STUDENT – ATHLETE HANDBOOK Fairmont State University Athletics Feaster Center 1201 Locust Ave. Fairmont, WV 26554 304-367-4220
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TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction Director of Athletics’ Message Fairmont State University Department of Athletics Mission Statement Philosophy and Goals WV Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Mission Statement NCAA Principles Varsity Sports Post-Season Competition Standards of Conduct Recruiting Conduct WVIAC Crowd Control Statement WVIAC Conduct in Athletics Policy WVIAC Removal from a Contest Policy Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol Ban Academic & Financial Aid Information Eligibility Requirements Declaring a Major Progress Towards Degree Class Attendance Academic Support Intercollegiate Competition Hardship Waiver Redshirt Partial Qualifiers Non-qualifiers Playing and Practice Schedules Practice and Competition Expenses Complimentary Admissions Guidelines Amateurism Agent Gambling Employment Student Athlete Advising Committee WVIAC Commissioners Honor Roll Fairmont State University Feaster Award Fairmont State University Colebank Award Team Rules Simple Guidelines for Academic Success Athletic Study Hall Fairmont State University Hazing policy FUS athletic Department Online Communities Policy Code of Conduct Policy Team Travel Policies Team Travel Transportation Policy
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Team Travel Alcohol Policy Financial Aid Transfer Request Denial Appeal Hearing Uniforms and Equipment Medical Information Medical Forms Drug Testing NCAA Banned Drugs Drugs & Procedures Subject to Restrictions NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements Warning Drug Testing Protocol Medical Code Organization Cause for Loss of Eligibility Drug Testing Selections Specimen Collection Procedures Chain of Custody Appeal Process Restoration of Eligibility Substance Abuse Committee Sanctions Sanctions for Positive Test Result Fairmont State Athletics Sportsmanship Policy Consent Form Drug Testing Contact Administration and Organization Organizational Chart
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Intercollegiate Athletics Director’s Office
FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY FIGHTING FALCONS
Dear Student-Athlete: It is with great pleasure that I welcome our first year students to Fairmont State University, and to welcome back our returning student-athletes, for the most exciting and rewarding years of your life. This University, with its rich academic and athletic tradition, is committed to excellence in all areas of campus life. In conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Academic Support Center provides quality academic support services for all student-athletes. Baseball Basketball Competitive Cheer Cross Country Football Golf Softball Swimming Tennis Volleyball
This handbook is provided to introduce you to the polices and services available as you seek to achieve academic and athletic success. On behalf of the entire Athletic Department, I wish you the best in your academic and athletic endeavors. Go Falcons! Rusty Elliott Rusty Elliott Director of Athletics
1201 Locust Avenue Feaster Center Office 301 Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 367-4937 FAX (304) 333-3597
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FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Fairmont State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to actively support the University's mission of teaching, research and service by providing an atmosphere in which student-athletes can succeed at championship levels within the spirit of fair play, sportsmanship, and integrity. Toward this mission, the following athletics-related objectives are promoted: • Development of the total person • Demonstrated academic achievement • Adherence to NCAA and WVIAC rules of competition • Development of programs and services which ensure equitable treatment, respect and opportunity for men and women. • Expectation of success in all sponsored programs • Programmed outreach initiatives for student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff to serve the university and local communities PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS Such an intercollegiate program will be conducted in a manner that promotes learning and discipline, and assist the student-athlete in growing physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. The athletic program functions as an integral part of the mission of the University and the total academic program. Furthermore it plays a vital role in fostering a positive image of Fairmont State University in particular, and the community of Fairmont as a whole. It is our philosophy to offer a variety of sports for men and women such that they meet the needs and interests of individual students, as well as those of the student body as a whole. Furthermore, the athletic program serves as a cohesive agent in bringing about good university-community relationships and it provides a rallying point where students, faculty, staff, and administrators come together in one common place to show pride, enthusiasm and loyalty to Fairmont State University. The purpose of the intercollegiate athletics program is to provide varied kinds of experiences for students in and through competitive sports. Specifically, goals for the program are: 1. To be highly competitive • To maintain a high level of compliance with all NCAA regulations. • To maintain financial stability in all athletic programs in order to insure adequate opportunities for athletic competition within the conference, the region, and nationally. • To meet the compliance standards set up by the NCAA in financial aid, recruiting, and eligibility. 2. To develop leadership skills • To provide training for staff members.
