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1 Wingate University School of Sport Sciences Master of Arts in Sport Management Program Handbook/Catalog

2 2 About Wingate University Wingate University is a four-year liberal arts university of more than 3,000 students, and specializes in a personal touch that promotes active learning. Since its founding by North Carolina Baptists in 1896, Wingate University has continued to emphasize its core values of Knowledge, Faith, and Service. The academic experience at Wingate University provides a supportive and intimate learning environment that challenges students to excel. Classes are small with an average of 20 students and are taught by professors, not graduate assistants. Exceptional graduate programs are offered in business, education, and sport management. These advanced programs are taught at the Wingate University Ballantyne campus in South Charlotte. Wingate University Ballantyne is housed in the Harris Building at Ballantyne Corporate Place, near the Johnston Road/Highway 521 interchange on I-485. The 13,657 square foot facility consists of ten classrooms, administrative offices, student break area, and a computer lab. Free parking is available for students with 24-hour security. Ballantyne Corporate Park has 250 companies with more than 13,000 employees. Convenient amenities for professional students are close by, including restaurants, retail shops, a Y Fitness Center, golf course, and landscaped walking trails. For more information about the Master of Arts in Sport Management program, visit edu/ballantyne/masm, or call

3 3 A Message from Dr. Travis L. Teague, Dean of the School of Sport Sciences Welcome to Wingate University School of Sport Sciences Master of Arts in Sport Management program the first step in a new and exciting adventure of learning, growth, and opportunity in the field of sport management. We are pleased you have an interest in Wingate University, particularly the Master of Arts in Sport Management program. Our goal is to equip our students with the best available skills needed for success as a leader in today s competitive workplace. Our program faculty and staff pride themselves in developing relationships necessary to maximize student success. Our new campus, located in the flourishing business district of Ballantyne, provides our students with not only opportunity for academic success, but close access to some of the largest and most prestigious sport businesses in the country. We look forward to taking you in the direction you want to go. I am excited about the future of Wingate University s graduate sport management program. Best wishes in your studies this academic year, Dr. Travis L. Teague Dean, School of Sport Sciences

4 4 Contents About Wingate University...2 A Message from Dr. Travis L. Teague, Dean of the School of Sport Sciences...3 Correspondence...6 Contact Directory...6 Statement of Purpose...7 Accreditation...7 General Information...7 Academic Calendar THE MASTER OF ARTS IN SPORT MANAGEMENT...9 Admission Requirements...9 Miller Analogies Test (MAT)...9 Graduate Record Examination (GRE)...10 Program Requirements...10 Internship...10 Project...11 Thesis...11 Program Portfolio...11 Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELO s)...12 Program Completion...12 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS...13 Sport Management (MASM)...13 FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION...16 ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM...17 Access to Student Educational Records (FERPA)...17 Advising...17 Attendance...17 Computing Facilities...17 Directed Study...18 Disability Services...18 Student Disability Grievance Procedure...18 Who May Grieve?...18 What May Be Grieved?...18 Confidentiality and Prohibition Against Retaliation...19 Informal Grievance Procedure...19 Formal Grievance Procedure...19 Appeal...20 Adjustment of Deadlines...20 Interim Measures...20 Confidentiality of Records...20 Disability Accommodations...20 External Complaints...20 Disability Harassment Policy Financial Planning...21 Grading Policy...21 Graduation Procedures...22 Honor Code...22 Incomplete...22 Library Resources...23 Non-Degree Seeking Students...23 Program Evaluation and Review...23 Provisional Admission...24 Registration...24

5 Residency Requirement...24 Student Grievances and Appeals...24 Student IDs and Parking Stickers...25 Textbooks...25 Transcripts...25 Transfer Credit...25 WinLINK Access...26 Withdrawal...26 FINANCIAL INFORMATION...27 Tuition/Fees...27 Refunds...27 Financial Aid...27 Return of Title IV Funds...27 Institutional and Student Responsibility in Regard to the Return of Title IV Funds...28 Loan Programs...29 Equal Payment Plan...29 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy for Financial Aid Recipients...29 General Satisfactory Academic Progress Principles...29 Satisfactory Academic Progress: Master of Arts in Sport Management Students...30 Failure to Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress...30 Appeals

