Our Common Ground "Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself."
-- John Dewey, educator, philosopher, UVM Class of 1879
The University of Vermont is an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to live in a diverse and changing world. We who work, live, study, teach, do research, conduct business, or participate in the University of Vermont are members of this community. As members, we believe in the transforming power of education and agree to help create and foster an environment where we can discover and reach our true potential.
We aspire to be a community that values:
RESPECT. We respect each other. We listen to each other, encourage each other and care about each other. We are strengthened by our diverse perspectives.
INTEGRITY. We value fairness, straightforward conduct, adherence to the facts, and sincerity. We acknowledge when things have not turned out the way we had hoped. As stewards of the University of Vermont, we are honest and ethical in all responsibilities entrusted to us.
INNOVATION. We want to be at the forefront of change and believe that the best way to lead is to learn from our successes and mistakes and continue to grow. We are forward-looking and break new ground in addressing important community and societal needs.
OPENNESS. We encourage the open exchange of information and ideas from all quarters of the community. We believe that through collaboration and participation, each of us has an important role in determining the direction and well-being of our community.
JUSTICE. As a just community, we unite against all forms of injustice, including, but not limited to, racism. We reject bigotry, oppression, degradation, and harassment, and we challenge injustice toward any member of our community.
RESPONSIBILITY. We are personally and collectively responsible for our words and deeds. We stand together to uphold our common ground.
Intercollegiate Athletics Mission Statement
The intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Vermont facilitates the personal growth and education of individuals through their participation in a comprehensive program of NCAA Division I sports. As an integral part of the university, the intercollegiate athletics program actively promotes equity and diversity, fosters the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence, and provides community enrichment. Vision Statement
As a program of national prominence, the University of Vermont intercollegiate athletics program is built upon a commitment to excellence. This commitment guides our student-athletes in their roles as scholars, athletes, citizens, and campus leaders and our staff in fulfilling their responsibilities as educators and mentors. Challenging competitive activities, outstanding facilities, high quality support services, and exceptional coaching ensure that UVM student-athletes realize their full academic, personal, and athletic potential The intercollegiate athletics program, through sustained competitive success and the excitement and festivities accompanying its athletic events, builds pride and esprit de corps, uniting our campus, alumni, friends, and the citizens of the great state of Vermont. Staff members embrace the privilege to serve our student-athletes, the University and its community. They honor this privilege by cultivating an environment in which a strong work ethic, mutual respect, honesty, integrity, and teamwork flourish. In representing the ideals of educational sport, staff members maintain the highest ethical standards and steadfastly honor the traditions, values, and mission of the university. Statement on Diversity
The Department of Athletics shares this statement as a reflection of its mission to promote equity and diversity, to facilitate personal growth, and to sustain excellence in all activities We recognize and celebrate the unique opportunities that sport provides in uniting disparate groups in a common goal. We embrace the essential value of unity that is so important for team success, as well as the vital educational value of diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas. Therefore, the Department of Athletics strives to create a diverse, inclusive community in which all students and staff members feel safe, respected and valued – regardless of any aspect of one’s identity, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, ability or age. Central to our commitment is a sustained effort to increase participation by students and staff from historically underrepresented groups. This effort is integral to the department’s mission to cultivate in all of our student-athletes the inter-cultural competency they need to excel personally and professionally in our increasingly diverse society. To this end, we not only challenge attitudes and behaviors that are hurtful or disrespectful; we strive to become a model of success- for UVM and other colleges and universities-nurturing an environment in which multicultural diversity, inclusion, and mutual engagement are central departmental values and hallmarks of excellence.
The University of Vermont sponsors 18 intercollegiate sports:
The student-athletes who participate in the 18 programs at the University of Vermont are expected to compete in intercollegiate athletics under a model that emphasizes integrity and ethical conduct. Each program is an integral part of the overall department, and each student-athlete’s educational experience remains paramount.
Each varsity program is supervised by an athletic administrator who works with the coaching staff on issues such as competition scheduling, budget, staff and program evaluation, student-athlete wellbeing and expectations, and general oversight of the program. Sport supervisors are excellent resources for student-athletes in their respective sports, and student-athletes are encouraged to get to know their sport supervisor. 2010-2011 Sport Supervisors:
Bob Corran, Associate Vice President & Director of Athletics
Men’s Ice Hockey
Jeff Schulman, Senior Associate Director of Athletics
Women’s Ice Hockey
Sue Hagens, Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator
Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
Men’s & Women’s Track & Field
Joe Fischer, Associate Director of Athletics
Men’s & Women’s Skiing
Krista Balogh, Assistant Director of Athletics
Women’s Swimming & Diving
ACADEMICS A student-athlete is expected to take full advantage of the quality academic experience at the University of Vermont. Each student-athlete must play the lead role in reaching academic goals through dedication and commitment in the classroom. Academic policies and procedures of the University of Vermont and the NCAA are described in the following sections.
