CURRENT STUDENT-ATHLETES


Mission

The mission of the Jacksonville University Department of Athletics is to provide an opportunity for every student-athlete to achieve academic and athletic excellence at the NCAA Division I level and to represent the University with integrity. The Jacksonville University Department of Athletics provides equitable opportunities for all students and staff, including women and minorities, within the institution, on the playing field and in the classroom. The Jacksonville Department of Athletics upholds the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct, which contribute to the development of student-athletes as athletic and community leaders.


Academic Eligibility
Amateurism & Agents
Boosters
Complimentary Admissions
Drug Testing
Employment
Extra Benefits
Financial Aid
Gambling
Hosting a Recruit
Outside Competition
Practice Hour Limitations
Promotional Activities
Special Assistance Fund (SAF)
Sportsmanship Policy
Student-Athlete Guidebook
Summer School & Degree Completion Aid
Team Travel
Transfer/ Release


Academic Eligibility

NCAA CONTINUING ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Sophomore (entering 3rd semester)
• Must have earned at least 24 credit hours during previous year with at least 18 earned during the regular academic year
• Must pass 6 credits per term toward degree
• Cumulative GPA requirement of 1.8
• Maximum of 6 hrs of remedial courses may be used in the first year

Junior (entering 5th semester)
• Must have earned at least 18 credits during the regular academic year
• Must pass 6 credits per term toward degree
• Must have declared a major
• Cumulative GPA requirement of 1.9
• 40% of degree must be completed

Senior (entering 7th semester)
• Must have earned at least 18 credits during the regular academic year
• Must pass 6 credits per term toward degree
• Cumulative GPA requirement of 2.0
• 60% of degree must be completed

5th Year Senior (entering 9th semester)
• Must have earned at least 18 credits during the regular academic year
• Must pass 6 credits per term toward degree
• Cumulative GPA requirement of 2.0
• 80% of degree must be completed
• Once a student-athlete has officially declared a major, all hours used toward meeting satisfactory progress requirements must be applicable toward the student’s designated degree program.

Important notes to the above chart:
• Minimum GPA is required on a term-by-term basis.
• Student-athletes are responsible for earning 18 semester credit hours in any academic year in which they were enrolled full-time during one or more terms. Part-time hours may be used to fulfill this requirement.
o Exception: Student-athletes who enroll in their first full-time term of collegiate enrollment following the fall term will NOT be responsible for earning 18 credit hours until they have spent a full academic year at the institution.
• Summer credit hours may be used to satisfy the 24-credit hour requirement for student-athletes entering their second year of collegiate enrollment. Summer hours may also be used to meet the 40/60/80 percentage-of-degree requirements.

All student-athletes must successfully complete at least 6 semester hours toward their degree in the previous regular academic term of full-time enrollment to be eligible to participate in the next regular academic term.


Amateurism & Agents

Student-athletes lose their amateur status and eligibility for intercollegiate competition in their sport(s) if, prior to exhausting eligibility (which usually occurs after the last contest of your senior year, including postseason tournaments), they:

• Use athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport, or are involved in commercial endorsement for a product, service, or establishment.
• Accept a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation.
• Negotiate, sign, or enter into any kind of agreement or commitment of any kind (either orally or written) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing athletic ability or reputation in a sport, regardless of the agreement’s legal enforceability or any consideration received. Eligibility is lost even if the agreement is not dated, is postdated for after the date the student-athlete exhausts eligibility, or specifies that the agent will represent the student-athlete in future negotiations only after eligibility in exhausted.
• Accept (or allow a family member or friend) to accept money, transportation, or any other benefits for anyone who wishes to represent the student-athlete to market his or her athletic ability or reputation in a sport.
• Receive any preferential treatment, benefits, or services (including loans that do not require immediate payments) because of athletic reputation or potential gains from participation in professional athletics.
• Receive (directly or indirectly) a salary, reimbursement of expenses, or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletic skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA bylaws.
• Compete on a professional athletics team and know (or have reason to know) that the team in a professional athletics team, even if no pay or reimbursement for expenses is received.
• Enter into a professional draft. (Exception: A student-athlete in a sport other than basketball or football may enter a professional league's draft one time during his or her collegiate career without jeopardizing his or her eligibility in the applicable sport, provided the student-athlete is not drafted and within 72 hours following the draft he or she declares his or her intention to resume participation in intercollegiate athletics. Prior to entering the draft, the student-athlete must notify the Director of Athletics, in writing, his or her intention to do so.)

