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METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


Sportsmanship Statement

Based on the MAAC’s mission statement and constitution, one of the purposes of the conference is to ensure that high standards of scholarship and sportsmanship are adhered to by member institutions. To accomplish this goal, opponents must respect each other, and appreciate honest efforts that are made fairly in pursuit of victory. The conference shall require adherence to its adopted standards and to those standards set forth in the respective playing rules.
While victory shall be the expected goal of every competitor, defeat is not a disgrace; the prospect of defeat is never an excuse for unethical behavior or a lack of sportsmanship.
Adherence to these principles will maximize the benefits and enjoyment of intercollegiate competition for all participants, coaches and spectators.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Policies and Actions in Support of the Sportsmanship Statement

Council of Presidents


The MAAC Council of Presidents have directed that all representatives of the Conference’s member institutions shall exhibit ethical behavior at each Conference competition and conduct themselves in accordance with the rules of the NCAA and the Conference and the playing rules of the respective sports. They have directed that each member shall create a healthy environment for competition free of a hostile atmosphere for opponents. This responsibility is to be shared by administrators, coaches and student-athletes, plus others involved in intercollegiate athletics in the Conference.

They have directed the Commissioner, supervisor of officiating and game officials to apply the playing rules tightly and assess appropriate penalties – not merely issue warnings – when violations occur.


Athletics Administrators


Athletics administrators, led by the Directors of Athletics, must communicate the expectation of good sportsmanship to all representatives of the institution active in intercollegiate athletics. It is particularly imperative that this message is impressed on each coach, along with the intention that the coach will require compliance with the Sportsmanship Statement by each member of the team. The director must ensure that opponents are treated with fairness and respect. All aspects of game management must be controlled to assure such treatment, including crowd behavior.

Coaches


The coach’s behavior influences that of the players and, frequently, the fans. The coach has a responsibility to educate the players concerning their obligations to the coach, the institution, intercollegiate athletics and themselves. Respect for an opponent can most effectively be conveyed to the players by the manner in which the coach speaks of and acts toward the opponent.

Student-athletes


Student-athletes must honor the responsibilities which accompany the privilege of representing a MAAC institution by adhering to Conference and playing rules, and the MAAC Sportsmanship Statement. MAAC student-athletes are expected to treat opponents with respect. They must be aware that significant penalties will be applied for fighting, taunting an opponent or other unethical conduct.

Public Address Announcers


Each public address announcer should provide an impartial and even-handed report of the event. Partisanship in this area inflames emotions and can promote poor sportsmanship by participants and spectators.

PA Announcement

Each institution shall read a sportsmanship public address announcement prior to each MAAC and non-conference home contest.


Cheerleaders, Spirit Groups, Bands and Mascots


Like the student-athletes, members of cheerleading squads, spirit groups, bands, and mascots are highly visible representatives of MAAC institutions. They can influence the behavior of others. Each group should welcome its counterpart group, and demonstrate respect for its members. Likewise, it should convey respect for each opponent player and team.

Officials


Although each game official has a demanding and difficult job to officiate the contest, he/she also will be directed to apply without hesitation or reservation the rules governing conduct and sportsmanship during each MAAC competition. When doing so as directed, the official will have support of the Conference, each member institution and its administrators and coaches.

Signage

Each institution shall post signage that promotes league sportsmanship, using elements of the conference sportsmanship statement or one developed by the school. This signage will be prominently posted in all campus athletic venues. “Best efforts” will be made to develop and display the same type of signage at all off-campus venues that member institutions utilize for contests.



Game Day Programs, Media Guides, and/or Websites

Each institution shall dedicate space in media guides, game day programs, and/or institutional websites for the MAAC sportsmanship statement and/or policies to be printed for access by the student-athlete, coaches, administrators, media members and fans.



Enforcement

The MAAC Compliance and Enforcement Committee and/or the MAAC staff will handle all sportsmanship issues that are reported by officials, media, etc. to the conference office.



METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE


Coaches Sportsmanship Statement
The coach’s behavior influences that of the players and frequently, the fans. The coach has a responsibility to educate the players concerning their obligations to the coach, the institution, intercollegiate athletics and themselves. Respect for an opponent can most effectively be conveyed to the players by the manner in which the coach speaks of, and acts toward the opponent. All coaches are expected to adhere to the MAAC Sportsmanship Statement (see below).
The MAAC Compliance and Enforcement Committee and/or the MAAC staff will handle all sportsmanship issues that are reported by officials, media, etc. to the conference office. Violations of the MAAC sportsmanship policy may result in receipt of a letter of reprimand, game suspensions, and/or other sanctions deemed appropriate by the Compliance and Enforcement Committee or MAAC staff.

