SPARTANS Student-Athlete Handbook 2018-19
Letter from the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Welcome to Missouri Baptist University (MBU) Spartan Athletics! Spartan Athletics is rich in tradition, competing at the national level in nearly every sport. Furthermore, we believe intercollegiate athletics should be an extension of your education, providing a challenging and meaningful experience in a Christian environment. You will quickly learn the MBU Athletics program is like no other! Spartan Athletics embraces the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character initiative. As a member of the NAIA, we are fully committed to five core values: Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Servant Leadership, and Integrity. These values represent the fiber of our athletic programs. Please become familiar with all of the material in this handbook. It will serve as a valuable reference regarding our expectation of how you carry yourself on and off the competitive arena. I wish you much success at Missouri Baptist University as you become part of our rich tradition and history as a Spartan! For this Generation!
Dr. Thomas M. Smith Associate Vice President & Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Professor of Education and Health & Sport Sciences
Letter from the President Dear Student-Athlete: It is my pleasure to welcome you as a participant in the Missouri Baptist University Athletics Program. Over the years, the Spartan Athletics Program has developed into an important part of the heritage and tradition of the University. Not only is the program in full accord with the Universityâ€™s mission, but it is also in accord with the Biblical principle of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Though you were recruited for your athletic talent and skills, you were also recruited for your intellectual skills and leadership ability. We take seriously the student in student-athletics. Wins and losses are not the most important criteria in evaluating the athletic program. Our concern is that you receive a first-rate education that will prepare you for a life of leadership. We have assembled a dedicated group of coaches to teach and guide you. In the pages of this document, you will find rules and regulations that will make your life easier and our teams more productive. I know that our Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and each coach look forward to a successful season. Have a great year. Sincerely, Dr. Keith Ross President Missouri Baptist University
Forward To assist you in your pursuit of both your academic and athletic goals, this text will serve as the Student-Athlete Handbook. This is specifically designed for you, the student-athlete at Missouri Baptist University. It will provide you with standard operational procedures of the Athletic Department, institutional policies, rules and regulations of the national governing body for intercollegiate athletics, as well as suggestions and recommendations to assist you in your dual role as a student and athlete at the University. The MBU Athletics Department sponsors intercollegiate sports with the goal of providing the studentathlete with the opportunity to compete in an intercollegiate, structured, sporting environment that enhances oneâ€™s personal growth and development in parallel with institutional goals. Responsibilities of the Department include: 1. 2.
To ensure each student-athlete receives the best educational opportunity. To provide an athletic environment which enhances physical, mental, spiritual and social growth. Additionally, development through encouraging student-athletes to practice and compete to their full potential, exercising sportsmanship and fair play. To maintain the highest standards for the health and safety of every student-athlete in practice and competition. To stress the importance of citizenship and community activity.
Each student-athlete must comply with institutional policies, departmental guidelines and expectations, team rules, and NAIA regulations as a condition of team membership. The Department requires student-athletes to be familiar with the Student-Athlete Handbook, the MBU Student Handbook and the Academic Catalogue (especially the Student Conduct code), and to maintain copies for reference. If an infraction occurs an assertion of ignorance of the information published will not be accepted as an excuse. Departmental and institutional policies, procedures, and rules are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the university.
Introduction Missouri Baptist University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education. In compliance with federal law, including provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Missouri Baptist University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in admissions or in the administration of its education policies, programs and activities. Although this handbook intends to reflect current policies and rules of the Board of Trustees of Missouri Baptist University referred to as incorporated herein, users are cautioned that changes or additions to such policies or rules may have become effective since the publication of this material. If there is such a conflict, the current statements of Board policy contained in the official minutes and manual of rules, by-laws, and guidelines shall prevail. 4
Missouri Baptist University, including its Athletics Department, reserves the right, in its sole discretion and at any time, to modify any policy, procedure or benefit set forth in this handbook and to make any other changes it deems necessary or appropriate. Further, the University reserves the right to depart from any of the policies or procedures stated herein at any time when, in its sole judgment, it is appropriate to do so. Additionally, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics reserves the right to modify any discipline or sanctions imposed for any infraction or violation of the rules, expectations, and policies outlined in this handbook.
Department of Athletics Mission Statement Missouri Baptist University Department of Athletics is Biblically based, evangelical and in full support of the overall mission of the University. The athletics staff is committed to enriching the lives of the student-athletes spiritually, academically and athletically by subscribing to the five NAIA character initiatives: Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership, and Sportsmanship. Adhering to these principles will enable Missouri Baptist University to maintain a Christ-centered athletic program that is fiscally responsible and remains consistently competitive on the conference and national levels.
You ARE Missouri Baptist University The ability to compete in intercollegiate athletics is both a gift from God, and a privilege, carrying responsibilities and expectations. Academic achievement and personal growth are priorities in the Spartan Athletics program, and participation is contingent upon progress in those areas. The Athletics Department is not only one of the most visible entities at the University, but also in the community. As a result, Spartan student-athletes hold a tremendous responsibility to represent the institutionâ€™s values, as well as protect its image. Both student-athletes and coaches ARE Missouri Baptist University to the community, and are expected to model such values, and adhere to exemplary standards of personal behavior in their lives both on and off the University campus.
What You Can Expect Intercollegiate Athletics at MBU will afford prospective students the opportunity to compete in sports within an environment conducive to the achievement of their academic goals. The Athletics Departmentâ€™s coaches and staff will work to recruit student-athletes who are prepared to enter and compete successfully, on the field and off, within a university academic environment. The Athletics Department operates in synergy with the Universityâ€™s stated purpose and goals and is dedicated to the development of citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Athletics will serve as a source of cohesion for the student body, as well as the community. 5
Spartan Athletics has a number of overriding principles governing the operation of its intercollegiate athletics programs: 1.
Commitment to Student Participants - Since the overriding purposes of MBUâ€™s Intercollegiate Athletics program is to serve the well-being of students, MBU will assist student participants in guidance for academic counseling, encouragement and opportunities to develop a sound academic program toward a degree, personal guidance and counseling toward a healthy lifestyle, realistic career planning, conditions during practice and competition which minimize the risk of injuries, and the best facilities, training, coaching and administrative support feasible.
Academic Standards - Students who participate in intercollegiate competition must meet all appropriate academic standards for admission to MBU and must meet all NAIA eligibility criteria. A student-athlete must also meet all criteria for continued progress within an academic program. A studentâ€™s academic work takes precedence over athletic activity. The University will not allow participation in intercollegiate athletics to interfere unreasonably with a studentâ€™s academic program or progress towards a degree. A student may not participate in intercollegiate athletics unless he or she is continually making reasonable progress. Note: Student-athletes are permitted to take only one evening course every eight-week interval. Student-athletes may only be enrolled in one online course during an eight- or 16-week interval. It is permitted to be enrolled in one evening course, as well as one online course simultaneously. Consideration may be given toward senior students who are in need of certain courses required for graduation. Special consideration must be approved through the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics prior to enrolling in such courses.