To determine if an agent is licensed in the state of Florida visit the website by clicking here.


Boosters

A “representative of the institution’s athletics interests” (“booster”) is an individual, independent agency, corporate entity, or other organization that is known (or should have been known) to:

• Have participated in or been a member of an organization promoting the institution’s athletics program (at JU, the booster organization is the JUAA);
• Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to the university’s athletics booster organization (JUAA);
• Be assisting or have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruiting of prospective student-athletes;
• Be assisting or have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
• Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution’s athletics program.

Once an individual or entity is identified as a booster, that person or entity retains that identity indefinitely. This is true even if the individual or entity no longer contributes to the athletics program.

Examples of “representatives of athletics interests” (“boosters”):
• Anyone who is or ever has been a contributor to the JUAA or any of the sport-specific support groups under the Department of Athletics;
• Anyone who is or ever has been an employee of Jacksonville University or is the spouse of a university employee;
• Anyone who has ever made a donation of any kind to JU’s men’s or women’s athletic programs;
• Anyone who has ever purchased season tickets for any of the athletic programs;
• Anyone who has ever helped to arrange or provide summer employment for enrolled student-athletes or for prospective student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent;
• Anyone who has ever contacted (by letter, phone, or in person) a high school student (grades 9-12) for the purpose of encouraging the student to participate in any of the university’s athletic programs;
• Anyone who has ever assisted in providing any benefit to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
• Anyone who has ever been involved in any way with any university athletic programs.


Complimentary Admissions

Complimentary Admissions to Home or Away Events in Your Sport:
• JU may provide you up to 4 complimentary admissions to home events in your sport.
• Your complimentary admissions MAY NOT be sold.
• Your guests' names will be placed on a pass list. You may not receive hard tickets for your complimentary admissions.
• Your guests will be required to show a photo ID to claim their admissions.
• JU may not reserve additional tickets for purchase by student-athletes or their families.
• Complimentary admissions should not be provided to individuals of prospect age (grades 9-12), agents, financial advisors or a representative of athletics interest (boosters).
If you have a prospective student-athlete that you would like to invite to a home event, speak to your coach about putting that individual on the complimentary admissions list for prospective student-athletes.
Complimentary Admissions to Home Events in Sports Other than Yours
• Student-athletes may receive one complimentary admission to home events in sports other than their own.
• Student-athletes may not sell these complimentary admissions.
• JU may not reserve additional tickets for purchase by student-athletes.
• You must show a photo ID in order to receive your complimentary admissions.



Drug Testing

List of banned substances (PDF)
JU Athletic Department Drug Testing Policy (PDF)

Phase I—Disciplinary Action for first offense includes:
• Notification: program director, athletic director, head athletic trainer, team physician, NCAA faculty representative, senior woman administrator, director of compliance, team’s coaches, strength and conditioning coach (if involved), counselor, parent (on the advice of counselor), dean of students, and hearing committee (if appealed).
• Participation in drug counseling program at no cost to student-athlete (length to be determined by counselor).
• Suspension from 5% of the NCAA regularly-scheduled season of competition (minimum of one competition).
• The team physician may suspend the student-athlete from additional competition and/or practice if medically indicated.
• Mandatory follow-up testing.
• Possible disciplinary action by dean of students.
• Possible disciplinary action by team’s head coach (approval from Director of Athletics required).

