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Dear Fellow Falcons,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Bowling Green State University!

BGSU Athletics has a rich tradition and history. Take pride in wearing the Orange & Brown, as the 4,000 letter winners before you
created the foundation of success you are now building upon.

Our expectation in BGSU Athletics is excellence in all respects. Between the lines, our teams should compete for championships. In
the classroom, we are proud that student-athletes as a group have higher GPA’s and graduation rates than the overall student body.
You are the best of the best at BGSU.

BGSU’s Athletic Department is designed to help you succeed. Coaches and staff members in areas like academic support, sports
medicine, the equipment room, Falcon Club, and administration all ultimately serve one customer – you, the student-athlete. Our goal
is to ensure you have a rewarding and fulfilling experience at BGSU.

Best wishes this year, both in academics and competition.

Roll Along!

D. Christopher Kingston

Director of Athletics

Bowling Green State University

                                               18 Sports. 1 Team.
                                       Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
              SEBO ATHLETIC CENTER, BOWLING GREEN, OH 43403-0030 – (419) 372-2401 – (419) 372-4517 (FAX)

Welcome to my fellow Falcons!
On behalf of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), I would like to welcome you to, or back to, Bowling Green State
University. To the freshman and transfer student-athletes, welcome and good luck as you embark on a new and exciting journey in
your athletic and academic commitment as a Falcon!
SAAC serves as the link between student-athletes and the Athletics Department administration. There are SAAC representatives from
all 18 varsity sports. The primary responsibility of SAAC is to support you as a student-athlete, in academics, athletics and important
life skills. We use SAAC as our voice not only to represent our selves within the athletic department but, on campus and within the
NCAA. We play a very important role in your experience as a student-athlete and will always be here to help you thrive and grow at
your time at BGSU.
The camaraderie among BGSU student-athletes is an amazing experience that we are all so lucky to be a part of. Joining this Falcon
Family takes sacrifice, but this sacrifice has great rewards that make it worthwhile. As a member of the Falcon Family, you have
gained “brothers”, “sisters”, mentors and friends who will have a lasting impact on your life. Student-athletes encourage each other to
strive to reach their greatest potential. Beside you are your teammates and friends, behind you are your coaches, mentors, and the
staff of the athletic department. All these pieces come together to make BGSU Athletics work. SAAC’s objective is to strengthen the
bond that forms within the athletic community, to highlight student-athlete achievements, and to provide student-athletes with new
opportunities that will work to benefit us and the community as a whole. I challenge you to take advantage of your surroundings and
those that are there to help, starting with your teammates, other athletes, coaches and the athletic department. There is a support
system in place for us all and SAAC will work to make your experience as a BGSU student-athlete the best it can be.
With all that being said to make SAAC work, we need the support and activeness of the student-athlete body. We ask that you join
SAAC in its efforts by participating in SAAC activities (Falcons Back in Action, speakers, community service events, etc.) and
supporting your fellow Falcons at competitions. You should get to know your SAAC representative and share your ideas to help make
your experience at BGSU is the best ever. SAAC is for everyone and I encourage you to get involved and share your ideas to enhance
our experience as BGSU student-athletes. I am open to any changes, suggestions, comments or concerns anyone may have to make
your experience even better as a BGSU athlete. Last year was an amazing year here at BGSU and SAAC wishes to make this one
even better; with your participation and enthusiasm we can make it happen!
Good luck to you all this year! I cannot wait to see all the wonderful things the BGSU student-athletes can do in competition, in the
classroom and in all aspects of your life! Lets band together to make this an extraordinary year!
Roll Along!

Carmen Young
BGSU SAAC President

This handbook is intended to help you be successful at BGSU. It will serve as a resource guide about the University as well as the
NCAA, MAC, and WCHA. Make use of the information provided. Utilize the resources identified in this handbook. Note the important
dates and information listed. If you have any questions contact the staff in the Office of Student-Athletes Services.
“Bowling Green State University provides educational experiences inside and outside the classroom that enhance the lives of students,
other stakeholders, and the many publics we serve. BGSU students are prepared for lifelong career growth, lives of engaged
citizenship and leadership in a global society. Within our learning community, we build a welcoming, safe and diverse environment
where creative ideas and entrepreneurial achievements can benefit others throughout Ohio, the nation and the world.”
•        Respect for one another
•        Collaboration
•        Intellectual and personal growth
•        Creativity and Innovation
•        Pursuit of Excellence
Vision: “Excellence on campus, in the local community, and across the country for student-athletes by developing commitment,
supporting academic success, fostering community pride and integrity, safeguarding student welfare, and commanding respect for
persons of all backgrounds.”
Mission: “The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Bowling Green State University is committed to cultivating champions in
academics, sport, and life. We target excellence in 18 sports; we achieve it as one team.”
Facilities: Provide well-maintained facilities and continually seek opportunities for improvement.
Academics: Educate our student-athletes about the value of academics and graduation and constantly seek opportunities that assist in
their learning development.
Leadership: Instill the importance of leadership growth among student-athletes, staff, and coaches.
Championships: Establish competitive programs that maintain success while striving for championships.
Outreach: Actively engage the community and value diversity
National Visibility: Implement creative messaging to expand, promote, and effectively communicate our brand nationally.
Stewardship: Maintain fiscal responsibility while assisting in campus-wide initiatives to elevate the University’s reputation.
• promote the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at all times
• pursue excellence in teamwork, business practices and competition
• take responsibility for personal actions
• conduct ourselves with honesty
• foster an environment of rules compliance and education
Welfare of Student-Athletes:
• provide experiences that promote learning and growth of the whole person
• consider decisions as they impact the lives of student-athletes
• provide support so student-athletes can excel academically
• promote cooperation through the Department, University and local community
• be actively involved
• treat all with dignity and impartiality
• value emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical wellness of others and self