6 6 Correspondence Mr. Michael Mistler, Program Director Wingate University Ballantyne Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite (fax) Charlotte, NC Contact Directory General Information/Admission Academic Advising Michael Mistler Program Director Holly Griffin Assistant to the Dean Michael Mistler Program Director Dr. Travis Teague Dean, School of Sport Sciences (fax) fax Books and Supplies Bookstore Graduation Maria Taylor Associate Registrar Library/Archives/Reference Library Staff Registration Registrar/Transcripts Student Financial Planning Student Accounts Michael Mistler Program Director Maria Taylor Associate Registrar Jenn Pearson Assistant Director, Financial Planning Wynne Stegall Accounting Manager, Students Student Accounts/WinLINK Help Desk support.wingate.edu/ portal

7 Statement of Purpose The central mission of Wingate University is to prepare its students to become enlightened, productive citizens by providing a high quality education in the Judeo-Christian heritage. Accordingly, the University has a threefold purpose: to maintain an environment where students broaden their knowledge of the world, to sustain a community where the bases of faith are explored and where there is a common search for truth and meaning, and to promote a heritage of service to humanity and God through involvement and leadership. Accreditation of Master of Arts in Sport Management Program The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the recognized regional accrediting body in the eleven U.S. Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) and in Latin America for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master s, or doctorate degrees (see Questions about the status of the University s accreditation may be obtained from the Commission on Colleges by calling or by writing to the SACS home office, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA Wingate University s Master of Arts in Sport Management program recently received accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), the specialized accrediting body that promotes and recognizes excellence in sport management education in colleges and universities. This accreditation will serve to keep the program on the leading edge of trends in higher education and sport management, assure that the characteristics of excellence are evident in the curriculum and co-curricular experiences, and insure that the students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to perform effectively in the field of sport management. Visit the COSMA website at www. cosmaweb.org for more information about accreditation. General Information This graduate handbook/catalog contains detailed information pertinent to the Wingate University s Master of Arts in Sport Management program and should be read and followed in conjunction with the Wingate University undergraduate catalog. The information contained in this catalog is accurate as of the date of publication. However, Wingate University reserves the right to make changes in the graduate program s academic and financial policies, in student requirements, and in regulations at any time without prior notice. The University further reserves the right to ask a student to withdraw at any time. It is the responsibility of the student to read the Graduate Handbook/Catalog and adhere to the policies, procedures, and deadlines therein. It is also each student s responsibility to learn and meet the requirements for Graduation. Neither the student s advisor nor the Registrar is responsible for ensuring that the student meets degree requirements. All graduate Sport Management classes meet in the evenings (Monday through Thursday) and will be offered at the Wingate University Ballantyne Campus (13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC) unless otherwise stated. Please note that the Master of Arts in Sport Management degree does not lead to any form of licensure as a teacher. 7

8 8 Academic Calendar FALL 2014 TERM August 21 MASM Student Orientation 25 CLASSES BEGIN 29 Drop/Add ends September 1 Labor Day CLASSES IN SESSION 26 Deadline to remove grades of "I" from previous term October 10 Mid-semester grades Fall Break NO CLASSES 30 Last day to withdraw with a "W" November Thanksgiving Recess NO CLASSES December 8-11 FINAL EXAMS 12 Deadline to submit Internship Contracts for Spring 2015 term SPRING 2015 TERM January 12 CLASSES BEGIN 16 Drop/Add ends 19 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day NO CLASS 27 Commencement Applications due February 13 Deadline to remove grades of "I" from previous term March 6 Mid-semester grades 9-13 Spring Break NO CLASSES April 2 Last day to withdraw with a "W" 3-6 Easter Holiday NO CLASSES 10 Deadline to submit Internship Contracts for Summer 2015 term FINAL EXAMS May 4 FINAL EXAMS 16 COMMENCEMENT SUMMER I TERM May 18 CLASSES BEGIN 21 Drop/Add Ends 25 Memorial Day NO CLASS June 8 Deadline to remove grades of "I" from previous term FINAL EXAMS SUMMER II TERM July 6 CLASSES BEGIN 10 Drop/Add Ends 24 Deadline to submit Internship Contracts for Fall 2015 term August 3 Deadline to remove grade of "I" from previous term FINAL EXAMS