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To establish policies for sportsmanship and ethical conduct of the intercollegiate athletics consistent with the educational mission and goals of the university. • To provide a leadership training program for student-athletes. To encourage academic success • To provide student-athletes with access to academic support service. To foster positive attitude • To encourage participation in social and cultural activities. • To develop in athletes and staff, an appreciation for various cultural differences and growth by diversity within athletics. To establish educational and social values in preparation for lifelong learning • To provide special and unique educational and training opportunities for studentathletes and staff. To provide the university the opportunity to achieve goodwill with its various publics • To provide timely information via public relations and sports information. This will inform the public about current athletic events, event results, and departmental activities. •
In order to fulfill its role, the goals of the intercollegiate athletics program at Fairmont State University must be endorsed and actively supported by the board of trustees, administration, faculty, student body, university staff, alumni, and the local community. WEST VIRGINIA INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MISSION STATEMENT As an active member of NCAA, Division II, it is the mission of the WVIAC to promote participation in intercollegiate athletics by students within and among its active member institutions as an integral part of each institution’s total educational program. NCAA PRINCIPLES The university supports the NCAA’s principles in regards to sportsmanship, ethical conduct, rules compliance, and amateurism. The following outlines these principles. The Principles of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct (NCAA Bylaw 2.4) For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program. It is the responsibility of each institution to: (a) Establish policies for sportsmanship and ethical conduct in intercollegiate athletics consistent with the educational mission and goals of the institution; and (b) Educate, on a continuing basis, all constituencies about the policies in Constitution 2.4-(a) The Principle of Rules Compliance (NCAA Bylaw 2.8.1)
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Each institution shall comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the Association in the conduct of its intercollegiate athletics programs. It shall monitor its programs to assure compliance and to identify and report to the Association instances in which compliance has not been achieved. In any such instance, the institution shall cooperate fully with the Association and shall take appropriate corrective actions. Members of an institution’s staff, student-athletes, and other individuals and groups representing the institution’s athletics interests shall comply with the applicable Association rules, and the member institution shall be responsible for such compliance. The Principle of Amateurism (NCAA Bylaw 2.9) Student-athletes shall be amateurs in an intercollegiate sport, and their participation should be motivated primarily by education and by the physical, mental and social benefits to be derived. Student participation in intercollegiate athletics is an avocation, and student-athletes should be protected from exploitation by professional and commercial enterprises. VARSITY SPORTS As defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and endorsed by Fairmont State University, a varsity intercollegiate sport is one that has been accorded that status by the institution’s chief executive officer of committee responsible for intercollegiate athletics policy and that satisfies the following conditions: 1. It is a sport that is administered by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, 2. It is a sport for which the eligibility of the student-athletes is wed and certified by the compliance coordinator, and 3. It is a sport in which qualified participants receive the institution’s official varsity awards. The president, or his/her designee(s), uses the following considerations to determine which varsity sports will be included in a well-balanced program at Fairmont State University: 1. Reasonable opportunities for participation by students of each sex, 2. Special interests of students, 3. Adequate facilities, 4. Staffing requirements, 5. Budget considerations, 6. Adequate scheduling opportunities, and 7. Eligibility to compete as part of a nationally-affiliated organization. POST-SEASON COMPETITION All decisions regarding NCAA sanctioned post-season competition shall be made by the athletic director/associate athletic director upon consultation with the Subcommittee on Athletics and with the approval of the vice president for student affairs. The athletic budget shall provide the necessary support for such participation. STANDARDS OF CONDUCT Student-athletes and members of the athletics staff have a responsibility to conduct themselves in accordance with the ethical standards of the university and the NCAA. As visible members of the university community, student-athletes and members of the athletics staff have an obligation to
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conduct themselves in such a way as to reflect credit to Fairmont State University and their sport. This responsibility applies to on-and off-campus conduct. Good sportsmanship, character, courtesy, fairness, and concern for the welfare of all competitors should be placed above all else. Student-athletes and members of the athletics staff must realize their personal appearance, behavior, and standards are closely related to the image of the university and the sport. RECRUITING CONDUCT Fairmont State University does not, and shall not, promote or condone the use of alcohol or other inappropriate activities as recruitment strategies designed to entice potential student-athletes to attend Fairmont State. Further, Fairmont State University policies prohibit general misconduct, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, hazing, and hate crimes. The purpose of this policy is to: 1. Ensure that student athletes have every opportunity to fully participate in the interscholastic athletic program by creating an environment free of illegal and inappropriate use of alcohol and other controlled substances, 2. Create an environment that provides an equitable opportunity to all students and one which is free from the threat of harassment of any type. Host guidelines and regulations can be found at the end of the handbook, and 3. Ensure the ongoing standard of excellence associated with the athletic program at Fairmont State University. WVIAC CROWD CONTROL STATEMENT The West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference promotes good sportsmanship by studentathletes, coaches, and spectators. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches, or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition. WVIAC CONDUCT IN ATHLETICS POLICY The WVIAC will adhere to all policies of conduct for athletes, coaches, and other persons connected with the athletic departments or member institutions. It is the responsibility of member institutions to maintain proper crowd control at all contests and failure to do so will result in action taken by the Conference. Coaches must inform their squads that strict enforcement of proper personal conduct before, during and after athletic contests will be closely adhered to by the Conference and strictly enforced. WVIAC REMOVAL FROM CONTEST POLICY Any athlete or coach who is ejected from any contest, game, meet, or match, conference or non-conference, for unsportsmanlike conduct will automatically be suspended from participation in the next contest, game, meet, or match, including post-season play while under the jurisdiction of the WVIAC. Failure of a school to enforce the suspension or to report the ejection and subsequent suspension of an athlete or coach to the WVIAC office in writing within ten days of the occurrence will result in the player or coach being suspended for an additional three (3) games.
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For an athlete the second removal from a contest in the same season will result in the athlete being suspended an additional game. The second removal from a contest in the same season for the coach will result in the coach being suspended two (2) additional games. Third removal from a contest in the same season will result in the athlete being suspended an additional three (3) games and the coach being suspended an additional five (5) games. All suspensions during the final contest of any given year will carry-over to the next season when those individuals return for another season of competition. Any player or coach who participates in a contest while on suspension will be suspended for the remainder of that season and all games in which the player or coach illegally participated will be forfeited. All acts of misconduct are to be reported by game officials to the commissioner’s office, but this in no way relieves individual institutions from the responsibility of reporting such act of misconduct. Suspension is defined as not contact with participants in the contest later than one hour before the contest start time and not being located in a position so as to view the contest or have any contact with the participants. DRUG, TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL BAN There will be no use of prohibited drugs. The university’s drug use and testing policies can be found in Section II. There will be no consumption of alcohol, cigarettes, or tobacco products by participants on site of competition or practice. Student-athletes must abide by the same rules and regulations as found in the Student Handbook and the university’s alcohol policy. The consumption, possession, use, and/or abuse of alcohol by those less than 21 years of age are prohibited by the state of West Virginia. The first violation will receive a verbal warning; for a second violation, an offender will be ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct and will automatically be suspended from participation in the next game, including post season play, while under the jurisdiction of the WVIAC, as per the existing WVIAC ejection rule. ACADEMIC INFORMATION ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS In order to be eligible for intercollegiate sports competition, a student-athlete must satisfy the NCAA rules and regulation regarding eligibility. The current eligibility regulations affecting Fairmont State’s student-athletes are as follows:* 1. A freshman or transfer student must meet NCAA requirements pertaining to eligibility. 2. The student must be a full-time student (carrying a minimum of 12 semester hours) to
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be eligible for competition and practice. 3. The student must successfully complete 24 new semester hours per academic year, including summer. NOTE: In accordance with NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.3, the studentathlete shall earn at least 75 percent of the semester hours required for satisfactory progress during the regular academic year. The student-athlete shall earn no more than 25 percent of the semester hours required for satisfactory progress during the summer. 4. All student-athletes shall satisfactorily complete six semester hours of academic credit the preceding regular academic term in which the student-athlete has been enrolled full-time at any collegiate institution. 5. The calculation of credit hours to meet progress toward degree requirements shall be based upon hours earned or for degree credit toward any of the institution's degree programs or, if the student-athlete has designated a specific baccalaureate degree program, toward credit in that degree program. 6. A student who participates in a Division II athletic program shall meet the "satisfactory completion" by maintaining a grade point average of 2.0 which places the individual in good academic standing, as established by the institution for all students who are at an equivalent stage of progress toward a degree. A student must achieve the following cumulative minimum quality-point average: 1. 1.8 at completion of 24 semester hours 2. 1.9 at completion of 48 semester hours 3. 2.0 at completion of 72 semester hours 4. Different degree programs may have QPA requirements higher than the university requirement for good standing. 7. The student must make satisfactory progress in a degree program and declare a major by the beginning of the fifth semester 8. The student must have his or her name on the official squad list *Subject to amendment by the NCAA and/or WVIAC DECLARING A MAJOR NCAA Bylaw 184.108.40.206.4 stipulates that a student-athlete shall designate a program of study leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree by the beginning of his or her third year of enrollment (fifth semester). It is strongly suggested that a major be selected by the end of the fourth semester. That permits ample time to complete all the necessary paperwork. Failure to declare a major will result in a student-athlete's becoming ineligible for his or her sport season. PROGRESS TOWARDS DEGREE NCAA Bylaw 14.4 stipulates that to be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletics competition, a student-athlete shall maintain progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at that institution as determined by the regulations of that institution. As a general requirement, “progress toward degree” is to be interpreted at each member institution by the academic authorities who determine the meaning of such phrases for all students, subject to controlling legislation of the conference(s) or similar association of which the institution is a member.