• foster an environment that values diversity
• recognize and enjoy exploring differences and/or aspects of subjective culture
• understand and recognize that cultural differences exist and how they affect communication, leadership styles, and conflict
The MAC’s mission is to offer nationally competitive intercollegiate athletic programs that reflect the interests of students and faculty of
its member institutions. The Mid-American Conference is dedicated to student-athlete welfare, academic integrity, athletic excellence,
rules compliance, fiscal responsibility, and equity and diversity in all programs. The conference is comprised of twelve institutions:
University of Akron                  Ball State University                          Bowling Green State University
University of Buffalo                Central Michigan University                    Eastern Michigan University
Kent State University                Miami University                               Northern Illinois University
Ohio University                      University of Toledo                           Western Michigan University
*University of Massachusetts         *football membership only

Since its inception in 1971-72, the WCHA has grown in stature from a collection of fledgling hockey programs to the most respected
conference in the nation on the ice, off the ice and behind the bench. The conference is comprised of ten institutions:
University of Alabama Huntsville                                                   Ferris State University
University Of Alaska, Anchorage                                                    Lake Superior State University
University of Alaska, Fairbanks                                                    Michigan Technological University
Bemidji University                                                                 Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bowling Green State University                                                     Northern Michigan University

Women’s Sports:                      Men’s Sports:
Basketball                           Baseball
Cross Country                        Basketball
Golf                                 Cross Country
Gymnastics                           Football
Soccer                               Golf
Softball                             Ice Hockey
Swimming & Diving                    Soccer
Track, Indoor/Outdoor

The code of conduct is made up of broad expectations and responsibilities as well as behaviors related to specific issues and activities.
In addition to the guidelines outlined in the BGSU Student Handbook, student-athletes are expected to abide by the following policies.
Student-athletes’ success in their arena of play and in the classroom is possible because BGSU student-athletes, coaches, and
administrators share in the commitment to maintain the “tradition of excellence.” A vital component of the commitment to the tradition
of excellence is the understanding that Bowling Green’s athletes are students first. Student-athletes are expected to conduct
themselves in a manner that reflects the highest standards and to uphold the integrity of Bowling Green State University. Always
remember, athletics participation is a privilege, not a right!
As such, our student-athletes have a responsibility to fulfill clear expectations, which include:
• Earning a degree should be the primary goal of a student-athlete.
• The assumption of personal responsibility is the foundation of the education experience. All student-athletes should be aware that
  at all times they represent the University, the Athletics Department, and their team. Upperclassmen must understand that it is their
  responsibility to serve as role models for new student-athletes.
• Student-athletes must adhere to the principles of amateur competition.
• Student-athletes should always remember that they are highly visible representatives of their team and of the University. Strive to
  achieve, in your public conduct, the high standard of excellence to which you aspire as a member of BGSU’s athletics program. On
  a team trip, or trip for MAC/NCAA conference meetings, or any team-related function, team members cannot consume alcohol, use
  tobacco products, or use illegal substances. This includes travel to and from an event, home games, team gatherings before or
  after games, and any time the team is together in an official capacity. Remember, as a student-athlete, you represent the
• Student-athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times, both during athletic competition and in
  their personal lives in the community.
• It is expected that student-athletes will meet all academic responsibilities: attend every class, submit assignments on time, interact
  with faculty, meet with college and faculty advisors, and take full advantage of the university’s resources.
• All student-athletes should strive to be involved as a member of the university community and make a strong effort to make the
  most of their educational experience.
• Student-athletes will understand and utilize the support services available in the Office of Student-Athlete Services; and assume the
  responsibility to seek assistance when needed.
• Making a commitment to academic integrity, every student-athlete must be familiar with the University’s Academic Code of Conduct.
• Student-athletes are expected to meet all academic eligibility requirements, and to do so in accordance with the Bowling Green
  State University Student Code governing academic honesty and class attendance.
Involvement with Internet-Based Social Networking Communities
1. Internet Social Networking Community Sites. Internet sites such as,,,
   and others provide individuals with an opportunity to interact with an amazingly expansive universe of new people and connect with
   current friends. Postings on personal profiles, groups, and chat rooms are in the public domain and easily accessible by anyone
   including reporters, parents, coaches, fans, predators, employers, and graduate school admissions officials. Once information is
   posted, it can be retrieved by computer savvy individuals even after it has been deleted.
2. Athletic Department Policy. Participation in intercollegiate athletics at Bowling Green State University is a privilege, not a right.
   The Athletic Department student-athlete conduct policy states, “Student-Athletes are expected to conduct themselves in a manner
   that reflects the highest standards and upholds the integrity of Bowling Green State University.” While the Athletic Department does
   not prohibit student-athlete involvement with internet-based social networking communities, the expectation of a high standard of
   excellence and integrity includes comments and postings made to internet sites. The Athletic Department reserves the right to take
   action against any currently enrolled student-athlete engaged in behavior that violates University, Department, or team rules,
   including such behavior that occurs in postings on the internet. This action may include education, counseling, suspension from the
   team, termination from the team, and/or reduction, cancellation or non-renewal of any athletic scholarships.
3. Recommendations. Immediately review any internet websites you may have posted on the internet to ensure that the postings are
   consistent with university, department, and team rules and that they present you in a manner be-fitting a BGSU student-athlete. For
   your safety and privacy, you should refrain from posting and should promptly remove any personally identifiable information such as
   telephone numbers, addresses, class schedules and places frequented as well as any photos you may have posted. Alert the