Institutional Integrity and Responsibility - The University will operate its intercollegiate athletics program in conformation with its own institutional rules, as well as the policies and eligibility requirements of the NAIA.
Equal Opportunity - The University is committed to providing equal opportunities for all students to participate in its intercollegiate athletics programs.
Recruiting - MBU is committed to honest and responsible recruitment of student-athletes who might benefit from a Missouri Baptist University education, as members of its academic and athletic programs, and might contribute to the success of our teams.
University Control - Intercollegiate athletics programs are an integral part of MBU and are the responsibility of the University. University administration, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the coaches are responsible to administer all aspects of the programs with direct oversight by the Senior Vice President for Student Development at the University. Support and involvement by alumni, booster groups and others are necessary and welcome. Such groups serve the outreach mission of the intercollegiate athletics program, but all activities by such groups and individuals affecting intercollegiate athletics must be 6
undertaken in accordance with applicable regulations and under the strict control of appropriate university personnel.
Student-Athlete Conduct: What Is Expected of You! As discussed previously, MBU student-athletes are ambassadors of the University to both the campus and surrounding communities. Consequently, you are expected to represent the athletics department at all times – both in and out of season, as well as on and off the playing surface. A positive image is paramount to the programs’ success and we hold high expectations of all student-athletes and athletic personnel. Conduct that reflects poorly on either the University or the athletics department is unacceptable! A student-athlete’s conduct is also governed by all other student policies of Missouri Baptist University. Failure to adhere to any of the University and/or Athletics Departmental policies and expectations may result in disciplinary action which might include scholarship reduction or removal, as well as, immediate dismissal from the team/program, and possibly the University. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to, the following: 1. Conduct in violation of campus policies or conduct resulting in citation or arrest by local law enforcement. 2. Disrespect shown to any campus community personnel (Professors, Resident Directors, Graduate Assistant Coaches, Campus Security, Cafeteria Employees, Other Campus Personnel, Student-Athletes, etc…). Note: All student-athletes must have their student-ID with them at all times while on campus. Failure to surrender a student-ID upon request from any campus official will result in disciplinary action. 3. Behavior at any activity on or off campus, reflecting poorly on the University or athletics department, as determined by any campus official (this includes MBU athletics events) 4. Possession, purchasing and/or providing alcohol for yourself and/or others while a part of an athletics team/program, or under a signed athletic scholarship agreement. Note: Such behavior is prohibited by the University, the American Midwest Conference and the NAIA. 5. Demonstration of a lack of respect and common courtesy at University events such as Chapel, Fine Arts performances, Athletics pre-game and/or halftime recognition, i.e. National Anthem, Opening Prayer, Armed Services recognition, etc… 6. Failure to respect all emergency-related drills (weather, injury and/or health related), take drills seriously, or lack of proper participation during emergency drills. Violations by student-athletes will be reviewed and if necessary, sanctions will be issued by the Head Coach, Assistant Athletics Directors, or the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Penalties might include community service, suspension, reduction/loss of scholarship, dismissal from the program, expulsion from the University, or other restitution purposed alternatives. In addition to athletic 7
sanctions, violators may also be subject to the restorative justice process through the Senior Vice President for Student Development. The Athletics Department has offered recommendations (listed below) with respect to handling certain violations. Note: The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics may modify any and all of the recommendations outlined in this handbook, and may consider circumstances, attitude, remorsefulness, etcâ€Ś when deliberating sanctions for a student-athlete. Violations of any of the above rules regarding training and general behavior may, depending on the circumstances, result in the application of sanctions up to and including, dismissal from the athletic program and loss of financial support.
Alcohol Consumption or possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21 is illegal. Further, Missouri Baptist University, the American Midwest Conference, and the NAIA forbid the use of alcohol by any student-athlete, regardless of age; whether or not they are receiving athletic aid (scholarship). Any evidence (witnesses), and/or pictures of any student-athlete on social media or other outlet either possessing or consuming alcohol will be considered a violation and will result in sanctions. Sanction â€“ First Offense will result in a 10-day (minimum) suspension from participation. A second offense will result in following the guidelines of a first positive test for the Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program, which entails a 30-day suspension from participation with mandatory substance counseling as determined by the Head Athletic Trainer, etc... A third offense will result in removal from the athletics program, as well as removal of all athletic aid.
Tobacco Missouri Baptist University, the American Midwest Conference, and the NAIA forbid the use of ANY form of tobacco products by any student-athlete, regardless of age; whether or not they are receiving athletic aid (scholarship). Any evidence (witnesses), and/or pictures of any student-athlete on social media or other outlet with tobacco products will be considered a violation, resulting in sanctions. Sanction â€“ First Offense will result in a 10-day (minimum) suspension from participation. A second offense will result in following the guidelines of a first positive test for the Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program, which entails a 30-day suspension from participation. A third offense will result in removal from the athletic program, as well as removal of all athletic aid.
Student-athletes shall not use or be in possession of any medication at any time in season or out of season without disclosing the medication(s) to the MBU Athletic Training Staff and completing a medical exception form if necessary. Note: Guidelines for potential exemption may be found in the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program. Sanction â€“ Violation of this policy will follow the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program protocol. The possession or use of prescription substances by any other individual then was prescribed will be reported to the MBU Public Safety Department and/or local law enforcement authorities.
Banned Substances Student-athletes shall not use or be in possession of any banned substances at any time in season or out of season. Sanction â€“ Violation of this policy will follow the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program protocol. The possession or use of banned substances by any other individual will be reported to the MBU Public Safety Department and/or local law enforcement authorities. Note: Student-athletes found using or in possession of alcohol and/or banned substances during any university athletic approved travel/trip will immediately be suspended from participation until a review by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and/or designee is held. Efforts may also be made to have the student-athlete transported home if the trip is long in duration. Further, any student-athlete who admits to or is found to have violated the University's residential policies regarding the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol on campus or at university-sponsored events held off-campus, will be subject to disciplinary action through the athletic department in addition to any sanctions through Resident Life. Such offenses will be subject to the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program protocol.
Sportsmanship As a member institution of the NAIA, we embrace the core values of the Champions of Character initiative. They are: Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership, Integrity, and Sportsmanship. We therefore do not except anything less! Ejections and any other poor sportsmanship representation of our institution will not be tolerated. Student-athletes who are ejected from competition by an official for any reason will serve a two-game suspension for the first violation. Students who are ejected for a second violation will forfeit participation for the remainder of the season and may be subject to scholarship removal. An exception to this policy is if a student-athlete is involved in a physical altercation (throwing a punch, fighting). In this case, a student will serve a minimum of a five-game suspension and may be removed from the athletic program with a loss of athletic aid (scholarship).