Phase II—Disciplinary Action for second offense includes:
• Notification: Same as Phase I. Parent will be notified.
• Continued counseling at no cost to student-athlete.
• Suspension from practice for one week.
• Suspension from one-third of the NCAA regularly-scheduled season of competition.
• The team physician may suspend the student-athlete from additional competition and/or practice if medically indicated.
• Consistent with university, conference, and NCAA regulations, grounds for scholarship revocation.
• Mandatory follow-up testing.
• Possible disciplinary action by dean of students.
• Possible disciplinary action by team’s head coach (approval from Director of Athletics required).

Phase III—Disciplinary Action for third offense includes:
• Notification: Same as Phase II
• Indefinite suspension from all team activities. May be appealed after one calendar year.
• Consistent with university, conference, and NCAA regulations, removal of all athletics aid and assistance.
• Counseling can be continued at student-athlete’s expense.
• Possible disciplinary action by dean of students.
• Possible disciplinary action by team’s head coach (approval from Director of Athletics required).

Documentation of any positive drug test (NCAA, sport agency, law enforcement, medical system, voluntary written admission of guilt, or the university’s judicial system) will also be considered as a positive drug test performed by the university’s athletic department and the student-athlete will be placed in the appropriate phase of the university’s disciplinary action.

The total number of events suspended will be based on the total number of events scheduled for that year including preseason and guaranteed postseason competition. In computing the percent of season, .50 or greater is rounded up to 1. Suspended events will be the next consecutive events on the schedule. Postseason events are also included in the suspension. If a student-athlete’s team completes its competition schedule while the student-athlete is under disciplinary action, the student-athlete’s suspension will carry over into the next season. If a drug testing policy violation occurs during a redshirt year or non-traditional season, the student-athlete’s game suspension will begin during the next traditional season. Although the student-athlete may be allowed to practice, he or she may not dress out for competitions, travel with the team, or attend team events on competition days (e.g., pre-game meals, bench, or locker room).

NCAA Drug Testing Policy
In order to remain eligible for NCAA competition, student-athletes must complete the NCAA Drug Testing Consent Form annually. Results of drug tests will remain confidential with the exception of disclosure to those persons authorized by the drug testing programs. Urinalysis will be performed randomly in order to check for substances on a list of drugs banned by the NCAA Executive Committee. These include stimulants (such as amphetamines and cocaine), anabolic steroids, and other drugs. All nutritional or dietary supplements carry some risk of containing an NCAA banned substance because they are not well-regulated and may be contaminated. Failure to check out a supplement with the sports medicine staff prior to use may result in a failed appeal for a positive drug test. Ultimately, student-athletes are responsible for anything they ingest.

First Offense:
• Notification and counseling: same as Phase I (below)
• A student-athlete who is found to have used a substance on the list of banned drugs shall be declared ineligible for further participation in postseason and regular-season competition during the time period ending one calendar year after the student-athlete’s positive drug test. The student-athlete 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 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 subsequent season up to the period of time in which the student-athlete was declared ineligible during the previous year). The student-athlete shall remain ineligible until the student-athlete retests 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.

Second Offense:
• Notification and counseling: Same as Phase II (below)
• If the student-athlete tests positive a second time for the use of any drug other than a “street drug,” he or she shall lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports. If the student-athlete tests positive for the use of a “street drug” after being restored to eligibility, he or she shall lose a minimum of one additional season of competition in all sports and also shall remain ineligible for regular-season and postseason competition at least through the next calendar year.


Employment

Earnings from a student-athlete’s on- or off-campus employment that occur at any time are exempt and are not counted in determining the value of the student-athlete’s full grant-in-aid or in the institution’s financial aid limitations, provided:
• Compensation does not include any remuneration from value or utility that you may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame, or personal following that you have obtained because of athletics ability;
• You are compensated only for work actually performed; and
• You are compensated at a rate commensurate with the going rate in Jacksonville for similar services.

