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Georgia College Student-Athlete Handbook

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Table of Contents 2

Letter from the Athletics Director 3

History of Georgia College 4-5

Athletics Mission & Vision Statement 6

Code of Conduct Statement 6

NCAA Information 7-8

Peach Belt Information 9-13

GC Athletics Academic Policies & Procedures 14-17

GC Athletics Social Media & Related Policies 18-19

NCAA Rules & Compliance Guide 20-22

GC Athletic Training 23-27

GC Athletics Drug Testing Policies 28-31

GC Sports Information 32

GC Athletics weight room 33

Staff Directory 34

Student-athlete Confirmation Page 35

Dear Student-Athlete:

We are pleased that you are a student at Georgia College and a member of the Bobcat family.

You are fortunate to participate in a program that has a long history of academic, social, and athletic excellence.

As a representative of Georgia College, we ask that you do your best to represent your University, your teammates and coaching staff, the Department of Athletics, and yourself with the utmost respect. Do what is right, do the best you can, and treat others like you would like to be treated is a good model to live by.
Your rights and responsibilities as a student-athlete are outlined in this handbook. I encourage you to get familiar with this information.
We look forward to another outstanding year.
Wendell Staton

Athletics Director

I. Georgia College

A. History of the University
Founded in 1889 as a public college for women; Today a model liberal arts university
1889 Due to the lobbying efforts of Julia Flisch, a journalist in Augusta, support builds to establish a publicly funded college for women that would prepare them for the demands of the new industrial age. In 1889, the Georgia Normal & Industrial College is chartered as a two-year college emphasizing teacher training and business skills. 
1891 Classes begin in the newly constructed Main building (lost to fire in 1924) and the students lived in the Old Governor's Mansion. The main campus is primarily located on "Penitentiary Square," the site of the former Georgia State Penitentiary (1818-1879). In all, the campus totals 22 acres. 
1906 J. Harris Chappell, the first president, steps down due to illness, and the dynamic Marvin M. Parks assumes the reins of governance.

1917 Due to President Park's persistent advocacy, the college receives authority to grant four-year degrees and establishes its clear independence from the University of Georgia.

1922 Georgia Normal & Industrial College changes to Georgia State College for 
Women. As a teacher's college, courses include psychology, home economics, English, math, art, science, recreation and music.

1934 The first student government association forms at the college. Compulsory uniforms are soon abolished.

1935 In order to boost student morale, Dean of Women Ethel Adams initiates a spirited theatrical competition between freshmen and sophomores that becomes known as "Golden Slipper;" until the 1970s, this endures as one of the college's most popular traditions.

1938 Student numbers peak at 1,500.

1942 Mary Flannery O'Connor, as fellow students call her, enters as a freshman and graduates three years later. One of the most noted Southern writers, her works are housed in the Special Collections area of the Library and Information Technology Center.

1943 GSCW is selected as one of four colleges for the training of Navy WAVES. For the next two years, 15,000 women receive training on the campus in storekeeping and clerical duties for the U.S. Navy.

1949 Enrollment sinks to 848 and then to a low of 585 in 1953. The majority of post-War women tend to prefer coeducational colleges.

1957 The college begins its first graduate program, a Master of Education degree.

1961 Georgia State College for Women is officially renamed The Woman's College of Georgia.

1964 Funds are appropriated for the first adequate renovation of the Governor's Mansion. The work is completed in 1967.

1964 Celestine Hill, the first African-American student, enters the Woman's College.

1967 The Woman's College of Georgia becomes coeducational and receives a new name, Georgia College at Milledgeville. In the fall, 185 men join the campus of 1,216 women.

1971 Georgia College at Milledgeville becomes Georgia College.

1975 Total enrollment grows to 3,770.

1981 The college begins a five-year plan to become a multi-campus university which includes a commitment to the "computer era."

1987 An educational exchange is established with the People's Republic of China. This begins, in part, a revival of international interaction through study abroad and exchange programs.