9 THE MASTER OF ARTS IN SPORT MANAGEMENT The Master of Arts in Sport Management was developed and established by the School of Sport Sciences at Wingate University in May This program is designed for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in any field and aspire to work in the field of sport management. MASM program graduates will learn and develop skills in sport marketing and sponsorship, financial management, event and facility management and legal aspects of sport. Program graduates will be prepared for managerial roles in several facets of the sport management industry. Admission Requirements Wingate University s MASM program has rolling admissions for three semesters fall, spring and summer (which has two sessions). A student is admitted with full acceptance if he/she has submitted and satisfactorily met the requirements for admission to the program. In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Arts in Sport Management, an applicant must: Complete the online application form with a non-refundable $30 application fee. Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an overall 2.5 GPA or higher during undergraduate work or a 2.5 GPA or higher in the major. Official transcripts must be received directly from the college or university. Submit official satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Official scores must be received directly from the testing agency. Provide two (2) letters of recommendations from administrative or supervisory personnel. All admission documentation requirements should be mailed, faxed or scanned/ ed to: Wingate University Ballantyne Master of Arts in Sport Management Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150 Charlotte, NC (980) Phone (980) Fax Graduate Admission Tests The GRE or the MAT must be taken prior to admission to the program. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Wingate University is an official testing site for the Millers Analogy Test (MAT). For additional information, to receive a booklet containing test information, and/or to register for the test, contact the Thayer School of Education at The MAT is administered in the Bridges Building Computer Lab at Wingate University in Wingate, NC, on the last Wednesday of every month during the school year. The Wingate University school code for the MAT is For additional information, including a list of other testing sites, contact Pearson Assessment at or 9

10 10 Graduate Record Examination The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not administered on the Wingate University campus; however, a number of colleges and universities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and across the country administer the exam. The Wingate University school code for the GRE is For registration information for the Graduate Record Examination, the student should call (704) , or contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at GRE-CALL or Program Requirements All students will complete the following: Sport Management Core (30 hours): MASM 535: Sport Research MASM 553: PR and Technology in Sport MASM 555: Financial Aspects of Sport MASM 557: Sport Marketing and Promotions MASM 558: Sport Sales and Sponsorship MASM 559: Sport Venue and Event Management MASM 561: Sport Law and Ethics MASM 573: Management and Leadership in Sport MASM 591: Organization and Administration in Sport MASM 600: Seminar: Issues in Sport Management Professional Practice/Thesis (6 hours) Students must select ONE of the following options: Option #1. Professional Practice MASM 620: Sport Management Internship or Elective Course MASM 630: Sport Management Project Option #2. Thesis MASM 631: Thesis I MASM 632: Thesis II Program Portfolio (0 hours) MASM 625: Sport Management Portfolio (Pass/Fail no credit) Note: MASM 625 must be taken simultaneously with your final academic course. Total 36 Hours Internship The student s Internship is an integral part of the entire graduate education experience. Students have the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom, gain practical work experience, learn new skills, and develop professional contacts in the sports field. A student interested in completing Sport Management Internship must meet with the Program Director by the mid-point of the semester preceding the expected date of enrollment. The Program Director will discuss the student s responsibilities, review all the required documentation, and explore the options for the student s internship. Every effort is made to secure an internship site that fits each student s interest and career goals. Students may secure their own internship site; but regardless of how the site is secured, the site must be approved before the student can enroll in Internship. The MASM Program Director will serve as the Internship supervisor. In order to be eligible for