Hazing Group or individual activities which could result in physical harm or severe mental duress to an individual as a consequence of physical or verbal harassment are considered hazing. Such activities shall include, but not be limited to, the submission of a student to physical exertion, humiliation, or intimidation by threats of ostracism as a condition to becoming a member of any recognized university organization. Questions regarding the approval of an organization's activities can be discussed with the Senior Vice President for Student Development. A person commits the offense of hazing if the person engages in hazing, solicits, encourages, aids or attempts to aid another in hazing, knowingly permits hazing to occur, or has firsthand knowledge that a specific hazing incident has occurred or may occur and does not report it to the proper university officials. An organization knowingly engaging in or encouraging hazing will face disciplinary action which may result in suspension and/or expulsion. Note: It is not a defense to a charge of hazing if the person at whom the act was directed consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity. Any knowledge a person or organization is planning or has committed an act of hazing, must immediately be reported to university officials.
Social Media As social networking is a vital part of intercollegiate athletics, public/community relations and recruiting, the Missouri Baptist University Department of Athletics understands and encourages the responsible use of social media by its student-athletes. Therefore, as we acknowledge the importance of social media in the overall landscape of society, we have set forth the following regulations concerning its use: 1.
No profanity may be used or any language that does not fall within the best practices of the Missouri Baptist University mission or policies.
NEGATIVE comments regarding opposing teams, institutions, coaches or student-athletes will not be tolerated.
ANY posting of any material (i.e. text, pictures, video, etc…) is subject to University policy and sanctions following the University’s Student Conduct Code, and/or discipline from the Department of Athletics. Disciplinary action will result in any posting identified to be inconsistent with such policy. Inappropriate posting of “re-tweets”, pictures, consumption (or the implying of such) of alcohol, tobacco and controlled substances will be subject to disciplinary action by the Department of Athletics.
We take any form of cyber-bullying serious! Therefore, ANY issues of cyber-bullying and/or incendiary comments made by a student-athlete toward anyone (Missouri Baptist Community or otherwise) on social media will be subject to disciplinary action by the Department of Athletics. The Missouri Baptist University Department of Athletics reserves the right to determine and conclude its own interpretation of a social media posting. 10
Criminal Prosecution It is the policy of the Athletics Department, as well as Public Safety, to investigate any criminal arrest or prosecution of an MBU student-athlete. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to self-report any criminal arrest or prosecution. In such a case, a review by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and/or designee will determine if sanctions are warranted. In most cases, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Faculty Athletics Representative, the Head Coach, and the studentathlete will convene for the review. Sanctions rendered will be the decision of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and may not be subject to appeal.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) w/ Answers
ACADEMICS AND REGISTRATION Q: What is my main reason for being here? A: Successful completion of an undergraduate and/or graduate degree program should be the primary goal of enrolling at MBU. Participation in intercollegiate athletics should serve to enhance the accomplishment of this goal while providing opportunities for personal growth and development in related areas. By establishing good student habits, you can increase your academic performance and achieve your academic goals. Q: What are some of these habits and methods? A: First, consider your student environment. You need one where you can concentrate and avoid interruptions. At MBU you will find this environment in the Library, computer lab, or in another campus building with space designated for study. Develop a daily routine with adequate time scheduled for handling your assignments. The rule of thumb is, â€œfor every hour spent in the classroom, you should plan at least two hours of study apart from the classroom." If you need assistance, contact your coach or instructor for further recommendations. You must be successful! Common Sense Suggestions 1. Attend class regularly! 2. Review lecture material before class to familiarize yourself with the subject matter. Take notes and review them immediately after class. Highlight all chapters and answer questions at the end of chapters, regardless if they have been assigned. 3. Establish friendships and camaraderie with your classmates. Consider building study teams with your fellow students. 4. Participate in class discussions and hand in assignments on time. 5. Work for progress in classes with the same intensity you display on your athletic team. 6. Advise professors well in advance of absences due to athletic competition. Request assignments in advance, and make up all work missed. This is your responsibility! 7. Take your books on team trips and study on the road or downtime during your trip. 11
8. Choose carefully who you surround yourself with. Be the influence and not the person influenced. Q: What if I am absent because of athletic participation? A: Most instructors maintain formal attendance records. The University, Instructors, and the Athletics Department require you to attend all classes when you are not traveling for a University approved athletic contest. Periodically, student-athletes must be absent due to travel and away game competition. All schedules and competitions are approved by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, with an official notification from the Athletics Communications personnel to all faculty members. You are responsible for all assignments, lecture notes, and examinations. Some instructors might require extra work, i.e. papers, assignments, etcâ€Ś for makeup while absent. As mentioned above, student-athletes are permitted to take only one evening course every eightweek interval. Student-athletes may only be enrolled in one online course during an eight- or 16-week interval. It is permitted to be enrolled in one evening course, as well as one online course simultaneously. Consideration may be given toward senior students who are in need of certain courses for required for graduation. Special consideration must be approved through the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics prior to enrolling in such courses. Q: How can I make sure I am on schedule to graduate? A: When you enroll at MBU, your first year, the Office of Admissions will serve as your advisor. In the case of international students, your advisor will be with the International Office. Your advisor must always be consulted regarding any coursework and/or changing of course schedule. Additionally, no schedule change is approved without the signature of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. This process ensures a student-athlete is not unintentionally forfeiting their eligibility by dropping below the required course load, etcâ€Ś As a rule, returning student-athletes are required to enroll early spring for their next academic year of classes (both fall and spring semesters), in order to assure optimal class schedules to coincide with their practice sessions. During the first semester of your junior year, you must schedule a graduation check with the Director of Records. If you routinely meet with your advisor, maintain good grades, and follow up with a graduation check, you will likely graduate on time. Q: Will anyone be checking my academic progress during the term (semester)? A: The Department of Athletics maintains a close working relationship with the faculty at MBU. Instructors are encouraged every semester to flag any student-athlete who might be at risk of failing, and notify the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, as well as the Head Coach. Frequently, coaches will communicate with instructors asking for progress reports. When poor attendance or unsatisfactory progress is reported, an intervention with the student-athlete will take place. The student-athlete may be subject to suspension and/or other disciplinary action. It is unacceptable for any student-athlete to perform poorly in their studies or skip classes. Student-athletes who enter MBU with and ACT score lower than a 21 or a GPA lower than 2.5 will be required to attend two supervised study halls each week until their first semester grade report demonstrates adequate progress. To participate in MBU Athletics, all student athletes must maintain 12
a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above and have not received a D or F grade in any grade report (midterm, semester). Failure to uphold this standard will result in attending two weekly mandatory study halls in order to continue to participate. Failure to attend the study halls when required will result in forfeiture of participation, and loss of scholarship. If your GPA should fall below a 2.0, your scholarship will be drastically reduced or revoked in the next academic year. There is no appeal process for poor academic progress. Note: The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics might consider replacing study hall requirements for special services, i.e. Academic Success Center assignment, special tutoring, etc… In order to receive consideration, you must send a written request (signed by your advisor and head coach) to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Q: What should I do if I am doing poorly in a class? A: DO NOT IGNORE IT! Instead, maintain open communication lines with your professor from the very first day of class. If you do not comprehend the material being presented, set up a meeting with your instructor immediately. Your grades do affect both your eligibility and your ability to participate. Keep both your coach and your advisor informed at the first sign of problems. Often, you will find a supportive team (i.e. coach, advisor, instructor, tutor, etc…) who can rally together to help you be successful. Q: At what point should I drop a course? A: Before you even consider dropping a course, CONTACT YOUR COACH AND YOUR ACADEMIC ADVISOR. They will advise you about your options. You might not be aware of the multiple ramifications that come with changing your schedule. DON’T DO IT ALONE! Q: Are there tutors available for student-athletes? A: MBU offers many options for assistance to all students. Additionally, we also provide some services for those with special needs and/or disabilities. You should notify your advisor if you feel you need additional help. Note: Federal Law prevents faculty and staff from identifying learning disabilities, etc... In other words, if you have a learning disability, you must self-report. If you inform your Head Coach, Athletic Trainer, and Academic Advisor, they will be able to direct you to the right areas to obtain assistance. You should not feel embarrassed or afraid. We want to help you be successful!
