2016-17 South Alabama Student-Athlete Handbook

 

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Student-Athlete Handbook AcademicYear: 2016-2017 Updated: August 15, 2016

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome………………………………………………..…4 Student-Athlete Academic Services…………..19-27 Mission Statement……………………………….………...19 Facility………………………………………………………....19 History of South Alabama…………………………..5-6 Steps for College Success…………………………….....19 History…………………………………………..……………….5 Communication……………………………………………...19 Alma Mater………………………………………………….....5 Support Services…………………………………………....20 Fight Song…………………………………………………......5 Advising………………………………………………………..20 Mascot……………………………………………………….…..5 Registration………………………….…………...…………..20 Sun Belt Conference……………………………………..….6 Progress Reporting……………….……………………..….20 Member Institutions……………………………………..….6 Study Hall…………………………….…………………….....21 The Bubas Cup………………………………………………..6 Study Hall Expectations………….………………………..21 Tutorial Assistance…………………………………...…….21 Organization/Administration……………..……..7-11 Additional Academic Support Resources…………....22 Mission Statement…………………………………….……..7 FERPA…………………………………………………….…….22 Vision……………………………………………………………..7 Disability Testing…………………………………………….23 Core Values…………………………………………………..…7 Academic Programming Tiers…………………………...23 Guiding Principles…………………………………………….7 Academic Conduct………………………………………….24 Philosophy Statement……………………………………...7 Academic Fraud……………………………………………..24 Goals/Objectives………………………………………….....8 Plagiarism……………………………………………………..24 Statement of Guiding Principles………………………...8 NCAA Academic Progress Rate………………………...25 Who to Contact………………..…………………………...11 NCAA Continuing Eligibility Requirements………….25 Academic Rules for Student-Athletes……………..….25 Travel Letters………………………………………………...26 Code of Conduct…………………………………...12-18 Missed Class Policy………………………………………....26 Good Sportsmanship……………………………………...12 Textbook Policy……………………………………………...27 Non Discriminatory Statement………………………...12 Academic Expectations………………………………......13 Athletic Expectations…………………………………......13 Student-Athlete Development………………...28-29 Citizenship Expectations………………………...……….14 CHAMPS / LifeSkills………………………………………..28 Dress Code……………………………………………….......15 Football: 6 Hour Academic Orientation……………..28 Team Travel………………………………...………………..15 Student-Athlete Orientation Course………………....28 Social Media……………………………………….………...15 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)…….28 Criminal Activity……………………………………..….….16 Community Service………………………………………..29 Procedures for Processing Criminal Violation....….16 Title IX / Sexual Harassment / Sexual Violence Policy………………………….………...17 Title IX Coordinators………………………………...…….17 Clery Act ……………………………………………..……….17 Online Resources………………………..………………….17 Hazing……………………………………………………...….18 Harassment/Discrimination………………………….….18 University / Conference / NCAA Rules & Regulations.……………………..30-38 Institutional Control…………………………..…………….30 Investigating/Reporting Violations………………..…...30 Amateurism…………………………………………………...31 Sports Agents………………………………………………...31 Sports Wagering………………………………………...…..31 2