11 registering for the internship, the Internship Contract must be completed and signed by the student and the site supervisor, and submitted to the Program Director at least 30 days before the beginning of the internship. The contract must be approved by the Program Director, Dean, Director of Campus Internships, Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Registrar before the student may enroll for academic credit. The experience must comprise at minimum 225 total work hours over the course of the semester enrolled. Required documentation (evaluations, reflection papers, and bi-weekly reports) must be submitted by the deadline dates. Project The Sport Management Project is designed to be an interdisciplinary problem-solving experience conducted by the graduate student as a capstone of their academic program. The intent of the Project is for the student to apply the concepts, principles, and practices they have learned to (a) expound on a real problem within a sport management area of interest to them and/or (b) conduct an investigative study of some aspect of sport management. The MASM Program Director will serve as the Project Advisor. A student must meet with the Program Director in advance of enrolling in MASM 630: Sport Management Project in order to gain approval of the topic and procedures. The student shall also meet at regularly scheduled intervals during the semester to present updates, receive recommendations and suggestions, and gain approval for continuing with the project. The Sport Management Project is designed to be completed within the semester of enrollment in the class. Thesis The Thesis is the culminating activity for candidates who have focused interests in research and in those planning to pursue doctoral study. In Thesis I, the student will select a Thesis Advisor from the Sport Science Faculty, and a Thesis Committee to include the MASM Program Director. Candidates, with support from their Thesis advisor and committee, will create a Thesis prospectus detailing background information and statement of purpose; develop the hypothesis statement; conduct the review of literature; compile a list of relevant sources, and establish the procedures for their proposed research, including the methods, research instrument, data collection process, description of the participants and participant selection, and preliminary certification of the Research Review Board. Upon satisfactory completion of Thesis I, candidates will enroll in Thesis II the following semester. With support from their Thesis Advisor and committee, the student will complete the remaining steps of the Thesis project, including application of the research instrument; collection and analysis of the data; development of the conclusion and recommendation; composing the abstract; completion and approval of the final written Thesis; and presentation of the oral defense to the Thesis committee and the MASM faculty. Program Portfolio The MASM program requires that all students complete a Program Portfolio. This is the culminating program product which will be evaluated on an outcomes-based assessment. The Portfolio is normally completed simultaneously with the final semester of coursework, and will be graded on a Pass/ Fail basis. If the program portfolio is not completed simultaneously (or successfully) within the final semester, an administrative fee of $250 will be charged for the semester in which it is completed. Information regarding the Portfolio will be provided once you begin classes. The document outlines the sport management standards that the students will meet during their time in the MASM program. Sport Management students who graduate are expected to be professionally competent in the following key Common Professional Component topical areas: Social, Psychological, and International Foundations of Sport Management, Leadership, and Ethics in Sport Management Sport Marketing Communication 11

12 12 Finance, Accounting, and Economics Legal Aspects of Sport Integrative Experiences Products (assignments, projects, presentations, etc.) that the students have completed during the course of their program of study will serve as evidence for completing the standards listed. Experiential Learning Opportunities (ELO s) ELO s are exciting opportunities to develop partnerships among the individual students, the MASM program, and area sports teams and organizations. The concept of ELO s is extremely important to our academic program of study as it provides direct, hands-on experience in the student s chosen field of Sport Management; gives the student the opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge in a relevant setting; and contributes significantly to the student s overall understanding of the real world of sport and athletics. The Program Director will secure the ELO s and will notify students of their availability for enlisting. A student may secure his/her own ELO, but it must be approved by the Program Director in advance and must adhere to the basic criteria of Addresses a need in the community (campus, local, regional) Meets one or more program/course objectives. Results in increased awareness of the competencies and responsibilities required in the real word of sport and athletics. Involves structured student experience and reflection. Involves collaboration with a sports team, organization or event. Students beginning the MASM program in the Fall 2014 semester (and subsequent semesters) will be required to complete ten (10) ELO experiences during the course of their graduate degree program. Each ELO will involve at least five (5) hours of service to the organization or event. After completion of each ELO, the student must complete an ELO Reflection Report detailing how the activity met the program objectives. The form must be submitted to the Program Director within one week of returning from the experience. Failure to submit the document within the designated time period will result in no credit given for that ELO. A copy of the Reflection Report will also be attached to the student s Program Portfolio, which is completed at the end of the graduate degree program. Program Completion Candidates for the Master of Arts in Sport Management must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework in accordance with the prescribed program of study with a minimum overall grade point average of No more than one course with a grade of "C" will be applied toward graduation. Students are allowed up to six years from the date of official acceptance to complete the program.