MAAC Sportsmanship Statement

Based on the MAAC’s mission statement and constitution, one of the purposes of the conference is to ensure that high standards of scholarship and sportsmanship are adhered to by member institutions. To accomplish this goal, opponents must respect each other, and appreciate honest efforts that are made fairly in pursuit of victory. The conference shall require adherence to its adopted standards and to those standards set forth in the respective playing rules.
While victory shall be the expected goal of every competitor, defeat is not a disgrace; the prospect of defeat is never an excuse for unethical behavior or a lack of sportsmanship.
Adherence to these principles will maximize the benefits and enjoyment of intercollegiate competition for all participants, coaches and spectators.

This form must be signed by all coaches who are involved with an intercollegiate team at a MAAC member school.
Print Name: ___________________________________________________
Signature: ____________________________________________________
Institution/Sport: _______________________________________________
Date: ________________________________________________________

Niagara University

Athletics Department

Employee Code of Conduct


For the well-being of the Athletics Department, its employees, and most importantly, the student-athletes of Niagara University, Employees must comply with all University policies and procedures, and additionally, govern themselves in accordance with the below Code of Conduct.
Definition of an Employee: For purposes of this Code of Conduct, an “Employee” includes any non-undergraduate person that works as an employee or representative of the Athletics Department, regardless of whether he or she is paid, volunteer or serving as a graduate assistant.
NCAA Bylaws

Employees shall familiarize themselves with NCAA Bylaws, shall comply with NCAA Bylaws, and shall actively support an environment conducive to such compliance. All known or suspected violations of NCAA Bylaws MUST be reported to the Director of Compliance, the Director of Athletics, or the General Counsel.


Alcohol

Department employees must not drink alcoholic beverages in the presence of any current or prospective student-athlete. While traveling on university business, employees choosing to drink alcoholic beverages should do so responsibly; conduct while on university business is considered a reflection of the University.


Consensual Romantic Relationships

Athletic department employees, regardless of age, are prohibited from dating current student-athletes with eligibility remaining, or any registered student employed by the Department. Those seeking guidance on this preclusion are encouraged to speak with the Director.


Professionalism

Whether interacting with students, parents, community members, the media, or fellow employees, Employees must exhibit dignity, respect, patience, and professionalism.


Shameful Conduct

Employees may be dismissed for actions casting significant shame upon the department or institution.


Annual Certification: I, _________________________, have read the above Code of Conduct, and certify my understanding of its requirements and my commitment to ensure compliance in the Department.

SIGNATURE:____________________________ DATE: ____________________



Procedures for Communication between Coaches and Faculty Members


  • Coaches should initiate communication no more than once per week with any specific faculty member.

  • Coaches should encourage student-athletes to be the primary communicator with faculty members.

  • Coaches will not discuss the changing of a test score or other grade that has already been issued.

  • Coaches may discuss class attendance, participation, and grading criteria with the faculty member.

  • Coaches may not initiate communication with faculty members in the final two weeks of any regular semester or after the semester is completed.

  • Faculty members may initiate communication with members of the coaching staff at any time.

Alternatives




  • Student-athletes should be the primary communicator with all instructors.

  • Coaches can request that other athletics staff members (i.e., Director, Associate Director - Compliance, Academic Advisor for Athletics, and/or Faculty Athletics Representative) contact the instructor.



SECTION 4

CHECKLISTS

&

CERTIFICATION

PROGRAMS

COACHES’ CHECKLIST – PRE & POST SEASON
ASSOCIATE AD/COMPLIANCE

Pre-Season



  • check schedule with NCAA regulations

  • submit declaration of playing season

  • submit declaration of coaching staff

  • turn in rosters

  • check eligibility of incoming/returning student-athletes

  • schedule meeting to sign NCAA paperwork

  • finalize/sign squad list

  • ensure all paperwork is signed

Post Season

  • turn in participation list

  • submit medical hardship requests


SPORT SUPERVISOR

For Approval



  • game and travel schedule

  • equipment purchases

  • personnel hires

  • budget analysis and review for team travel, lodging, meals, travel party, recruiting, etc

