Athletics Department Mission Statement
The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provides the university community, students and student-athletes, and the greater Milwaukee community with quality Division I athletic experiences. The Athletic Department promotes a spirit of pride in the University through positive athletic experiences for student-athletes, coaches, and spectators. The Athletic Department embraces the educational mission of UWM as a large, student-oriented, urban, research institution.
Statement of Philosophy
The primary objective of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is to provide the best possible educational and athletic experience for its student-athletes. The health and safety of all student-athletes will be protected by the institution by providing a healthy and safe environment as per the NCAA Constitution. The principles of fair play and amateur athletic competition as outlined in the NCAA Constitution and defined by the NCAA rules will be adhered to at all times.
In keeping with the stated mission of the University, the Athletics Department seeks to maintain a sports program of high quality, designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of an urban population. A challenging educational experience for both participants and spectators is a further outgrowth of the mission. As with all departments, the Athletics Department is committed to seeking state and national stature in the excellence of its programs.
The University is committed to established NCAA and Horizon League rules and regulations governing its intercollegiate athletic endeavors. It acknowledges and upholds the concept of institutional control requiring appropriate participation in the development and review of athletic policies by the University Chancellor, the Intercollegiate Athletic Board, the Faculty Senate and the Faculty Athletics Representative. All athletic booster organizations, alumni and other groups and individuals who represent the University's athletic interests are expected to adhere to the policies and procedures established by the University for the governance of its intercollegiate athletics program.
Integrating the mandates established by UWM, the Horizon League and the NCAA, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics recognizes a commitment to serve student-athletes, the University and the Greater Milwaukee community. Based upon that philosophy, the Department is guided by the following objectives:
- To employ coaches and other staff members who are capable of performing as professionals in an education community where high standards of integrity and ethical behavior, as well as sportsmanship, are expected of its members. All employees of the Department of Athletics must maintain these high standards and strive to learn and follow in good faith all of the rules of the athletic associations with which the University is affiliated.
- To recruit student-athletes who are academically prepared for University work. Primary admission standards are established by the Board of Regents and administered by the Department of Enrollment Services. Requirements for admission to a program of study are established by the various schools and colleges of the University.
- To provide equal opportunities for men and women by developing and sustaining programs that help student-athletes achieve their maximum potential, both athletically and academically.
- To operate its athletics program in a manner that does not detract from the student-athletes' educational opportunities. The University expects its student-athletes to maintain academic standards, while seeking a degree from the University within a reasonable period of time. The Department of Athletics assumes an active role in assisting student-athletes to achieve this goal by operating its sports programs at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics competition and seeking to affiliate with institutions demonstrating a similar commitment to academic excellence and institutional integrity.
- To train student-athletes in legitimate methods of good sportsmanship, competition, and the will to win, and thereby contributing to the development of institutional morale, loyalty and school spirit.
- To maintain the necessary facilities and medical personnel to enhance the physical fitness and skill of its student-athletes, as well as to promote the recovery of those who are ill or injured. The Department also provides programs for counseling student-athletes who abuse alcohol or controlled substances.
- To supply wholesome recreational activity and entertainment for the participants, the student body and the public.
- To provide a means by which institutional alumni and public at large can identify with the University for mutually beneficial purposes.
- To interface with booster groups that support intercollegiate athletic programs, maintain control of all donations, expectations and expenditures of funds that are handled by the booster groups, and follow appropriate audit and information procedures consistent with the Horizon League and NCAA guidelines.