BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY - Student-Athlete Handbook 2020-2021
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2 FROM THE STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE PRESIDENT Welcome My Fellow Falcons! On behalf of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), I would like to welcome you back to Bowling Green State University. To the freshmen 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 valuable life skills. We use SAAC as our voice to not only represent ourselves within the athletic department, but also on campus and within the NCAA. This year among others, SAAC members will play an important role in our experience as a student athlete as we navigate through these uncertain times together. The camaraderie among BGSU student-athletes is tremendous and it is an amazing experience to be a part of the falcon family. Whether you are on a court, field, track, on the ice, or in a pool, you are a member of the falcon family. With this, 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 both in competition and in the classroom. Beside you are your teammates and friends, behind you are your coaches, mentors, and the staff of the athletic department to help you succeed. I challenge you to take advantage of your surroundings and those that are here 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 experiences here at BGSU the best it can be. With all that being said, to make SAAC work we need your support and activeness of the entire student- athlete body. We ask you to join SAAC in its efforts by participating in SAAC events 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 great. If you are interested in SAAC, you must be willing to be an open line of communication between SAAC and your team. As your SAAC president, it is my job to ensure that your time at BGSU is one well spent and if there is a way to improve your experience I am here 24/7. For that reason, I am including my personal email to answer any questions you may have: email@example.com. Good luck to you all this year! I cannot wait to see what wonderful things you all accomplish in the classroom, in competition, and in all aspects of your life! Also, remember this athletic department begins with you; use that to get involved and make a difference! Roll Along you BG Warriors! Sophia Barnes Women’s Soccer BGSU SAAC President
3 FACULTY ATHLETIC REPRESENTATIVE INTRODUCTIONS As your FAR’s, we work closely with BGSU Athletics and are involved in issues that directly impact Student-Athletes, such as: • Academic Eligibility • Student-Athlete well being • New NCAA legislation which affects recruiting and playing and practice seasons • Balancing practice and competition schedules with class times We are the bridge between BGSU Athletics and the campus academic and administrative policies and procedures. Our job is to make sure that everything is in place so that you can compete as a Student- Athlete at BGSU. Some specific duties we have as your FAR include: • Serving as advisors to the President and Athletic Director on matters related to intercollegiate athletics • Represent BGSU to the MAC, WCHA, and NCAA • Serve on various MAC, WCHA, and NCAA committees. • Provide NCAA required oversight of compliance with NCAA rules and legislation • Monitor the academic eligibility, degree completion, and academic performance of Student- Athletes • Work with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in an advisory capacity • Assist BGSU Athletics’ staff members and coaches in recruiting prospective Student-Athletes, designing policies and procedures, and identifying/planning to meet future needs. • Work closely with the Director of Athletics, Associate Athletic Directors, and Director of Compliance. • May attend practices, team meetings, and travel to away games. When you see us on campus, please say hello. Also, feel free to stop by our offices to talk about whatever is on your mind. Our job is to make sure that you have the best possible student athlete experience at BGSU. Ray G. Schneider, PhD Donna K. Trautman, PhD Associate Professor Associate Professor School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies Visual Communications & Technology Education Dept. 117 Eppler Center 234A Technology Bldg. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 419.372.7595 419.372.7575
4 CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION PURPOSE OF THIS HANDBOOK 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. 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 Athlete Services. UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT Bowling Green State University provides holistic and comprehensive educational experiences that enhance the lives of our students, stakeholders, and the many publics we serve. Our graduates are prepared for lifelong personal and career growth and for engaged citizenship and leadership in a global society. Through our excellence in teaching, research, and outreach, BGSU builds a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community where creative ideas, new knowledge, and entrepreneurial achievements can benefit others in our region, the state of Ohio, the nation, and the world. UNIVERSITY CORE VALUES • Intellectual and personal growth • Creativity, innovation and entrepreneurism • Diversity and inclusion • Collaboration with each other and our partners • Excellence in all we do DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS VISION AND CORE VALUES Facilities: Provide well-maintained facilities and continually seek opportunities for improvement. Academics: Educate our student-athletes, coaches, and program support staff about the value of academics and graduation and constantly seek opportunities that assist student athletes in their learning development. Leadership: Instill the importance of leadership growth among student-athletes, staff, and coaches. Championship and Culture: Establish competitive programs that maintain success while striving for championships. Outreach and Inclusion: Actively seek out and engage the community and value diversity National Visibility: Implement creative messaging to expand, promote, and effectively communicate our brand nationally. Stewardship: Maintain fiscal responsibility and meet the budget that has been established by the University while assisting in campus-wide initiatives to elevate the University’s reputation. CORE VALUES Commitment: • promote the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at all times • pursue excellence in teamwork, business practices and competition Integrity: • take responsibility for personal actions • conduct ourselves with honesty • foster an environment of rules compliance and education