  • proposed budget for the next fiscal year by November 1 of the current fiscal year

Pre-Season

  • arrange meeting for class absence forms

Post Season

  • prepare annual review report

  • determine goals

  • complete performance appraisals for staff and self

  • arrange meeting for student-athlete evaluations and senior exit interviews

  • take inventory


ASSISTANT AD/SPORTS MEDICINE

Pre-Season



  • arrange for physicals

  • submit practice and game schedules

  • submit medical histories and paperwork for all student-athletes

  • get certified in CPR/AED (all coaches)

  • review emergency plan

  • submit updated rosters

  • pick-up medical kits

Post Season

  • submit nontraditional game schedules

  • return medical kits following seasons



COACHES’ CHECKLIST – PRE & POST SEASON
ASSOCIATE AD/OPERATIONS

Pre-Season



  • facility arrangements

  • travel arrangements

  • meal arrangements

  • obtain license checks for coaches (new employees)


SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR

Pre-Season



  • coordinate recruiting guide information

  • discuss story ideas on student-athletes

  • send final schedule

  • coordinate season outlook

Post Season

  • send list of final recruits


ASSOCIATE AD/SWA

Pre-Season



Post Season

  • submit award nominees

  • submit SAAC forms for community service project(s) to receive credit


ASSOCIATE AD/EXTERNAL

Pre-Season



  • seek and secure sponsorships for tournaments

  • coordinate alumni events

  • arrange development goal meeting(s)

  • submit e-newsletters throughout the year


ASSISTANT AD/OUTDOOR FACILITIES

Fall Sports



  • request field practice times by July 10

  • submit final game schedule by July 10

  • submit work orders and/or facility equipment requests

Spring Sports

  • request field practice times by February 10

  • submit final game schedule by February 10

  • submit work orders and/or facility equipment requests

SECTION 5

HOUSING

Housing Policies for Student-Athletes
University housing provides a booklet entitled Room Selection for specified year. Coaches will receive a copy of this booklet and are asked to read it and ensure that their on-campus student-athletes follow the deadlines listed in the booklet.
Room selection for returning student-athletes takes place in late April and early May.
Coaches are advised to remind their student-athletes of the housing deadline. Student-athletes must be registered in at least one class to be eligible for housing at the time of room draw.
Break Period Housing
Student-athletes in active competition over break periods, who plan to stay on campus over breaks will be required to live in O’Shea or Seton depending on the sport. Student-athletes can opt out of break housing by requesting to do so from their head coach. The student-athlete

must be aware that they will be responsible for finding their own off-campus housing during breaks. Student-athletes who are caught staying in unauthorized rooms during break periods risk punishment.


Please advise your returning student-athletes to choose the dorm and room that they wish to stay in along with their requested roommate. Those staying during break period are not required to room with student-athletes, they simply must be housed in the appropriate hall.
Coaches need to provide the list of names of student-athletes that will need housing during breaks. Coaches can submit freshman with freshman room assignments break periods only. Coaches requests for upper class room assignments will not be honored.
Fall/Winter Sports:

Men’s Basketball O’Shea Hall Thanksgiving

Women’s Basketball and Christmas Breaks

Men’s Ice Hockey

Women’s Ice Hockey

Men’s Swimming & Diving

Women’s Swimming & Diving
Spring Sports: Women’s Lacrosse Seton Hall Spring Breaks

Baseball


Softball

Men’s Golf

Women’s Golf

Men’s Tennis

Women’s Tennis

Pre-Season Arrival Fall Championship Sports Only
Coaches are required to provide names only of returning student-athletes that require on-campus housing for early arrival for preseason practice. Every attempt will be made by housing to put student-athletes in their requested room assignments. Please note that housing can not place a returning athlete who has not turned in a housing application card.
Freshman must be accepted, fee paid and have completed a Residence Hall Reservation Form. If a prospect has not been accepted and fee paid, they will not have a room reservation form and should call housing after they are accepted and fee paid at ext. 8100 to complete a reservation form over the phone before the deadline.
Deadlines:
Early Arrivals for Pre-Season– July 1st *
Break Period Housing July 1st *
*Note: Coaches are to provide a list, not attempt to place student-athletes in rooms. Coaches can suggest to prospects to room together and to complete their housing reservation forms with the name of the prospect they wish to room with, but do not guarantee placement. Housing makes the decision with regard to room placement following a policy that provides equity to all students, not just student-athletes. (For more information on the roommate selection process see the room selection for specified date)
Any student-athletes recruited after the July 1st deadline will need to be granted housing through special permission from the Director of Athletics and the Dean of Admissions. Late signees are not impossible, yet they require more communication to get proper housing provided.