Compliance Office of any sites that falsely appear to be yours as this constitutes identity theft, and the University will assist your
   efforts to have the offensive site removed. Be cautious about which chat groups you join to be sure you want to be publicly
   associated with that group. Once you become a member, you are linked to the discussion that takes place within that group. Only
   the group’s administrator is able to delete your group membership or postings made to a group site.
Student-athletes are expected to uphold the standards of academic honesty at all times. If you cheat on exams or plagiarize
assignments, the professor may fail you on the exam or paper or give you a “F” in the course. Plagiarism means stealing another
person’s ideas, even if you state them in your own words, without giving proper credit to that person. The University community takes
this offense very seriously. It is your responsibility to be familiar with all aspects of the BGSU Student Handbook to avoid accusations
of academic dishonesty.
According to the BGSU Code of Academic Conduct there are six types of Academic Honesty Violations. These consist of:
1) Cheating - Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
2) Forgery – Altering a score, grade, Schedule Change Form or academic record; forging an instructor’s or another student’s
3) Bribery/Threats – Offering a bribe or making a threat or coercion related to a grade or an academic exercise.
4) Fabrication - Falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
5) Plagiarism - Representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.
6) Facilitating academic dishonesty - Helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
*For complete Code of Academic Conduct please see the BGSU Handbook.
Unauthorized reproduction of copyrighted software is illegal and unethical. Respect the laws governing the use of all copyrighted
material, including software.
Student-athletes are responsible for all miscellaneous charges on their Bursar accounts, and their eligibility status depends on their accounts
in the Bursar’s office being current. In this regard, each student at BGSU must sign a financial responsibility agreement. If your account is not
paid in full, it could affect your housing, class registration, enrollment, and athletics eligibility. Miscellaneous charges including but not limited
to: bookstore charges, not returning books received through book scholarship on time, parking tickets, and other incidental charges.
The Athletics Department realizes that you are a STUDENT-athlete. For that reason the number of class days that a player is allowed
to miss should not exceed nine (9) complete days per term, without the prior approval of the Director of Athletics. Additionally, no more
than six (6) complete class days should not be missed in any one month.
Specific requirements for dress, conduct, curfews and free time activities are determined by individual Head Coaches. It is very important to
remember that when you are traveling as a team, you are representing the University and you are expected to conduct yourself appropriately.
Your Head Coach will let you know if specific dress is expected. In general, you should simply use good judgment; taking into
consideration the location or function you are attending.
Prior to leaving campus, you should remind your instructors of your absence from class as well as request copies of any notes or
handouts you may miss from them as well. Remember, it is your responsibility to make arrangements for missed assignments or
Student-athletes shall not knowingly provide information to assist individuals involved in gambling activities, accept a bet on any BGSU
team, or take part in any organized gambling activity involving intercollegiate athletics and professional sports. If you are approached
by an individual asking for information that might relate to a competition (i.e., injuries on the team), it is best to refer that inquiry to your
head coach, respective sport administrator, or the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. In light of the numerous examples of student-
athletes becoming ineligible and/or taking legal and/or financial risks, do not think that it cannot happen to you.
To be eligible for college competition, amateur status must be maintained as defined by the NCAA. The following actions would
terminate amateur status:
• If student-athletes receive payment (in any form) or the promise of pay for participating in an athletic contest;

• If student-athletes sign a contract or verbally commit with an agent or a professional sports organization;
• If student-athletes request that their name be placed on a draft list or otherwise agree to negotiate with a professional sports
• If student-athletes use their athletic skill for pay in any form (i.e., commercials, demonstrations);
• If student-athletes play on a professional athletics team;
• If student-athletes participate on an amateur sports team and receive - directly or indirectly - any salary, incentive payment, award,
  gratuity, educational expenses, or allowances other than actual and necessary;
• Accepting any remuneration for or permitting the non-paid use of your name or picture to advertise, recommend, or promote directly
  the sale or use of a commercial product or service.
An agent may not represent student-athletes. An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she has
agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that
sport. Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all
sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport. Securing advice from a lawyer concerning a proposed
professional sports contract shall not be considered contracting for representation by an agent unless the lawyer also represents the
student-athlete in negotiations for such a contract.
The use and abuse of drugs may threaten your own well-being; create an unfair, illegal advantage in competition; or endanger the
safety of teammates or opponents. You are one of the more visible elements of the University community, constantly in the public eye
and subject to scrutiny. A drug use situation affecting your well-being not only impacts you, but can have a potentially greater effect on
others--your family, teammates, coaches, the department, and the University.
Drug abuse should be understood to include the use of any substance (tobacco, alcohol, legally obtained over-the-counter
medications, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs, including anabolic steroids), such that the user experiences physical, emotional, or
social complications that threaten or impair his/her well being, or the well being of others around him/her.
The use of all tobacco products by players, athletics department personnel, and officials on the field, court, track, or course and
adjacent areas (i.e., dugout, sideline, bench) shall be prohibited during pre-game activities and competition. Any individuals discovered
by officials to be in violation of this rule shall be ejected from the contest. This is a Mid-American Conference and an NCAA policy.
A student who is found to have utilized a substance on the list of banned drugs published by the NCAA (via NCAA drug testing
procedures), shall be declared ineligible for participation in post season and regular season competition in accordance with NCAA and
BGSU regulations.
Any athlete involved in the use of drugs may face dismissal from the team and/or University as well as legal action, as it pertains to the
rules and regulations published in the BGSU Student Code. All students are subject to the laws of the City of Bowling Green as well as
State and Federal law.
It is the policy of Bowling Green State University to prohibit the unlawful use, sale, dispensing, transfer, or possession of controlled
substances, alcoholic beverages, drugs not medically authorized, or any other substance that may impair an individual’s academic
work or performance or pose a hazard to the individual, public, students, or employees of the University on its property, or at any of its
If a violation of this policy occurs, support programs will be made available where appropriate. Disciplinary action may include
dismissal or expulsion from the University and possible criminal prosecution.
Hazing, or any allegations thereof, is taken extremely seriously by Bowling Green State University. The BGSU Athletics Department
supports only those activities that are constructive and conducive to the well being of all individuals who participate in BGSU Athletics.
The Athletics Department will not tolerate any harassing instances that may invoke feelings of embarrassment and physical or mental
discomfort, whether the situation is voluntary or not. Such instances may endanger the health, safety, and well being of all involved.
Hazing may include, but is not limited to the following:
- Any initiation activities where some team members subject others to ridicule.
- Forcing an individual to consume alcohol or other illegal substances.
- Forcing an individual to eat objects that an individual would not otherwise eat.

