Student participation in intercollegiate athletics

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to outline the role of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and to set forth the academic and behavioral expectations of all Lynn University student-athletes.

Policy

The University’s responsibility to the athlete is to create an environment conducive to an optimal learning experience in every aspect - academically, socially, spiritually, athletically, mentally, morally and physically.

The purpose of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to initiate, stimulate and continually improve the athletic and recreation programs for students by:

  1. Promoting academic excellence and educational leadership;
  2. Striving to obtain athletic distinction at the NCAA Division II level;
  3. Assuring gender equity throughout all programs;
  4. Cultivating personal integrity among participants;
  5. Encouraging athletic participation as a lifelong recreational pursuit.

In addition to augmenting the academic, athletic, and personal development of students, events sponsored by the department are conducted to facilitate unity within the community; foster and maintain institutional support from alumni, University affiliates and external constituents; positively increase the visibility of the University; and enhance international and cultural understanding.

These functions are fulfilled by the department and University through the enforcement of developed and adopted eligibility rules that comply with standards of scholarship, sportsmanship, personal conduct and amateurism. The department strives to operate its programs at the highest level of competition within budgetary constraints, while respecting NCAA Division II legislation, Sunshine State Conference and University regulation. The student-athlete accepts the obligation to represent Lynn University at all times with conduct that will reflect positively on both the individual and the institution. The University fields intercollegiate teams in men’s baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, lacrosse and tennis; and women’s basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, swimming and volleyball.

In order for students to participate in intercollegiate athletics, they must remain in “good standing.” The criteria for academic probation are described in the Academic Catalog. The criteria for disciplinary probation are detailed in the paragraph the Student Code of Conduct. Student must meet all other standards established by the NCAA and the Sunshine State Conference. Student athletes who are academically ineligible may practice only on campus or at a regular off-site practice facility. They may not compete, be in uniform during a competition, sit on the bench, nor travel with the team. The opportunity to practice while academically ineligible will only be available to a student-athlete in, at most, two different semesters (but not consecutive) for the period of their participation in athletics.

All Lynn University undergraduate student-athletes must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better in order to be eligible to compete in a subsequent term. The student must also accumulate 12 credit hours per each full-time semester of collegiate enrollment. All Lynn University graduate student-athletes must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better in order to be eligible to compete in a subsequent term.

Prior to the beginning of each academic semester, students must be in good standing in order for their athletic scholarship to be considered for renewal. To guide students through their academic process, the Faculty Athletic Representative (F.A.R.) advises student-athletes. Athletes should refer to their Student-Athlete Handbook for detailed athletic procedures.

The Higher Education Amendments of 1992 necessitated the development of the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994. This disclosure of data on participation rates and financing of men’s and women’s sports in intercollegiate athletic programs at Lynn University is available in the Office of Institutional Research and the Department of Athletics. The Student Right- To-Know Act of 1990 requires disclosure of graduation or completion rates and transfer-out rates for the general population of full-time, degree seeking, undergraduate students and for students who receive athletic-related student aid, categorized by race and gender within sports. This information is available in the Registrar’s Office and the Department of Athletics.

Definitions

Good Standing—not being on either academic or disciplinary probation.

Procedures/Guidelines

Not Applicable.

For more information about this Policy, please contact Athletics.

Policy updated on: Oct. 24, 2018