Athletics academic support program

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Policies and Procedures

Mission of the IUPUI Athletics Academic Support Program

Academic advising helps student-athletes to realize their academic goals, personal potential and career aspirations. The mission of the IUPUI Athletics Academic Support Program is to challenge and support student-athletes, promote student-athlete learning and encourage intellectual and personal development of student-athletes.


  • To assist student-athletes in clarification of life and career goals.

  • To provide an environment in which student-athletes can learn about the full array of educational opportunities available to them at IUPUI.

  • To engage student-athletes in the development of suitable educational plans and guide them toward selection of a major by the beginning of their sophomore year.

  • To encourage student-athletes to become self-directed learners.

  • To use campus resources effectively to assist student-athletes with career planning, study strategies, personal development, etc.

  • To provide information and assistance to student-athletes regarding degree requirements, course selection, career planning, campus resources, eligibility, registration, study skills, tutoring, etc.

  • In conjunction with academic authorities at IUPUI schools, to evaluate student-athlete progress toward their degree to maximize opportunity for continuing eligibility and graduation.

  • To use continuing examination and assessment to improve student-athlete and Athletics Academic Support Program performance.

Student Learning Outcomes
Through the academic advising and support experience at IUPUI, student-athletes will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective decisions regarding their career and academic goals.

  • Develop an educational plan for successfully achieving their goals and select courses each term to progress toward fulfilling that educational plan.

  • Select a major by the end of their freshman year.

  • Understand the academic requirements of their degree program and school as well as NCAA eligibility requirements.

  • Utilize academic advising services provided by the A Team member in their school.

  • Utilize campus resources and services to assist them in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals.

  • Develop skills associated with being a self-regular learner.

  • Understand the need to foster faculty relationships.

  • Understand the importance of time management and it’s relationship to success.

  • Understand the importance of being an active learner.

  • Graduate in a timely manner based on their educational plan.

Academic Advising
All student-athletes must meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for classes for the subsequent semester. Student-athletes who are in University College will be assigned an advisor in the Athletics Academic Support Program. This will be the student-athlete’s advisor until the student-athlete is admitted into an IUPUI school.

Upon admission to the school and degree program, the student-athlete will meet with a member of the “A Team” from the school. The A Team is comprised of academic advisors in each IUPUI school who are specifically designated to advise student-athletes. These advisors receive special training regarding NCAA eligibility rules and will work closely with the Athletics Academic Support Program staff to ensure student-athletes are making progress toward their degrees and are meeting all NCAA eligibility requirements.

Written confirmation from a student-athlete’s advisor must be received in the Athletics Academic Support Program office before the student will be allowed to register.

Academic Policies

  1. Student-athletes may not take courses that do not apply to their degree program other than required remedial or prerequisite courses.  If a student-athlete wants to register for a course that is not degree-applicable (e.g. wants to take a course for “fun”), they must receive permission through the Athletics Academic Support Program.

  1. A student-athlete cannot repeat a course to improve the grade without prior permission from the Athletics Academic Support Program.  If a student-athlete has to re-take a course because a minimum grade is required for the course to count (e.g. must have a C or higher), it is permissible for the student to re-take the class.  However, in situations where the course will count for the degree program with the grade that has already been earned, the student must receive approval before registering to re-take the course.

  1. Student-athletes should not register for a course load with the intent of dropping a class or classes at some point during the semester. While situations do arise in which a student-athlete must consider dropping a course, the Athletics Academic Support Program expects this to be the exception, not the rule.

  1. Athletics staff members are prohibited from obtaining or having access to a student-athlete’s Oncourse username and/or password. The policy applies to all full-time and part-time athletics staff including coaches, the Assistant Athletics Director for Complinace, and all of the academic support staff.

  1. If situations arise in which a student-athlete approaches a member of the Athletics Academic Support Program staff with an issue or concern that does not relate to academic advising, academic support or eligibility (e.g. conflict with coach, sport-related issue, etc.), the student-athlete will be referred to the sport administrator of the team. Questions regarding NCAA rules that are not related to academic eligibility (e.g. transfer rules, releases, etc.) will be referred to the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance. Questions regarding financial aid will be referred to the Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator.