- Forcing the shaving of an individual’s body parts, or any other cosmetic alteration.
- Pressuring individuals to engage in any illegal acts, public humiliation, public degradation, or any other public or private acts that are
  perverse. This includes endorsing pranks, theft, etc.
- Awakening individuals during normal sleeping hours.
- Forcing individuals to participate in any activities, such as extra workouts, that they do not endorse.
- Physical abuse, or other abuse to the body, such as markings or defacing an individual’s body with mud, paint, etc.
- Psychological abuse, such as verbally ridiculing individuals or belittling them.
Ohio Hazing Law - Section 2307.44
Any person who is subjected to hazing, as defined in division (A) of Section 2903.31 of the Revised Code, may commence a civil action
for injury or damages, including mental and physical pain and suffering that result from the hazing. The action may be brought against
any participants in the hazing, any organization who tolerated hazing…The negligence or consent of the plaintiff or any assumption of
the risk by the plaintiff is not a defense to an action brought pursuant to this section.
What does this mean?
Ohio Hazing Law - Section 2903.31
A. As used in this section, “hazing” means doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act of initiation into any
   student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person.
B. No person shall recklessly participate in hazing of another. Ohio’s Hazing Law applies to ALL student organizations including but
   not limited to, fraternities/sororities, sport club teams and intercollegiate athletics teams.
                                                      HAZING IS ILLEGAL!
BGSU’s Hazing Policy
- The BGSU Community is unconditionally opposed to any situation created intentionally to produce mental or physical discomfort,
    embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Respect and cooperation among peers within recognized student organizations is a
    guaranteed right that all students possess. Hazing is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and is a crime in the state of Ohio.
- Hazing encompasses any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; which inflicts or
    intends to cause physical or mental harm or anxieties; and/or which demeans, degrades, or disgraces any person regardless of
    location, intent, or consent of participants. Hazing can also be defined as any action or situation that intentionally or unintentionally
    endangers a student for admission to or affiliation with any student organization.
If you or your organization/club/team is found responsible for hazing, you could face a range of sanctions that could include service
hours, probation, suspension, and expulsion. In addition, your organization could lose its status as an officially recognized organization
as well as University Funding.
Hazing includes but is NOT limited to the following examples:
- Scavenger hunts for meaningless objects
- Any form of demerits
- Calling new members demeaning names
- Never doing anything with new members
- Having new members do chores (dishes, clean apartment, clean house, get food, rake leaves, etc.)
- Silence periods for new members
- Having new members streak or do other activities involving nudity or the removal of clothing
- Sleep deprivation of new members
- Verbal abuse of new members
- Questioning of new members under pressure or in an uncomfortable position
- Requiring new members to wear ridiculous costumes or clothes
- Requiring new members to perform ridiculous activities
- Requiring new members to perform personal service to the other members (carry books, takes notes in a class, running errands, etc)
- Having new members do calisthenics
If you are unsure whether an activity is hazing, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Is alcohol involved?

2. Are new members being “asked/ordered” to do activities that the established members would refuse to do?
3. Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse?
4. Is there risk of injury or a question of physical abuse?
5. Do you have any reservation describing the activity to you parents, to a professor, or to a university official?
6. Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, the activity is probably hazing.
Additional information regarding hazing is available upon request from:
Office of Student Life, 301 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, 419-372-2843.
The Department of Athletics expects sportsman-like conduct at all times from its student-athletes. The following behaviors are
- Physical abuse of an official, coach, athlete, or spectator
- Seizing equipment or cameras from the media
- Inciting spectators to violent or unsportsmanlike behaviors
- Using obscene language or gestures
- Making statements to the press that are negative, controversial or not in compliance with Athletics Department policy

Student-athletes must comply with NCAA, MAC, WCHA, and University rules regarding academic eligibility. While the Office of
Student-Athlete Services will monitor student-athletes’ academic progress, it is the student-athlete’s responsibility to know and
understand the rules that govern their eligibility and be accountable for such.
NCAA Academic Continuing Eligibility Requirements
• A student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of no less than 12 hours each semester to be eligible for
  practice and competition.
• A student-athlete must earn 6 hours of course work each semester in their major area to be eligible for the following term.
• A football student-athlete must earn 9 hours of course work each fall semester in their major area to be eligible for the following
  term and earn the APR eligibility point for that semester (See Compliance Office for APR details).
• All continuing student-athletes must earn at least 18 of the hours required for satisfactory progress during the regular academic year
  (fall and spring).
  Example (for a first-year student-athlete):
  - 24 hours after first year of enrollment.
  - Minimum of 18 hours must be completed in the academic year (fall & spring semester)
  - Remaining 6 hours can be completed during summer school to reach 24 hours
• A student-athlete must declare a major (i.e. designate a degree program) by the beginning of the third year of enrollment (or fifth
• A student-athlete must comply with the 40/60/80 rule (i.e. the fulfillment of percentage of degree requirements). For student-
  athletes enrolling fall 2003 or later, 40% of degree specific course work must be completed entering the fifth term of enrollment.
  Students entering the seventh term must have completed 60% of the required courses. Students must have completed 80% of the
  courses required for their major before entering the ninth term.
To be eligible for competition a student-athlete must achieve the following cumulative grade-point average, based on a 4.00 scale:
                                                   Entering second term of enrollment:
                                    Student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 1.50 or greater
                                             Entering third and fourth terms of enrollment:
                                    Student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 1.80 or greater
                                                Entering fifth and sixth terms of enrollment:
                                    Student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 1.90 or greater
                                   Entering seventh term of enrollment (and beyond to graduation):
                                    Student-athlete must have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater
Students who maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average are considered to be in good academic standing. A student must be in
good academic standing in order to graduate from the University. Any student-athlete on suspension/probation status cannot
participate, or compete within Intercollegiate Athletics. He/She must appeal their Unsatisfactory Academic Progress with the Office of
Student Financial Aid in order to receive disbursement of their financial assistance.
         CLASS STANDING                HOURS EARNED                    WARNING                    PROBATION/


