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The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) works to help faculty understand changes in requirements, demands, and resources for college athletes. We want to help faculty recognize signs of problems facing student-athletes and understand what faculty members can do if they notice threats to student-athletes health or safety.

On April 21st, 2023, COIA hosted the annual meeting. The agenda with session video links included is below.


2023 Annual Meeting of the Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA)


April 21, 2023

At The Bush School, Washington DC.  1620 L St NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036

Friday, April 21, 2023

8:20 –9:35 am

Updates on NCAA Transformation: Jennifer Fraser, NCAA Director of Division I; Binh Nguyen, Director of  Academic and Membership Affairs. Play recording HERE

10:00 – 11:45 am

Employment Status and other threats to Amateurism: Are student-athletes employees?  Do they still have to go to class? What is the impact of NIL? Tom McMillen from LEAD1, Donna Lopiano from Drake Group, Gabe Feldman from Knight Commission, and Peter Schoenthal from Athliance. Play recording HERE

1:30 – 2:45 pm

Online Gambling: How to Recognize the Dangers. Discussion of how students and faculty may be impacted by on-campus betting and what to do Ronald Rychlak, FAR from the University of Mississippi. Play recording HERE

3:00 – 3:50 pm

Student-Athlete Health and Safety Panel: Discuss how faculty can respond to information received from student-athletes and athletics department personnel (health and academic). What are policies? How does HIPAA impact interactions? What support is available for students? Better understand the processes that go into returning a student-athlete to the classroom. Jeri Zemke and Greg Gardner, Athletic Trainers; Dr. Christina Carter, U of Tulsa, Director of Academic Advising; Dr. Jake Resch, U Virginia TBI Researcher. Play recording HERE

4:00 – 4:30 pm

How to Start a Mental Health Program for Student-Athletes on a Shoe String: Dr. Jonathan Sladky and Kelly Hee, MSW. Play recording HERE

The Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) is an alliance of faculty senates from NCAA Division I schools. COIA’s mission is to provide a national faculty voice on intercollegiate sports issues. Areas of concern include academic integrity and quality, student-athlete welfare, campus governance of intercollegiate athletics, commercialization, and fiscal responsibility. The Coalition is committed to the development of effective strategies and proposals for significant, long-term reform in college athletics. COIA works with university faculties, administrations, and national associations concerned with higher education, to implement these strategies and proposals.

Currently, Division I schools that have faculty senates are eligible to be members of COIA. During the past several years, COIA has produced a number of white papers and other documents that lay out recommendations for reform. These recommendations offer best practices that can be used by schools to examine their own policies and practices with regard to intercollegiate athletics. Many of these recommendations have also been discussed with the NCAA as possible action items.

The faculty governance body of any NCAA Division I school can be a member of COIA (see How to Join COIA). We are an ad hoc group and operate without a staff or budget. Our direction is determined by our member senates, and we warmly welcome any NCAA Division I senate that votes to join the COIA on the basis of a general agreement with the principles laid out in our policy papers and reports.