13 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS Sport Management (MASM) MASM 535: Sport Research This course will familiarize the graduate candidate with the nature, procedures, and application of action research in sport management. Candidates will examine, analyze, and synthesize action research literature and will plan, conduct, and report upon a simple sport research study. Credit: 3 hours MASM 553: PR and Technology in Sport This course will focus on the growth of the Internet and its emerging role as marketing and a public relations medium. Students will explore the advantages and disadvantages relative to traditional marketing practices. Students will engage in creating promotional and informational video formats, web pages, online survey forms, and work to analyze survey responses. Credit: 3 hours MASM 555: Financial Aspects of Sport This course is designed to allow the student to understand the fundamentals of finance, budgeting, and accounting in the sport and recreation industry. The course will emphasize financial principles, financial markets as well as growth and development of revenue sources in the 21st century. Credit: 3 hours MASM 557: Sport Marketing and Promotions This course will provide the theoretical underpinnings of sport promotion and sales and to illustrate their applications with practical examples from the sport marketplace. The course will also introduce students to the application of basic principles of marketing to and managing sport industry with emphasis on intercollegiate athletics, professional sport and multi-sport club operations by providing students with a broad appreciation of marketing, providing them with an up-to-date understanding of marketing concepts as they are currently being applied in advanced study and work in marketing, consumer behavior and related fields. Credit: 3 hours MASM 558: Sport Sales and Sponsorship This course will provide the theoretical techniques used to sell and generate revenues in the sport industry. This required course will concentrate on corporate sales and sponsorship, its growing role and its vital importance in sports. Topics include sales proposal development, sponsorship solicitation, licensing rights, new business development, endorsements and merchandising, commercialization of technology, and corporate partnerships. The course will provide an overview of the industry and instruction on effective methods to plan, price, organize, acquire, implement, measure and evaluate sponsorships including the development of a corporate sponsorship plan. Credit: 3 hours MASM 559: Sport Venue and Event Management This course will provide identification and investigation into the design and management of sport and recreational venues. Management techniques and procedures for athletic events will be examined. Required field trips will be a vital component of in this class. Credit: 3 hours MASM 561: Sport Law and Ethics This course will enable the student to analyze and understand legal issues and to discuss the ramifications of those issues with a foundation of comprehensive information that is relevant to managers in the sport industry. Ethical considerations in sport decision-making will also be discussed. Credit: 3 hours 13

14 14 MASM 573: Management and Leadership in Sport After successful completion of this course, students will be able to evaluate leadership theories from historical and contemporary perspectives in business, investigate contemporary thinking on leadership and how leadership roles are changing in the 21st century; identify ways leadership in sport organizations can positively affect local and regional communities; develop leadership models for effective organizations; and formulate a personal and professional growth plan as a sport leader. Credit: 3 hours MASM 591: Organization & Administration of Sport The administrative processes in sports and athletics from high school, to college, to public/private recreation, and to professional sports will be analyzed and examined. Credit: 3 hours MASM 600: Issues in Sport Management This course presents an overview of all aspects and issues documented in current sport literature. This is a capstone course and is designed to be reading and writing intensive. The course also serves as the culmination point for degree completion and the portfolio project. Seminar must be taken during the final 9 hours of the program. Credit: 3 hours MASM 620: Sport Management Internship The internship will normally occur at the approximate mid-point of the student s program. A minimum of 225 hours will earn three (3) credit hours and will be supervised by the Program Director and the internship site supervisor. Credit: 3 hours MASM 625: Sport Management Portfolio The portfolio is the culminating program product which will be evaluated on an outcomes-based assessment. The sport management student who graduates from an accredited program is expected to be professionally competent in the key Common Professional Component (CPC) topical areas which include (A) social, psychological and international foundations of sport, (B) management, leadership and ethics in sport management, (C) sport marketing, (D) communications, (E) finance, accounting and economics, (F) legal aspects of sport, and (G) integrative experiences. Credit: 0 hours (Pass/Fail) MASM 630: Sport Management Project This project will represent the culminating experience for the non-thesis student. The project will comprise of a research study or a major sport management project, planned and completed under the guidance of the Program Director/Academic Advisor. The project is expected to demonstrate the student s ability to conduct in-depth research, the capability to gather and organize large amounts of material, and the capacity to write the material in a clear, accessible, and professional standard. It is expected that the student spend, at minimum, hours in the completion of the project. Credit: 3 hours MASM 631: Sport Management Thesis This is a culminating activity for candidates who have focused interest in research and in those planning to pursue doctoral study. Candidates, with support from their Thesis advisor and committee, will create a thesis prospectus detailing background information and statement of purpose; develop the hypothesis statement; conduct the review of literature; compile a list of relevant sources, and establish the procedures for their proposed research, including the methods, research instrument, data collection process, description of the participants and a participant selection, and preliminary certification of the Research Review Board. Credit: 3 hours