Class attendance and participation are essential for academic success. A student-athlete at the University of Vermont is expected to attend all meetings of a class. Each team will establish rules regarding class attendance, and excessive class absenteeism may result in suspension from practice and/or competition, loss of an athletic grant-in-aid, and/or dismissal. Under NCAA guidelines, it is impermissible to miss class for an on-campus practice.
Academic Support Services
A student-athlete at the University of Vermont is encouraged to take advantage of the multiple academic resources and services available on campus, including faculty advisors, college dean’s office student services, the Learning Cooperative, ACCESS, and Career Services. In addition, the Department of Athletics provides athletics advisors in the Student Athlete Success Center in Patrick Gym. Each varsity team is assigned an academic advisor. See Student Athlete Development on the Athletics website for details. The Student Athlete Success Center is also the place where a student-athlete may access a computer and/or UVM’s wireless network and a quiet place to study.
The Faculty Senate passed the following motion as a policy on athletic-academic conflicts:
Students participating in intercollegiate athletics should plan their schedules with special care, recognizing the primary importance of all of their university academic responsibilities. Each semester, members of varsity teams are responsible for submitting their planned schedule of athletic competition in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes. Students and instructors should then discuss potential conflicts between course requirements and intercollegiate competitions. When an unavoidable conflict exists, the student and instructor should seek a resolution which permits the student to address the course requirement and participate in the athletic competition. The instructor has final authority on this matter. Physical Education Credit For Athletic Participation
A varsity student-athlete is eligible to receive one physical education activity credit per sport per year for participating in intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete must be listed on the team roster for the current semester and enroll in PEAC-Varsity Sports during the add/drop period. Student-athletes should enroll for this credit during the semester of their primary competition season. It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to register for this credit. Please note that not all UVM colleges accept physical education activity credit toward their majors.
NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements
A student-athlete must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters to be eligible for practice and competition. If a student-athlete drops below 12 credit hours, the student-athlete is immediately ineligible for practice and competition. The only exception to the 12 credit hour rule is for a student-athlete in the final semester of undergraduate enrollment and final season of eligibility, and the lesser amount of credits required for graduation in that semester has been verified by the respective dean’s office.
Student-athletes must meet the following NCAA eligibility regulations:
Credit hour Requirement: 24 degree credits prior to the start of the third semester
18 degree credits in the previous two semesters
6 degree credits in the preceding semester
Major Requirement: Declare a major before the start of the third year of enrollment
GPA Requirement & Second year of enrollment
% of degree: GPA = 1.80 gpa
(by start of the year)
Third year of enrollment
GPA = 1.90 gpa
% of degree = 40%
Fourth year of enrollment
GPA = 2.00 gpa
% of degree = 60%
Fifth year of enrollment
GPA = 2.00 gpa
% of degree = 80%
General Academic Information
The University of Vermont Undergraduate Catalog details important academic information. For access to the current online catalogue, see:
A student may add or drop a course only during the first ten days of instruction of the University semester (through Sept 8, 2014). After the first five class days of this period, courses may be added only with instructor permission. No drops will be allowed after the tenth day of classes. From the tenth day to the end of the ninth week of classes, students may withdraw from courses (last day to withdraw Monday, October 27, 2014)
Students who repeat a course only receive credit once for the course. The grades for all occurrences of the course remain on the permanent academic record and all are included in computing the cumulative grade point average.
The University of Vermont strives to provide an environment that encourages all students to learn, create, and share knowledge in a responsible manner. Standards of academic integrity are necessary for evaluating the quality of student work in a fair manner. For more information on the University’s Code of Academic Integrity, see http://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf
Academic Calendar FALL 2014
Monday, August 25 Classes Begin
Friday, August 29 Last day to add class w/o instructor permission
Monday, September 1 Labor Day Holiday (no classes)
Monday, September 8 Last day to add/drop courses
Monday, September 8 Last day for pass/no pass
Monday October 27 Last day to withdraw from a class
Thur, April 30 – Friday, May 8 Reading Days (April 30, May 6)
Exam Days (May 1,4,5,7,8)
Sunday, May 17 Commencement
Student-Athlete Development The mission of the Student-Athlete Development program is to inspire student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence on and away from the field of play. Extensive programming is provided to enhance the overall development of UVM’s intercollegiate student-athletes as students, community members and leaders. These objectives are pursued through the following programs and initiatives:
EDPE 024: Student-Athlete Development
Mandatory one credit course for all first-year student-athletes. Objectives of the course include assisting student-athletes in making a smooth transition into the University and the Department of Athletics; developing academic, athletic and social skills to help student-athletes achieve success and balance in their lives; helping student-athletes to examine critically their environment and their behaviors; and building a strong sense of community among student-athletes.