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Extra Benefits…………………………………………..…….32 Nutritional Supplements…………………..……………..51 Participation in Promotional Activities….………...….32 Employment…………………………………….………...….32 Playing & Practice Season Limitations….…………....33 Media Relations…………………………………….52-53 Outside Competition……………………….…………..….33 Purpose & Mission……………………………………….….52 Fifth Year Aid Policy……………………….……………....34 Participating in an Interview……………………………..52 Transferring………………………………….……………....35 Interview Tips………………………………………….……..53 Leaving the Team………………………………...………...36 Student-Athlete Exit Surveys & Interviews………….36 Awards & Recognitions…………………………..…..54 Intraconference Transfer Rule………………….……….36 Jaguar Cup…………………………………….……………...54 Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund………...………...36 Senior Recognitions………………...……………………...54 NCAA Student Assistance Fund……………..………...36 Graduation Gifts………………………………….………….54 Suspension Appeals Process………………….………...37 Financial Aid……………………………………………..…..37 Financial Aid Appeals………………………….…………..38 Housing…………………………………..……………….…..38 Meals…………………………………………………...……...38 Student Hosts………………………………...……………..38 Contact Information……………………………….55-56 Emergency…………………………………………………….55 Athletic Department……………….……...……………….55 Student Support Service……….……..…………………..56 College………………………………..………………………..56 Other University Contacts……………………..………...56 Student-Athlete Welfare……………………......39-51 Sports Medicine…………………………………………..….39 Hours of Operation…………………………….…………...39 Student-Athlete Online Resources………………...57 Service Eligibility……………………………...…………….39 Academic Medical Excuses…………………...………….39 HIPAA…………………………………………….…………….40 Student-Athlete Commitment Statement……….58 Responsibilities in Injury Notification…………...…….40 Pre-Participation Certification……………………….....40 Medical Records………………………………………….....41 Physician Visits……………………………...……………….42 Insurance/Financial Responsibility…………..………...42 Compliance with Insurance Company Requests…...43 Medical Hardships/Permanent Injury Status…….….44 Concussion Management……………………………......45 Tobacco Use…………………………..……………………..46 Alcohol Policy………………………..……………………….47 Drug Education & Testing Program Overview……...47 Drug Testing Types………………………………….……..48 Drug Testing Procedures……….……………………..….48 Safe Harbor………………………………………..………….49 Consequences of a Positive Test…………………….....50 Weight Room Rules…………………………………….…..51 3

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES: GRADUATION ~- CITIZENSHIP ~- CHAMPIONSHIPs Dear South Alabama Student-Athlete, Welcome to the University of South Alabama. The Department of Athletics is committed to making your student-athlete experience productive and enjoyable both academically and athletically. Our goal is to give each and every one of our student-athletes the opportunity to graduate and to win championships. Our staff is committed to helping you reach your full potential. In return, it is our expectation that you will take responsibility for your actions, that you will practice good sportsmanship in athletic competition, and conduct yourself with character and integrity in your everyday life. Remember, you represent the University of South Alabama even when you are not in Uniform. We are pleased to have you as a member of JagNation and look forward to helping you achieve your goals. If I can be of personal assistance, please feel free to contact me. Go Jags! WELCOME Joel Erdmann, Ph.D. Director of Athletics 4

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History of South Alabama The University of South Alabama was founded in 1963 without a single building to call its own. More than 50 years and quite a few buildings later, USA is a vibrant university that continues to serve as a catalyst for transformational change in the city, the state and the Gulf Coast region. USA's story began in the early 1960s, when Mobile’s civic leaders saw the need to improve access to higher education in southwest Alabama. Realizing the region had outgrown the small extension program that operated out of a building downtown, they formulated plans for a four-year, degree-granting institution. On May 3, 1963, a bill creating a new, independent university successfully passed the Alabama Legislature, and USA was born. Classes began in June 1964 at a new, $1 million building in west Mobile. Initial enrollment totaled 276. The extent of the pent-up demand for education became obvious when the first fall semester began. Enrollment leaped to 928 — and it continues to grow. Today, USA enrolls more than 16,000 students annually and has awarded more than 80,000 degrees Today, USA provides high-quality education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care. It offers 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees through its nine colleges and schools. Alma Mater All hail great university, Our Alma Mater dear, South Alabama, red and blue, proud colors we revere. Nestled among the hills of pine, enduring throughout time, Upward and onward may your fame continue in its climb. It seems that we have just begun; too soon we must depart In all that life has planned for us, you'll share within our hearts. So with thy blessings now send us, pray highest be our aim, South Alabama may we ever glorify your name! Fight Song South! Alabama, We're the pride of the red, white, blue Loyal, strong and faithful, To our Alma Mater true. South! Alabama, We will cheer you to win the day. For its J-A-G-U-A-R-S for USA! South Alabama Jaguars? According to the minutes of a Board of trustees meeting on March 31, 1965: "At the request of the student body of the University of South Alabama, President Whiddon presented for the Board's approval Black and Gold as School Colors, and the jaguar as the mascot." USA’s original school colors of black and gold and were chosen by a vote of the student body in 1965. However, according to Dr. Mel Lucas, USA’s first athletic director, “Many of the students were from nearby Davidson High School whose colors were also black and gold. The next year, the coaches decided to change the colors to Red, White and Blue to go along with ‘USA’. Another student vote was taken and the colors were changed to Red, White and Blue.” According to the minutes of a Board of trustees meeting on March 31, 1965: “A report filed by John Finley, President of the Student Government Association stated that on June 1, 1967 an election was held and 83 percent of the student body present voted in favor of changing the University’s colors to red, white and blue from black and gold.” HISTORY & TRADITION 5

