiver

The Division III Presidents Council made a motion of support Wednesday for the Division III Administrative Committee to act on name, image and likeness legislation between quarterly governance meetings.

With the NCAA Board of Governors, the Association’s top governing body, reinforcing its commitment Tuesday to modernizing NCAA rules around name, image and likeness this summer, the council affirmed the Administrative Committee’s authority to take action between the Management and Presidents Councils’ standing quarterly meetings, conducting items of business necessary to promote the normal and orderly administration of Division III.

The division’s legislative proposal on name, image and likeness focuses on two concepts. The first concept would allow student-athletes to use their status as athletes to promote their own work product or service. The second concept would allow student-athletes to use their status as athletes to endorse third-party products or services, provided there is no institutional involvement in procuring promotional opportunities for student-athletes (except to the extent the school is involved with assisting students generally).

Any action taken by the Administrative Committee this summer would be reported to, and ratified by, the Management Council and Presidents Council, which are scheduled to next meet on July 19-20 and Aug. 4, respectively.

Council approves Management Council recommendations

The Division III Presidents Council approved a blanket waiver allowing student-athletes in the upcoming academic year to participate while enrolled less than full time for both semesters.

The Division III Management Council made the recommendation to provide extra flexibility and give a base level of enrollment for student-athletes who have graduated or will graduate during the 2021-22 academic year and wish to use their additional year and season of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I commend the Management Council, Subcommittee for Legislative Relief and our various members who worked vigorously to produce a waiver that provides flexibility for our student-athletes to utilize their extra season of eligibility while ensuring students are competing against students,” said Fayneese Miller, chair of the Presidents Council and president of Hamline.

The Presidents Council will sponsor 2022 NCAA Convention legislation permitting the council to adopt emergency legislation by at least a three-fourths majority of council members present and voting. The process would be used when the division must respond to, or comply with, a court, alternative dispute resolution or government order and the use of the regular legislative cycle is likely to cause undue hardship to the Association or division membership because of the delay.

Departing member

Wednesday’s meeting marked the last for Teresa Amott, president of Knox College, who will retire in June.