Guidelines for Student Athletes
As a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Mid-South Conference, and consistent with Shawnee State University’s mission, it is the mission of the Department of Athletics to encourage participation in intercollegiate athletics by offering a variety of competitive opportunities and recruiting student athletes with the potential to be successful both academically and athletically.
The athletics department ensures that intercollegiate athletics is an educational activity. It also encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes in all participants as well as active participation in campus and university life. We continue our commitment to developing and maintaining a positive image for both the athletics department and the University and to provide equitable opportunities for male and female student athletes.
Student Athlete Standard of Conduct
With membership to an intercollegiate athletic team comes the requirement of high standards of effort, a commitment to participation, and the acceptance of the student-athlete role. The following is expected of all team members.
Coaches Standard of Conduct and Code of Ethics
With membership to the athletic staff comes the requirement of high standards of honesty, sincerity, and integrety along with the responsibility of performing duties in the following manner.
A Shawnee State University student-athlete must meet both the NAIA eligibility requirements as well as the Shawnee State requirements for athletic participation. The official NAIA Handbook can be found at www.naia.org and be reviewed with the athletic director or faculty athletic representative.
Those students not meeting at least two of the three standards shall be denied athletic participation at a member institution the first full year the students is in college.
Note: Equivalency scores and/or conversion tables are used for GED students and international students.
Academic Eligibility Requirements for Continued Participation for Students
NAIA eligibility requirements can be found at www.naia.org. Click on NAIA legislative services and the NAIA Constitution, Casebook, and Bylaws.
Students have a primary faculty advisor who is assigned by the chair or dean of their academic area.
A student-athlete comtemplating withdrawal from a scheduled course should, in order to insure acaemic eligibilty, adhere to the following procedures:
Regular class attendance is expected of all athletes at Shawnee State University.
The Athletic Department of Shawnee State Unviersity believes the use of drugs and alcohol has a negative effect on the performance of the student-athlete, both in the classroom and in sports.
The university is committed to maintianing a campus free of illegal drugs or the unlawful use of alcohol. Shawnee State Unvierstiy prohibits the possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, or use of illegal drugs and the unlawful use, possesstion, or distribution of alcohol on all universtiy property, at any location where employees or students are conducting university related business or activities, when using university vehicles and when using private vehicles on university business or in the conduct of universtiy activities.
Each student-athlete is required to have a physical examination conducted by a physician prior to particpation in any intercollegiate sport. The final decision regarding physical qualification or rejection is the responsibility of a physician specified by Shawnee State University. No individual is permitted to return to participation after any acute illness, operation, or after being in the care of a physician without the consent of a physician.
Disciplinary sanctions, in accordance with the Shawnee State Unviersty Handbook, administered by designated university officials must apply equally to all student-athletes, as well as nonathletes. (Please review the Code of Student Conduct in the Student Handbook.)