Click here to view the Student-Athlete Employment forms


Extra Benefits

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as “any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.” Therefore, please be aware of the following:
• You cannot accept anything from an employee of the university or an athletics booster (e.g., use of a car, haircut, clothing, gifts, money, tickets for any kind of entertainment, payment of long distance telephone calls).
• You cannot accept free or reduced-cost room or board from any university employee or athletics booster. This includes room or board in your home city or any other location. This precludes you from “house-sitting” without paying rental costs at a comparable rate for similar housing in that locale.
• You may not accept free or reduced cost storage room from personal belongings for the summer months from any university employee or athletics booster.
• You may not accept free or reduced cost merchandise or services from any merchant unless that free or reduced cost item is available to the general public.
• You may not use an athletic department copy machine or fax machine. You may not make long distance phone calls using departmental equipment or use the long distance access code of any university employee.
• Members of the athletic department are not permitted to type reports, papers, letters, or any other written material for you.
• You may not receive a special discount, payment arrangement, or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing) or service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from a university employee or an athletics booster.
• You may not accept a money loan, bond guarantee, or signing or cosigning of a note to facilitate a loan from a university employee or athletics booster.
• University employees are not permitted to use an institutional vehicle to help you move from one residence to another.
• You may not eat at a restaurant as the guest of a university employee or athletics booster. On infrequent, special occasions (e.g., a birthday, Thanksgiving, etc.), you can accept an invitation to the home of a university employee or an athletics booster for a meal.


During your enrollment at Jacksonville University, you may befriend individuals or families in the community who wish to provide you with a more “home-like” atmosphere. Please be aware that becoming friends with an athletics booster or a university employee does not change their status under NCAA legislation. A university employee or athletics booster may not provide any extra benefits to a currently-enrolled student-athlete (or the student-athlete’s family or friends). By accepting an extra benefit, you violate NCAA regulations and place your eligibility for athletic participation in immediate jeopardy.


Financial Aid

Athletically Related Financial Aid
As a student-athlete, you should be familiar with the terms and conditions of your athletically related grant-in-aid (scholarship) and other forms of financial assistance. Your athletically related financial aid is awarded for one-year periods as mandated by the NCAA. Renewal of this aid is the sole prerogative of the Department of Athletics.

Notification of athletic scholarship renewals or non-renewals will be made in writing on or before July 1 prior to the academic year in which they are to be effective. Renewals will be on a one-year basis and may be subject to an increase, decrease, or non-renewal. If aid is reduced or canceled, you will be provided an opportunity for a hearing, at your request. Notification of this opportunity for a hearing will be delivered in a letter from the Financial Aid Director.

Your athletics scholarship may be canceled or reduced during the period of the award if you:
o Render yourself ineligible for intercollegiate competition;
o Fraudulently misrepresent any information on an application, letter of intent, or financial aid application;
o Engage in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty; or
o Voluntarily withdraw from your sport for personal reasons.
o Fails to comply with other non-athletically related conditions (including but not limited to academic policies or standards, team rules or policies).

You may also be eligible to receive additional financial assistance through grants, loans, or employment opportunities. It is strongly recommended that you investigate the opportunity to receive Pell Grant funds on an annual basis (available through the Financial Aid Office). It is crucial that all financial assistance you receive is reported to the Compliance Office.

A student-athlete may receive financial aid from anyone upon whom the student-athlete is naturally or legally dependent. It is NOT permissible for a student-athlete to receive financial aid, directly or indirectly, from a source outside the institution (e.g., a foreign government, a sports association, a high school booster club) for expenses related to attendance at an NCAA institution if the award is based athletic ability in any degree. There are some exceptions, so contact the Compliance Office for additional information.

Tip: File your FAFSA early (in March for the upcoming year), or you may stand to lose financial aid.