15 MASM 632: Sport Management Thesis II Upon satisfactory completion of MASM 631: Sport Management Thesis I, candidates, with support from their major professor and thesis committee, will complete the remaining steps of the Thesis project, including application of the research instrument; collection and analysis of the data; development of the conclusion and recommendation; composing the abstract; completion and approval of the final written Thesis; and presentation of the oral defense to the Thesis committee and the MASM faculty. Credit: 3 hours 15

16 16 SCHOOL OF SPORT SCIENCES FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATION John C. Acquaviva (2009) Professor of Sport Sciences B.A., Shepherd College; M.S., George Mason University; Ph.D., Florida State University Holly Griffin (2013), Assistant to the Dean of Sport Sciences B.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte Dennis A. Johnson (1999) Associate Professor of Sport Sciences B.S., M.S., Marshall University; Ed.D., University of North Carolina Greensboro Ji-Ho Kim (2012) Assistant Professor of Sport Sciences B.A., Kyungsung University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville Curt C. Laird (2013) Associate Professor of Sport Sciences A.S., Columbus State Community College; B.S., Shawnee State University; M.S., West Virginia University; Ph.D., Ohio University Michael D. Mistler (2013) Director of MASM Program B.S., University of Missouri; M.A., University of North Carolina; M.B.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte Travis L. Teague (2012) Professor of Sport Sciences and Dean of the School of Sport Sciences B.A., M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; D.A., Middle Tennessee State University

17 ELEMENTS OF THE PROGRAM Access to Student Educational Records (FERPA) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, regulates the use and disclosure of personal and academic information in educational records and permits a student to inspect the information maintained in those records. A copy of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is on file in the Office of the Dean of Students in the Dickson-Palmer Student Center. It can also be found at (search for 20 USC 1232g). A full statement pertaining to the University s compliance with the Buckley Amendment is available on the University website. Advising Wingate University s School of Sport Sciences is committed to providing academic advice and personal guidance for its students. Each student has an advisor who helps plan the student s academic program and may meet with him/her throughout the program. Upon receipt of the letter of acceptance to the MASM program students will need to contact their advisor identified in their acceptance letters to schedule their initial advisory meeting. Initial conferences and program plans, where applicable, should be on file by the end of the semester in which they begin the program. After the initial conference students are expected to meet periodically with their advisor to obtain assistance with scheduling, progress through the program and in the planning for the program portfolio experience. It is the student s responsibility to contact his/her advisor when needed. Wingate University values student input and uses that information as part of our ongoing evaluation and assessment of the program. Attendance Students are required to attend every meeting of every course on time and for the duration of the class period, and to report to class fully prepared with textbooks and other required material. Attendance will be taken by the instructor before every class period, and all absences and tardies will be recorded. MASM program policy allows that students may miss no more than three (3) class periods, regardless of the circumstances (including absences for sanctioned athletic events or competitions). Upon the fourth (4th) absence, the student will be removed from the class roster and be given an F for the semester. Each faculty member will determine the effect of any and all absences on his/her grading policy and will inform the students of such on the first day of class. Excessive absences (and the resultant failing grade) will jeopardize academic standing and enrollment status, which, in turn, may impact financial aid, veteran s benefits, and/or athletic eligibility. It is therefore imperative that students attend all class meetings or consult with the instructor in advance if absences or tardiness are imminent. Students must make necessary arrangements to complete all the classwork, assignments, tests, etc., missed as a result of any absence. It is critical that student-athletes and graduate assistant coaches work with their respective head coach in advance to determine athletic schedules so as to avoid any conflicts. Even if an absence is considered excused, it shall nevertheless be calculated into the three class period maximum allowance. Computing Facilities At the Wingate University Ballantyne Campus, classes are taught in technologically equipped classrooms that include wireless access and distance learning capabilities. The Ballantyne Campus is also equipped with a networked computer lab and student resource center for student use, with each computer networked so students can access the Internet and as well as their own network devices. 17