5 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 Teamwork: • promote cooperation through the Department, University and local community • be actively involved Respect: • 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 resolution MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE 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 WESTERN COLLEGIATE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION 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 VARSITY TEAMS AT BGSU Women’s Sports Men’s Sports Basketball Baseball Cross Country Basketball Golf Cross Country Gymnastics Football Soccer Golf Softball Ice Hockey Swimming Soccer Tennis Track, Indoor/Outdoor Volleyball
6 CHAPTER 2 - CODE OF CONDUCT 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 https://www.bgsu.edu/student-handbook.html, student-athletes are expected to abide by the following policies. EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 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, all BGSU student-athletes have a responsibility to fulfill clear expectations, include including but not limited to: • Earning a degree should be the primary goal of a student-athlete. • Assuming personal responsibility is the foundation of the education experience. All student- athletes should be aware that they represent the University, the Athletics Department, and their team at all times. Upperclassmen must understand that it is their responsibility to serve as role models for new student-athletes. • Adhering to the principles of amateurism. • Striving to achieve, in your public conduct, the high standard of excellence to which you aspire as a member of BGSU’s athletics program. Student-athletes should always remember that they are highly visible representatives of their team and of the University. On a team trip, or trip for MAC/WCHA/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 University. • Conducting themselves in a sportsmanlike and professional manner at all times: In the treatment of Athletic Department Staff members and University employees, as well as during athletic competition, and in their personal lives in the community. • Meeting all their academic responsibilities, including: attending every class, attending tutoring appointments as scheduled, submitting assignments on time, interacting with faculty, meeting with college and faculty advisors, and taking full advantage of the University’s resources. • Striving to be involved as a member of the University community and make a strong effort to make the most of their educational experience. • Understanding and utilizing the support services available in the Office of Student Athlete Services; and assuming 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 and Student Code of Conduct https://www.bgsu.edu/student-handbook/code-of-conduct.html. • Meeting all academic eligibility requirements and doing so in accordance with the Bowling Green State University Student Code governing academic honesty and class attendance. • Following all laws and team rules related to drug and alcohol use.
7 INVOLVEMENT WITH INTERNET-BASED SOCIAL NETWORKING COMMUNITIES 1. Internet Social Networking Community Sites. Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, YouTube, LinkedIn 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 Code of Conduct 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.” In addition to Code of Conduct requirements, NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from using social media to advertise or promote commercial products or services and from publicizing the recruitment, visit and/or signing of other prospective student-athletes. 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, NCAA, or team rules, including such behavior that occurs in postings on the internet. This action may include: removal of offending postings, education, counseling, and 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.
8 ACADEMIC HONESTY 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. 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 assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work more than once without permission; or using another person as a substitute to take an examination or quiz. 2. Forgery – Altering a score, grade, Schedule Change Form or academic record; forging an instructor’s or another student’s signature. 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 as one’s own in any academic exercise the words or ideas of another, including but not limited to, quoting or paraphrasing without proper citation. 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 Academic Code of Conduct. PAYING YOUR BILLS 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. TEAM TRAVEL 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 tests.
9 GAMBLING AND BRIBERY 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, amateur or 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. Additionally, student-athletes cannot place a bet on any sporting event in a sport that the NCAA sponsors. 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. Remember, Don’t Bet on It! PRINCIPLES OF AMATEURISM To be eligible for college competition, amateur status must be maintained as defined by the NCAA. The following actions would terminate a student-athlete’s amateur status: • Receiving payment (in any form) or the promise of pay for participating in an athletic contest; • Signing a contract or verbally commit with an agent or a professional sports organization; • Entering into a professional draft or otherwise negotiating with a professional sports organization; • Using one’s athletic skill for pay in any form (i.e., commercials, demonstrations); • Competing on a professional athletics team; • Receiving (directly or indirectly) any salary, incentive payment, award, gratuity, educational expenses, or allowances other than actual and necessary expenses while participating on an amateur sports team; • 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. AGENTS 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. DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE 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. Drug use affecting your well-being not only affects you, but also can have a potentially greater effect on others-- your family, teammates, coaches, the department, and the University.