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Appalachian State Little Rock Arkansas State Sun Belt Conference Beginning operations in 1976, the Sun Belt conference joined several athletic department s as its founding members to give a home to the nation’s premier mid-major basketball teams. Among those founding members is South Alabama. The current number of teams represented by the Sun Belt is 14 with several affiliate members and a future member, Costal Carolina, slated to join in full membership in 2017. Current Member Institutions Coastal Carolina Idaho New Mexico State Texas State Georgia Southern UL Lafayette South Alabama Troy Georgia State UL Monroe UT Arlington Future Member Institutions (Beginning in 2016-2017) Bubas Cup The Sun Belt Conference’s annual all sports championship trophy, the “Bubas Cup”, began in 1977 and is named after the Conference’s first Commissioner. Points for the Cup are awarded based on regular season finish for sports that have a regular season conference schedule. USA has won this award for the past two years for a total of 12 times. 6 HISTORY & TRADITION

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ORGANIZATION / ADMINISTRATION Mission Statement: The mission of the University of South Alabama Department of Athletics is to complement and support the University’s overall institutional mission while developing leaders who achieve academic and athletic excellence. Vision: The Department of Athletics will be a model intercollegiate athletics program recognized for its academic and competitive excellence. Our operations and culture will be student-centered and managed with sound educational and business practices. Sport programs will provide a source of pride and unity among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the community we serve. Core Values: The Department of Athletics affirms the following core values and guiding principles as essential to the accomplishment of its mission: Work ethic • Selflessness • Respect • Diversity• Fairness • Integrity • Transparency Guiding Principles: The Department of Athletics affirms the following guiding principles as essential to the accomplishment of its mission: Commitment to Graduation • Commitment to Citizenship • Commitment to Championships Philosophy Statement: The Department of Athletics' philosophy includes the following ideals:  Recognition of the dignity and worth of every individual who comes in contact with the Department of Athletics.  Belief in the provision of opportunity equally given every student-athlete to develop his/her maximum ability, both in the classroom and on the playing field, regardless of race, creed, nationality, or economic status.  Provision of the best available coaching and training staffs in order to bring out the athletic potential of all its student-athletes.  Commitment to the ongoing development of all student-athletes so that each can become a contributing member of society and live a rewarding and fulfilling life.  Commitment to the provision of academic support services necessary to maximize the opportunity for academic success and graduation for student-athletes through a system of advising, monitoring academic progress and identification of potential problems. 7

