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Dr. Robert Kleidman
Associate Professor for Criminology and Sociology


Who is the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) and what do they do?
The FAR is:

  • A Member of the Institution’s Faculty or an Administrator who holds faculty rank
  • Appointed by the President/Chancellor
  • Independent of the Athletic Department
  • Serves as the liaison/bridge between the Athletic and Academic Departments
  • Recognized as the representative of the institution and its faculty in the relationship between the NCAA and local campus

What are the FAR’s responsibilities?
The duties and involvement of a FAR will vary from campus to campus.  Most if not all FARs will participate in the following activities:

  • Monitoring the academic integrity of the Athletic Department
  • Monitoring the academic performance of Student‐Athletes
  • Ensuring academic services are available to Student‐Athletes
  • Collaborate with the designated institutional committee on athletic matters (e.g., Faculty Athletic Council)
  • Review and vote on CAA Scholar‐Athlete Awards

Other areas where a FAR may assist an Athletic Department

  • Review and/or Approve NCAA waivers
  • Processing NCAA certification of eligibility
  • Assist the student‐athlete with Institutional scholarship appeals (e.g., serve on committee; attest to process being carried out correctly)
  • Serve as a resource for coaches (e.g., recruiting)
  • Serve on hiring committees
  • Collaborate with SAAC

The FAR often communicates with the academic support personnel, athletic department, or other institutional departments as needed to ensure Student‐Aathletes are receiving the proper assistance and/or support from the institution.  Other ways in which the FAR may support Student‐Athletes: 

  • Serve as a liaison when having an issue with a faculty member
  • Assist with missed class time / excused absence policy
  • Act as a resource for Graduate School; Post‐Baccalaureate pursuits
  • Help interpret institutional academic policies (e.g., honor code)
  • Assist with finding/coordinating support for health & well‐being matters