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Academic Good 24 hrs. Requirements Academic Toward Standing Degree
18 hrs. Toward Degree (fall & Spring)
* 6 hrs Per Term
Academic Year Start of Yr. 2 Start of Yr. 3
Start of Yr. 4
Start of Yr. 5
Percent of ^ Cum Degree GPA per (40/60/80) term (90/95/100)
N/A 40% (48 hrs) 60% (72 hrs) 80% (96 hrs)
90% (1.8) 95% (1.9) 100% (2.0) 100% (2.0)
* Student-athletes must earn six hours toward degree the preceding regular academic term in order to be eligible for the next regular academic term. This does not include summer school hours. ^ Student-athletes must maintain the cumulative GPA required for the start of the year in order to compete the following semester. Institutions are required to certify the GPA requirement on a term basis by the first date of competition of the academic term. Publication of Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements - Active members are obligated to publish their progress-toward-degree requirements for student-athletes CLASS ATTENDANCE It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to make up all class work missed because of scheduled competitions. Since athletic competitions are university-sponsored events, faculty shall permit student-athletes to make up missed work and shall not in any way penalize the student-athlete for any missed classes. Any work missed during such absences must be made up within the period required of all students in that course. The coaches and the student-athletes must make every effort to hold class absences to a minimum. ACADEMIC SUPPORT The Academic Support Center makes available academic support services to all students who encounter difficulty with their courses and/or need instruction in basic skills development. The Academic Support Center is comprised of two distinctive components, the Tutoring Center and the Learning Skills Lab. The two components offer students a comprehensive approach to the development of skills necessary at the collegiate level to achieve academic success. All services are free of charge. Services are available by appointment and/or by walk-in for individuals or groups.
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The Learning Skills Lab also provides a variety of help to students in the areas of writing skills. Assistance with basic writing skills, compositions, and term papers is available to all students. INTERCOLLEGIATE COMPETITION A student-athlete is permitted no more than four seasons of competition in any one sport. A student-athlete shall complete his or her seasons of participation during the first 10 semesters in which the student is enrolled in a collegiate institution in at least a minimum full-time program of studies. A student-athlete is considered to have engaged in intercollegiate competition if he or she does any of the following at either a two-year or four-year collegiate institution: 1. Represents the institution in any contest against outside competition, regardless of how the competition is classified (e.g., scrimmage, exhibition or joint practice session with another institution's team) or whether the student is enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies; 2. Competes in the uniform of the institution or, during the academic year, utilizes any apparel (excluding apparel no longer used by the institution) or equipment received from the institution that includes institutional identification; or 3. Competes and receives expenses (e.g., transportation, meals, room, or entry fees) from the institution for the competition. HARDSHIP WAIVER An additional year of competition may be granted to a student-athlete because of an injury or illness that occurs in one of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition at any two-year or four-year collegiate institution. The injury or illness must occur before the completion of the first half of the traditional playing season in that sport and result in incapacity to compete for the remainder of the traditional playing season. In addition, the injury or illness must occur when the student-athlete has not participated in more than two events or 20 percent (whichever number is greater) of the institution's scheduled events in that sport. REDSHIRT A redshirt is a student-athlete who does not participate in intercollegiate competition in a given sport for an entire academic year. A redshirt student-athlete may attend an institution full-time and participate in practice without utilizing a season of competition in that sport. PARTIAL QUALIFIER A partial qualifier who initially enters a collegiate institution on or after August 1, 1996, is permitted to practice, but not compete, at an institution's home facility during his or her first academic year in residence. NONQUALIFIER A non-qualifier is not eligible for regular-season competition and practice during his or her first academic year in residence.