         Freshman                      0 - 29                          1.50 - 1.99                0.00 - 1.49

         Sophomore                     30 - 59                         1.70 - 1.99                0.00 - 1.69

         Junior                        60 - 89                         1.80 - 1.99                0.00 - 1.79

         Senior                        90 or more                      1.90 - 1.99                0.00 - 1.89

The Office of Student-Athlete Services, located in 206 University Hall, provides a multitude of services for the University’s student-
athletes. We hope that you will take full advantage of these opportunities that are available:
• Academic Advising
• Priority Registration
• Mentor Meetings with Academic Coordinators
• Tutorial Program
• Study Table Program
• Book Loan Program (Based on Scholarship)
• Academic Progress Reporting
• Student-Athlete only first-year seminar course
• NCAA Eligibility Monitoring
• Scholarships, Awards, and Honors Recognition
• Life Skills Program
• Laptop and Calculator Loan Program
• Travel letters
The office also has a fully equipped computer lab and a reading room for studying.
The Office of Student-Athlete Services is proud of all student-athletes and their academic pursuits. The Office of Student-Athlete
Services will submit nominations for NCAA, MAC, and WCHA awards, honors, and scholarships for qualified student-athletes.
The Intercollegiate Athletics Department honors all student-athletes who earn a 3.00 accumulative grade point average and/or receive
conference recognition at the annual Athletics Honors Night each spring.
Department policy requires all new students and continuing students with a cumulative grade point average below a 2.5 to attend at
least six (6) hours of study table each week. Individual coaches may require a greater amount of time spent in this structured study
setting. Students may complete their study table obligation at any time between 8:00 AM–8:00 PM, Monday through Thursday and
8:00AM–8:00 PM on Friday and Sunday evenings from 5:00-8:00 PM. You will need your BGSU ID card to check-in at study table.
Students may choose to study in a classroom setting, a quiet reading room, or a computer lab. Computers in the lab are strictly for
academic use. Using websites such as Facebook, twitter, or YouTube is not permitted and will result in loss of study table privileges
for the remainder of the day. Student-athletes will be required to sign, and abide by, a study table behavioral expectations contract at
the beginning of the academic year.
The Learning Commons – which includes Math & Statistics Tutoring, Study Skills, Writing, and a Tutorial Center for any subject area –
is a great resource for students.
The William T. Jerome Library is the new home of the Learning Commons, making the one-stop shop for tutoring assistance more
accessible and more central to campus. The Learning Commons includes:
• 13,565 square feet of study space
• 38 desktop computers
• 22 laptop computers for student use within our space
• 1 Smart Board
• 1 60 inch monitor for presentations and collaboration
Subject Area Tutors: Subject area tutors hold regular hours in the Learning Commons throughout the semester and are FREE to all
BGSU students. If you need help with math, tutors are available on a drop-in basis all hours that The Learning commons is open, and
we encourage you to use this service. There is also Drop-in Tutoring available for many other subject areas or you may schedule an
appointment for a Study Group or Individual Tutoring. Our tutoring services are designed to augment your class attendance and
participation. You are required to attend your classes and participate fully in order to get the most out of your work with a tutor through