Registering for Classes
Student-athletes have been granted the privilege of Priority Registration. Priority Registration allows student-athletes to register for classes one day before registration opens to other IUPUI students. This privilege is given to student-athletes so they can register for course sections that will not conflict with their practice schedules.
Student-athletes must utilize this privilege appropriately. This includes making an advising appointment in a timely manner, asking the advisor to send written confirmation of the appointment to the Athletics Academic Support Program, checking for holds that would prevent the student from registering, and registering for courses on the designated Priority Registration day.
All student-athletes are expected to register on the day of Priority Registration.
An “Eligibility” hold is placed on the SIS account of every student-athlete. The hold prevents student-athletes from registering, dropping courses, or adding courses without the knowledge of the Athletics Academic Support Program. This hold can only be released through the student-athlete’s advisor in the Athletics Academic Support Program office.
Dropping Classes
There are many complex NCAA rules which govern student-athletes’ eligibility to practice and compete. Because of these rules, the Athletics Academic Support Program must closely monitor the dropping of any class by a student-athlete.
After the first week of a semester, a student-athlete must obtain a Class Withdrawal Form and a Drop/Add form from their athletics advisor in the Athletics Academic Support Program office. If dropping the course will have an impact on the student-athlete’s future eligibility status, this information will be recorded on the Class Withdrawal Form.
The student-athlete must obtain the signatures of their head coach and academic advisor on the Class Withdrawal Form and signature of the advisor and instructor on the Drop/Add form. Once all signatures have been obtained, the student-athlete takes the Class Withdrawal Form to their athletics advisor. The athletics advisor will release the student-athletes Eligibility hold. The student-athlete then takes the Drop/Add form to the Registrar’s office to drop the course.
There are numerous NCAA rules which student-athletes must meet in order to be eligible to practice and compete. Student-athletes must comply with the following NCAA eligibility rules:

    • Student-athletes must be enrolled fulltime (12 or more hours) in order to practice and compete.

  • The only exception is when a student-athlete is enrolled in the courses necessary to complete the degree during his or her final semester.

  • Student-athletes must be enrolled in courses leading to a bachelor’s degree program in order to practice and compete.

  • Cannot be enrolled in:

      • Associates Degree

      • Certificate Program

      • Pre-Professional Preparation Program

  • A student-athlete who has completed a bachelor’s degree may compete while enrolled in a second bachelor’s degree program or a graduate degree.

    • Student-athletes must:

  • Pass at least 6 hours each semester in order to be eligible to compete in the subsequent semester.

  • Pass a minimum of 18 degree-applicable credits during the academic year (fall and spring semesters).

  • Meet the following requirements:

At the beginning of the…..

Must have earned at least….

And must have a cum GPA of …..

3rd semester

24 hours, 18 of which must be earned during the academic year

90% of the GPA required for graduation

5th semester

40% of the credits needed for your degree

95% of the GPA required for graduation

7th semester

60% of the credits needed for your degree

100% of the GPA required for graduation

9th semester

80% of the credits needed for your degree

100% of the GPA required for graduation

Required Study Table Program

All freshman student-athletes are required to participate in a minimum of six hours of study activities per week during their first academic year at IUPUI. Student-athletes who have been conditionally admitted will be required to participate in a minimum of eight hours of study activities per week. Athletics Academic Support Program staff and head coaches have the prerogative to increase the number of required hours for any given student-athlete.

Student-athletes have the option of fulfilling their study hours via a combination of any of the following activities:

      • Study lab in University Library monitored by AASP staff Sunday-Thursday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

      • Tutoring sessions (e.g. Math Assistance Center, Writing Center, Chemistry Resource Lab)

      • Meetings with professors

      • Quiet study sessions in AASP private study rooms

      • Study strategy workshops conducted by the Bepko Learning Center or the AASP

      • Supplemental Instruction

      • Research assistance with a University librarian

      • Other activities approved by the AASP staff

At least two of the required study hours per week must be fulfilled by attending a study lab session.

Note: No cell phones or iPods are permitted in study tables. No cell phones, iPods, or laptop computers are permitted in the athletics study rooms. Failure to abide by these rules will result in dismissal from the session and no credit for the time spent in that session.
Student-athletes will obtain signatures on their “Paw Pass” from professors, tutors, etc. when participating in study activities. The forms must be turned into the AASP staff by Friday at 12:00 noon for students to obtain credit for their hours that week. A record of the hours completed by each student-athlete will be sent to head coaches on a weekly basis.
Head coaches will determine the number of required study hours any upperclassman student-athlete must fulfill. AASP staff may also set a required number of hours for an upperclass student-athlete. The number of required hours for a particular student-athlete can be increased by the head coach or AASP at any time.
Progress Reports
The Athletics Academic Support Program staff will send out progress reports to each student-athlete’s faculty twice per semester. The information from these reports will be shared with the student-athletes’ coaches. Any issues that need to be addressed will be discussed with the student-athlete.
Missed Class
All student-athletes are expected to be present for every meeting of classes in which they are enrolled unless excused for team travel and competition.

On August 1 (for Fall Semester) and December 1 (for Spring Semester), the Athletics Academic Support Program office will notify the instructors of student-athletes of the dates that student-athletes will miss class for intercollegiate competition. If the instructor excuses these absences, the student-athlete must make arrangements to make up all work as a result of missing class PRIOR to the absence (e.g. submission of required coursework, taking a test or quiz, acquiring class notes, etc.).

If the student-athlete revises her/his Fall Semester class schedule after August 1 or Spring Semester class schedule after December 1, the student-athlete is responsible for directly notifying the instructor the student-athlete’s absences for missed class due to intercollegiate competition.