Catamount Leadership Academy
Student-Athlete Development is proud to sponsor this leadership training series for varsity team captains and emerging leaders. The Student-Athlete Development staff enlists a sport psychology consultant and other campus professionals to train team captains on topics such as goal-setting, team dynamics, communication, conflict resolution and mental health issues. Individual captain groups may consult with the Student-Athlete Development staff at any time.
Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
Complementing the captain’s leadership role are additional representatives from each team who serve as part of the support network for student-athletes. Student Athlete Advisory Committee members work closely with the Life Skills staff to discuss issues pertinent to the student-athlete experience; to create a safe, healthy atmosphere for their peers; and to plan community building activities and events. SAAC members will receive professional training in a number of areas and learn to use educational/professional resources on campus to support their efforts.
Student Support Services
Individual student-athletes may utilize the Student-Athlete Development staff at any time for personal, academic or career guidance. The Student Athlete Development office serves as an important gateway to various campus offices and services. Information about the following offices or services may be obtained through the Student-Athlete Development staff:
A part of the campus-wide Academic Support Programs office, the Learning Coop helps students become active learners through participating in individual tutoring, group study sessions and writing and learning skills conferences.
ACCESS (Accommodation, Consultation, Collaboration & Educational Support Services)
ACCESS provides accommodation, consultation, collaboration and educational support services as a means to foster opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in a barrier-free learning environment. The ACCESS office serves as a resource to UVM and the larger community to advocate for educational equity and innovation.
Counseling and Psychiatry Services (CAPS)
CAPS provides confidential psychological services for enrolled UVM students. Counseling is primarily short term and includes developmental, preventative, and educational components. Staff psychologists, counselors, social workers, and psychiatrist all have extensive training and experience in issues facing university students and are committed to helping students adjust to campus life and meet their academic goals.
Sport Psychology and Peak Performance Consulting
Help is available for student-athletes in areas such as goal-setting, motivation, visualization, anxiety/stress, self-confidence, and others. The performance consultant is dedicated to assisting student-athletes in clarifying their concerns, developing new coping and intervention strategies, and meeting their goals in life and sport. See the Student-Athlete Development staff for more information.
The Career Services staff assists students with finding work-study, internships, co-ops and fellowships. They also help with major advising, career exploration and job-search steps.
Diversity & Equity Unit
The mission of the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity office is to create a diverse, nondiscriminatory learning and working environment for the University of Vermont community by promoting inclusion, respect and equity through the provision of education, training and resources. Among its roles is to protect against bias, unfairness and other improper treatment by serving as a neutral, impartial dispute resolution resource by providing independent confidential, informal and formal assistance in the resolution of concerns and critical situations to all levels of the administration, staff, faculty and students.
ALANA Student Center
The ALANA Student Center (ASC) exists to ensure that African, Latino/a, Asian and Native American (ALANA) students succeed at the University of Vermont. ASC promotes academic achievement, personal growth, identity formation and cultural development through a variety of programs, activities and collaborations.
The office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Ally Services—housed within the Diversity and Equity Unit in the Division of Student and Campus Life—is committed to helping meet the needs of LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff at UVM. Among this office’s goals and programs are the following: Fostering and creating cultural education for the community at large; building and strengthening LGBTQA community at UVM; providing advocacy and support to LGBTQA students, faculty, and staff; and providing consultation and information to offices and programs throughout the University.
The Women's Center values and celebrates the multiplicity of women's lives; recognizes the intersections of gender, race, sexual orientation, economic status, and other significant aspects of individual and cultural identity; accepts responsibility for opposing injustice; and commits itself to service to the University and larger communities. Among the Women’s Center’s major programs are the Campus Gender Violence Project and the Campus Advocacy Program, which serves community members who have been victims of violence.
Workshops and Seminars
The Student-Athlete Development staff may offer additional programming in areas that benefit student-athletes, including but not limited to nutrition, career planning, personal finance, identity development, alcohol and drug prevention, and sexual violence prevention.