Grievance Procedure Occasionally, problems arise seeming insurmountable and difficult to resolve. At MBU, we believe the first step in settling any grievance is to make an attempt to deal directly with the parties concerned (Matthew 18:15-17). If you encounter a problem with your coach, teammate, or any other individual, the first step is to meet with that individual. If you feel the problem cannot be resolved (after your initial meeting), you may request a meeting in writing (all parties involved) with one of the Assistant Athletic Directors. This must occur within two business days of your initial meeting. Athletics Department policy requires the Head Coach be present for all meetings regarding grievances, actions and/or complaints against him/her. If there is no resolution, you may request a meeting in writing with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. This request must occur within two business days after the 13
meeting with the Assistant Athletic Directors. The decision and/or judgment of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is final for all athletic related issues. It is the prerogative of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in lieu of his/her final decision to establish an Appeals Committee to hear each partyâ€™s side of the issue. If however, the grievance is with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, it should be directed to the Senior Vice President for Student Development. If it is regarding disciplinary action sanctioned by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, your grievance must be submitted in writing within two business days of said action. Note: There is no grievance procedure for student-athletes who are required and fail to attend the MBU athletics department study halls.
Procedure for Consideration of Exception to Release and Permission to Contact Another Institution Policy Missouri Baptist University, like other NAIA institutions, has a no release and/or permission to contact another institution policy for student-athletes who commit and sign athletic grant-in-aid agreements for supporting their educational endeavors at our institution. This policy provides for support and sound planning which is mutually beneficial to each student-athlete, their team, and the Universityâ€™s overall athletic program. Although exceptions are often granted, students who desire consideration for an exception to the policy are required to follow the procedure outlined below. A student who desires consideration for an exception to the policy is required first to have a discussion with their Head Coach prior to making contact with another institution. Students should not make contact or discuss a possible release with other educational institution without having a discussion with their Head Coach. NOTE: MBU is under no obligation to release a student-athlete, and without a discussion with the Head Coach, it is unlikely a release will be granted. After the discussion is held, the student-athlete should formalize their request in writing to the Head Coach who will inform the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics of the request. In order for consideration to be released and/or grant permission to contact another institution, the student-athlete should state the reason why they are requesting the release and/or permission to contact another institution. If MBU chooses to not provide a release/permission to contact another institution, the student-athlete can still choose to pursue another institution, however; if you do transfer without a release, you will likely have to sit out from participation for one academic year. Regardless of whether you are released, the American Midwest Conference (AMC) legislation, along with other conference legislations, states you cannot participate in ANY conference game for one academic year if you transfer to another school within the AMC Conference. When contacting another institution, it is illegal for any institution to have a meaningful conversation with you as a potential prospective student-athlete at their institution without first obtaining permission from MBU to speak to you. In other words, if they are following the rules, they should 14
state something like this, “thank you for your interest in our institution. Before we can discuss anything (details, etc…), I need to obtain permission from Missouri Baptist University first to speak to you.” Any discussion without first obtaining permission from MBU regarding scholarships, position on the team, etc… is a recruiting violation, and subject to both university and student-athlete sanctions. MBU will report any and all such recruiting violations to the NAIA and NCAA if we determine discussions took place prior to our granting permission for the institution to speak with you. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! If your request is granted, and once you contact an institution, the normal protocol is the institution you are inquiring to transfer will fax a release form to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at MBU. This form will be completed by either the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics or the Head Coach. It will ask questions regarding your academic status, your athletic eligibility, whether or not you are under suspension, etc… As a rule, MBU will be open with other institutions regarding students who are under university and/or athletic departmental discipline when completing these forms. The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at MBU will answer on the form whether or not he/she will grant permission to release you from MBU. This procedure should be strictly followed by the student-athlete and should not include telephone calls, written inquiries or other direct contact with any other office of the institution other than the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Since the student-athlete has the option to transfer regardless of whether they have been released, there is no appeal process for this policy. If they choose to transfer without a release, they will likely have to sit out from participation for one academic year, based on athletic association regulations.
Financial Aid A student may receive athletically related financial aid administered by the institution for any regular semester the student is in attendance, provided it does not exceed the amount equal to tuition, fees, room, and board. Q: Is my scholarship good for four years? A: A student may receive athletic related financial aid (scholarship) awarded only by an institution’s regular financial aid procedure for a maximum period of one year. It is understood such aid may be renewed for additional, maximum one-year periods by the institution while the recipient is an undergraduate student with remaining eligibility. This occurs in most instances. Exceptions may be granted however, for students who have no eligibility remaining. Graduate students may also qualify for athletic aid at the discretion of the coaching staff. Graduate students must be enrolled full time to receive athletic aid. Full time constitutes 6 credit hours a semester (16-week period). Graduate students are only permitted to enroll in 6 credit hours a semester unless special approval by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics is granted for additional hours. Q: What happens if I am injured? Do I lose my athletic scholarship? 15
A: Generally, student-athletes who are injured and follow the proper reporting protocol of their injury to Athletic Training (i.e. seeking treatment, medical care, follow-up from team physician, therapy, etc…), will remain on their scholarship, but may be assigned something with the program, such as statistics, managing, etc… The University will make every effort to honor your scholarship, provided YOU do everything to maintain contact with Athletic Training and your Head Coach to assign you another responsibility while you are injured. Q: Can I work while I am on scholarship? A: Earnings from an NAIA student-athlete’s legitimate off-campus employment in excess of a full grant-in-aid, will be approved provided such employment shall not interfere with the obligations required for participation on an athletic team and is approved by the Head Coach. International student must check with the International Student Services office before applying for any jobs. Q: What can I NOT receive as Financial Aid? A: A student SHALL NOT: • • •
Receive financial aid other than that administered by the institution if the aid has any relationship whatsoever to athletic ability. Accept financial aid from an organization, individual or agency outside of the student’s institution which is based primarily on athletic ability or participation. Receive an extra benefit not available to members of the student body in general.
