The Senate Athletics Committee was established in 1975 to encourage and support sports and athletics as an integral component of the academic mission of the University of Pittsburgh. The committee's primary responsibility is to encourage and review the sports (extramural and intramural) and recreational programs of the University and those matters related to them.
The committee holds that good physical, psychological, and social health stems from a proper balance of athletics and recreation in relation to other campus activities (e.g., formal studies, generating knowledge, artistic creativity, collecting, storing, and disseminating information) that are traditional parts of American universities and colleges. It therefore is concerned with fostering a healthful balance of physical and mental amenities for all university community members. The committee particularly is concerned with the physical and psychological health of all students active in sports and athletics at the University.
The committee recommends policies and procedures relating to standards for athletic participation and codes governing the conduct of varsity sports. It is concerned with the well-being of all student athletes and the successful completing of the requirements for their graduation. Accordingly, its duties include reviewing the standards of admission for scholar athletes, matters relating to their academic performance and standing, and the academic and counseling support services provided to them.
The committee advises on the scope of intramural sports, recreational programs, and the use of athletic facilities for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and organizations and groups outside the University.
The committee will receive annual and/or other specialized reports on budgetary matters pertaining to university sports, athletics, and recreational programs and facilities, as well as on academic status of student athletes by sport and gender.
While the committee must provide an annual written report of its activities to the University Senate, it may at any time make recommendations regarding its purview to Faculty Assembly, Senate Council, and members of the University administration concerned with athletics.