1989 The college's 100th year anniversary is marked with the opening of the Centennial Center, which serves the campus as a wellness center and gym.

1996 The Georgia Board of Regents officially charges the institution with its new mission as "Georgia's public liberal arts university" and bestows the sixth name--"Georgia College & State University."

2004 Major dormitory construction is completed as five new buildings open near the main campus to serve more than 1,100 students. In addition, West Campus, the area where the athletic fields are located, becomes home to Bobcat Village, an apartment complex for upperclassmen and women.

2004 With help from the Georgia General Assembly and the Woodruff Foundation, a painstaking restoration of the Old Governor's Mansion is completed as a historic house museum, interpreted in the years 1851-1853.

2005 The newly expanded and renovated Library and Instructional Technology Building is dedicated.

2005 Renovation of the former First Methodist Church as the new Student Activities Center is completed; the centerpiece is the Magnolia Room, an elegant center for events and gatherings.

Today, Georgia College serves more than 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students in four schools with a faculty of 300. In addition to the Milledgeville campus, Georgia College provides the Center for Graduate and Professional Learning in downtown Macon, graduate programs at Robins AFB, and online courses.

Athletics Department Mission Statement
The mission of Georgia College Department of Athletics is to promote and monitor the educational achievement and personal growth of student-athletes; to conduct an athletics program that protects and enhances the physical and education welfare of student-athletes; to provide fair and equitable opportunity for all student-athletes and staff participating in intercollegiate sport activities, regardless of gender or ethnicity; to promote the principles of good sportsmanship and honesty in compliance with University, State, National Collegiate Athletic Association and Peach Belt Conference regulations; to conduct a competitive athletics program that promotes faculty, staff, student and community affiliation with the University and to serve the community through outreach activities which positively reflect the University and promote good will in the community. Georgia College Athletics promotes the 3 R’s: Reason, Respect, and Responsibility. Athletics serves the University’s mission of enhancing the quality of the student experience. Our programs entertain and enrich the University community and the people of Central Georgia and beyond, therefore contributing to the outreach mission of the university.
Department of Athletics Vision Statement

The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics strives to be a model NCAA Division II program while renowned for academic excellence through outstanding graduation rates and scholastic honors. Athletics provides exceptional value and benefit to the mission of the University and community. demonstrates unrivaled pride and foster relationships with all constituents. The athletic department is committed to the utmost integrity through NCAA rules compliance, fiscal responsibility and student-athlete personal development while striving to earn recognition as a national level program through all sports participating in post-season competition.

GC Athletic Code of Conduct Statement

As a student-athlete representing GC, both on and off the field of play, I am aware of my responsibility to always conduct myself in such a way that brings honor to the University. The opportunity to be a student-athlete is a privilege and I realize that I must uphold the core values that the University as well as the Athletics mission.

Athletics Governing Associations
National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)
The NCAA has three competitive divisions - Divisions I, II and III. Georgia College competes in Division II in all sports.
There are two primary purposes of the NCAA:

a. To sponsor national championship competition and

b. To promulgate and enforce rules and regulations governing the academic and athletic eligibility of student-athletes and the conduct of athletics programs.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 colleges and universities, athletic conferences and sports organizations devoted to the sound administration of Intercollegiate athletics. Through the NCAA, member schools and conferences develop guidelines for athletic issues on a national scale. Volunteer representatives from these schools and conferences establish rules that govern the Association and programs designed to further its purposes and goals.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's purposes are:

  • To initiate, stimulate and improve intercollegiate athletics programs for student-athletes

and to promote and develop educational leadership, physical fitness, athletics excellence

and athletics participation as a recreational pursuit.

  • To uphold the principle of institutional control of, and responsibility for, all

intercollegiate sports in conformity with the constitution and bylaws of the Association.

  • To encourage its members to adopt eligibility rules to comply with satisfactory standards

of scholarship, sportsmanship and amateurism.