Q: What happens to my scholarship if I am placed on academic probation? A: It will be up to the discretion of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the student-athlete’s Head Coach. IMPORTANT: The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics always considers your chapel attendance credit when determining academic progress issues. The following seven (7) conditions have been listed on your signed Athletic Scholarship Agreement: 1. This scholarship agreement may be terminated if I fail to abide by the rules and requirements of the NAIA, the American Midwest Conference, the University, the Athletics Department, and the Head Coach. 2. I am familiar with the University’s position regarding substance abuse and am aware if I fail to submit to drug testing for causal reasons, this scholarship agreement is automatically terminated. 3. I understand I am required to maintain health insurance for the entire academic year in order to participate in all MBU Athletics activities, including; conditioning, weight lifting, open gyms, individual workouts, practices, competitions, etc…
4. If my scholarship is terminated for any of the above reasons, I may be held responsible for ALL expenses incurred during the semester in which the scholarship is terminated; I must make arrangements within 48 hours with the Head Coach and Financial Services Director for payment of my account or be immediately suspended from the University. 5. I have not received financial aid or promises of financial aid from college sources in excess of that allowed under NAIA rules which includes only tuition, room, board, books, and fees. 6. Any University expenses not covered by this scholarship (including those covered by grants) are my responsibility. In accordance with this, I understand completion of the financial aid application, Pell Grant, and payment arrangements are subject to the policies and procedures set forth in the University catalog and must be completed by me prior to registration. I further understand any expenses remaining unpaid due to incomplete financial aid applications or ineligibility will be due and payable at the time of registration per the policies of the Financial Services Office. 7. I understand my failure to meet the academic requirements for athletic awards, or the admissions requirements of the University by (date listed) will render this agreement null and void. Any verbal or implied scholarship aid, not specifically listed in the above agreement or attached addendum, cannot be honored by the University. All athletes must be enrolled full-time at the main campus in order for this scholarship to be valid. All exceptions must be approved by the Director of Athletics in writing. Scholarship amounts could be subject to change based on federal and institutional award eligibility. Additionally, scholarships will not be honored without the signature of the Director of Athletics.
Health Services Q: Who are the people comprising the Athletic Training Medical Staff? A: The staff consists of a Team Physician, Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainers, and Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers. At MBU, the Athletic Training Staff determine whether a student-athlete can participate. Once an injury occurs, it is the responsibility of the Athletic Training Staff (AT Staff) to follow a student-athletes progress toward full participation. Coaches are NEVER a factor in these decisions. Until a studentathlete is cleared by the AT Staff, they are not permitted to participate. Premature participation and/or failure to comply with the treatment and guidance of the AT Staff will result in disciplinary and shall relieve the University of any responsibility to the student-athlete and their health. Q: Are my medical records confidential? A: Yes. They are confidential and securely stored. Q: What facilities are available to me for athletic training? A: The Athletic Training Room facilities are primarily for use by student-athletes participating in MBU intercollegiate athletic programs, as well as athletic trainers to perform evaluation and treatment of 17
injuries to student-athletes. As a courtesy, we make these facilities available to visiting teams on a reciprocal understanding. Q: What are the Athletic Training Room hours? A: The hours for the Athletic Training Room are posted each semester based on in-season sports practice times.
Insurance Q: Am I required to have primary health insurance? A: Yes. You are required to maintain primary health insurance for the entire academic year in order to participate. Failure to maintain primary health insurance or allow it to expire may result in immediate forfeiture of athletic scholarship. The University does provide “excess” insurance coverage for athletic related injuries. Under the terms of this policy, this coverage does not take effect until the primary insurance maintained by the student-athlete and/or the athlete’s parent/guardian acts. Note: This policy is designed to pay medical expenses which arise due to acute ACCIDENTAL INJURIES which occur while participating in regularly scheduled, supervised and sponsored games and practices, or while participating in MBU Athletic Department sponsored activities. This insurance is EXCESS INSURANCE. This is NOT a comprehensive medical policy. For more information, contact the Head Athletic Trainer at MBU for details. Q: What should I do if I am injured while participating in MBU Athletics? A: When a player is injured during practice or competition, he or she will be directed by the Head Coach or other supervisor in charge to go to the Athletic Training Room and notify the Athletic Trainer. The Athletic Trainer will evaluate the injury and make referrals based on the assessment and diagnosis of the injury. Q: I understand this will be billed to me. What do I do with the bill? A: Upon receiving the bill for the treatment, the student-athlete will file the claim with his or her primary health insurance first and request a copy of the “Explanations of Benefits” from the insurance company. Note: MBU provides an excess insurance policy for MBU student-athletes. The decision on whether an injury is covered under this policy is made solely by the insurance provider, NOT MBU Athletics. For full details on claim procedures, please contact the MBU Athletic Training Staff. Important: The Athletic Department is not responsible for any expenses incurred for an examination by a consultant or treatment by a medical professional if these procedures are not followed, and the referral was not made through the MBU Athletic Training Staff.
Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program
Missouri Baptist University (MBU) recognizes in the highly competitive world of college athletics the pressure to succeed is tremendous. As a result, the temptation to use performance enhancing drugs and other controlled substances is ever-present. The use of drugs creates a very real danger to the health of the student-athlete (any individual who participates in an athletic program or receives athletic aid). Furthermore, the intense pressure to succeed often results in the exploitation of studentathletes who may be pressured by others to take drugs in order to enhance their athletic performance. MBU believes a comprehensive drug education and testing program is an essential step in protecting the student-athlete from the harmful effects of drug use and from potential exploitation by others. All student-athletes must abide by the rules and regulations of the drug policy and testing program. Signed consent and notification forms by the student-athlete will be considered affirmation to the student-athletesâ€™ agreement to the terms and conditions contained in the policy and procedures and will be legal contractual obligations of the student-athlete. The MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program is the sole property of MBU and is separate and distinct from NCAA/NAIA policies, rules, and sanctions. This policy may be amended at any time without prior notice to the student-athlete. The primary intent of the Drug Policy and Drug Testing Program at MBU is the well-being of the student-athlete. The goal of this program is to promote a drug-free environment for the intercollegiate athletic program. Its purposes are to prevent an unfair competitive edge by those who abuse certain chemical substances, to protect the health and safety of all competitors, to contribute to the education of student-athletes and the public, and to maintain appropriate standards of behavior and integrity within intercollegiate sports. Education and counseling are the cornerstones of the program. These program components are designed to alert student-athletes and other students associated with the MBU athletic program, such as student managers, and student athletic trainers to the potential harm from substance abuse.
