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Student-Athlete Handbook: Academics

Revised: May 2018

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity grows from the longstanding traditions of the world university community in support of learning, teaching, and the development of knowledge. Academic integrity is a firm adherence to the core values of the University as expressed in the Gallaudet Credo and to standards of conduct in the individual professional and academic disciplines. All members of the University community, including students, faculty, staff, and administrators are expected to commit, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, truth, fairness, respect, and responsibility. This commitment to academic honesty encourages the mutual respect and moral integrity that our University community values and nurtures.

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Weekly Academic Progress Report & Study Tables

  • Your academic progress is monitored by Starfish reports that are filled out by your professor and viewed by your coach and athletic administrators.
  • A student-athlete with a grade point average below 2.50 will be required to submit a hard copy of their academic progress report on a bi-weekly basis to their head coach until the GPA goes above 2.50.
  • Freshmen and new transfer students may need to submit hard copy academic progress reports, on a bi-weekly basis, depending on the decision of their respective head coach.
  • Each varsity team may run a study table for their team during the school year. The rules for these study tables vary by team.

Academic Policies

Satisfactory Academic Performance (SAP) Standards

Academic Warning (AW): A freshman student is placed on Academic Warning when the student's cumulative GPA falls between 1.75 and 1.99 at the end of any semester or summer term. Freshmen on AW are required to meet with their academic advisor to discuss possible modifications to their course load, extracurricular activities, and/or employment, and to seek tutoring or other academic support to improve performance. One can join with the Athletic Director and Head Coaches’ decision.

Academic Probation (AP): A student is placed on Academic Probation if the student's cumulative GPA is below 2.0 at the end of the semester or summer term. A freshman is placed on AP if the cumulative GPA falls below 1.75 for the first time or if a freshman has been previously placed on AW and his/her cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 for the second time. While on AP, the student must have a semester GPA of 2.00 or higher to enroll the following semester. The student remains on AP until his or her cumulative GPA improves to 2.0 or above. A student on AP whose semester GPA and cumulative GPA fall below 2.0 is automatically suspended. Nevertheless, if a student on AP makes a semester GPA of 2.0 or better, but has a cumulative GPA below 2.0, he/she shall remain on AP.

Students on Academic Probation are required at the beginning of the semester to meet with their advisor to sign academic contracts designed to improve their scholastic performance in the upcoming semester. The academic contract will address the following issues:

  • Course load – students will be required to take a manageable course load.
  • This stipulation may mean limiting the course load to 12 credit hours.
  • Academic Support – students will be required to document participation in academic support activities (tutoring or workshops, for example).
  • Extracurricular activities – students will not be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities.
  • Employment – students may be required to limit employment.

Academic Suspension (AS): A student may be academically suspended for either of two circumstances:

  • A student on AP whose semester GPA falls below 2.0 is placed on AS and is ineligible to enroll in the next semester and summer term. (For example, a student suspended after a spring semester cannot enroll at the University until the following spring semester, at the earliest.)
  • A student admitted with condition(s) who has not satisfied the condition(s) and who has not been recommended by the Condition Review Committee for continued enrollment as a degree-seeking student will be suspended. That student may re-enroll as a degree-seeking student only after satisfying the condition(s).

Academic Alert (AA): You will be alerted if your semester GPA falls below 2.00. You are encouraged to seek help from your advisor to improve your GPA in succeeding semesters. You may also contact our Faculty Athletic Represenative (FAR) Kitty Baldridge through e-mail at [email protected] or stop by her office (Field House 144). You may find the information in the Undergraduate catalog.

Academic Support

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Academic Success

In an effort to reduce missed classes and afford the student-athlete the opportunity to complete their daily classes prior to the start of intercollegiate practices on a daily basis, underclassmen will be allowed to register early if their season is during the upcoming registration period. Coaches will provide a list to the athletic department ahead of time for those who can register early. Student-athletes will be notified by the Registar's Office for the opportunity to register early. It is the responsibility of each student-athlete to register early as possible to avoid most conflicts. Registration bulletins are available online on at the Registrar’s office. The bulletin will list all class offerings and provide specific information concerning the registration process.

It is highly recommended that all student-athletes meet with their advisors to carefully plan the upcoming semester.

Class Attendance and Excuse Policy

The Athletic Director will send a message to your professor(s)/instructor(s) through Starfish at the beginning of each semester about excused class time.

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