SDA 102: Philosophy of Sun Devil Athletics
To describe ASU’s philosophy of intercollegiate athletics
Office of the President
The mission of Arizona State University is to provide outstanding programs in instruction, research, and creative activity, to promote economic development, and to provide service appropriate for the nation, the state of Arizona, and the state’s major metropolitan area.
Arizona State University considers intercollegiate athletics to be an integral part of the university. Consequently, the intercollegiate athletics program is expected to reflect the same standards of excellence and integrity that characterize the instructional, research, and public service activities of the university as a whole. Within this context, the mission of Sun Devil Athletics (SDA) is to empower Sun Devils to achieve championship performance, while graduating and preparing student-athletes for life after intercollegiate athletics with the highest priority being integrity.
Arizona State University is committed to the institutional control of its intercollegiate athletics program. The president of Arizona State University is responsible for, and has final authority in all matters (including personnel) related to, and the operation of, the intercollegiate athletics program.
Arizona State University regards the student-athlete primarily as a student, with academic qualifications, individual rights, personal interests, and aspirations similar to those of all students. The graduation rates of recruited student-athletes as a group, or of any significant subgroup thereof, are expected to be at least equal to those achieved by the student body at large. Moreover, student-athletes are encouraged to integrate fully into the broader community of students, and to utilize the full range of services and opportunities provided by the university for the benefit of all students.
Arizona State University is committed to the principles of amateurism, gender and ethnic diversity, nondiscrimination, ethical conduct, good sportsmanship, and fair play in all aspects of its intercollegiate athletics program.
Arizona State University is committed to the self-regulation of all aspects of the intercollegiate athletics program according to internal rules that are at least as stringent as those imposed by official regulatory bodies. These internal controls are intended to achieve full compliance with external regulations and to ensure that the intercollegiate athletics program is operated in a manner consistent with the university’s mission and goals.
Arizona State University values and encourages the support of the intercollegiate athletics program by those within and outside of the university. All such assistance is expected to conform to the internal and external regulations that govern such activities.