Drug Testing MBU will employ reasonable drug testing procedures in order to accomplish the following goals: Educate student-athletes concerning the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, energy drinks, and tobacco produces. Identify student-athletes who have drug, alcohol, or tobacco products use/abuse problems. Afford student-athletes a reasonable means to avoid drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products. Ensure overall compliance with the MBU policies on illegal or harmful drugs. Deter student-athletes from using/abusing drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products. The MBU Athletic Training Staff is the chief administrator of the drug testing program. Specimen collection will be performed by trained or certified collectors. In order to safeguard reliability and 19
accuracy of results, the drug testing analysis will be conducted by a SAMHSA certified or WADA accredited laboratory that is experienced in the drug testing of student-athletes. Prospective student-athletes will be informed of the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program as part of the recruitment process. MBU student-athletes must abide by its drug policy and program. The drug policy and program will be provided to each student-athlete and all members of the coaching staff at the beginning of each academic year. Prior to athletic participation (practice, game, conditioning, lifting, or physical team functions) each student-athlete shall be required to sign the Consent to Perform Urinalysis for Drug Testing Form (found in the Appendix section of this handbook) stating he/she has read the policy statement and understands its ramifications and has agreed to participate in the program. Student-athletes shall be informed that failure or refusal to sign the consent forms will result in the prohibition of that student-athlete from participation in the athletic programs at MBU and a loss of all athletic scholarships. Further, the student-athlete may be notified by direct phone call or in-person no more than 24 hours before they are scheduled to appear for a drug test. After notified, the studentathlete will complete the Student-Athlete Notification Form (found in the Appendix section of this handbook). Once verbal notification has been made, the student-athlete must provide a valid urine specimen within 24 hours of the time of notification. Failure to provide a valid urine specimen within 24 hours will be treated as a first positive result. The student-athlete will need to pass a re-entry test to be eligible for participation. MBU goal is to ensure confidentiality of any student-athlete who: who declares safe harbor, is selected for random drug testing, found positive for drug/alcohol/tobacco products use through testing, or is otherwise discovered to be using drugs/alcohol/tobacco products. Test results shall be kept in confidential files separate from a student-athleteâ€™s permanent educational records. All information and records under the Department of Athletics policy, including test results, will remain confidential to the extent permitted by law and may be released to the following individuals: 1. Head Athletic Trainer and/or Staff Athletic Trainer(s) 2. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics 3. Team Physician(s) 4. Senior Vice President for Student Development 5. Head Coach 6. Director of Public Safety 7. Other university officials, parents, or individuals with a need to know 8. Student-Athlete declaring safe harbor and/or testing positive All substances, as specified in the NCAA Banned Drug Class List may be tested. Additionally, MBU holds the right to test for substances not listed on the NCAA Banned Drug Class List and at different cut-off levels, as well as substances which are not prescribed by a physician or are prescribed by a physician for unauthorized use by the manufacturer of the drug. Refer to NCAA website 20
(http://www.ncaa.org/health-safety) and Dietary Supplement Resource Exchange Center (REC) website (www.drugfreesport.com/rec) for educational resources on banned substances and supplements. All student-athletes are ultimately responsible for anything placed in their body. Note: Dietary Supplements are not currently regulated by the FDA and thus, the ingredients listed on the label may not be comprehensive. A potential exists a supplement may contain a substance unbeknownst to the consumer which could result in a positive drug test. Therefore, MBU strongly urges student-athletes to be discretionary in their use of these products.
Methods for Selecting Student-Athletes for Testing RANDOM – The student-athlete may be selected at any time throughout the academic year. MBU reserves the right to perform drug testing on an individual and/or an entire team at any given time. For routine random testing, MBU utilizes an offsite and independent company through the use of a computer random select software program to determine who will be tested. Testing is held often throughout each semester. REASONABLE SUSPICION – Any student-athlete may be required to be drug tested if an administrator, director, or athletic staff member, having an opportunity to observe the studentathlete’s behavior, physical conditioning or performance, and conclude there is reasonable cause to suspect drug/alcohol use. Any student-athlete may be required to be drug tested if they confess to being in the presence of other individuals who are using or in possession of illegal substances after being confronted by an administrator, director, or athletic staff member. Before requiring testing procedures under such circumstances, the individual will consult with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Head Athletic Trainer before completing the Reasonable Suspicion Reporting Form (found in the Appendix section of this handbook). Reasonable suspicion may include, without limitation, 1) observed possession or use of substances appearing to be prohibited drugs, 2) arrest or conviction for a criminal offense related to the possession or transfer of prohibited drugs or substances, or 3) observed abnormal appearance, conduct or behavior reasonably interpretable as being caused by the use of prohibited drugs or substances. Among the indicators which may be used in evaluating a student-athlete’s abnormal conduct or performance are but are not limited to: class attendance, significant GPA changes, athletic practice attendance, increased injury rate or illness, physical appearance changes, academic/athletic motivational level, emotional condition, mood changes, and illegal involvement. CONFESSION- Any student-athlete who confesses to substance abuse after being confronted by an administrator, director, or athletic staff member.
Student-athletes, may advise any Coach, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, or Athletic Training Staff member he or she has a drug/alcohol/tobacco use problem without fear of jeopardizing his/her athletic eligibility or athletic scholarship if the following conditions are met: Disclosure is full, complete, and made freely. 21
The disclosure is not made in an effort to avoid an impending drug screen. In other words, Safe Harbor may not be taken once notified of selection for drug test. The student-athlete agrees to voluntarily submit to and complete a drug counseling and rehabilitation program approved by the Head Athletic Trainer. The student-athlete agrees to voluntarily suspend all athletic participation for a 30-day period. Safe Harbor will have a 30-day time limit. After the 30-day period the student-athlete may no longer stay in Safe Harbor. The student-athlete must then submit a negative drug test after the 30-day Safe Harbor period. A positive result (indicating revealed or new substances) will be treated as a second positive test with the consequences designated below. Note: A student-athlete will only be allowed to use Safe Harbor one time for the duration of their time at MBU.
Collections will be done under direct observation in order to assure the integrity of the specimen.
Notification of Results
The laboratory performing the drug test analysis will communicate the results of the testing to the Athletic Training Staff or their designee using a secure web access. If a positive result occurs, the Head Athletic Trainer and/or Athletic Training Staff will notify the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Team Physician(s), and the Senior Vice President for Student Development, the Director of Public Safety, the Head Coach, and the student-athlete. If a negative test result occurs, no further communication is made.