University Administered Financial Aid
Continued eligibility for financial assistance and continued eligibility for competition are separate and distinct subjects. It is possible that a student-athlete may be satisfying the NCAA requirements for competition and yet be ineligible for financial aid under Jacksonville University’s requirements. It is crucial that you be aware of the stipulations regarding your individual financial aid package. For example, State of Florida awards typically require a student to pass 24 hours by the end of the spring semester (whereas the NCAA requires them by the start of the fall semester). Such an issue must be considered when scheduling or adding/dropping classes. If you are unsure, call the Financial Aid Office and consult with a financial aid counselor before making any decisions. Student-athletes who are academically suspended or placed on continued academic probation at the end of the regular spring semester and required to submit a written appeal for consideration by the Financial Aid Appeals Committee. Instructions and deadlines for submitting a written appeal are sent to affected students following the posting of spring semester grades.

International students are responsible for the U.S. federal taxes that are charged on the value of a room and board stipend; those taxes are not covered by the grant-in-aid.


Gambling

Sports Wagering Activities
Student athletes shall not knowingly participate in sports wagering activities or provide information to individuals involved in or associated with any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics competition.

Sports wagering includes placing, accepting or soliciting a wager (on a student-athlete's own behalf or on the behalf of others) of any type with any individual or organization on any intercollegiate, amateur or professional team or contest.

Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to, the use of a bookmaker or parlay card; Internet sports wagering; auctions in which bids are placed on teams, individuals or contests; and pools or fantasy leagues in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize.

The prohibition against sports wagering applies to any institutional practice or any competition (intercollegiate, amateur or professional) in a sport in which the NCAA conducts championship competition, in bowl subdivision football and in emerging sports for women.

Gambling Activities
Student-athletes shall not knowingly:
• Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;
• Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
• Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
• Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value; or
• Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or nay other method employed by organized gambling.

Sanctions
• A student-athlete who engages in activities designed to influence the outcome of an intercollegiate contest or in an effort to affect win-loss margins (i.e., "point shaving") or who solicits or accepts a bet or participates in any gambling activity through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling that involves wagering on the student-athlete's institution shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.
• A student-athlete who solicits or accepts a bet or participates in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling, shall be ineligible for all regular-season and postseason competition for a minimum of a period of one year from the date of the institution's determination that a violation has occurred and shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition. If the student-athlete is determined to have been involved in a subsequent violation the NCAA gambling bylaw, the student-athlete shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.

Disciplinary Action
Enrolled student-athletes found in violation of the provisions of gambling regulations shall be ineligible for further intercollegiate competition, subject to appeal to the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of eligibility.


Hosting a Recruit

An enrolled student-athlete may participate as a student host during a prospective student-athlete’s official visit to the institution’s campus. No cash may be given to any visiting prospective student-athlete; absolutely no alcohol should be provided or consumed by either the student host or prospective student-athlete during the visit. As a student host, a student-athlete may receive the following:
• A maximum of $30 for each day of the visit to cover all actual costs of entertaining the student host(s) and the prospective student-athlete (and the prospective student-athlete's parents, legal guardians or spouse), excluding the cost of meals and admission to campus athletics events. The cost of entertainment of the institution's athletics department staff members who accompany the prospective student-athlete is also excluded. If an athletics department staff member serves as the prospective student-athlete's host, his or her entertainment costs must be included in the entertainment allowance. The entertainment allowance may not be used for the purchase of souvenirs such as T-shirts or other institutional mementos. It is permissible to provide the student host with an additional $15 per day for each additional prospective student-athlete the host entertains. In the event that several students host a prospective student-athlete, the $30 per day entertainment money may be used to cover the actual and necessary expenses incurred by the prospective student-athlete and all hosts. Only one student host per prospective student-athlete may be provided a free meal if restaurant facilities are used.
• A complimentary meal, provided the student host is accompanying the prospective student-athlete during the prospective student-athlete's official visit; and
• A complimentary admission to a campus athletics event provided the admission is used to accompany a prospective student-athlete to that event during the prospective student-athlete's official visit.


