UT Martin Intercollegiate Athletics Mission Statement and Governing Values
The University of Tennessee at Martin intercollegiate athletics program enhances the total collegiate experience for currently enrolled students and generates interest in UT Martin from various stakeholders by developing competitive teams, academically successful student-athletes and staff and student-athletes who are involved in the campus and external community. These goals are pursued while stressing the physical, emotional and social well being of student-athletes. All coaches and staff are expected to comply with NCAA and NIRA regulations and principles, especially those related to sportsmanship and ethical conduct. Opportunities for women and minorities are expanded whenever possible.
- Academic responsibility is assumed by student-athletes.
- Every staff member has a unique behavioral style and all styles bring value to the program.
- Character is reflected through sportsmanship.
- Disregard for NCAA rules will not be tolerated and the "spirit" or rules will be honored.
- "What we need is what we have." What others have is irrelevant.
- Stakeholders outside the athletics program are honored and appreciated.
- Practices, contests, and administrative workplaces are family oriented. Specifically, sexually explicit language, sexually inappropriate jokes or references, and profane uses of the words, God or Jesus, will not be tolerated.
- Physical fitness is maximized through the "will to prepare to win". Staff and student-athletes who intentially set aside this principle, especially as it relates to drug and alcohol abuse, will lose playing time, scholarships, or compensation.
- Athletics receives exceptional public scrutiny; thus student-athletes and staff must demonstrate exceptiional levels of citizenship.
- Disagreements with administrative decisions or departmental policies discussed within administrative protocols and never discussed with student-athletes.