First Positive Result
A first positive result can occur when a student-athlete confesses to substance abuse after being confronted by an administrator, director, or athletic staff member, when a student-athlete has a first positive confirmed drug test, or when the student-athlete is not able to produce a valid sample within 24 hours after being notified they are being drug tested. Following a student-athletesâ€™ confession to substance abuse after being confronted by an administrator, director, or athletic staff member, the student-athlete will be notified in writing by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Head Athletic Trainer or their designee of a 30-day suspension from all athletic participation and the student-athlete will be drug tested. If the suspension occurs during the off-season, the suspension will be fulfilled at the start of their next official season; however, the student-athlete will also be required to schedule a meeting with a drug treatment/rehabilitation counselor as outlined below at his or her own expense within 30 days after meeting with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Head Athletic Trainer. Also, as a University policy, scholarships are renewed annually. Coaches are not bound to renew athletic aid to any student-athlete from one year to the next. Following a student-athletesâ€™ first positive confirmed drug test the student-athlete will be notified in writing by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Head Athletic Trainer or their designee of a 22
30-day suspension from all athletic participation. If the suspension occurs during the off season, the suspension will be fulfilled at the start of their next official season, however; the student-athlete will be required to schedule a meeting with a drug treatment/rehabilitation counselor as outlined in this handbook at their own expense within 30 days after meeting with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Head Athletic Trainer. Also, as a University policy, scholarships are renewed annually. Coaches are not bound to renew athletic aid to any student-athlete from one year to the next. If a student-athlete fails to provide a valid urine specimen within 24 hours after notification of being drug tested the student-athlete will be notified in writing by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Head Athletic Trainer or their designee of a 30-day suspension from all athletic participation. If the suspension occurs during the off-season, the suspension will be fulfilled at the start of their next official season; however, the student-athlete will also be required to schedule a meeting with a drug treatment/rehabilitation counselor as outlined below at his or her own expense within 30 days after meeting with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Head Athletic Trainer. Also, as a University policy, scholarships are renewed annually. Coaches are not bound to renew athletic aid to any student-athlete from one year to the next. Note: Should the student choose to transfer to another institution while under suspension, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics may note the student-athlete was under disciplinary action on any release form and/or transcript. While under suspension, the student-athlete must be outside of auditory and visual contact for practices, strength & conditioning, meetings, and retreats. The student-athlete may be a spectator in the stands at games. The student-athlete will also meet with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Head Athletic Trainer, and Head Coach when notified of a positive result. The student-athlete will also be required to schedule a meeting and meet with a drug treatment/rehabilitation counselor as outlined below at his or her own expense. Note: Whether or not the student-athlete has been selected for testing, should he/she be found in possession or use of alcohol or tobacco products, the student-athlete may be sanctioned according to this policy.
Follow-Up Test and Reinstatement
At the end of the 30-day suspension period, the student-athlete will be tested again at the studentathletes own expense according to the drug testing protocol. A positive result (indicating further illegal substance use) will be treated as a second positive test with the consequences designated in this document. If such testing produces a negative result (no banned substances) the student-athlete will need to submit a letter requesting reinstatement to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics to petition for return to full participation status. The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics will determine whether the student-athlete will be reinstated to full participation. There are no guarantees reinstatement will be granted. A student-athlete who has a positive test and is subsequently reinstated to full participation may be required to complete a follow-up drug test at any time in order to ensure compliance with this program. Such follow-up testing may continue for the duration of the student-athleteâ€™s participation in MBU Athletics. In these instances, a positive result (indicating illegal substance use) will be treated as a second positive test, with the consequences designated below. 23
Second Positive Result
Notification of the drug testing result will be made through secure web access by the testing laboratory to the Head Athletic Trainer or their designee. The Head Athletic Trainer and/or Athletic Training Staff member will notify the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Senior Vice President for Student Development, the Head Coach, and the student-athlete. Following a studentathlete’s second positive drug test, the student-athlete will meet with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Head Athletic Trainer, and Head Coach with notification in writing by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics of their permanent dismissal from participation in all MBU athletic activities, accompanied by a loss of all athletic financial aid/scholarships.
Disclosure of Other Medications
All drug tests conducted have the possibility of producing a “positive” result. This means if the student-athlete is taking any over the counter or prescription medications, the testing may produce a positive result. Consequently, the individual submitting to the drug test must disclose any over the counter or prescription medications to the MBU Athletic Training Staff prior to being tested. All prescription medication must be documented in the student-athlete’s medical file in the Athletic Training Room prior to notification of drug testing. Individuals who fail to provide the verification of medication and test positive may be subject to the consequences specified for positive test results.
Student-athletes who test positive under the terms of the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program for either the first or second follow-up test will be entitled to a hearing with the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and/or their designee within 48 hours of notification of a positive test result. If the 48 hours would end on a weekend, the request must be made by noon on the next business day. Requests must be in writing and received by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics within the time period specified. The student-athlete must present their case to the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and will not be permitted to have legal and/or parental representation present. The meeting should take place no more than 72 hours after the written request is received. These proceedings shall include an opportunity for the student-athlete to present evidence, as well as to review the results of the drug test. The proceedings shall be confidential. The decision by the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics or their designee regarding the sanction to be imposed shall be final.
Failure to Comply with Testing, Counseling or Treatment Programs
Failure to report to a scheduled drug test will result in a positive screen with sanctions. Students are expected to routinely check their messages, emails, etc… A defense of not receiving and/or intentionally avoiding messages and emails sent will not be considered an excuse. Failure to comply with the drug counseling program or the treatment program will result in the following: a. Notification of the failure to comply with the drug counseling and treatment program will be made by the drug counselor to the Head Athletic Trainer or designee. 24
b. The student-athlete will be required to comply with the counseling or treatment program as designated by the drug counselor. Further failure to comply with the program will result in the sanctions for the second positive screen. c. If the student-athlete tampers with the specimen, attempts to falsify or invalidate the result, interferes with the drug screenâ€™s ability to detect illegal drugs, or makes use of any test altering substance, the result will be considered a positive screen followed by sanctions as outlined. d. The student-athlete is responsible for the cost of any scheduled follow-up testing. Failure to report to a scheduled follow-up test with payment will result in a second positive screen followed by sanctions as outlined.
As noted, the primary intent of this program is the well-being of the student-athlete, and education and counseling are the cornerstones of the program. Accordingly, any student-athlete with a positive drug screen will be required to schedule and complete a confidential meeting with a drug treatment/rehabilitation counselor selected by the Head Athletic Trainer within their 30 day suspension period. It is the student-athleteâ€™s obligation to make and keep this appointment following notification of a positive drug screen. Drug counseling and rehabilitation, if necessary, will be available at the expense of the student-athlete in accordance with the needs of the student-athlete as determined by the counselor. If the drug counselor deems appropriate to require further treatment, the student-athlete is required to attend all scheduled follow-up meetings at their expense. The student-athlete, subject to drug counseling and/or rehabilitation, will be expected to consent to communication of the counselorâ€™s assessment(s) to the Head Athletic Trainer.
Legal Actions Concerning or Pertaining to Laws of the State
Any MBU student-athlete arrested for the selling of drugs or possession of drugs with intent to distribute according to the laws of the state in which the offense occurs will be immediately suspended from participation pending legal action. Conviction of above will result in immediate termination of financial aid/scholarship and permanent dismissal from MBU athletic participation. Any MBU student-athlete arrested for DUI/DWI, underage drinking/possession and/or, drunk and disorderly conduct will be immediately suspended from their respective team pending legal action and may be sanctioned according to the MBU Drug Policy and Testing Program (as an indicator for reasonable suspicion). Contact the Athletic Training Department for a full copy of this policy.