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Partial qualifiers and non-qualifiers in Division II sports may compete for a maximum of four seasons. Partial qualifiers and non-qualifiers in Division I sports may compete for a maximum of three seasons. PLAYING AND PRACTICE SCHEDULES 1. A team may not practice/compete for more than 20 hours per week during its playing season. 2. Any competition counts as three hours regardless of the actual duration of the contest. 3. Practice may not be conducted at any time (including vacation periods) following competition, except between contests, rounds, rounds, or events during a multi-day or multi-event competition. 4. Practice may not exceed four hours per day. 5. Each team must have one day off per week (except during participation in one conference championship and during participation in NCAA Championships). 6. Countable activity includes, but is not limited to, a. practice, b. competition, c. lecture on or discussion of strategy related to the sport, d. required weight-training and conditioning supervised by athletics staff member, e. film reviews of athletics practices/contests monitored by institutional staff members, f. required participation in camps/clinics, g. meetings initiated by coaches, h. individual workouts supervised by coaching staff, and i. on-court or field activities called by team members as required for participation, 7. Outside of the playing season, student-athletes may participate in conditioning and weight lifting activities. These activities may not exceed two hours per day, eight hours per week, and there must be one day off per week. 8. For sports other than football, participation by student-athletes in individual skill instruction is permitted outside the institution's declared playing season. More than one group of student-athletes from the same team are permitted to participate in skill instruction with a coach in the same facility or in different facilities at the same time provided there is no co-mingling between the groups and that each group of studentathletes participates in skill instruction with a separate coach. Teams with six (6) or fewer starters are permitted four (4) student athletes per group and teams with seven (7) or more starters are permitted six (6) student-athletes per group. Individual sports are permitted four (4) student-athletes per group. 9. No class time shall be missed for practice activities. PRACTICE AND COMPETITION EXPENSES The NCAA defines permissible expenses as: 1. Practice—Expenses may be paid for practice sessions only if they are associated with an away-from-home contest or conducted at a site located within the member institution's state or, if outside that state, no more than 100 miles from the
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institution's campus. Violations of this bylaw shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1; however they shall not affect the studentathlete's eligibility. 2. Competition While Representing Institution—An institution may provide actual and necessary travel expenses (e.g., transportation lodging and meals) to a studentathlete for participation in athletics competition, provided the student-athlete is representing the institution (competes in the uniform of the institution) and is eligible for intercollegiate competition. Violations of this bylaw shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1; however, they shall not affect the student-athlete's eligibility. Such competition includes: a. Regularly scheduled intercollegiate athletics events; b. NCAA championship events and NGB championship events in an emerging sport; c. A certified postseason football game; d. Non-intercollegiate open, amateur competition; and e. Other institutional competition permissible under NCAA legislation, including post season events
1. 2. 3. 4.
COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSIONS GUIDELINES – FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL An eligible student-athlete may receive a maximum of four complimentary admissions per regular season contest in his or her sport for guests. A student-athlete who is a partial qualifier or non-qualifier may receive admission only for himself or herself to all regular season home contests. Student-athletes may not receive payment for complimentary admissions or exchange them for any item of value. Recipients of complimentary tickets may not receive payment for these admissions or exchange them for any item of value. If payment were received, it would be considered an extra benefit to the student-athletes, which would make the studentathlete ineligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics.
AMATEURISM A student-athlete shall not be eligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport, if the individual takes or has taken pay, or has accepted the promise of pay in any form, for participating in that sport, or if the individual has violated any of the other regulations related to amateurism set forth in Bylaw 12. An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual: 1. Following initial full-time collegiate enrollment, uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport; 2. Following initial full-time collegiate enrollment, accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation 3. Following initial full-time collegiate enrollment, signs a contract of commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;
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4. Following initial full-time collegiate enrollment, receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations; 5. Following initial full-time collegiate enrollment, competes on any professional athletics team, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received; or 6. Enters into an agreement with an agent either prior to or following initial full-time collegiate enrollment. AGENTS A student-athlete may not agree (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in a particular sport until the athletic director provides written permission. GAMBLING The NCAA rules and regulations state that sports wagering on collegiate and professional sports violates NCAA legislation. The legislation is applicable to all student-athletes and staff members of Fairmont State University's Athletic Department. The NCAA's position on gambling is: “The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering. Sports wagering has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community. Sports wagering demeans the competition and competitors alike by a message that is contrary to the purpose and meaning of 'sport.' "Sports competition should be appreciated for the inherent benefits related to participation of student-athletes, coaches, and institutions in fair contests, not the amount of money wagered on the outcome of the competition. "For these reasons, the NCAA membership has adopted specific rules prohibiting athletics department staff members and student-athletes from engaging in gambling activities as they relate to intercollegiate or professional sporting events." (NCAA Administrative Committee, The NCAA News-August 4, 1997) The NCAA defines gambling activities as: 1. providing information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition; 2. soliciting a bet on any intercollegiate team; 3. accepting a bet on any team represented by Fairmont State University; or 4. participating in any gambling activity that involves inter-collegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a book-maker, a parlay card, or any other methods employed in organized gambling.
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This gambling ban applies to sports (collegiate and professional) in which the NCAA conducts championship competition: Men Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football (1-AA, II, Ill), Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track (Outdoor), Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling. Women Basketball, Cross Country, Gymnastics, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track (Indoor), Track (Outdoor), Volleyball. Men and Women Fencing, Rifle, Skiing. Sports That Have Been Declared Emerging Sports by the NCAA: Women Archery, Badminton, Bowling, Ice Hockey, Squash, Synchronized Swimming, Team Handball, and Water Polo. Division I-A Football The determining factor as to whether an activity is deemed "gambling" is if there is a cost to participate in the wager. Participation in statistical fantasy sports leagues or in basketball tournament pools are violations if there is a cost to participate. EMPLOYMENT The NCAA rules and regulations state that earnings from a student-athlete's on-or off-campus employment that occurs any time is exempt and is not included when determining a student athlete's full grant-in-aid or the institution's financial aid limitations, provided: 1. The compensation is only for work actually performed 2. The compensation is at a rate commensurate with the going rate of that locality for similar services and 3. The employer shall not use the athletics reputation of a student-athlete employee to promote the sale of the employee’s products or services. STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC) SAAC is a committee made up of two representatives from each intercollegiate athletic team at Fairmont State University. Each SAAC member must be an active member of his or her sport, be enrolled full-time at Fairmont State University, and be in good academic standing. All members are required to attend every meeting. If a member is unable to attend a meeting, he or she is required to send a team member substitute. At the initial SAAC meeting of each academic year, an election will be held to appoint the following officers: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Additionally, two SAAC members will be elected to represent Fairmont State University on the WVIAC Student Athlete Advisory Council.
