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Student-Athlete Handbook: Athletic Philosophies

Division III Philosophy Statement

Colleges and Universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students’ academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete’s athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete’s educational experience, and in which coaches play a significant role as educators. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff. (Revised: 1/10/95, 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)  To achieve this end, Division III institutions:

(a) Place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators and place greater emphasis on the internal constituency (e.g., students, alumni, institutional personnel) than on the general public and its entertainment needs;

(b) Shall not award financial aid to any student on the basis of athletics leadership, ability, participation or performance; (Revised: 7/24/07)

 (c) Encourage the development of sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all constituents, including student athletes, coaches, administrative personnel and spectators;

(d) Encourage participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities for their students;

(e) Assure that the actions of coaches and administrators exhibit fairness, openness and honesty in their relationships with student-athletes;

(f) Assure that athletics participants are not treated differently from other members of the student body;

(g) Assure that athletics programs support the institution’s educational mission by financing, staffing and controlling the programs through the same general procedures as other departments of the institution. Further, the administration of an institution’s athletics program (e.g., hiring, compensation, professional development, certification of coaches) should be integrated into the campus culture and educational mission; (Revised: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)

(h) Assure that athletics recruitment complies with established institutional policies and procedures applicable to the admission process; (Adopted: 1/12/04 effective 8/1/04)

(i) Assure that academic performance of student-athletes is, at a minimum, consistent with that of the general student body; (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)

(j) Assure that admission policies for student-athletes comply with policies and procedures applicable to the general student body; (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)

(k) Provide equitable athletics opportunities for males and females and give equal 10.5emphasis to men’s and women’s sports;

(l) Support ethnic and gender diversity for all constituents; (Adopted: 1/12/99)

(m) Give primary emphasis to regional in-season competition and conference championships; and

(n) Support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of athletics performance, which may include opportunities for participation in national championships, by providing all teams with adequate facilities, competent coaching and appropriate competitive opportunities.

The purpose of the NCAA is to assist its members in developing the basis for consistent, equitable competition while minimizing infringement on the freedom of individual institutions to determine their own special objectives and programs. The above statement articulates principles that represent a commitment to Division III membership and shall serve as a guide for the preparation of legislation by the division and for planning and implementation of programs by institutions and conferences.

Gallaudet Athletics Mission Statement

The Gallaudet University Athletics Department is committed to helping academically qualified women and men compete in sports at the highest level possible and encourage personal development. Through intercollegiate athletic competition and intramural sports, the Athletic Department works to create a sense of pride in the competitiveness, ethics and integrity of Gallaudet University teams.

Student Learning Outcomes/Goals at Program Level: 

  • Provide an equal opportunity for female and male student-athletes of good character and acceptable academic standing, to compete in organized intercollegiate athletics at the highest level while pursuing a baccalaureate degree;
  • Provide an opportunity for each student-athlete to grow as a whole person by enabling involvement in more areas of student life and implementing tools that will aid the student-athlete after graduation;

  • Utilize intercollegiate athletics as a means to reach and draw together the University community, the alumni and the deaf and hard of hearing people, and to provide a source of institutional pride to alumni, faculty, staff and students through athletic competitiveness and academic integrity;

  • Ensure, in all areas of intercollegiate athletics, that Gallaudet University demands and functions with integrity, high moral and ethical standards, and strict adherence to the spirit and letter of all Gallaudet University, North Eastern Athletic Conference, Eastern Collegiate Football Conference and NCAA rules, including all civil laws. 

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