10 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, and 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 rule. 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 regular season and post-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. CAMPUS WIDE DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY 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 activities. 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 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. 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
11 • 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 • 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 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. 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? YOU COULD BE SUED IF YOU HAZE SOMEONE OR DO NOTHING TO PREVENT HAZING FROM OCCURING, EVEN IF THE PERSON BEING HAZED DID NOT OBJECT! HAZING IS ILLEGAL!
12 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 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. SPORTSMANSHIP The Department of Athletics expects sportsman-like conduct at all times from its student-athletes. The following behaviors are unacceptable: • 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
13 CHAPTER 3 - ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 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 • Minimum of no less than 12 hours each semester to be eligible for practice and competition. • 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). • 18 of the hours required for satisfactory progress during the regular academic year (fall and spring). • 24 hours successfully completed prior to 3rd full-time term of enrollment. • A student-athlete must declare a major by the beginning of the third year of enrollment (or fifth semester). • A student-athlete must comply with the 40/60/80 rule (i.e. the fulfillment of percentage of degree requirements). For student-athletes entering their fifth term of enrollment they must have completed 40% of degree specific course, seventh term must have completed 60% of the required courses, ninth term must have completed 80%. BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENT 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 UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS 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 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/ SUSPENSION GPA 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
14 CHAPTER 4 – OFFICE OF STUDENT-ATHLETE SERVICES The Office of Student-Athlete Services, located in 151 Jerome Library, 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: Additional areas of support provided by SAS include but are not limited to: • Academic Advising • Priority Registration • Study Table Program/ Computer Lab • Book Loan Program (Based on Scholarship) • Academic Progress Reporting • NCAA Eligibility Monitoring • Scholarships, Awards, and Honors Recognition • Professional and Personal Development Programming • Laptop Loan Program • Travel letters STUDY TABLE Department policy requires all new students and continuing students with a cumulative grade point average below a 2.6 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– 5:00 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 the SAS computer lab, a quiet reading room, by appointment in the Learning Commons. Computers in the lab are strictly for academic use. Using social media 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.
15 Eligibility Protocol for student athletes to notify SAS when attempting to complete either of the following scenarios: 1. Change of major - anytime a student athlete is considering a change of major they are advised to speak with the office of SAS so that SAS may do a prospective PDC to determine if they would meet % if they were to officially make the change 2. Withdraw from the University and thus no longer participate in athletics - If a student athlete withdraws from the university the coach submits a roster addition/deletion form which is sent from compliance to financial aid, SAS, and registrar’s office. STUDENT-ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM The Student-Athlete Development 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: mindfulness meditation, setting goals and establishing values, health and nutrition, resume-writing workshops, and business etiquette. Development activities also include community service volunteer projects; nationally known guest speakers for student-athletes; and participation in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). 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. Purpose: 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.
16 CHAPTER 5 – ACADEMIC RESOURCES STUDENT ATHLETE SERVICES (SAS) A weekly meeting with an SAS Academic Advisor is one of the best ways to stay on track with your academic pursuits at BGSU. They will assist you in reviewing your course load and come up with strategies for scheduling, studying, and managing your time. SAS Advisors are assigned to specific teams which allows them to tailor their individualized help to your specific needs. SAS provides: • Class registration help • Study strategies • Time management assistance • Individualized attention • To-do lists • Mapping out of assignments • Access to resources in the Jerome Library • Referral Services • Career services/exploration THE LEARNING COMMONS Located inside Bowling Green State University's Jerome Library, this collaborative learning environment provides FREE tutoring, academic coaching, study skills classes, as well as math tutors and writing consultants. Get help online, during drop-in hours or set up an appointment with one of our academic coaches or tutors. The Fly Program, a BGSU Learning Community, is a new program offered to support students with learning differences and attention challenges. COLLEGE OFFICES 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) – 292 Hayes Hall – 419-372-8943
17 CHAPTER 6 - ACADEMIC SUCCESS STUDY TIPS 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. Save all of your files on “the cloud”. Utilize a system to store all files so you don’t loose anything (Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, etc.). • 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.