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WVIAC COMMISSIONORS HONOR ROLL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR 1.Nominations will be received on a sport basis at the end of each academic year. Institutional transcripts will be used to verify nominations. Those nominated will be designated as selected to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll once the nomination has been verified. At the end of the academic year, the top (BY GPA) male and top female nominated during the year will be designated as that schools SCHOLAR ATHLETES OF THE YEAR. 2.Nominations will be limited to athletes that are currently ranked as a junior or senior. Each institution will verify what constitutes junior status. 3.Nominations will be limited only to those athletes that show at least a 3.3 cumulative grade point average. 4.Documentation of nominee's cumulative grade point average and academic hours attempted must be verified by the registrar of each institution. 5.All nominees must be "recommended" by each of the following persons: a. Head Coach, b. Athletic Director, c. Department Chair or d. Academic Advisor. 6.All nominations must be processed within the required time period on the prescribed form. 7.The Commissioner's Office will provide media coverage and suitable awards (certificate) for the Scholar/Athletes. Fairmont State University Easton K. Feaster Award This is awarded to the male and female senior athlete who maintained the highest overall academic average among letter winners. Fairmont State University Jasper H. Colebank Award This is awarded to the Senior who, in the course of his or her college career, has done the most to promote the best interest of athletics at Fairmont State. TEAM RULES "Self-discipline" is a key to success in athletics. Each individual must learn to apply the team rules and regulations that lead to beneficial and successful participation. The head coach of each sport shall determine the team rules and regulations for that sport in consultation with the athletic director and the associate athletic director, and then provide these in writing to each team member. Each coach determines the program for practice and competition that will best meet the needs of that sport. Practice and competition schedules are forwarded to the athletic director for approval. Coaches are responsible for developing and maintaining high standards of conduct and performance of student-athletes. The coach is responsible for developing criteria for final squad selection. It is the coach's responsibility to determine who participates when all academic and athletic requirements are met in a satisfactory manner. The team or attending
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physician, in consultation with the athletic trainer, shall make medical decisions relative to participation. In the absence of a physician, the athletic trainer shall make such decisions. Any student-athlete found to be in violation of university and/or NCAA regulations concerning the use of drugs shall be subject to disciplinary action, including loss of eligibility and athletic aid. The university will adhere to any drug-screening program mandated by the NCAA. The student-athlete has the right to appeal disciplinary action exercised by the coaches. It shall be the responsibility of each head coach to explain the mechanism of appealing a disciplinary action. The route of appeal shall be the head coach, the athletic director/associate athletic director, the Faculty Senate's Subcommittee on Athletics, the vice president for student affairs, and finally, the president of the university. The head coach will be given an opportunity to provide independent input at each level of appeal.
SIMPLE GUIDELINES FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS Each year you must keep three goals in mind: 1. Make satisfactory progress toward your degree. 2. Complete the year in good academic standing with Fairmont State University and the NCAA. 3. Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 hours toward your degree. Just as you have to work to reach your athletic goals, you also have to work just has hard to achieve academic goals. Below are a few guidelines to help you reach academic success: 1. Never miss class… 2. Be on time for class and do not leave class early. 3. Let your professors know beforehand if you are going to miss class for a contest. 4. Make arrangements to get missed class notes from the professor or another student in your class. 5. If you know you are going to miss an assignment or exam due to a contest, make arrangements in advance with your professor to complete the missed assignment or exam at his/her convenience. Let your professor know you are interested in successfully completing the class. 6. Get to know your professor. Talk to him/her if you are confused about class material, doing poorly on assignments, or are interested in your status in the class. 7. At the beginning of the semester, make a calendar including dates of quizzes, exams, assignments, practices, games, and travel information. Use this calendar to plan ahead. 8. Purchase needed class books and materials at the beginning of the semester. Do not wait until the day before a test to buy the book. 9. Take the necessary materials (i.e. books, notebooks, highlighters, pens, etc.) to class. 10. Sit near the front of the class. 11. Take part in class discussions. Do not take part in discussions about unrelated material with teammates and friends during class. 12. Listen carefully to your professor and take good notes. If you do not understand the material, ask questions; you are probably not the only one with questions. Compare notes with another good student in your class.
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13. Take advantage of the available labs, tutoring sessions, and study skills workshops. 14. Find a tutor if you are having problems in a class. 15. Form study groups with classmates to study for tests. 16. Find a good place to study that is free from distractions, and try to study in the same place. Do not wait until late at night when you are tired to begin studying. 17. If you are in a required study hall, use the time to study. 18. Study every day. Do not wait until the night before a test or assignment to begin studying. You do not wait until the night before a game to begin practicing, you practice every day. Do the same with academics. 19. Take advantage of extra credit work if available. 20. Ask for help when you need it. Faculty and staff members are willing to help, but you have to ask. Ask for help when you begin having a problem, not when it is too late. ATHLETIC STUDY HALL Each head coach will organize a supervised study hall for his or her team each year. Study hall is required for all new student/athletes, student/athletes with a cumulative GPA under 2.0, and any other student/athlete a coach requires attending. The Director of Athletics is the only person who may exempt a student/athlete from study hall. FAIRMONT STATE UNIVERSITY HAZING POLICY The Fairmont State University prohibits any form of hazing. No organization, registered or otherwise, officially or in fact, may participate in the activity of hazing. Hazing is defined as any action or situation created by individuals, clubs and organizations, on or off campus, that could cause or has the potential to result in harassment, emotional or physical abuse of harm, embarrassment, anxiety, ridicule, or the violation of a University rule, no matter how good the end result or intent. Examples of hazing include but are not limited to the following: • Tests of endurance • Submission of members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances • Paddling • Forced indulgence of alcohol or food • Forced excessive exercise • Indecent stunts or dress • Deprivation of sleep, normal sleep patterns or adequate study time • Physical harassment such as pushing, shoving, tickling, yelling, etc. • Deprivation of normal amounts of food and water • Individual or group interrogations such as line-ups • Personal servitude • Assigning pranks • Forced or coerced trips such as kidnaps, displacement, and “pledge” dumps Registered organizations and groups shall be permitted certain initiation ceremonies and activities, which when examined by the ordinary University student, would seem reasonable