18 18 Directed Study In rare instances, it may be necessary for a student to take a catalog course on an individual basis. The Dean of the School of Sport Sciences and the faculty member must approve such a request. Approval is granted only under certain conditions: The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 A student will not be allowed to take a directed study course in which a grade of "D" was previously earned. Disability Services Wingate University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in University programs or activities due to his or her disability. The University is fully committed to complying with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and its amendments and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (section 504) and to providing equal educational opportunities to otherwise qualified students with disabilities. Disability support services are available to otherwise qualified students with disabilities to ensure equal access to the University s programs and services. Services may include making academic and/or non-academic accommodations for students. The University s Office of Disability Services is the only designated department authorized to coordinate disability related services. Students should contact the Office of Disability Services when seeking academic and/or non-academic accommodations. The office is located at the main campus on the 2nd floor of the Ethel K. Smith Library, in the Academic Resource Center (the ARC). Contact information: Student Disability Grievance Procedure Wingate University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in, subjected to discrimination in connection with, or denied the benefits of any University programs or activities due to his or her disability. The University has adopted this internal grievance procedure to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ( Section 504 ) or Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act ( Title III ) or otherwise alleging disability-related discrimination or harassment. Section 504 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, and Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities (including Universities) that provide places of public accommodation. These laws and accompanying regulations may be examined in the office of the Director of Disability Support Services, whom the University has designated to coordinate its efforts to comply with Section 504 and the ADA ( the Director ). Who May Grieve? Any student currently enrolled at the University who believes he or she has been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of disability by a University employee (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, adjunct faculty, or other agent of the University) University student, or, in certain circumstances, by a visitor to the University, may use this process to file a grievance. What May Be Grieved? An action or decision may be grieved if it involves alleged discrimination by a University employee (or, in certain circumstances, by a visitor to the University) against a student on the basis of that student s disability. Such actions may include, but are not limited to, denial of accommodations, lack of physical access to University facilities or programs, or disability harassment. This process may not be used to file a complaint against a fellow student. In that situation, the grievant should follow the regulations regarding community standards found in the student handbook applicable to his or her program of study.