Outside Competition

• A student-athlete who participates during the academic year as a member of any outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition immediately becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition; however, a student-athlete may practice with an outside team.
• During the summer, current student-athletes and recruited prospective student-athletes cannot participate jointly in recreational activities at the direction of, organized by, or observed by a coaching staff member.
• During the summer, as a general rule, a member of the athletic department (e.g., coach, official, player, etc.) may not be involved in any way with any outside team that a student-athlete participates on. There are limited exceptions in some sports, and you should check with the Compliance Office if you and a coach are involved in any way with the same team.
o In the sports listed, no more than the following number of student-athletes with remaining eligibility may practice or compete out-of-season on the same outside amateur team: Baseball: 4; Basketball: 2; Football: 5; Soccer: 5; Softball: 4; Volleyball: 2
• You may not receive any pay for athletic participation. “Pay” includes any type of salary or compensation (including cash prizes). You may receive actual and necessary travel, room/board expenses, and apparel and equipment for practice and competition. These expenses may only be received from someone upon whom you are naturally or legally dependent, a non-university team, and amateur organization, or a local sports club. Expenses cannot be based on the outcome of the competition.
• The awards or prizes you receive must conform to the regulations of the amateur governing body in your sport. Awards and cash prizes that are impermissible under NCAA regulations may not be given in your name to another individual or agency. At NO time, under any circumstance, may you receive cash. To avoid jeopardizing your eligibility, direct any questions about permissible prizes should be directed to your coach in advance of the competition.
• Basketball student-athletes may compete on only one team in one approved summer league between June 15 and the start of classes.
o You must play only in a league approved by the NCAA. Be sure to ask your coach about this before you participate in a summer league.
o You must have written permission from the Department of Athletics.
o You cannot play in any type of “All-Star” game.
o No more than 2 players with eligibility remaining from any single 2- or 4-year college may play on the same league team.
o The league must be within 100 air miles of the city limits of your official residence at the end of the previous academic year or the university’s campus. If no leagues exist within these limits, you can only play in the league nearest to your official residence.
o You may not receive any type of payment or expenses for participation.

Summer Practice
• You are permitted to use the university’s athletic facilities for voluntary participation activities only if the activity is not supervised by, or held at the direction of, any member of the coaching staff.
• You may be involved in voluntary weight training or conditioning programs in the university’s facilities, provided such activities are supervised by members of the strength and conditioning staff or sports medicine staff who perform such duties for rehabilitation purposes on a department-wide basis.
• You may initiate individual consultation with a coach if you and the coach do not engage in any practice activity.
• Student-athletes and members of the coaching staff are not permitted to engage in countable athletically-related activities during the summer. However, in individual sports only (e.g., golf, tennis, track & field), a coach may participate in individual workouts with a student-athlete from the coach’s team during the summer, provided that the request for such assistance is initiated by the student-athlete.
• Required meetings and workouts for student-athletes held at the direction of, or supervised by, institutional staff members during the summer months would constitute out-of-season practice and are precluded by NCAA rules. This includes requiring student-athletes to submit summer workout logs and progress reports.

Click here to view the Outside Competition forms


Practice Limitations

Student-athletes may not participate in countable athletically-related activities for more than:

In-Season: 4 hours per day; 20 hours per week
Out-of-Season (during the academic year): 8 hours per week

The daily and weekly hour limitations DO NOT apply to the following:
• Preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier;
• Official vacation periods on the institution’s academic calendar (e.g., Thanksgiving, spring break); or
• Between terms during the academic year when classes are not in session.

During the academic year, student-athletes may not engage in any countable athletically-related activities on one day per week during the playing season (which can be a travel day) and two days per week outside the playing season. The required day(s) off may occur on any day of the week and may change from week to week.

In-Season (20 hours per week/4 hours per day)
• “In-Season” time is the period between the team’s first officially recognized practice session and the last practice session or competition, whichever occurs later.
o Sports other than football and basketball may have their seasons separated into two distinct segments: championship and non-championship.
• Multi-sports athletes are bound by the daily and weekly limitations.