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ORGANIZATION / ADMINISTRATION Athletic Department Goals & Objectives Goals/Objectives While closely aligning itself to all applicable University goals, the Department of Athletics has also established the following goals and objectives reflective of its unique mission and vision. Statement of Guiding Principles Academic Priority PRINCIPLE: The University of South Alabama recognizes the transcendent priority of a student-athlete's academic collegiate experience. It places its highest values upon high academic standards. The studentathlete is student first, athlete second. GUIDELINES: 1. The University will promote this concept nationally, while maintaining its own academic integrity by unilaterally establishing standards that may exceed those accepted nationally. 2. The recruitment and admission of student-athletes must be consistent with those policies and practices established for all undergraduate students. 3. The institution must provide its enrolled student-athletes with viable and attainable opportunities for academic success. Class Time Precedence PRINCIPLE: Student-athletes have the right to regularly prepare for and attend classes and final examinations without significant interruption from athletic participation. The University of South Alabama will adopt and adhere to policies which respect the academic priority of its student-athletes. GUIDELINES: 1. Policies will only permit a schedule of practice, training and competition which will result in a minimum loss of class time and minimum conflict with a student-athlete's final examination schedule. Graduation Commitment PRINCIPLE: The University of South Alabama will provide every student-athlete the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree. Each student-athlete shall take advantage of the opportunity to complete a degree successfully. Institutional Responsibility PRINCIPLE: The Sun Belt Conference recognizes the imperative of institutional control over intercollegiate athletic programs. 8

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ORGANIZATION / ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES: 1. The conference encourages member institutions to self-report any violations and establish a program of compliance consisting of education, monitoring and investigation of violations. The compliance program will inform its athletic personnel and student-athletes of conference and NCAA legislation and will emphasize the academic principles and priorities of the Sun Belt Conference. 2. The University of South Alabama provides appropriate administrative support to a staff member who is assigned compliance responsibilities. National Leadership PRINCIPLE: The Sun Belt Conference, the Commissioner, and the University of South Alabama officials play an active leadership role in representing the values of its institutions in intercollegiate athletics at the national level. Sportsmanlike Behavior PRINCIPLE: The student-athletes and individuals employed by or associated with the department of athletics shall conduct themselves with honesty and sportsmanlike behavior in accordance with the rules and agreements of the Sun Belt Conference and the NCAA. GUIDELINES: 1. The athletic staff and student-athletes shall maintain the fundamental elements of mutual respect for opponents and officials. 2. The Department of Athletics is responsible for the conduct of its intercollegiate athletic program, including responsibility for the action of its student-athletes, its staff members and any other individual or organization engaged in activities promoting the athletic interests of the institution. 3. The Department of Athletics shall monitor its programs to assure compliance with the principles of sportsmanlike behavior. Student-Athlete Experience PRINCIPLE: The intercollegiate athletics program shall be conducted in a manner designed to protect and enhance the academic, physical and social development of its student-athletes. GUIDELINES: 1. Decisions regarding a student-athlete's academic major and course of study shall reside exclusively within academic units of the university. These decisions are outside the domain of the athletic staff. 2. Support services related to educational, health, career and personal development should be made available to all student-athletes without regard to sport, level of financial aid received or year in program. 3. Opportunities should be made available for student-athletes to participate in activities that provide service to their institution and local community. 9

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ORGANIZATION / ADMINISTRATION 4. Opportunities should be made available for continuing and departing student-athletes to provide formal and informal evaluative data regarding their perceptions of the quality of their experience. Such data should be reviewed by the appropriate personnel and acted upon when necessary. Competition-Championships PRINCIPLE: The determination of a champion(s) in each conference sport is an historic and valuable function of the conference. The conference championship represents the culmination of each season's competitive efforts for the vast majority of Sun Belt student-athletes. The student-athletes' participation in determination of the conference champion shall reflect the high value the conference places on these events. GUIDELINES: 1. The conference establishes policies which assure the standardization for the conduct of competition which ensure a quality experience for the student-athlete. 2. The obligation for hosting high quality regular season events which determine conference champions and season ending championship events are shared equally among conference institutions.  Maintain an environment focused on student-athlete well-being and success.  Foster an atmosphere of zero-tolerance for actions perceived as discriminatory, harassing, or abusive in nature.  Monitor and evaluate student-athlete time demands.  Evaluate and strive to minimize student-athlete missed class time due to team travel. Encourage a de- partment-wide commitment (every program, every student-athlete) to regular and ongoing community service and support.  Conduct student-athlete exit interviews and surveys to provide an avenue for feedback and a means to carefully analyze the overall student-athlete. 10

