7.6 Athletics

7.6.2 Student-Athlete Academic and Eligibility Guidelines Eligibility

The following guidelines represent a summary of the important requirements for academic eligibility established for our athletics program by the NCAA, the ECAC, and the College.


To be eligible for practice, each student-athlete must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a regularly matriculated full-time undergraduate student.
  • Have not completed ten semesters of full-time enrollment.
  • Be cleared for practice by the sports medicine staff.
  • Be cleared for practice by the associate director of athletics for compliance.
    • Have signed the "NCAA Student-Athlete Statement" and "Drug Testing Consent Form."
    • Retain "Active" status.
    • Be a full-time student of Ithaca College


To be eligible to represent the College in an intercollegiate event, each student-athlete must meet the following requirements:

  1. Good Academic Standing – A student in good academic standing is one whose cumulative grade point average and Ithaca College grade point average are 2.0 or higher. In some cases, first and second year students may present grade point averages below a 2.0 and still be considered eligible for competition.
  2. Full-time Enrollment – Students must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (12 semester units) during the season/semester of participation. An exception to the full-time requirement is made for a senior who will graduate at the conclusion of the semester. This student-athlete must file a graduation petition and have it approved by the NCAA before the student may compete while enrolled in less than a full-time program of studies.
  3. Ten-Semester/15 Quarter Rule – A student-athlete shall complete his or her seasons of participation during the first 10 semesters or 15 quarters in which the student is enrolled in a collegiate institution in at least a minimum full-time program of studies, as determined by the regulations of that institution. For an institution that conducts registration other than on a traditional semester or quarter basis, the Management Council shall determine an equivalent enrollment period.
  4. Be cleared for participation by the Athletic Training Staff.
  5. Be cleared for participation by the associate director of athletics for compliance. Student-Athlete Academic Guidelines

Academic Advising

Each student-athlete must have a faculty advisor from within the student-athlete's major department. These advisors are available to assist students with academic planning and course scheduling, however, the ultimate responsibility for fulfilling all academic requirements rests with the individual student-athlete. Regarding general education requirements, students should seek the advice of their major advisor since some general education courses are prerequisites for majors and some satisfy requirements in the major.

Academic Tutoring

Academic tutoring is available through certain departments on campus, i.e., math, business, accounting, anatomy, writing center, etc.). The various departments offer these tutoring sessions and professors should inform you of these times and days.

If students need individual tutoring, the Office of Intercollegiate Athletics will assist in finding a tutor. Students should call the NCAA LifeSkills Coordinator and give the name of the course, name of the professor, and a general idea of the degree of difficulty that they are having. The student-athlete will be given the name of a tutor to call who is hired specifically to tutor student-athletes.

If the student-athlete is assigned to work-study and would like to tutor, the student should inform their coach. The prospective tutor will be put in touch with the NCAA LifeSkills Coordinator and asked to fill out a form that will list the courses the student-athlete can tutor. Once the prospective tutor has been approved and recommended, student-athletes will be referred to the tutor to establish times for tutoring sessions.

Course Credit

If you intend to try out for a specific fall, winter or spring team, you should bring your plans and the five-digit registration code number for your sport to the attention of your academic advisor at the time you advance register for that semester. The advisor will try to keep free the 4-7 PM practice time.

Everyone who enrolls for a varsity sport will originally be enrolled for 0.0 credits. The following procedure will be utilized for those students who wish to receive 0.5 credits for participation.

1. A list of all students who signed up for each sport will be distributed to each coach.

2. Student must notify the coach if the student wants to receive 0.5 credits or 0.0 credit.

3. If 0.5 credits are requested, the student's name is highlighted and initialed.

4. The complete information list is to be sent to the Registrar's Office.

5. Any changes after this time must be accommodated utilizing the drop/add procedure.

6. A grade will not be assessed. Varsity sport credits are given on a Pass/Fail only basis.

Academic Honesty

The College expects students to be honest in their academic work. Academic dishonesty is viewed as an ethical issue and is a violation of the principles of justice and personal responsibility. In particular, students must refrain from plagiarism, cheating, and collusion in connection with examinations. They must fully acknowledge all sources and assistance received in work submitted to a faculty member for evaluation.

In the event of academic dishonesty in class assignments or examinations, the student will be subject to the judicial process of the College.

Extra Benefits

The receipt of unauthorized awards, benefits, or expenses by student-athletes is an area of extreme vulnerability for almost any institution. The following NCAA legislation directly relates to the issue of extra benefits:

  1. Eligibility Effect of Violation – Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit, or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit, or expense was received. If the student-athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, or an improper award or expense in conjunction with competition that involves the use of overall athletics skill (e.g. "superstars" competition), the individual is ineligible in all sports.
  2. Exception for Benefits Available to Other Students – The receipt of a benefit by a student-athlete, or the student-athlete's relatives or friends that is not authorized by NCAA legislation, is not a violation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit generally is available to the institution's students, their relatives or friends, or a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.
  3. Money for Unspecified Expenses – A payment to a student-athlete for unspecified, unitemized, excessive or improper expenses are not permitted.

Last Updated: April 16, 2013