Out-of-Season (8 hours per week)
• “Out-of-season” time includes the remainder of the academic year not included in the in-season period.
• Sports other than football: Outside the playing season, from the institution’s first day of classes until one week prior to the beginning of the final exam period, only a student-athlete’s participation in required weight-training, conditioning, and individual skill instruction is permitted.
o This participation is limited to eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on individual skill workouts.
o All athletically-related activities outside the playing season are prohibited one week prior to the beginning of the final examination period through the conclusion of each student-athlete’s final exams.
o More than four student-athletes from the team may be involved in skill instruction with their coaches from September 15 through April 15. Prior to September 15 and after April 15, no more than four student-athletes from the same team may be involved in skill instruction with their coaches at any one time in any facility.
• Championship Subdivision Football: Activities between the institution’s last contest and the start of summer conditioning are limited to required weight-training, conditioning, and review of game film.
o A football student-athlete’s participation in these activities is limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on viewing film.

Voluntary Activities
Time spent outside of practice limitations specified above must be voluntary activity. To be considered voluntary, the following conditions must be met:
• The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or other athletics department staff member;
• The activity must be initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete;
• The student-athlete’s attendance and participation in the activity (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for the purpose of reporting to coaching staff members or other student-athletes; and
• The student-athlete may not be subjected to penalty if he or she elects not to participate in the activity.


Promotional Activities

• Regardless of whether compensation is received, you may not allow the use of your name, picture, or personal appearance to advertise or promote any commercial products, services, jobs, or employers.
• You should not attend any special events (e.g., banquets, receptions, golf outings, speaking engagements) as a guest of an athletics booster without checking with your coach or the Compliance Office in advance to make certain that you will not jeopardize your eligibility.
• You may be involved in a promotional activity and use your athletic ability to receive a prize as part of a promotional activity provided that you are selected through a random drawing open to the general public or the general student population.
• Charitable organizations often request assistance from student-athletes in fundraising activities. You must obtain permission from the Compliance Office to participate in these activities. Any questions about what is permissible should be directed to your coach or to the Compliance Office in advance of the activity so that the proper paperwork may be completed to ensure that you do not jeopardize your eligibility.
• You may not miss class to participate in promotional/charitable activities.

Click here to view the Promotional Activities form



Special Assistance Fund

The NCAA awards money to member institutions to help meet student-athletes’ needs of an emergency or essential nature for which financial assistance is otherwise not available. Money from the Special Assistance Fund may be awarded to Division I student-athletes who are eligible for Pell Grants or who have demonstrated financial need. Student-athletes who may otherwise be unable to afford necessities such as clothing, basic supplies for classes, a trip home for a family emergency, or medical care not provided by an insurance program may receive help from the Division I Special Assistance Fund.

Since international students are not eligible for Pell Grants, they must be certified as having a financial need by the Office of the Assistant Dean of Students, an official international student-athlete advisory entity that is outside the athletics department.

For more information about the Special Assistance Fund, contact Marsha Haskew, Senior Woman’s Administrator (Athletics Annex; 256-7406).


Sportsmanship Policy

Each student-athlete is a representative of his or her team, coaches, athletic department, Jacksonville University, and the community. Therefore, you are expected to exhibit sportsmanlike conduct at all times during athletic events, regardless of whether you are a participant or spectator. Poor sportsmanship will not be tolerated and includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Physically or verbally abusing players, spectators, administrators, officials, or coaches.
• Throwing objects at or onto the playing surface or at players, spectators, administrators, officials, or coaches.
• Using inciting or taunting gestures designed to elicit negative reactions from players, spectators, administrators, coaches, or officials.
• Using profane or vulgar language (including “trash talking”) or gestures to players, spectators, administrators, coaches, or officials.
• Fighting.

Violations of the sportsmanship policy may result in sanctions imposed by the Director of Athletics which may include suspension or dismissal from your athletic team.