the Learning Commons.
Math & Statistics: The goal of The Learning Commons Math & Statistics Tutoring is to equip students with the knowledge and skills
necessary for success in their math and statistics classes. Tutors offer their expertise in math or statistics, which applies to a wide
variety of courses. The center is an ideal environment for students to spend time outside of the classroom mastering the content of a
math or statistics class. Routine usage is encouraged!
Tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis for the majority of courses that are 2000-level and below. The courses we offer drop-in tutoring for
are listed below. If you course isn’t listed, feel free to stop in; we may have a tutor that can help you, or we can set you up with an
appointment to meet with a tutor that can assist you.
Writers Helping Writers: Take advantage of the in-person and online writing support offered by the Learning Commons. From your
first day on campus through graduation, experienced and informed Writing Consultants are happy to talk with you about any writing-
related concerns you may have.
All you have to do is call to schedule an appointment with a writing consultant, schedule an appointment via your MyBGSU account, or
submit a draft online. Visit us early and often—at any stage in your writing process.
There are several ways to schedule an appointment. Request an appointment with a current tutor and/or a subject that is NOT
currently listed, request a tutor. Meet with a Learning Commons staff member to discuss our services if you have been referred to our
office or you would like a one-on-one consultation. If you are having difficulty with the links above please call the Learning Commons at
419-372-2823, e-mail us at or stop by the Check-in Desk at The Learning Commons on the first floor of the Jerome
Library! More information is available online at
Tutor assistance is available to student-athletes in Student-Athlete Services for students who needs special assistance as approved by
their team academic coordinator.
Requests can be via an online form or via paper in the office of Student-Athlete Services in 206 University Hall. The individual seeking
assistance must make all requests. You will be notified via email about the status of your tutor request in a timely fashion. If a tutor is
not available in your subject area or times are conflicting between you and the tutor, then another resource on campus will be
recommended to you. Tutorial support is meant to be a preventative resource to aid student-athletes in maintaining good academic
progress. It should not be used as a last resort resource to salvage a failing grade.
Tutoring appointments will be held in the Office of Student-Athlete Services during study tables. Tutors are not permitted to tutor
student-athletes in any other place on or off campus without permission from the Tutor Coordinator.
Appointments can be scheduled either during the weekday or Sunday evening hours. Tutorial appointments are scheduled for 1 hour.
The Tutor Coordinator must approve additional time. Tutorial contracts are for weekly appointment for the entire semester, not on an
“as-needed” basis.
Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you know you are going to be late, or if you are unable to attend and you were not able
to reach your tutor, please contact your tutor and the tutor coordinator. Cancellations must be made at least 12 hours in advance of
your scheduled tutorial session.
If you do not show up for a tutorial appointment and fail to notify your tutor and the Office of Student-Athlete Services, the Tutorial
Coordinator will determine your tutorial assignments and the conditions of your appointments for the remainder of the semester.
Your tutor privileges will be revoked if you are repeatedly late for scheduled appointments, miss an abundant number of classes, or
participate in other counterproductive behaviors, such as coming unprepared to tutor sessions.
Please notify the Office of Student-Athlete Services immediately if your tutor fails to show up for an appointment or continually cancels
appointments with you. If you wait too long, your grade in the course may suffer. Our tutors are students, and have their own
academic responsibilities and commitments, but they have also made a commitment to the Office of Student-Athlete Services and you.
Don’t rely just on your tutor. You should also take full advantage of your professor’s office hours and campus resources. The Learning
Commons, which includes: Writing Center, Math & Stats Tutoring Center, and Study Skills Center are valuable tools available to assist
you. Ultimately, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE for your academic success!
The Life Skills program was developed for the student-athletes at Bowling Green State University to not only make each of them a
better student and athlete, but to prepare them for the biggest challenge of all -- life after graduation.
Programs and workshops concerning a variety of social issues that face many student-athletes are conducted as part of the academic,
personal, and career components of the Life Skills Program. Workshops to assist and educate the student-athletes include: computer

skills, goals and values, health and nutrition, resume-writing workshops, and business etiquette for juniors and seniors.
Life Skills activities also include community service volunteer projects; nationally known guest speakers for student-athletes; and
participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Life Skills has given Falcon student-athletes the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs emphasizing five key commitments:
academics, athletics, personal development, career development and service. Some of the programs include:
Networking Night – This event, held every spring, provides an opportunity for student-athletes to meet professionals in a
variety of professional fields.
Life Skills Community Service - Throughout the course of the academic year, all 18 intercollegiate athletic teams participate in
community service projects. Some past projects include working with the Special Olympics, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Martin Luther
King Jr. Day of Service, Dance Marathon Student-Athlete Hour, Relay For Life, and speaking at local schools.
Student-Athlete Advisory Committee - The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) consists of some of our top student-athlete
leaders who represent all 18 BGSU sports and the student trainers.
Mission Statement
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at Bowling Green State University strives to be the primary link between student-athlete
population and athletic administration in order to enhance the experience of all student-athletes and to promote efficient
communication. Some of SAAC’s events include: Falcons Back in Action, Fall & Spring Wellness Speakers, Career Workshops,
Business Etiquette Dinners, Social Outings, Faculty Appreciation Reception, etc.
1) Gain student-athlete perspective on issues in athletics.
2) Address concerns among student-athlete population.
3) Develop unity and camaraderie between teams and among all student-athletes.
4) Organize campus and community service efforts and actively encourage student-athlete involvement in an effort to bring BGSU
   core values to the community.
5) Develop student-athlete driven programs and events associated with the Student-Athlete Affairs Program.
6) Encourage BGSU student body to support athletic events on campus.
For advising appointments, call the appropriate college office.
Arts & Sciences - 205 Administration Building – 419-372-2015
Business - 253 Business Administration Building- 419-372-2747
Education and Human Development - 102 Education Building- 419-372-7372
Health & Human Services - 101 Health Center – 419-372-8242
Musical Arts – 1031 Moore Musical Arts Center – 419-372-8509
Technology – 102 Technology Building – 419-372-7581
Advising Services (Pre-major Advising & UPAS) – 101 University Hall – 419-372-8943