  • To formulate, copyright and publish rules of play governing intercollegiate athletics.

  • To preserve intercollegiate athletics records.

  • To supervise the conduct of, and to establish eligibility standards for, regional and

national athletics events under the auspices of the Association.

  • To legislate, through bylaws or by resolutions of a Convention, upon any subject of

general concern to the members related to the administration of intercollegiate athletics.

  • To study in general all phases of competitive intercollegiate athletics and establish

standards whereby the colleges and universities of the United States can maintain their athletics programs on a high level.

Members of Division II believe that a well-conducted intercollegiate athletics program, based on sound educational principles and practices, is a proper part of the educational mission of a University or college and that the educational welfare of the participating student-athlete is of primary concern.

The NCAA Division II Platform is based around six components:

  • Passion

  • Balance

  • Sportsmanship

  • Learning

  • Resourcefulness

  • Service

Members of Division II support the following principles in the belief that these objectives assist in defining the division and the possible differences between it and other divisions of the Association. This statement shall serve as a guide for the preparation of legislation by the division and for planning and implementation of programs by institutions and conferences.

A member of Division II:

  • Believes in promoting the academic success of its student-athletes, measured in part by an institution's student-athletes graduating at least at the same rate as the institution's student body;

  • Believes that participation in intercollegiate athletics benefits the educational experience of its student-athletes and the entire campus community;

  • Believes in offering opportunities for intercollegiate athletics participation consistent with the institution's mission and philosophy;

  • Believes in preparing student-athletes to be good citizens, leaders and contributors in their communities;

  • Believes in striving for equitable participation and competitive excellence, encouraging sportsmanship and ethical conduct, enhancing diversity and developing positive societal attitudes in all of its athletics endeavors;

  • Believes in scheduling the majority of its athletics competition with other members of Division II, insofar as regional qualification, geographical location and traditional or conference scheduling patterns permit;

  • Recognizes the need to "balance" the role of the athletics program to serve both the campus (participants, student body, faculty/staff) and the general public (community, area, state);

  • Believes in offering opportunity for participation in intercollegiate athletics by awarding athletically related financial aid to its student-athletes;

  • Believes that institutional control is a fundamental principle that supports the educational mission of a Division II institution and assumes presidential involvement and commitment. All funds supporting athletics should be controlled by the institution. The emphasis for an athletics department should be to operate within an institutionally approved budget, and compliance with and self-enforcement of NCAA regulations is an expectation of membership; and believes that all members of Division II should commit themselves to this philosophy and to the regulations and programs of Division II.

Peach Belt Conference (PBC)
The idea for formation of a NCAA Division II conference was discussed in November 1988, in Greenville, S.C. with 11 schools represented at the meeting. Five of the colleges at that first meeting, along with two other schools, formed the new conference when USC-Aiken hosted another meeting on December 3, 1989. The seven charter members were Armstrong State University, Columbus State University, Francis Marion University, Georgia College & State University, Lander University, USC-Aiken and USC-Spartanburg. The name Peach Belt Athletic Conference was adopted in January 1990.
Augusta State University applied and was accepted in November 1990. Now the Peach Belt Conference had four members each in Georgia and South Carolina. On July 1, 1992, Pembroke State University officially became a member. Kennesaw State University became the tenth member on July 1, 1994. Clayton State University was admitted on July 1, 1995, and University of North Florida was admitted to the Conference officially on July 1, 1997.
Commissioner’s Office Commissioner

503 Blackburn Drive David Brunk

Martinez, GA 30907 (706) 860-8499

The Peach Belt Conference is committed to providing through its dependent collegiate members, a forum for student participation in athletic, academic, and co-curricular events under the auspices of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II.