Summer School & Degree Completion Aid

Summer School Aid
Summer school aid is a privilege, not a right. Consequently, decisions regarding the awarding of such aid are at the discretion of the head coach. Applications must be made by April 1 to the Compliance Office in the Athletic Administration Annex. The application must include a coach’s endorsement. Applicants will be informed prior to the start of the Summer I term.

Degree Completion Aid
Degree completion aid is an athletics grant awarded to a student-athlete in his or her fifth or sixth consecutive year of full-time undergraduate collegiate enrollment immediately following completion of his or her fourth year of intercollegiate competition. The purpose of degree completion aid is to assist student-athletes who have completed their athletics eligibility and have performed well enough academically to complete their degrees within the following year. This program is a privilege extended to fifth-year student-athletes and should not be construed as an entitlement program.

IN ORDER TO QUALIFY YOU MUST: Have completed your athletic eligibility at Jacksonville University; Have received athletically related financial aid; Be within 36 hours of graduation; Be in good academic standing and otherwise qualify for institutional financial aid; Qualify under all NCAA guidelines; Complete an application for graduation at the Registrar’s office; Have completed the community service requirement for graduation; Have your faculty advisor complete the degree audit form.

WHILE IN THE DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM, YOU: Will be covered for TUITION only and the amount will be in proportion to the amount you received the prior academic year. You will be responsible for room, board and books, unless otherwise indicated by your coach; Must remain in good academic standing; May be asked, if needed, to work for the athletics department.

THE DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION OF THE APPLICATION IS APRIL 1. NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED. Applications will be approved by a committee and awarded, as funds are available. Applicants will be notified by July 1.



Team Travel

Only those student-athletes eligible for competition are permitted to travel. Additionally, regardless of eligibility status, injured student-athletes, redshirt student-athletes, or student-athletes serving a year in residence are not permitted to miss class to travel with the team. These student-athletes will be left behind to attend class unless given permission to travel by the Director of Athletics.

Only members of the official travel party are permitted to travel and to stay in hotel rooms paid for by the university. Family and friends must make their own travel and lodging arrangements and payments.

Your head coach will cover team travel conduct standards. Special requirements that will be addressed include individual conduct, dress, curfews, and free time activities. The athletic department will not pay for room service, laundry, phone calls, pay television, etc. You are not permitted to charge any incidentals to your room. USE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES OR TOBACCO PRODUCTS WHILE TRAVELING IS PROHIBITED.

When teams travel by car, van, or bus, the dress code is the discretion of the head coach. When teams travel by air, all individuals in the travel party must dress in business attire (NO JEANS). Coats and ties are optional for men.

Student-athletes must travel to and from any off-campus contests or airports with their team in university-provided vehicles. Any request for an exception must be submitted to the Finance Office in writing by the student-athlete’s parent.

You will be given travel letters by your coach to deliver to your professors. It is your responsibility to make sure your professors get these travel letters. The letters will tell the professors exactly what time you will be leaving campus. Make sure to attend as many classes as you can on the departure day. Sometimes, professors will not remember that you will be traveling and may charge you with an unexcused absence. Therefore, you should always inform your instructors that you will be absent. It is your responsibility to make arrangements for make-up assignments or exams that will be missed as a result of travel. Do this PRIOR to leaving.

Laptops are available for use on road trips on a first-come, first-served basis. Check with the Academic Advisor for Student-Athletes (Founders 4) prior to leaving to reserve a laptop.



Transfer/Release

Should you decide to transfer, you should first approach your head coach and ask for permission to speak to other institutions. Your coach will tell you if he or she intends to support your release and will notify the Compliance Office. In turn, the Director of Athletics will be notified. The Director of Athletics makes the final decision on all transfer releases. Upon approval, you should visit the Compliance Office to discuss the remaining steps to your release.

Should you be denied permission to speak to another institution or a transfer release, you will be issued a letter stating that you will be provided an appeal hearing upon your request. The appeal hearing is conducted by an institutional committee outside of the Department of Athletics.

Click here for the transfer request form