The Athletic Council exists to help the University develop and maintain the best possible intercollegiate athletic program consistent with the academic integrity of the institution and the academic and social development of student athletes. The Athletic Council is the primary body which advises the President on all matters relating to intercollegiate athletics. It is responsible for formulation and recommendation of policy matters affecting intercollegiate athletics and for monitoring the implementation of such policy by the intercollegiate athletics program. The Council, on behalf of the President, provides the necessary faculty input and participation in intercollegiate athletics as required by the Big Ten Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association and the University of Maryland at College Park. The Council does not execute policy but serves to influence policy development and administration.