The Peach Belt, one of the elite conferences in Division II, is comprised of 13 member institutions. The conference sponsors championships in 13 sports. Men's champions are declared in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women’s champions are declared in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Peach Belt Conference Members:

  • Armstrong Atlantic State University

  • Augusta State University

  • Clayton State University

  • Columbus State University

  • Flagler College

  • Francis Marion University

  • Georgia College

  • Georgia Southwestern State University

  • Lander University

  • University of Montevallo

  • North Georgia College & State University

  • University of North Carolina at Pembroke

  • University of South Carolina at Aiken

B. Peach Belt Conference Code of Conduct
Each Peach Belt institution is responsible for creating an atmosphere that promotes good sportsmanship and a hospitable environment for visiting teams and spectators. Facility design, student body makeup, and many other factors influence the ambience on any given campus. Consequently, each institution should design the specifics of its own Code of Conduct incorporating the principles and guidelines of the Peach Belt Code of Conduct.
All hosts and guests of Peach Belt athletic events are expected to adhere to the following general principles:

  • Respect the rights and dignity of all persons.

  • Strive to insure the personal safety and well being of all persons.

  • Refrain from conduct that adversely affects others.

  • Act responsibly at all times.

In addition to the principles referred to above, athletic personnel, officials, fans, student-athletes, and student peer groups (i.e. bands, cheerleaders, mascots, etc.) are expected to observe the following guidelines:

ADMINISTRATORS: PBC administrators are expected to develop and promote the attitude that the treatment of visiting teams and fans will be in the manner that they would wish their teams and fans to be accorded. The host game manager should welcome the visiting coach and team and extend courtesies that they would expect to receive. The host athletic director should brief everyone from coaches and team members to concessionaires, pep band members, ushers, and cheerleaders that their roles should reflect a courteous demeanor at all times.
COACHES: Coaches are very visible and influential representatives of the institution. As ambassadors for their institutions, coaches are expected to set a standard for others to follow in the areas of appropriate language and treatment of officials, players, and fans. Coaches have the greatest influence over their team members both on the bench and on the field of play. A team often time reflects the attitude of the coach. PBC coaches should exert ongoing control over the conduct of their team members at all times. In the extreme, coaches should be prepared to remove team members who show disrespect for their opponents, even at the risk of losing a contest.
STUDENT-ATHLETES: PBC student-athletes must realize that they are very visible representatives of their institutions. As such, it is extremely important that they act in a responsible and respectable manner at all times when representing their institution. Profanity, inappropriate gestures, and negative statements or actions between opposing players, officials of fans, especially taunting and baiting, will not be tolerated.
OFFICIALS: Officials who are assigned to PBC athletic events must enforce the rules concerning sportsmanship and deal decisively with abuse of those rules. The only warning concerning abuse of sportsmanship rules should come immediately before the contest. During the contest any abuses should be dealt with through the administration of penalties, not further warnings. Each official will be provided with the following written statement; “The Peach Belt Conference requires officials to enforce all rules regarding unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches and players. Profanity, inappropriate gestures and negative statements or actions between opposing players, especially taunting and baiting, will not be tolerated. If such comments are heard or gestures seen, a penalty will be assessed immediately. If any coach protests the unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, he/she will be ejected from the contest immediately. There will be no warnings. All players and coaches have been advised of this.”
PBC COMMISSIONER: The commissioner will enforce the unsportsmanlike conduct rules of the game and of the Conference. The commissioner will assess penalties for inappropriate behavior that is not detected or acted on by the officials. The commissioner may also impose penalties in addition to those imposed by the officials. These penalties may include but are not limited to:

  • Private Reprimand

  • Public Reprimand

  • Game/Games Suspension

FANS: It is understood that occasionally fans might make negative comments about officials and opponents. However, individuals who use profanity or vulgar gestures or words, who display a blatant disrespect, or who orally abuse officials, opponents or other fans will be ejected from the athletic event. Individuals who repeatedly exhibit a pattern of such conduct will be refused admission to athletic contests by the athletics director. Fans are also prohibited by NCAA rules from using artificial noisemakers and airhorns at athletic contests.
SPIRIT GROUPS: Like student-athletes, these groups are visible representatives of the institution. As such, high expectations are placed upon them for exemplary behavior. The role of any spirit group is to encourage and support their team, not to deride their guests. Consequently, members of spirit groups may not make negative comments about visiting players or fans during the course of the athletic contest. Specific standards of conduct for various spirit groups are listed in the following paragraphs.
Cheerleaders: The cheerleaders should project a positive influence upon the spectators and participants in the contest. The positive influence can be manifested in the content of the cheers, the timing of the cheers, and the positioning of the squad during the game. In general, the content of the cheers should not contain language or gestures that are of questionable taste. The squad may not position themselves behind the goal in an attempt to affect play, including free throw shooting. Further, they should position themselves in front of their own crowd before the game, during time-outs, and at half time. Megaphones may only be used for voice amplification and not in any other manner.
Pep Bands: The pep band may only play during time outs and intermissions. Any attempt to drown out opposing spirit groups, or jeers from the band members will be an act of unsportsmanlike conduct. The athletics administration will ensure that positioning of the pep band will be a reasonable distance from the visiting team and spectators’ seating by placing the band in either a neutral area or an area contiguous to the home team spectators’ seating. In no instance will the pep band be allowed to sit behind the visiting team’s bench.

Student Pep Groups: In general, student pep groups should follow the spirit of the guidelines set forth for cheerleaders and pep bands. The group should sit in their team’s spectator seating. In no instance will they be permitted to sit in the opposing team’s spectator seating or behind the opposing team’s bench. The content of their cheering should not be confrontational, profane, or otherwise in poor taste and judgment.
Mascots: The role of the mascot is to help foster fan support for his/her (its) team. Any gesturing or positioning should occur to serve that end. It should not, however, impair the progress of the game or confront the opposing players or spectators in any negative manner. At no time should the mascot antagonize or enter the vicinity of the opposing team’s bench. Any good-natured humor involving officials should be limited to times when they are idle and there is no game action taking place. All gesturing and actions must be in good taste and suitable for family living.

CONCLUDING STATEMENT: The PBC believes that an effort on the part of all conference members to create an atmosphere of sportsmanship will result in a healthier, more positive environment in which the student-athletes can compete.

GC Athletics Policies and Procedures
Student-athletes are subject to the same academic and financial and non-academic rules and regulations as members of the regular student body. Student-athletes are encouraged to refer to the Georgia College Student Handbook at for specific rights, policies, and procedures.
Georgia College Academic Guidelines-Absentee Policy

3.02.07 Absence Policy, Student

If a student is representing the university in an official capacity, as verified on a list released from the Office of the Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs, the instructor for those absences will not penalize the student. However, students should consult their instructor before anticipated absences. Official capacity represents contests and associated travel with those contests. Practice does not fall under this capacity.

GCSU Procedures:  Faculty members and college officials who are sponsoring official activities of the college (i.e., student government, athletics, debate, chorus, band, field trips, etc.) should send a list of the students involved in their activity to the Office of the Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs on the attached form in time for the Provost to approve, and in time for the college sponsor to notify affected faculty by memo before the scheduled absences occur. If that is not done, then the student can be penalized by the instructor for those absences. This policy for excused absences does not relieve the student of his/her responsibility to attend classes regularly, nor does it give anyone a license to cut classes or labs. The instructor may still place limits on class absences, provided the limits have a reasonable relationship to learning the material covered in the course and are specified in writing on the course syllabus that is given to students at the start of the course. The policy in which students may fail courses for excessive absences remains in effect. Also, the policy which entitles students to the right of petition to remedy their problems remains in effect.

Academic Advisement
All student-athletes are required to be advised by their University Academic Advisor prior to registering to finalize a schedule and remove holds. Be prepared for your advising visit.