18 CHAPTER 7 – FINANCIAL AID 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 admitted as a degree seeking 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. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.gov for the upcoming academic year beginning October 1 of the calendar year prior to the Fall semester of the academic year. The priority filing date at BGSU is January 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 and Scholarships website at www.bgsu.edu/offices/sfa. ATHLETIC GRANT-IN-AID Each academic year a new athletic grant-in-aid letter will be issued and must be 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 and/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. Athletic grant-in-aid will be issued for a period of one academic year and disbursed in equal amounts for each term. One academic year is defined as the fall and spring semesters only. Athletic grant-in-aid is applied to the student-athlete’s student account and will apply to charges in the following order: instructional fee, general fee, room and board. A full athletic grant-in-aid will also cover other required fees, such as class fees, course fees, technology fee, etc. Athletic grant-in-aid will not cover the registration fee, legal service fee, green fee, media fee, matriculation fee, BG1 card cost, residence hall fines, library charges, parking permit, parking tickets or student health insurance. Athletic grant-in-aid for on-campus room will only cover up to the cost of a double room in each dorm. If the student–athlete chooses to live in a room billed at a single rate, the student will be responsible for the additional cost. Student-athletes who live off-campus and receive athletic grant-in-aid to assist with housing and meal costs will receive a refund from the Bursar Office during the first week of each semester. To expedite the refund, it is encouraged that the student enroll in BGSU Refund (direct deposit). If the student-athlete chooses to receive a paper check, it will be mailed to their home address of record in their MyBGSU during the first two weeks of each semester. All international students are required to receive their refunds using direct deposit. SCHOLARSHIPS Student-athletes are required by NCAA Bylaws 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 awarded to the student-athlete is restricted to use at BGSU only, is funded by a donor of BGSU, or is provided by an outside sports team or organization that conducts a competitive
19 sports program and the student athlete is a member of that team or organization, the student-athlete may be required to decline acceptance of the outside aid. 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 at https://bgsu.academicworks.com/ NCAA STUDENT ASSISTANCE FUND FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES The NCAA has a Student Assistance Fund for Student-Athletes who have high financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to help meet expenses not covered by other sources of aid. Student-athletes may qualify to use these funds for financial assistance in emergency situations. Student-athletes should contact their Coach if an emergency occurs. BOOK LOAN PROGRAM 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. • If you are on a book scholarship, books are ordered by Student Athlete Services prior to the start of the semester. 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. In the event of extenuating circumstances, such as books or access codes that have to be purchased directly by the student (e.g., instant access codes, studying away from campus, etc.) student must purchase the book himself/herself and send 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 Student Athlete Services during final exam week of each semester. • Please note: If your book(s) are not returned during the SAS designated timeframe (selected hours within 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 course materials. • 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 final exam week. SUMMER SCHOOL GRANTS The summer grant is designed to assist student-athletes in making progress towards graduation. Summer athletic aid is not guaranteed and is not part of the academic year athletic grant- in-aid. The number of summer school grants to be awarded will be based on the availability of funds at the time the grants are distributed. 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
20 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. 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 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 and Scholarships for further information. WINTER SESSION GRANT-IN-AID Winter session athletic aid is not guaranteed and is not part of the academic year athletic grant-in-aid. Winter session grants will be awarded using the following criteria: Preference will be given to those applicants who need the winter session course to complete graduation requirements for the spring semester. Consideration will be given if a student-athlete’s major requires him/her to take a course that 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), winter session funding will be considered. A student-athlete may need to attend winter session to become academically eligible. Unusual circumstances may make it appropriate to allow exceptions to the above criteria for hardship or special cases. All requests and recommendations for Winter session Grant Allocations 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 winter session grant and then fail and/or withdraw from the winter session course(s), you will be billed to reimburse the athletic department for the class(es). This applies to all student-athletes who receive a winter session grant. If you are not awarded athletic grant-in-aid for winter session classes, you may be eligible for federal or state financial aid (grants and\or loans), if you have a FAFSA on file. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for further information.