The Student-Athlete Success Center is located in the second floor of the west end of Patrick Gymnasium, Room 223. The Center is open to student-athletes throughout the year, and more information on any of the aforementioned areas may be gathered at the Life Skills Center.
Athletic Medicine Student-athletes at the University of Vermont receive the highest quality health care available by the UVM Athletic Medicine Staff. UVM recognizes that it is critical to have a trained team of experts to treat a wide variety of problems. Athletic medicine is a unit of the University’s Center for Health and Wellbeing and works cooperatively with other clinicians and health care professionals to provide the most current preventative education, medical care, treatment and rehabilitation for injuries and illnesses incurred by the student-athlete.
The athletic medicine staff maintains two full service athletic training rooms at the Patrick Gymnasium and Gutterson Field house. Dr. Krys Bigosinski serves as the Team Physician for UVM’s varsity athletes. He, along with Allison Shepherd, the Director of Athletic Medicine, oversee a comprehensive staff to care for the student-athlete at the University of Vermont.
The Fletcher Allen Health Care Orthopedics/Sports Medicine Center assists in providing world-class orthopedic medical and surgical care for Vermont student-athletes. Dr. James Slauterbeck, Dr.Nate Enders and Michel Benoit are just a few of the orthopedists that work closely with the athletic medicine team. They are world renowned for their research and medical expertise in the area of sports medicine.
Eight full-time certified athletic trainers staff the two treatment facilities and serve as the primary care providers for the day-to-day and season-to-season needs of the student-athlete. All of the athletic trainers are certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) and are licensed by the state of Vermont. Any and all care of the student-athlete will be handled with discretion, privacy and strict confidence. All medical information received is confidential unless released by the student-athlete.
Athletic Training Room Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm or as necessary for team/event coverage
Saturday/Sunday As necessary for team/event coverage
Expectations of Student-Athletes:
Have an initial medical physical and yearly update physicals/health history updates on file with athletic medicine (Medical clearance must take place before any student-athlete can participate in team training/conditioning activities.
Maintain up-to-date insurance coverage and inform athletic medicine of coverage specifics yearly.
Report any injury or illness to the Athletic Medicine staff.
Notify the Athletic Medicine staff of ANY medication being taken. (This prevents over-medication, allergic reactions and/or complications pertaining to NCAA or Institutional Drug Testing Protocols)
Utilize the Athletic Medicine staff to contact / set up appointments with the team physician, orthopedist or Student Health Center clinicians. (If a second opinion is desired by a clinician outside UVM, please communicate this beforehand in order to facilitate communication between the physician and the Athletic Medicine Staff)
Dress and converse appropriately for a diverse, co-ed environment.
It is the policy of the University of Vermont Department of Athletics and the Athletic Medicine staff of the Center for Health and Wellbeing to educate student-athletes about the importance of a ‘food first’ approach to achieving optimal training nutrition and to provide them with replenishment products which are safe and effective.
A guarantee that any supplement is 100% pure cannot be made for a student-athlete; therefore the Department of Athletics and the Center for Health and Wellbeing have a process by which any ergogenic supplement can be evaluated in terms of their safety and efficacy for student-athletes at the University. When it has been determined that there is satisfactory evidence of a supplement’s safety, efficacy, and compliance with NCAA guidelines, it may be used at the discretion of the coaching staff with their athletes.
It is imperative that all student-athletes considering usage of any supplement, first discuss this supplement with a member of the athletic medicine or strength and conditioning staff.
All student-athletes and parents have a responsibility as a partner in the health insurance plan. An insurance questionnaire and information must be on file in the Athletic Training Room before a student-athlete is allowed to participate in team practices/games.
All University sponsored accident and sickness insurance policies provide secondary or excess coverage. This means that insurance ‘kicks in’ once the $1500.00 deductible has been met. To clarify, the student-athletes primary insurance will be billed first should an injury occur, and once the deductible is met, the Department of Athletics policy will cover expenses from $1,500 - $90,000, plus an additional NCAA lifetime catastrophic injury insurance above $90K for qualified student-athletes with benefits determined by policy schedules.
All students at the University, including varsity student-athletes, have the option of purchasing the basic UVM Student Accident and Sickness Insurance policy for a 12 month period if no other accident or health insurance exists to cover the student or they would like to supplement their primary insurance. This policy covers normal injury or illness and includes coverage for injuries related to intercollegiate athletics participation WITHIN THE LIMITS of the Schedule of Benefits of the policy up to $1500. A full description of the benefits may be found on our website.