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under the circumstances and justified in view of the purpose for which they are conducted. It shall not constitute a defense to the charge of hazing that the participants took part voluntarily, that they voluntarily assumed the risks or hardship of the activity, or that no injury in fact was suffered. Fairmont State University Athletic Department Online Communities Policy The Fairmont State University Athletic Department recognizes the positive aspects that are involved with being a member of online communities (i.e. personal blogs, MySpace, Face Book, YouTube, Web Shots, etc.), and does not prohibit the use of these sites by student-athletes. We remind you that as a member of the Fairmont State University’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department, you are a representative of the University and always in the public eye, and as such have a responsibility to represent your team, the Athletic Department and the University in a positive manner. Please keep the following points in mind as you participate on social networking web sites: • Before participating in any online community, understand that anything posted online is available to anyone on the planet, including potential employers, predators, and websites like badjocks.com. Any text or photo placed online becomes public domain, and is completely out of your control the moment it is placed online - even if you limit access to your site. • Exercise caution as to what information you post on your website about your whereabouts or plans. You could be opening yourself up to predators. • Be aware of who you add as a friend to your site - many people are looking to take advantage of students. • Do not belong to groups or post comments, photos, or other items that: 1. May be interpreted as racial or sexually offensive or charged; 2. May be interpreted as derogatory toward teammates, other students, coaches, faculty and staff; 3. Show illegal activities (i.e. underage drinking, illegal drug use, etc.) 4. Show violations of team, Athletic Department, University, or NCAA rules and regulations (i.e. hazing, gambling, academic dishonesty, etc) • In short, do not post information, photos, or other items online that could embarrass you, your team, the Athletic Department, or the University. Additionally, do not place any information online that you do not want the world to see. This includes information, photos and items that may be posted by others on your page. • While the Athletic Department is not actively monitoring these sites, the University, including coaches, faculty, and administrators, has the right to monitor these web sites. • If it is brought to our attention that you are posting material that violates team, Athletic Department, University, or NCAA rules, regulations, standards, or philosophies, appropriate action will be taken. You could face discipline and even dismissal from your team, for these violations. • Information contained on online communities may also be used in judicial matters handled by the University, which may include additional sanctions.
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(Student-Athletes, Cheerleaders, Managers, Mascot) All student-athletes are required to notify their head coach, who will in turn, notify the Athletic Director within 24 hours of an incident if the student-athlete has been: • • • • • • •
Arrested or otherwise charged with a criminal offense by any law enforcement agency. This includes all charges in any location in the USA or internationally; Cited for a violation of FSU Student Policies and Academic Policies (including accusations of academic fraud, plagiarism or cheating); or Cited for a violation or infraction of the Housing Policies. Injured in an incident or accident that result in a drop in performance levels. A written report with details of the incident will be sent to the Athletic Director within 24 hours of the infractions. A police report will be provided to the Athletic Director within 24 hours of the infractions if one is written up on the student-athlete. A report on all discipline action taken on the student-athlete by the head coach must be sent to the Athletic Director within 24 hours.
The purpose of intercollegiate athletics is to provide an opportunity for the participant to develop her/his potential as a skilled performer in an education setting. As education seeks to provide ways in which each may know herself/himself and grow emotionally, socially, and intellectually, so does the intercollegiate athletic program. In addition, the participant has the opportunity to travel, represent her/his school, and learn the art of being a team member. All this gain is not without sacrifice, for the player may lose some individual rights and privileges as s/he accepts the policies of the program when s/he becomes a member of the team. The Fairmont State Athletic Department will have an Athlete Code of Conduct Committee that holds the right to discipline the student-athlete with additional action if found necessary. The Athlete Code of conduct Committee will be made up of the SWA (Senior Women’s Administrator), FAR (Faculty Athletic Representative), Athletic Trainer and the Athletic Director.
TEAM TRAVEL POLICIES TEAM TRAVEL TRANSPORTATION POLICY All student-athletes must travel with the team. That includes traveling to the competition site and returning to Fairmont State. Student-athletes who choose not to travel with the team must provide the coach a written permission statement that is signed by his/her parent or legal guardian and approved by the head coach or his or her designee. Student-athletes must travel with a parent or legal guardian to and from the competition site.
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Violations: Student-athletes will have a disciplinary hearing with the director of athletics and associate director of athletics which may result in: 1. suspension from the team, 2. termination of financial aid, or 3. all of the above. TEAM TRAVEL ALCOHOL POLICY Alcohol usage on all Fairmont State University team trips is strictly prohibited (regardless of age of student-athlete). Violations: Student-athletes will have a disciplinary hearing with the director of athletics and associate director of athletics, which may result in: 1. referral to drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, 2. suspension from the team, 3. possible termination of financial aid, or 4. all of the above. Coaches are responsible to establish team policies for in-season and out-of-season alcohol consumption. Coaches will refrain from the use of alcohol in the presence of team members. FINANCIAL AID Some student-athletes are supported by an athletic grant-in-aid. Specific aid levels are recommended by the head coaches and, after approval by the athletic director, forwarded to the director of financial aid for final approval. Per NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11, financial aid based on athletic ability shall not be awarded in excess of one academic year. A coach may inform a prospective student-athlete that the athletic department will recommend to the financial aid authority that the prospective student-athlete's financial aid be renewed each year for a period of four years. However, the prospective student-athlete must be informed that the renewal will not be automatic. In accordance with NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168, institutional financial aid may be reduced/canceled during the period of the award if the recipient: 1. is dismissed from the university for reasons of failure to meet the minimum academic standards, 2. engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty, 3. voluntarily withdraws from a sport at any time for personal reasons-reduction or cancellation may occur immediately and be retroactive to the start of the semester, 4. fails to report for try-outs on the first official NCAA sanctioned day of practice for the sport in which the recipient has received the grant-in-aid, 5. uses performance-enhancing drugs and recreational drugs as stated in the NCAA list of banned drugs, 6. renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition, 7. fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent, or financial aid agreement, and 8. fails to comply with training rules (e.g., not attending practice, meetings, study table, and/or off-season programs).