21 NON-RENEWAL, CANCELATION OR REDUCTION OF ATHLETIC AID THE RENEWAL OF ATHLETICALLY RELATED AID IS MADE ANNUALLY ON OR BEFORE JULY 1 PRIOR TO EACH ACADEMIC YEAR. SHOULD YOUR ATHLETIC AID BE REDUCED, NON-RENEWED OR CANCELED, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED BY YOUR HEAD COACH AND IN WRITING FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE NEED NOT BE A RATIONALE GIVEN FOR A NON- RENEWAL, CANCELATION OR REDUCTION OF AID. HOWEVER, IN ALL CASES OF A NON-RENEWAL, CANCELLATION OR REDUCTION, THE STUDENT-ATHLETE IS PROVIDED AN APPEAL OPPORTUNITY REGARDING THE DECISION. THE APPEAL POLICY WILL BE INCLUDED IN ALL NON-RENEWAL, CANCELATION, OR REDUCTION LETTERS. PER NCAA RULES, THE REDUCTION OR CANCELLATION OF AID DURING THE TERM OF THE AWARD MAY OCCUR ONLY UNDER SPECIFIC CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THE STUDENT-ATHLETE WILL RECEIVE A LETTER INDICATING THAT THE AWARD HAS BEEN REDUCED/CANCELLED ACCOMPANIED BY THE APPEAL PROCEDURE. A STUDENT-ATHLETE MAY VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAW FROM ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION AT ANY TIME. THE STUDENT-ATHLETE SHOULD OFFICIALLY QUIT THE TEAM BY NOTIFYING THE HEAD COACH. AT THE TIME OF WITHDRAWAL, THE STUDENT-ATHLETE WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN A FORM AFFIRMING THAT HIS/HER WITHDRAWAL IS, IN FACT, VOLUNTARY AND THAT HE/SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT ALL ATHLETIC AID CAN BE FORFEITED AS OF THAT DATE. A STUDENT-ATHLETE WHO PROVIDES WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF TRANSFER AND ENTERS THEIR INFORMATION INTO THE NCAA TRANSFER PORTAL MAY HAVE THEIR ATHLETIC GRANT-IN-AID CANCELED AT THE END OF THE SEMESTER IN WHICH THEY PROVIDED THE NOTICE TO TRANSFER. ATHLETIC GRANT-IN-AID CANCELLATION, REDUCTION OR NON-RENEWAL APPEAL POLICY Purpose: To hear a student’s appeal regarding the non-renewal, cancellation, or reduction of his/her athletic grant-in-aid and to determine if actions taken by Bowling Green State University were consistent with NCAA regulations. Authority: In accordance with National Collegiate Athletic Association Operational Bylaws, Article 15, Section 220.127.116.11.: “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 or years.” Final Decision: The decision rendered by the Director of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Appeal Hearing panel shall be final. Format: The hearing is designed to provide the student (hereinafter referred to as the complainant) and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) spokesperson (hereinafter referred to as the respondent) with a fair and reasonable opportunity to present their respective points regarding the status of the student’s athletic grant-in-aid. The hearing shall be closed to the public. Also, because the hearing is not a legal proceeding, legal counsel shall not represent nor advise the parties during the hearing. However, an advisor may accompany each party. Parties may consult freely with their advisors throughout the hearing, but advisors shall have no formal role during the hearing and advisors shall not address the panel or other parties. Proper decorum shall be maintained at all times. Each party shall
22 have an opportunity to present their points in accordance with the following: (Note: for good cause, the panel may upon its own motion and a majority vote amend or revoke any rules contained herein.) A. Introduction of participants, a review of the appeal hearing’s purpose and format and the reasons for the reduction, cancellation or non-renewal of the athletic grant-in-aid shall be given by the Director of Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFA), or his/her designee, who shall serve as chair. No members of the hearing panel shall be from ICA. The chair will remind all participants that only information pertaining to the grant-in-aid status and compliance with NCAA regulations may be presented. B. The complainant shall have a maximum of 15 minutes to present information and arguments regarding the appeal of his/her athletic grant-in-aid status. During this time, the complainant may submit his/her written statement or other documentation in support of the appeal. Three copies of all documentation are required. C. The complainant will have the option (not a requirement) of inviting witnesses to testify at the hearing. A witness’ testimony shall be limited to a maximum of 10 minutes. Witness testimony may be by question and answer or by narrative. Written statements (at least 3 copies) may be submitted. All witness testimony shall be limited to facts related to the appeal. Witnesses may not be invited to act as advocates for either party. Following each witness’ testimony, the respondent shall have a maximum of 5 minutes to ask questions. Members of the panel shall also have an opportunity to direct questions to the witness. D. The respondent will have a maximum of 10 minutes to question the complainant regarding information and arguments presented. The respondent 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 line of questioning. E. Members of the hearing panel may question the complainant and any witnesses. F. The respondent shall have a maximum of 15 minutes to present information and arguments regarding the complainant’s athletic grant-in-aid status. During this time, the respondent may submit his/her written statement or other documentation in support of the complainant’s athletic grant-in-aid status. Three copies of all documentation are required. G. The complainant will have a maximum of 10 minutes to question the respondent regarding information and arguments presented. The complainant 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. H. Members of the hearing panel may question the respondent and any witnesses. I. The complainant shall have a maximum of 5 minutes for closing remarks. J. The respondent shall have a maximum of 5 minutes for closing remarks. K. Members of the hearing panel may question any participant or ask for clarification regarding NCAA regulations or BGSU SFA policies or procedures.
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