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ORGANIZATION / ADMINISTRATION Who to Contact? (Potential questions or concerns, reach out to these individuals.) Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) The Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) is appointed by the President. The role of the FAR is to promote academic integrity in intercollegiate athletics, to facilitate the integration of athletics and academics within the collegiate community in a way that promotes the mission and aspirations of the University, and to ensure institutional control of athletics on the campus. These objectives are accomplished by the FAR in the following ways:  Serves as an advisor to the President and Director of Athletics on all matters related to intercollegiate athletics and on matters that intersect athletics and academics;  Assists the President and Director of Athletics in determining institutional positions on proposed NCAA and conference legislation;  Reviews reports prepared on the academic preparation, performance, and educational experience of student-athletes and reports this information to the President, Director of Athletics and Athletic Council;  Provides external oversight of the compliance and academic support programs;  Serves as a point of contact between and among various campus entities (e.g., Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Financial Aid, and International Services). Athletics Title IX Coordinator The Department of Athletics designated Title IX Coordinator is the Senior Women’s Administrator for Athletics. Sport Supervisors Sport supervisors are members of the senior administrative team designated annually by the Director of Athletics to assist in the oversight and management of specific sport programs. Sport supervisor responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Regular and on-going communication with the Head Coach • Assisting (as needed) with scheduling • Monitoring travel arrangements • Reviewing game contracts and confirmation letters • Providing front-line problem-solving on student-athlete issues • Assisting with creation and monitoring of Jaguar Athletic Fund accounts • Participating in hires and performance evaluations of coaches 11

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Code of Conduct South Alabama student-athletes are afforded the privilege of participation in intercollegiate athletics as they pursue a degree in higher education. This privilege involves rewarding experiences which assist in preparing the student-athlete for a productive professional and personal life. This privilege demands an elevated level of personal conduct both in competition and out. With this in mind every student-athlete recognizes and assumes their personal responsibility for conducting themselves in a manner which positively reflects upon themselves, their teammates, the department, the University and collegiate athletics as a whole. Good Sportsmanship The Department of Athletics expects sportsmanlike conduct of its student-athletes. We all have an obligation to represent ourselves, our families, our team, our department and our university with the highest level of dignity and class. South Alabama student-athletes will:  Behave with respect and sportsmanship in the competitive environment  Win with humility  Behave with dignity in defeat  Shake hands at the conclusion of a contest  Show respect towards teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and fans  Use appropriate language  Maintain self-control  Refuse to cheer/jeer at opponent’s failures  Refrain from inappropriate behavior and interaction with fans Non Discriminatory Statement The Department of Athletics believes in the fair treatment of all student-athletes and department personnel. All efforts will be made to ensure the equitable treatment of each individual, regardless of race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation. These efforts affect issues including, but not limited to, personnel, student-athletes, teams, travel, competition, facilities and grants-in-aid. The Department of Athletics believes in policies and operating procedures that are free of discriminatory practices, and the Department stands on a commitment to equity. The Department is particularly sensitive to the need for proper role models in coaching and administrative positions. Therefore, the department actively seeks female and minority candidates for any personnel vacancy. Every effort will be taken to conduct a search consistent with the Department’s and University’s commitment to providing an equal opportunity for each applicant. Please contact the following individuals if you have concerns or questions in this area. CODE OF CONDUCT 12