There are several general guidelines that will make your academic success easier to achieve.
• Attend all of your classes. Do not create a situation where you will have to rely on others to find out what you missed during a class
  period. Second-hand information is ALWAYS incomplete, and OFTEN inaccurate. When you have to miss class because of a
  competition, be sure to have asked your instructor for copies of any notes, handouts, etc. you will have missed.
• Agree with your roommate(s) about study time and sleep time. Discuss the subject and your expectations clearly and openly, and
  set rules and boundaries you can both agree upon.
• Make the most of traveling time. Plan to use traveling time to review your notes, study vocabulary, formulas, or anything which needs
  to be memorized. Putting information on note cards will give you less to carry and maximize your ability to study on the run.
• Get ready for the next day the night before. Pack your backpack and think about what you have to get done. Write goals for the
  next day in a daily planner, an index card, or a scrap of paper to carry around and throw away when you are done. Put your
  thoughts on paper so you don’t waste time wracking your brain trying to recall them.
• Get enough sleep. If you are tired, it will take you twice as long to accomplish a task. It takes energy to study. Be rested so that
  you can be active and more efficient in studying.
• Study two hours for every hour in class as a general rule. Most of your professors will give you at least that much reading or
  assignments for each class session. Many will give you more, so be aware and do not fall behind.
• Take complete class notes, and then look them over as soon as possible after class. Reading them over periodically, rewriting
  them, or summarizing them will help you learn the material thoroughly and do well on your exams.
• Complete all assignments prior to each class meeting, especially for classes in which discussion is expected. Once you fall behind,
  it becomes very difficult to catch up.
• Check over all assignments thoroughly before handing them in, and have someone else proofread it for you. Keep copies of
  everything you hand in because assignments sometimes get lost.
• If you are having academic difficulty on any level, be sure to talk to your professor. Professors at Bowling Green State University
  are very student-oriented and offer office hours or appointments to assist you on an individual basis. Call your professor for an
  appointment if the professor’s office hours conflict with practice or contests. If you are having problems and you do not seek out
  extra help, your professor may assume you do not care.
• Talk to your professor if you are confused about the course material or want to improve some aspect of your performance. If you
  are doing well and enjoying a course, you may want to visit your professor to either discuss the topic in more detail, or to ask for
  advice on career opportunities in the field. They can serve as important resources for you as you continue your education or begin
  your career search.
• If you have a problem in a class or with an instructor, talk with one of the advisors in the Office of Student-Athlete Services. The
  problem won’t go away if you ignore it.
This planner is a tool to help you manage your time effectively. In addition to the calendar pages located after the handbook, at the
end of this chapter there is a fall and spring weekly calendar for you to create a master calendar for your week.
A student-athlete academic plan is included to be used as a graduation planning page. This plan will help you to understand
what is expected to reach graduation. It is never too early to start to plan for graduation. You will be required to submit a
graduation plan with your priority registration form after you have earned 60 credit hours.

Major:                                             # Credits Required for Degree: ___
Minor (if any):                                    Specialization/Cognate/Etc. (if any):

The student-athlete, with the assistance of a college/faculty advisor, must develop a systematic plan for completing all
undergraduate degree requirements in the shortest period of time possible. Please submit a copy of the updated, appropriate
catalog year degree check sheet, in addition to this graduation plan.

                   Fall 2014                              Spring 2015                                             Summer 2015
       Course                    Credits      Course                        Credits           Course                                                 Credits

                                                                                           (athletics-related aid is not guaranteed for summer sessions)

     TOTAL FALL CREDITS =                   TOTAL SPRING CREDITS =                         TOTAL SUMMER CREDITS =

                   Fall 2015                              Spring 2016                                             Summer 2016
       Course                    Credits      Course                        Credits           Course                                                 Credits

                                                                                           (athletics-related aid is not guaranteed for summer sessions)

     TOTAL FALL CREDITS =                   TOTAL SPRING CREDITS =                         TOTAL SUMMER CREDITS =

                   Fall 2016                              Spring 2017                                             Summer 2017
       Course                    Credits      Course                        Credits           Course                                                 Credits

                                                                                           (athletics-related aid is not guaranteed for summer sessions)

     TOTAL FALL CREDITS =                   TOTAL SPRING CREDITS =                         TOTAL SUMMER CREDITS =

                   Fall 2017                              Spring 2018                                             Summer 2018
       Course                    Credits      Course                        Credits           Course                                                 Credits

                                                                                           (athletics-related aid is not guaranteed for summer sessions)

     TOTAL FALL CREDITS =                   TOTAL SPRING CREDITS =                         TOTAL SUMMER CREDITS =

Financial aid is available to help pay for your instructional and general fees, nonresident fees (if applicable), room, meals, books,
transportation and personal expenses. To be considered for federal and/or state financial assistance, you must be an admitted student
and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All student-athletes are encouraged to complete and submit the FAFSA.
A new FAFSA is required for each academic year in which you are enrolled and wish to be considered for aid. Each January 1, the
FAFSA is available online at for the upcoming academic year. The priority filing date at BGSU is February 15 for
maximum aid consideration; however the FAFSA may be filed at any time during the academic year. For further information regarding
financial aid, please visit the Student Financial Aid website at
Each academic year a new athletic grant-in-aid letter will be issued and must be signed and accepted by the student-athlete. This
award letter is separate from any National Letter of Intent that may have been previously signed. Any federal, state or BGSU aid may
be adjusted once athletic grant-in-aid has been awarded. A student may decline any BGSU academic or athletic aid to avoid the
reduction and/or cancellation of the other.
Student-athletes are required by NCAA By-laws to report any scholarship received from non-BGSU sources. Each student-athlete,
including student-athletes who are not receiving any form of athletic grant-in-aid, will be required to complete a disclosure form for each
year of eligibility. Any scholarship received by a student-athlete must be deposited with the BGSU Bursar Office. Other financial aid,
including Athletic Grant-in-Aid, may be reduced due to the receipt of outside scholarship funds. If the outside scholarship was awarded
to the student-athlete based on athletic ability or participation, is restricted to use at BGSU only and is funded by a donor of BGSU, the
student-athlete may be required to decline acceptance of the outside aid and/or their BGSU Athletic grant-in-aid may be reduced.
Student-athletes may apply for and receive any academic scholarships available to all BGSU students for which they meet the
requirements. Scholarship opportunities can be found online thru the Searchable Scholarship Guide at
Each college office and/or academic department may have additional scholarship opportunities for students in their specific major of
The NCAA has a Special Assistance Fund for Student-Athletes who have high financial need as determined by the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In the Fall semester of each academic year, the Compliance Director will be provided a list of all students
who meet this definition by the Office of Student Financial Aid. International student-athletes will be provided a form to complete to
determine financial need. Each student-athlete who meets the criteria may receive an allotment of funds to assist with personal
The Office of Student-Athlete Services coordinates a book loan program for those student-athletes who are on a book scholarship as
part of their athletic grant-in-aid. Students participating in this program are “loaned” books from the Athletics Department. Student-
athletes should closely follow the procedures detailed below to avoid financial penalties.
• Books are distributed through the University Bookstore prior to or during the first week of classes. Student-athletes will only receive
   those books that are required by the course instructor/professor. Optional books are not part of the athletic grant-in-aid. When a
   book is not in stock, the Bookstore will do a “special order” to ensure that the student receives the book within a week. In the event
    of extenuating circumstances, such as books which have to be purchased via the internet, purchased directly from the instructor, or
   a book that is only available through Medical University of Ohio, the student must purchase the book himself/herself and bring the
    receipt to the Office of Student-Athlete Services to receive reimbursement.
• All books which have been loaned for your use are the property of the Athletics Department and must be returned in acceptable
   condition to the designated area of the University Bookstore during final exam week of each semester. Please note: If your
   book(s) are not returned during final exam week, you will be charged the original retail cost for each book not returned.
   The dollar value will be charged to your bursar account and the payment will become your responsibility. It is your
    responsibility to return your own books to the bookstore. If you need to retain your books beyond the end of the term due to
   an incomplete or similar situation, please contact the Office of Student-Athlete Services prior to the last day of final exams.
• It is recommended that you request a return receipt and save all bookstore receipts for at least one prior semester. If there are any
   discrepancies, you will have a receipt for your records as proof of the return.
The summer grant is designed to assist student-athletes in making progress towards graduation. The number of summer school grants
to be awarded will be based on the availability of funds at the time the grants are distributed. There will an application process each
academic year to determine who may be eligible to receive summer aid.
Summer school grants will be awarded using the following criteria:
• Preference will be given to those applicants who will graduate in August of the current year, followed by December and Spring graduates.