The Missouri Baptist University Athletics Communications Department strives to deliver athletics news, reports and updates with urgency to its fan base, opposing schools and the NAIA. Throughout the year, this office is responsible for all stories, recaps, web updates and the overall communication for the MBU Department of Athletics. On the website, you will find information regarding specific contacts for all sports, information for media and traveling, athletics communications staff, and links to helpful documents for student-athletes. 25
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts of 1974, student-athletes are asked to complete and sign a personal information form and a release form (found in the Appendix section of this handbook). In signing these forms, the student-athlete consents to the dissemination of personal information for the purposes of public relations and press releases to the media. Student-athletes may also be asked to speak with the media, various civic groups, etc. These opportunities aid the department in the areas of public relations and community support.
Living in College Housing provides the student-athlete with significant opportunities to succeed in college. It increases your opportunities for involvement, and improves your ability to persevere in college. Research has consistently shown students who live in residence halls have more contact with faculty, perform better in academics, feel more satisfaction with their undergraduate experience, and adjust better to social situations. College Housing offers an atmosphere of learning and supports the educational goals of the University, while promoting an environment that fosters responsible citizenship, understanding of differences, and a concern for others, as well as contributing to student growth and development. The housing staff promotes active student involvement in hall governance and in educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs. Student Resident Assistants are trained to assist with academic, personal, or interpersonal problems. They can be a valuable resource for the student-athlete. Student-athletes living on campus have the same housing policies as non-athletes. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete to become familiar with the terms and conditions of the Housing Contract, and University housing rules and expectations.
NCAA Banned Drugs
It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance. The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs: a. Stimulants b. Anabolic Agents c. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only) d. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents e. Street Drugs f. Peptide Hormones and Analogues g. Anti-estrogens h. Beta-2 Agonists Note: 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.
Drugs and Procedures Subject to Restrictions a. b. c. d. e.
Blood Doping Local Anesthetics (under some conditions) Manipulation of Urine Samples Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation Caffeine if concentrations in urine exceed 15 micrograms/ml
NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements Warning: Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product with the appropriate or designated athletics department staff. • • • •
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.
Note to Student-Athletes: There is no complete list of banned substances. Do not rely on this list to rule out any supplement ingredient. Check with your athletics department staff prior to using a supplement. Some Examples of NCAA Banned Substances in Each Drug Class Stimulants: Amphetamine (Adderall); caffeine (guarana); cocaine; ephedrine; fenfluramine (Fen); methamphetamine; methylphenidate (Ritalin); phentermine (Phen); synephrine (bitter orange); methylhexaneamine, “bath salts” (mephedrone) etc. exceptions: phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are not banned. Anabolic Agents (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17-androstenetrione): Androstenedione; boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA (7-Keto); epi-trenbolone; etiocholanolone; methasterone; methandienone; nandrolone; norandrostenedione; stanozolol; stenbolone; testosterone; trenbolone; etc. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only): Alcohol; atenolol; metoprolol; nadolol; pindolol; propranolol; timolol; etc. Diuretics (water pills) and Other Masking Agents: Bumetanide; chlorothiazide; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid; spironolactone (canrenone); triameterene; trichlormethiazide; etc. Street Drugs: Heroin; marijuana; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); synthetic cannabinoids (eg. spice, K2, JWH-018, JWH073) 27
Peptide Hormones and Analogues: Growth hormone(hGH); human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG); erythropoietin (EPO); etc. Anti-Estrogens: Anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; 3,17-dioxo-etiochol-1,4,6-triene(ATD), etc. Beta-2 Agonists: Bambuterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; etc. Additional examples of banned drugs can be found at www.ncaa.org/drugtesting. Any substance that is chemically related to the class, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned! It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance.
APPENDIX A Consent to Perform Urinalysis for Drug Testing This form must be signed and on file in the Athletic and Athletic Training Office prior to a studentathlete participating in any intercollegiate athletic activities at Missouri Baptist University (MBU). I have read and understand the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program, and I agree to participate in drug testing as described in the policy of the university. I certify by my signature below that I consent to have a specimen (urine, hair, saliva) collected and tested for the presence of drugs in accordance with the MBU Department of Athletics Drug Policy and Testing Program. I understand this testing will occur at such a time or times as deemed appropriate by the Head Athletic Trainer, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Head Coach, Administrator, Manager, or other Director of the University. I understand any specimen will be sent to a SAMHSA certified or WADA accredited laboratory for testing, and the samples will be coded to provide confidentiality. I hereby authorize the release of testing results to the Head Athletic Trainer and/or Staff Athletic Trainer, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Team Physician(s), Senior Vice President for Student Development, Head Coach, other University Officials, parents, or individuals with a need to know. I understand these results can be made available to me upon request. I also understand should I refuse to submit to testing at the time requested, I will not be permitted to participate in any intercollegiate sporting program until such time as the Department of Athletics and MBU shall deem appropriate. I hereby release MBU, its Trustees, Officers, Employees, and Agents from legal responsibility or liability for the release of such information and records as authorized by this form. By signing below, I consent to allow my drug-testing sample to be used by Drug Free Sport laboratories for research purposed to improve drug-testing detection. _______________________________ Student-Athlete Signature / Date
Student-Athlete Name (Printed)
Parent/Guardian Signature if under 18 years old
APPENDIX B Acknowledgement Statement Form This form must be signed and on file in the Athletics Administrative Office prior to a student athlete participating in any MBU intercollegiate athletic activities. I, the undersigned, by my signature, acknowledge having read with full understanding the Missouri Baptist University Student-Athlete Handbook in its entirety. I also understand if I fail to adhere to the policies and behavior expectations of the University and/or the Department of Athletics, I may be suspended from participating in competition, practice, and/or may receive a reduction or loss of my athletic scholarship.
________________________________ Student-Athlete Name (PLEASE PRINT)
I, the undersigned, by my signature, acknowledge having discussed and outlined the information in the Missouri Baptist University Student-Athlete Handbook with this student-athlete.
Signature of Head Coach
APPENDIX C Student Media/Public Relations/Discipline/Academic Consent Form I, __________________, in signing this form under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts of 1974 grant permission to Missouri Baptist University to disseminate any personal information for the purposes of public relations and press releases to the media, and to speak to my parents in the event regarding discipline issues and/or academic problems. I also understand I may be asked to speak with the media and various civic groups, etc... Since such opportunities promote both the University and the Spartan Athletic Program, I agree to represent the University and Athletic Department in a manner that best represents the values of the University. In the event I am eligible to receive the NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award, I approve the release of my academic information for the nomination of the Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic AllAmerican consideration. ________________________________ Signature