SECTION 6
ADMISSIONS

DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS POLICY AND PROCEDURE MANUAL


ADMISSIONS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

The office of admissions encourages all coaches to use its services and resources when recruiting student-athletes. Admissions has assigned a counselor to act as liaison to the athletic office and its coaches in order to facilitate the smooth transition of information, and timely processing of applications.


The following procedures should be followed when recruiting a student-athlete:


  1. In order to provide the best service possible to student-athletes, it is strongly recommended that the coach provide a list of all possible student-athletes, complete with name, address, email, telephone number and entry term to NU (i.e. FA 08) so that the student might be properly coded in the data base system (EMAS). This is very helpful for the student-athlete as well as the admissions office. It will allow for the timely dissemination of information and literature to the student throughout the recruitment period.




  1. When making an appointment for a student-athlete to tour the campus and meet with an admissions counselor, please inform the secretary at that time that he/she is a recruit for your particular sport. The liaison counselor will be notified so that if possible, she will take the interview. If the student applies after visiting, the application fee of $30 will be waived.




  1. Lunches are not automatically provided to all student visitors. If a visitor is on campus and has additional appointments set up that cause the student to be on campus over the lunch hour, then lunch tickets are offered to the student. This same policy applies to student-athletes as well, and the admissions secretary is happy to accommodate the student-athlete and family members upon notification. Lunch tickets are not issued for the coach.




  1. Many times a NLI will be offered to a student-athlete prior to the student-athlete making application. When a student-athlete is offered an NLI, please insure that he or she is aware of the fact that the admissions process is separate from the NLI process, and that any transcripts sent to the NCAA or athletics office are not acceptable in the admissions office. All students must make application, submit official transcripts, and SAT / ACT scores directly to the admissions office. Student admissions files will not be processed until official copies are received by admissions. Upon graduation from high school, all students (including student-athletes), must have a final high school transcript sent to the university. If this transcript is not received, then a student’s file will not be turned down to the academic department to which they have applied and advisement will not occur. (The student will be sent several communications reminding them to submit their final high school transcript.)




  1. If a student-athlete is also an international student, then copies of his or her original high school records must be submitted and if necessary, translated by a person or agency qualified to perform such translations. If the credential is not recognizable by the admissions office, a credential evaluation may be required. Please allow sufficient time for this process to be completed.




  1. After a student signs his/her NLI, the compliance officer forwards that information to the admissions office on a weekly basis. If the student’s file in admissions is complete and the student is accepted, the liaison counselor will waive the attendance deposit of either $100 (commuter) or $200 (resident) for that student.




  1. Whenever a question arises regarding a student-athlete’s admission, please contact the liaison counselor. She will be able to address the issue / concern you have and outline a plan of action. Please do not call the support staff, as they may not be able to answer your questions. If the liaison counselor is not available, the Director of Admissions would be able to assist you.


SECTION 7
FINANCIAL AID

FINANCIAL AID
All financial aid, athletic or any other type is handled in the Financial Aid office. Coaches are to contact the Financial Aid office through the Associate Athletic Director - Compliance.
A recruit should submit all appropriate paperwork (ie. Early Aid Estimator, FAFSA) to the Financial Aid office. Concurrently, a coach may verbally inform the prospect that he or she will be recommended for an athletic grant. However, it must be emphasized that a binding commitment cannot be made at this stage of the process.
A coach must work within the financial aid guidelines established by the Department of Athletics and the financial aid office.
FINANCIAL AID GUIDELINES:


  1. All correspondence with the Financial Aid office will be conducted through the Associate Athletic Director - Compliance.




  1. The Recruit List you provide will be submitted to the Financial Aid office. The acceptance status will be supplied to the athletic office by the Admissions office on a periodic basis.




  1. At the end of October you will be notified the amount of money that will be available for recruiting from the departure of athletic scholarship student-athletes that will graduate, exhaust eligibility, or will not be renewed. This will be the starting point in the process of determining how much money you will have to work with for the following year.



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