• Consideration will be given if a student-athlete’s major requires him/her to take demanding course work or cooperative education
  internships which are either not available during the academic year (Fall & Spring) or cannot be taken during the student’s season
  of competition due to conflict with practice or competition.
• If a student-athlete needs to enroll in hours to comply with satisfactory progress requirements (i.e. student-athletes who changed
  majors), summer funding will be considered.
• A student-athlete may need to attend summer school to become academically eligible for the following academic year. The
  Summer Grant Allocation Committee in consultation with the Office of Student-Athlete Services and the appropriate head coach will
  review such cases on an individual basis.
Unusual circumstances may make it appropriate to allow exceptions to the above criteria for hardship or special cases.
All recommendations for the Summer Grant Allocation are subject to review by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and may be
accepted, modified, or rejected at his discretion.
Please Note: If you are awarded a summer grant and then fail and/or withdraw from the summer course(s), you will be billed the aid
amount to reimburse the athletic department for the class(es). This applies to all student-athletes who receive a summer grant.
If you are not awarded athletic grant-in-aid for summer semester classes, you may be eligible for federal, state or institutional financial
aid (grants and\or loans), if you have a FAFSA on file. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information.
Purpose: To consider the appeal of a student regarding the non-renewal, cancellation, or reduction of his/her athletic grant-in-aid and
to determine whether actions taken by Bowling Green State University were consistent with NCAA regulations regarding these matters.
Authority: In accordance with National Collegiate Athletic Association “Operating Bylaws”, Article 15, Section “The
institution’s regular financial aid authority shall notify the student-athlete in writing of the opportunity for a hearing when institutional
financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability is to be reduced or canceled during the period of award, or is reduced or not
renewed for the following academic year”.
Final Appellate: Director of Financial Aid and the Appeal-Hearing panel.
Format: The hearing is designed to provide each of the parties (the student and spokesperson for the Department of Intercollegiate
Athletics with a fair and reasonable opportunity to present their respective points regarding the status of the student’s athletic grant. The
hearing shall be closed to the public and because the hearing is not a legal proceeding, neither of the parties shall be represented by legal
counsel. Proper decorum shall be maintained at all times. It shall be the chair’s option to create an electronic record (e.g. tape recording)
of the hearing to assist the hearing panel with its deliberations. A copy of any such record will be made available to the student upon
written request after the hearing. Otherwise, each party shall have an opportunity to present their points in accordance with the following:
(Please note: the panel may, at any time, upon its own motion and a majority vote amend or revoke any rules contained herein.)
• Introduction and review of the appeal hearing’s purpose and format by the Director of Financial Aid who shall serve as chair.
• The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics spokesperson will present relevant information in support of the action taken concerning
  the student-athlete’s grant. As part of its presentation, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics may submit written statements or
  other documentation that corroborate or otherwise clarifies points presented. If written statements or other documents are
  submitted, at least three copies of each document must be made available. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
  spokesperson will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present his/her information. While legal counsel may not represent the
  Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ spokesperson may elect to be accompanied by a
  consultant (e.g., a member of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics staff) with whom he/she may consult during the hearing.
  Other than to consult with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics spokesperson, the consultant shall have no formal role and
  he/she will not be permitted to address the panel or other parties.
• The student will have a maximum of 10 minutes to question points presented by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
  spokesperson. The student will be permitted one question at a time and must allow adequate time for a response before going on
  to the next question. If necessary, the chair will rule on the appropriateness of a question or line of questioning.
• The student will present relevant information in support of the appeal. As part of his/her presentation, the student may submit
  written statements or other documentation that corroborate or otherwise clarifies points presented. If statements or other
  documents are submitted, at least three copies of each document must be made available. The student will have a maximum of 15
  minutes to present his/her information. While the student may elect to be accompanied by a consultant (e.g., a parent/guardian(s),
  a fellow student, etc.) with whom he/she may consult during the hearing, other than to consult with the student, the consultant shall
  have no formal role in the hearing and will not be permitted to address the panel or other parties.
• The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics spokesperson will have a maximum of 10 minutes to question points presented by the
  student. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics spokesperson will be permitted one question at a time and must allow
  adequate time for a response before going on to the next question. If necessary, the chair will rule on the appropriateness of a

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