“The mission of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering positive student-athlete image.”
Article I. Purpose
The purpose of the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA) is to enhance the experience of student-athletes who are members of intercollegiate athletic programs at Case Western Reserve University.
Section 1. Mission Statement
The mission of the Case Association of Student-Athletes (CASA) is to provide student-athletes with a means of improving visibility within the campus community through community service, communication between student-athletes and the administration, and increased community involvement. CASA will also provide insight and feedback on Department of Athletics issues, and NCAA matters and legislation.
Section 2. Function of CASA
a. Promote communication between athletic staff, coaches and student-athletes.
b. Provide insight into Department of Athletics and University Athletic Association (UAA) matters, and provide a platform for feedback on these subjects and legislation.
c. Provide community service opportunities and programs for varsity teams and the Department of Athletics.
d. Encourage teams to support one another by promoting and attending events.
e. Promote a positive image of student-athletes on and off campus.
f. Contribute to the organization of the All-Sports banquet.
Section 3. Goals
a. Create more visibility on campus for student-athletes.
b. Provide a forum for student-athletes to communicate with the Department of Athletics, coaches, and academic administration.
c. Build a sense of community encompassing all athletic programs.
d. Provide a means of communicating to the student-athlete population, the academic community and our surrounding neighborhoods.
e. Build relationships with the Greater Cleveland community.
f. Work in conjunction with the Case Reserve Athletic Club on events, programs and Department of Athletics initiatives.
Section 4. Non-Discrimination
CASA will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or status as a veteran.
Article II. Membership
Section 1. Representation
a. CASA will consist of at least two (2) representatives from each varsity sport (indoor and outdoor track are considered one sport).
i. All student-athletes are eligible to represent their respective team. It is encouraged to have both an upper class and lower class team member as representatives.
ii. The term of membership will be one academic year. Members are permitted to serve more than one consecutive term.
iii. Each individual team can determine their representatives and shall transmit them to the Director of Athletics by September 15th of each year.
iv. A team can send more than two representatives to meetings, but only two representatives will have voting power.
b. Student-athlete representatives must maintain academic and athletic eligibility during membership on CASA.
c. Duties of Representatives:
i. Communicate with their respective teams the topics discussed during CASA meetings.
ii. Attend every CASA meeting barring an excused absence due to academic or athletic responsibility or extenuating circumstances. The absence should be communicated to the President of CASA at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. If two consecutive meetings are missed without an excused absence, the member must commit to attend the next meeting, or the team will have to elect a new representative.
iii. Actively carry out the mission statement and purposes of CASA.
iv. Participate in at least one service project, organized through CASA, each semester.
Section 2. Officers
a. CASA shall elect a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Committee Chairs to be known collectively as the Executive Board. The Executive Board members are considered a representative for their team as well. Hence, the Executive Board will consist of:
- Vice President
- CASA Service, Committee Chair
- CASA Programs, Committee Chair
- CASA Spirit, Committee Chair
i. Duties of President:
1. Preside over council and executive board meetings.
2. Serve as a liaison to the Department of Athletics.
3. Function as spokesperson for the student-athletes to the Department of Athletics, university, community, and media.
4. Communicate regularly with the administration and determine the agenda for the CASA meetings.
ii. Duties of Vice President:
1. Preside over CASA meetings in the absence of the President.
2. Assist the President with his/her duties.
3. Oversee the committee chairs and holds them accountable for effective discharge of duties.
iii. Duties of Secretary:
1. Record minutes at each council and executive board meeting and distribute minutes to all members and the Department of Athletics.
2. Understand all CASA policies and educate others about them.
3. Record attendance.
iv. Duties of Treasurer:
1. Monitor CASA budget.
2. Works with university to obtain funding for CASA.
3. Oversees fund-raising.
v. Committee Chairs: Committee Chairs are responsible for recruiting at least three volunteers for committees. CASA members will be assigned to committees if volunteers are not secured.
1. CASA Service
a. Organize and advertise service projects in the community.
b. Moderate member participation in the service projects.
2. CASA Programs
a. Plan and organize social events that promote unity for student-athletes, teams and the Department of Athletics.
b. Work with the Department of Athletics to plan the annual All-Sports Banquet.
3. CASA Spirit
a. Advertise and attend events of the Department of Athletics.
b. Develop programs and incentives to encourage attendance of athletes and non-athletes at athletic events.
vi. CASA Faculty Advisor
1. CASA will have one department advisor appointed by the Director of Athletics and one faculty advisor chosen by the Executive Board. Advisors shall serve one year renewable appointments.
2. Assist the Executive Board with their duties.
3. Act as a liaison between the Department of Athletics and CASA.
Section 3. Elections
a. During the March general assembly meeting, student-athletes can be nominated, by others or by themselves, to run for an Executive Board position. In order to be eligible for an executive office, you must have been a member of CASA for at least one semester.
b. Elections will be held during the April meeting.
i. During this meeting, candidate discussion and voting will take place.
ii. Each candidate will be allotted up to five minutes.
iii. A confidential representative vote will be by ballot.
iv. Votes will be tallied by the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Results will be emailed to all of the CASA members.
v. Newly elected officers are expected to join current officers at the final two executive board meetings of the year.
c. Ties are decided by the Executive Board.
Section 4. Removal
a. Any CASA member can be removed from their position by a two-thirds vote of the representatives. Should removal take place, the nomination and election process will take place immediately. Reasons for removal include:
i. Failure to complete assigned duties and overall lack of participation in CASA.
ii. Failure to meet qualifications for membership of CASA.
Article III. Meetings
a. There will be one general assembly meeting the first Monday of each month. In the event that the first Monday of the month is a university holiday, the meeting will be held the first Monday school is in session.
Every representative is expected to attend meetings. Absence of members have been addressed in Article 2, Section 1, under representation.
b. Committees will meet as the Chair deems necessary, but at least once every 2 months. The bi-monthly committee meetings must be scheduled with the knowledge of the Executive Board.
c. The Executive Board will meet at least once per month in addition to the general assembly meeting.
Article IV. Amendments and Revisions
Section 1. Amendments
a. The constitution may be amended at any time by a two-thirds vote from the CASA membership body and approval of the CASA Department Advisor. Prior to voting, the new amendment must be discussed at a general assembly meeting.
b. Any member may introduce an amendment to be considered.
c. The amendment must be voted on during the meeting immediately following the one in which it was introduced.
Section 2. Revisions
a. This document must be reviewed annually by the CASA Executive Board.