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CODE OF CONDUCT Academic Expectations As a contributing member of the University, the Department of Athletics maintains an active role in the academic progression of the student. While staff members and coaches do their best to influence the academic success of student-athletes, the ultimate responsibility rests on the student-athlete themselves. As a result student-athletes are expected to:  Adhere to University policy concerning academic honesty and integrity  Identify and actively pursue a degree program (with a goal of graduating in 9 semesters or earlier)  Be an active and positive member in the classroom, attend all classes and be properly prepared for all class meetings  Meet with academic advisors as outline by University protocol  Follow all athletic department academic expectations (study hall, advising, course registration and modification of schedules – dropping and adding classes)  Commit to the time and effort required to succeed all academic pursuits Athletic Expectations South Alabama Athletics defines sportsmanship as respect for oneself, opponents, coaches, teammates, officials, and property. This is characterized by accepting victory or defeat graciously while being courteous and fair. We all have an obligation to represent ourselves, our families, our team, our department and our university with the highest level of sportsmanship, style and class. We want to be known as a model of excellence and class in the Sun Belt Conference and the NCAA. South Alabama student-athletes will:  Behave with respect and sportsmanship in the  Refuse to be drawn into any physical conflict competitive environment  Reflect the highest level of honor and sportsman-  Win with humility ship in pre-game, during the game and post-  Behave with dignity in defeat (a sense of honor game activities and worth)  Refrain from inappropriate behavior and interac-  Shake hands at the conclusion of a contest tion with fans regardless of the behavior of the opposing team or fans  Show respect towards teammates, coaches, op- ponents, officials and fans  Do not succumb to taunting behavior from an op- posing team  Use appropriate language  Commit to the time and effort required to suc-  Maintain self‑control ceed all athletic pursuits.  Refuse to cheer/jeer at opponent’s failures  Maintain an attitude and demeanor which is  Help up a fallen opponent selfless, team-centered and continually searching  Hand the ball to or retrieve a ball for the officials in a courteous manner for ways to inspire and enhance the team’s performance. 13

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CODE OF CONDUCT Citizenship Expectations As representatives of the University, student-athletes are subject to the University Code of Conduct and also to team and departmental regulations. Further, South Alabama student-athletes recognize the importance of character (knowing what is right, committing to what is right and doing what is right) and ethical behavior based upon respect and responsibility for oneself and others. We as a department pride ourselves in making choices concerning our behavior which demonstrate the highest of character and integrity regardless of pressures and temptations which lead to the contrary. Staff, student-athletes and fans are expected to:  Abide by all laws and regulations  Accept personal responsibility and exercise good judgment  Commit to being a positive role model to others; including children, youth and teammates. This includes physical actions, personal behavior, what is said and how we dress and behave  Present a positive attitude and demeanor on and off campus  Show respect to all members of the University community  Treat people with respect and civility and cooperate with people in authority  Refrain from and be intolerant of physical abuse, harassment and intimidation specifically involved in hazing and hazing-related activities 14

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Dress Code Team Travel Consciously commit to being a positive role model to others including children, youth and teammates. This includes physical actions, personal behavior, what is said and how we dress and behave. Your head coach will let you know if he/she requires a specific dress code. However, you should always exercise good judgment concerning the appropriateness of your attire, taking into consideration the location or function you are attending. Specific requirements for dress, individual conduct, curfews, and free time activities are some of the team conduct topics your Head Coach will discuss. When you are traveling as a team, you are representing the University and you are expected to conduct yourself appropriately. Prior to departure, you should reconfirm your pending absence with you professors. It is then your responsibility to make arrangements to make up missed classwork. At your place of lodging, you will be financially responsible for any room damages and/or any other Incidental room charges (e.g., phone calls, room Social Media As a visible member of the University and the Department of Athletics, you are expected to display responsibility and maturity in your activities on social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, etc). Information, pictures, and other content posted on these sites is available to the general public (e.g., administrators, classmates, media, future employers) and may have implications for your personal safety and image, the image of your teammates and coaches, and the image of the University of South Alabama, as well as future career and professional opportunities. Any actions which are in violation of South Alabama’s code of conduct or that otherwise are deemed inappropriate and/or compromise the image of the student-athlete, the Department of Athletics, or the University are unacceptable. CODE OF CONDUCT 15

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