19 Confidentiality and Prohibition Against Retaliation The University will treat all information submitted in connection with a grievance as confidential. Subject to FERPA and other applicable privacy laws, however, the University official investigating the grievance will inform individuals with a legitimate need to know of the grievance and may provide them related information as necessary to allow the University official to conduct a meaningful and thorough investigation. The University official investigating the grievance will inform all involved parties of the need to maintain the confidentiality of such information. Wingate University prohibits retaliation for submitting a grievance or participating in a grievance investigation. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and adverse actions. The University official investigating the grievance will advise all involved parties of this strict prohibition against retaliation. Informal Grievance Procedure The Informal Grievance Procedure is designed to facilitate a satisfactory resolution of the grievance in an informal manner. The student has the option to forego the Informal Grievance Procedure and move immediately to the Formal Grievance Procedure. A student initiates the Informal Grievance Procedure by contacting the Program Director. If the Program Director is the subject of the grievance, the student initiates the Informal Grievance Procedure by contacting the Dean of the School of Sport Sciences. The student may contact the appropriate official (the Investigator ) by , phone, or in person. To initiate the Informal Grievance Procedure, a student is not required to submit the grievance in writing, but the Investigator may ask the student to do so or to submit other evidence, if necessary, to facilitate a satisfactory resolution. The Investigator will attempt to expeditiously facilitate a satisfactory resolution. The Investigator may meet in person with the student, confer with the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed, attempt to arrange a meeting between the student and the individual(s), or take any other steps the Investigator believes will be useful in promoting resolution. Within 21 calendar days after the student initially contacts the Investigator regarding the grievance, the Investigator will inform the student in writing of the outcome of the Informal Grievance Procedure. Formal Grievance Procedure If the student is not satisfied with the resolution reached using the Informal Grievance Procedure, or if the student chooses not to use the Informal Grievance Procedure, the student may initiate the Formal Grievance Procedure by submitting a written complaint to the appropriate Investigator. A student who chooses to initiate the Formal Grievance Procedure after participating in the Informal Grievance Procedure must do so within 14 calendar days of receipt of the Investigator s written notification of the outcome of the Informal Grievance Procedure. The written complaint must: be dated; state the problem or action alleged to be discriminatory and the date of the alleged action; state how the action is discriminatory (or how the decision is unreasonable if it a denial of a requested accommodation); name the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed; state the requested remedy, and be signed by the student. Within seven calendar days of receiving the written complaint, the Investigator will provide written notification of receipt of the complaint to the grievant and to the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed. The Investigator will also conduct a thorough investigation of the complaint, affording all relevant persons an opportunity to submit evidence regarding the allegations. Within 30 days of receipt of the written complaint, the Investigator will provide the grievant and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed a written decision regarding the grievance. The decision will include findings of fact, a conclusion, and, if applicable, an explanation of remedies, which may include the imposition of disciplinary sanctions and / or referral to an individual s supervisor or another administrator for the determination and imposition of disciplinary sanctions. 19

20 20 Appeal The student or the individual(s) against whom the grievance is filed may appeal within fourteen calendar days of receiving the Investigator s written decision and/or any associated disciplinary sanctions by writing to the Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs. The written appeal must clearly set forth the grounds for the appeal and must include all supporting evidence. Generally, the Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs will limit his or her review of the Investigator s decision to determining whether the Investigator considered the proper facts and whether there were any procedural irregularities. Within 21 days of receipt of the appeal, the Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs will provide the grievant and the individual(s) against whom the complaint is filed a written decision regarding the appeal. The decision of the Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs is final, and the University will disregard any subsequent appeals (in any form) to any University representative, including the University President. Adjustment of Deadlines The Investigator or the Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs may change the above deadlines for good cause, such as semester or summer breaks. Likewise, if the application of time deadlines creates a hardship due to the urgency of the matter or the proximity of an event, the Investigator or Vice President for Academic Affairs, at the request of the student, will determine if an expedited procedure can be created. Interim Measures If necessary while any grievance investigation is ongoing, the University may take interim measures to stop discrimination or prevent its recurrence. Such interim measures may include, but are not limited to, limiting interaction between the parties, arranging for the provision of temporary accommodations, or staying a course grade. Confidentiality of Records Once the Investigator or Vice President for Graduate and Professional Programs has made the final decision regarding the grievance, the records related to the grievance will be confidentially maintained in the Office of Disability Support Services for three years. Disability Accommodations Wingate University will make arrangements to ensure that students with disabilities are provided appropriate accommodations as needed to participate in this grievance procedure. Requests for accommodations must be made to the Program Director. The Program Director will review the supporting disability related documentation, make a decision about the request, notify the student about approved accommodations and make arrangements for the accommodations. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, providing interpreters for the deaf, providing recordings of materials for the blind, and assuring a barrier-free location for the proceedings. External Complaints The availability and use of this grievance procedure does not prevent a student from filing a complaint of discrimination with external agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Disability Harassment Policy Wingate University is committed to ensuring that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability is excluded from participation in, subjected to discrimination in connection with, or denied the benefits of any University programs or activities due to his or her disability. Harassment is a form of discrimination and, therefore, harassment directed toward an individual student with a disability is a violation of the University s anti-discrimination policy as well as state and federal laws.

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