In the case of an illness, accident or an emergency, the student-athlete should make direct contact with his/her instructor(s) or the Athletics Academic Support Program as soon as possible.

Student-athletes will utilize the same tutoring services on campus that are available for all students including:

  • Math Assistance Center

  • Writing Center

  • Speaker’s Lab

  • Chemistry Resource Center

  • Supplemental Instruction provided by the Bepko Learning Center

The Athletics Academic Support Program does not have private tutors for student-athlets. Private tutoring can only be arranged for a student-athlete when the student’s coach agrees to pay the tutoring costs out of the team’s budget.

Study Strategy Workshops

Workshops in areas such as time management, note taking, test preparation, learning from textbooks, etc. will be offered by the Athletics Academic Support Program on a periodic basis. Some student-athletes may be required to attend, others may attend on a voluntary basis.

Referral to Campus Resources

The Athletics Academic Support staff work collaboratively with other campus departments to develop a network of support services for student-athletes. Examples of these campus resources include:

  • Adaptive Educational Services

  • Admissions

  • Bookstore

  • Bursar’s Office

  • Career Services

  • Counseling & Psychological Services

  • Office of International Affairs

  • Multicultural Center

  • Registrar’s Office

  • Testing Center

  • University College

  • Office for Women

Programs to Support At-Risk, Academically Underprepared, and First-Generation Student-Athletes

  • Weekly meetings with every student-athlete below a cumulative 2.50 GPA.

An athletics academic advisor will meet with the student-athlete to discuss assignments, papers, tests, projects, etc. The advisor will monitor deadlines, work with the student-athlete to develop and follow an academic plan, assist the student-athlete in developing good time-management skills and ensure the student-athlete is completing assignments and preparing for tests appropriately. The advisor will also review results of tests and assignments with the student-athlete and will determine if any additional departmental or campus resources (e.g. tutoring, disability testing, etc.) need to be utilized.

  • Utilization of the “Student Support Services” program for first-generation student-athletes.

Student Support Services is a program in University College that adds an extra layer of support, guidance, and answers throughout the college years for first-generation students. Students become a part of the SSS family for their entire time at IUPUI and can get free tutoring, academic and personal advising, and help with financial aid. 

  • Disabled student-athletes

The Athletics Academic Support staff will coordinate services with the following campus resources for any IUPUI student-athlete who has a disability or who may have an undiagnosed disability:

  • Testing at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) - staff psychologists at CAPS provide assessment services for Learning (LD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity (ADHD) Disorders. Evaluation for LD or ADHD begins with an interview with a staff psychologist during which information will be requested regarding academic, psychological, medical, developmental and family history. At the conclusion of the interview, a recommendation will be made regarding further testing. A fee is assessed to the student for any additional testing.

  • Adaptive Educational Services (AES) - Adaptive Educational Services coordinates support services and academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. AES ensures students with documented disabilities have equal opportunities to pursue a college education, while also ensuring a high level of academic integrity is maintained. AES understands students with disabilities face unique challenges in college and their services are designed to maximize potential and minimize disability.

  • Undecided student-athletes

The Athletics Academic Support staff will provide assistance to undecided student-athletes or student-athletes in need of career services in the following ways:

  • Provide career development tools including on-line assessments, career websites, books and other career guidance.

  • Referral to the IUPUI Career Services office. A partnership has been created with Career Services so student-athletes will have the opportunity to investigate career paths prior to choosing a major. This partnership includes:

      • A contact person in Career Services specifically for student-athletes

      • Career Services incorporated into New Student-Athlete Orientation

  • Freshman student-athletes who exhibit a high level of indecision regarding their academic major by at the end of their first semester will be advised to take UCOL-U 210, Career Connections. This is a one-credit course designed to help students develop and execute a personalized plan of major and career exploration.

Summer orientation
All incoming IUPUI student-athletes (freshmen and transfers) who are receiving athletics financial aid must attend New Student-Athlete Orientation in the summer which combines a half-day athletics orientation scheduled in conjunction with IUPUI summer orientation. Information pertinent to incoming student-athletes is presented and each student-athlete receives academic advising from the Athletics Academic Support staff in addition to attending the same orientation program that all incoming IUPUI students attend.
Jaguar Jump-Off
The IUPUI Athletics Department sponsors a CHAMPS/Life Skills program which is designed to support each IUPUI student-athlete's development in five areas: academics, athletics, personal development, career development and community service. The Jaguar Jump-Off is part of the CHAMPS/Life Skills program for IUPUI student-athletes. It takes place the day before the first day of classes for the fall semester and includes speakers on a variety of topics such as:

  • Gambling

  • Drugs and alcohol

  • Hazing

  • Social networking

  • Stress management

  • Academic Honesty (freshman student-athletes)

  • Transitioning to college (freshman student-athletes)


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