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For the annual renewal process, the director of financial aid will notify student-athletes in writing. The Financial Aid office will send the official notification to the student by July 1. During the academic year, if the student-athlete's aid is reduced or canceled, the financial aid office will notify the student athlete in writing within 14 consecutive calendar days. The financial aid office will also notify the student athlete in writing within 14 consecutive calendar days if his or her aid is or reduced of canceled for the following academic year. If a student-athlete's aid is reduced or canceled during the academic year and they wish to appeal the coach's decision concerning athletic financial aid, he or she may appeal the decision to the Financial Aid Athletic Appeals Committee. The committee consists of five voting members and one non-voting member. They are the director or assistant director of financial aid (chairperson of the committee), the president of the Student Senate or his or her designee, the NCAA faculty athletic representative, one member of the Subcommittee on Athletics, the vice president for student affairs or designee, and the athletic director or associate athletic director (non-voting). To appeal any decisions related to his or her athletic financial aid, the student shall submit a written request that includes the following information: the student's name, student ID number, year in school, sport, type of financial aid previously received, reasons for believing that the decision was unfair, names of institutional staff members (e.g., coach, financial aid officer) with whom the student has discussed the aid, and copies of any relevant documents (e.g., letter regarding initial award of athletic grant-in-aid). The student should submit materials to the Office of Financial Aid within 15 days after the student receives notification of the aid award. The student may request a personal hearing before the Financial Aid Athletic Appeals Committee. At such time, the student-athlete, coach, and the committee members are notified of the time and place. Both sides will be permitted to present their cases to the committee. The student will receive written notice of the decision no later than 15 days after the appeal has been submitted. There is no appeal beyond the Financial Aid Athletic Appeals Committee. TRANSFER REQUEST DENIAL APPEAL HEARING Per NCAA By-Law 22.214.171.124.10.c, if a student-athlete's previous institution denies his or her request for the release, the institution shall inform the student-athlete in writing within 14 consecutive calendar days that he or she, on request, shall be provided a hearing conducted by an institutional committee outside of the athletics department. The committee consists of five voting members and one non-voting member. They are the director of campus life (chairperson of the committee), the assistant vice president for academic affairs, an assistant director of campus life, the NCAA faculty athletic representative, a representative from academic enrichment, and the athletic director or associate athletic director (non-voting). UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT Student-athletes and coaches are responsible for the care and custody of all materials for their respective sports after issuance. Inventories for all equipment and supplies are made periodically and reported to the respective coach and the athletic director and/or associate athletic director.
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Materials that are damaged, lost, or stolen are to be charged to the person responsible for them at the time. Amounts charged are established at replacement costs, and are to be collected by the Athletic Office. Failure to return these items or make financial restitution shall result in a reporting of a delinquent account and shall be handled in accordance with established university procedures. Monies received in this manner are credited to the departmental operating budget. MEDICAL INFORMATION All needed student-athlete related forms are located on the Fairmont State Athletics web-site. To get to these forms you need to: 1. Go to www.fightingfalcons.com 2. Along the left side of the page, under the title bar “Athletics”, click on “Athletic Training” 3. Under that you will find the following forms: a. Parent Letter/Instructions for Forms Completion b. Acknowledgement of Risk c. Physical Form d. Insurance Protocol e. Athletic Competition Release f. Medical Information Releases g. Medical History
DRUG TESTING NCAA BANNED DRUGS The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs: 1. Stimulants 2. Anabolic Agents 3. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only) 4. Diuretics and other masking agents 5. Street Drugs 6. Peptide Hormones and Analogues 7. Anti-estrogens 8. Beta-2 Agonists Any substance chemically related to these classes is also banned. The institution and the student-athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified
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DRUGS & PROCEDURES SUBJECT TO RESTRICTIONS Blood Doping Local Anesthetics Manipulation of Urine Samples Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation Caffeine if concentrations in urine exceed 15 micrograms/ml
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NCAA NUTRITIONAL/DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS WARNING Dietary supplements are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result. Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility using dietary supplements. Many dietary supplements are contaminated with banned drugs not listed on the label Any product containing a dietary supplement ingredient is taken at your own risk. DRUG TESTING PROTOCOL
1. Medical Code a. The presence in a student-athlete’s urine of a substance and/or metabolite of such substance belonging to a class of drugs currently banned by the NCAA may be cause for loss of eligibility. 2. Organization a. The NCAA Executive Committee has final authority over the procedures and implementation of the NCAA drug-testing program. b. The National Center for Drug Free Sport will support, coordinate and be responsible for the general administration of the drug-testing program. 3. Causes for Loss of Eligibility a. According to Bylaw 126.96.36.199., each academic year a student-athlete shall sign a form prescribed by the Management Council in which the student-athlete consents to be tested for the use of drugs prohibited by NCAA legislation. Failure to complete and sign the consent form before practice or competition in sports in which the Association conducts year-round drug testing shall result in the studentathlete’s ineligibility for participation (i.e., practice and competition) in all intercollegiate athletics. i. The institution shall administer the consent form individually to each student-athlete each academic year b. All student-athletes found to be positive for a banned substance and/or metabolite are subject to loss of eligibility consistent with existing policies, as designated in NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52. i. Bylaw 184.108.40.206 states “A student-athlete who, as a result of a drug test administered by the NCAA, is found to have used a substance on the list of banned drug classes shall be declared ineligible for further participation in postseason and regular-season competition in accordance with the ineligibility provisions in Bylaw 220.127.116.11.1. The certifying institution may appeal to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of the student-athlete’s eligibility, if the institution concludes that circumstances warrant restoration. 4. Drug Testing Selections
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a. The method for selecting championships, institutions or student-athletes to be tested will be recommended by the NCAA competitive safeguards committee, approved by the Executive Committee of the president acting for the Executive Committee in advance of the testing occasion, and implemented by the assigned certified collectors. All student-athletes are subject to testing. b. Student-athletes who test positive will be tested at any subsequent NCAA championship or postseason bowl game at which they appear and at which drug testing are being conducted or at any subsequent year-round NCAA testing event. i. Student-athletes competing in Divisions I and II sports are subject to year-round testing. ii. In year-round testing events, student-athletes may be selected on the basis of position, competitive ranking, athletics financial-aid status, playing time, an NCAA-approved random selection or any combination thereof. Specimen Collection Procedures a. Only those persons authorized by the certified collector will be allowed in the collection station. b. Upon entering the collection station, the student-athlete will be identified by an NCAA courier, an institutional representative or through other appropriate identification methods, and then the student-athlete will be officially signed into the station. Chain of Custody a. The collector will deliver the shipping case(s) to the carrier. b. A laboratory employee will record the shipping case(s) has been received from the center. c. The laboratory will record whether the numbered bar-code seal on each vial arrived intact. Appeal Process a. A positive finding may be appealed by the institution to the NCAA competitive safeguards committee or a subcommittee thereof. The institution shall notify the student-athlete of the right to appeal. The student-athlete will remain ineligible pending the outcome of the appeal. i. The institution shall appeal if so requested by the student-athlete. Restoration of Eligibility a. Student-athletes will be tested by the NCAA in order to be considered for eligibility restoration.
SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMITTEE The Substance Abuse Committee shall be responsible for implementation of all testing provisions. The Substance Abuse Committee consists of athletic and university administrators as well as sports medicine personnel. Specifically, individuals include the appropriate head coach, the director of athletics, the sports medicine staff, and the director of health services. SANCTIONS Failure to execute the consent form will render the student-athlete ineligible for participation in the university intercollegiate athletics program, and will result in the loss of any grant-in-aid
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consistent with NCAA regulations. Refusal to comply with the drug testing provisions stated in this policy after being selected for testing is carried out will be considered by the Athletic Department administration as a positive test. SANCTIONS FOR POSITIVE TEST RESULTS Fairmont State University follows the NCAA guidelines when it comes to failed drug tests. Bylaw 18.104.22.168 states “A student-athlete who, as a result of a drug test administered by the NCAA, is found to have used a substance on the list of banned drug classes shall be declared ineligible for further participation in postseason and regular-season competition in accordance with the ineligibility provisions in Bylaw 22.214.171.124.1. The certifying institution may appeal to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of the student-athlete’s eligibility, if the institution concludes that circumstances warrant restoration. The duration of ineligibility is stated in Bylaw 126.96.36.199.1 and that bylaw states “A student-athlete who, as a result of a drug test administered by the NCAA, is found to have used a substance on the list of banned drug classes shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition in all sports, if the season of competition has not yet begun for that student-athlete or a minimum of the equivalent of one full season of competition in all sports, if the student-athlete tests positive during his or her season of competition (i.e., the remainder of contests in the current season and contests in the following season up to the period of time in which the studentathlete was declared ineligible during the previous year). The student-athlete shall remain ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition during the time period ending one calendar year (i.e., 365 days) after the collection of the student-athlete’s positive drug test and until the student-athlete tests negative (in accordance with the testing methods authorized by the Executive Committee) and the student-athlete’s eligibility is restored by the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement. If the student-athlete participates in any contests from the time of collection until the confirmation of the positive result, he or she must be withheld from an equal number of contests after the 365-day period of ineligibility. FAIRMONT STATE ATHLETICS SPORTSMANSHIP POLICY Whereas, as a major purpose of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) is to promote the character development of participants and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, sports officials, and others associated with athletic programs; and Whereas, a guiding principle of the WVIAC is that student-athletes, staff members, officials, and other individuals associated with the Conference and its member institutions shall comport themselves with honesty and good sportsmanship. Their behavior shall at times reflect the high standards of honor and dignity that characterize participation in intercollegiate athletics. Therefore, be it resolved that as an athletics department staff member, coach, student athlete, sports official, or other person associated with the intercollegiate athletics programs in the WVIAC, I pledge to uphold the purposes and principles of the WVIAC and the NCAA by treating student-athletes, opponents, officials and fans with respect; by refraining from the use of profanity and obscene gestures on the playing field, court or competition venue; by not
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engaging in physical or verbal altercation during any competition; and by always accepting winning and losing with grace and dignity. Furthermore, I understand that this pledge is consistent with the ethical conduct policy of the WVIAC as stated in the Conference Bylaws and that any violations of this pledge are subject to the penalties described in the said bylaws. CONSENT FORM Requirement to Sign Drug-Testing Consent Form Name of your institution: ______________________________________________________ You must sign this form to participate (i.e., practice or compete) in intercollegiate athletics per NCAA Constitution 188.8.131.52 and NCAA Bylaw 14.1.4. If you have any questions, you should discuss them with your director of athletics. Consent to Testing You agree to allow the NCAA to test you in relation to any participation by you in any NCAA championship or in any postseason football game certified by the NCAA for the banned drugs listed in Bylaw 31.2.3 (attached). Additionally, if you participate in a Division II NCAA sport, you also agree to be tested on a year-round basis. Consequences for a Positive Drug Test By signing this form, you affirm that you are aware of the NCAA drug-testing program, which provides: 1. A student-athlete who tests positive shall be withheld from competition in all sports for a minimum of 365 days from the drug test collection date and shall lose a year of eligibility. 2. A student-athlete who tests positive has an opportunity to appeal the positive drug test. 3. A student-athlete who tests positive a second time for the use of any drug other than a "street drug" shall lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports. A combination of two positive tests involving street drugs (marijuana, THC or heroin), in whatever order, will result in the loss of an additional year of eligibility. 4. The penalty for missing a scheduled drug test is the same as the penalty for testing positive for the use of a banned drug other than a street drug. 5. If a student-athlete immediately transfers to a non-NCAA institution while ineligible because of a positive NCAA drug test and competes in collegiate competition within the 365-day period at a non-NCAA institution, the student-athlete will be ineligible for all NCAA regular-season and postseason competition until the student-athlete does not compete in collegiate competition for a 365-day period. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT DRUG TESTING PLEASE CONTACT: Raymond Bonnett Associate Athletic Director Director NCAA Compliance Raymond.Bonnett@fairmontstate.edu Office – (304) 367-4146 Cell – (304) 288-0974
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ADMINISTRATION & ORGANIZATION ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
Fairmont St. President
Senior Woman Administrator
Associate Athletic Director
Secretary & Business Manager
Faculty Athletic Representative
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Published on Aug 11, 2011