Some helpful items with advisement are:

Learning Center

The mission of the Learning Center is to provide academic support for the core curriculum courses particularly in the areas of mathematics, science and economics. The Learning Center services are accessible to any GCSU enrolled student free of charge. Learning Center staff aim to strengthen academic skills, improve academic confidence, and enable the student to achieve academic success. Through a variety of academic support options, resource materials, and an inviting atmosphere, The Learning Center encourages active learning and promotes the timely and successful progression toward graduation.

Registration for Classes
Priority registration is available for student-athletes. This is a privilege that should not be taken for granted. However, student-athletes must meet with advisors and holds must be released before they will be allowed to register. Priority Registration gives student-athletes a special opportunity to sign up for classes before everyone else.  This opportunity gives them a chance to plan their schedules around practice and competitions, with the intent of allowing them to attend as many classes as possible.

Dropping Courses

Do not drop a course without first speaking with your coach . If at any time you drop below 12 hours, you automatically become INELIGIBLE to practice or play. ALWAYS ADD THE DESIGNATED COURSE BEFORE YOU DROP A COURSE.

A student may drop courses from his/her schedule through the fifth day of classes during Fall and Spring semesters (for a period of two days after late registration during the Summer semester and for a period of one day after late registration during Maymester). Students may drop via myCATS or by submitting a Course Change Card to the Office of the Registrar for processing. No approval is required on the Course Change Card to drop a course during this time period.

Students attending classes that do not meet until after the published drop/add dates are allowed 24 hours following their first class meeting to adjust their course load. Exact dates for add and drop periods are listed in the Academic Calendar.

After the drop/add period, but on or before the last day to drop a course without academic penalty (unless previously assigned an “F” by the professor for excessive absences), students may drop courses by submitting the Course Change Card to the Office of the Registrar. Approval of the instructor and faculty advisor are required.

A student, who drops a course after the last day to drop a course without academic penalty (unless previously assigned an "F" by the professor for absences) will receive a grade of "WF" (Withdrew Failing) for the course.

Declaring a Major
Before beginning your junior year, you must “officially” declare a major and it must be on file at the Registrar’s office. When you declare a major or change your major, you must inform your coach and the athletic academic representative as soon as possible.
Major GPA’s at GCSU are not consistent with the NCAA minimum requirements. To find out Major GPA’s go to:
To help in selecting course and finding out more information about what you should be taking, utilize Degreeworks.

GCSU 5-Class Drop Rule (for ALL students, freshman and transfers, beginning Fall 2007 and beyond

  • You may only drop 5 classes during your college career at GCSU! These drops are outside of the drop/add period.

  • After you have used your 5 drops, you will receive a “WF” (withdrawal fail) in any future class that you choose to drop.

  • This “WF” translates to an F when figuring GPA.

GCSU Athletics 9-Hour Rule
To ensure that every student-athlete is making progress towards their degree, every student is required to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours per semester, but at least 9 of those 12 credit hours must be from either:

1) GCSU Core Class Requirements

2) Your declared Major

3) Your declared Minor

Your advisor, your coach, and the athletic department academic representative are here to help you and keep you on track for graduation. Please ask us if you have questions about classes and your eligibility.
Eligibility-NCAA Minimum Requirements
1. You must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester to be eligible. If at any point during the semester you drop below 12 credit hours you will not be eligible to practice or play.

2. You must pass a minimum of 6 hours each semester to be eligible to play the next semester.

3. You must also pass a minimum of 24 credit hours per year to be eligible for the next year. *Only 6 credit hours taken in summer school may be counted towards your 24 credit hours for the year.

* If taking the Regents Writing or Reading Class those hours do not count towards the 24 hours you need each year.

NCAA Minimum Grade Point Average Requirements

  • After 24 credit hours, you must have a 1.8 GPA to be eligible for competition.

  • After 48 credit hours, you must have a 1.9 GPA to be eligible for competition.

  • After 72 credit hours, you must have a 2.0 GPA to be eligible for competition.

Major GPA’s at GCSU are not consistent with the NCAA minimum requirements. To find out Major GPA’s go to:

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