WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT ATHLETE HANDBOOK

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1 WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT ATHLETE HANDBOOK

2 TABLE OF CONTENTS WELCOME LETTER ACADEMIC CALENDAR...4 STATEMENT OF ATHLETICS 5 STUDENT-ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT 6 Governing Authorities..6 Personal Conduct and Responsibilities 6 Sportslike Conduct...7 Alcohol and Non-Therapeutic Drugs...7 Date Rape and Harassment.8 Gambling and Bribery..8 Agents..8 Hazing..8 Web Postings and Electronic Media...8 Sanctions and Enforcement.8 Student-Athlete Assistance Model...9 SAFE Program...10 Drug Education and Random Drug Testing..11 Procedures & Sanctions-Supplemental to Other 11 Requirements Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Testing...12 Consent and Release as Conditions of Participation...12 Use of Alcohol...12 Use of Tobacco..13 Dietary Supplements..13 Prohibited Drugs/Substances.13 Selected Types of Drug Testing. 13 Sanctions ACADEMICS. 17 Class Attendance...17 Athletic Travel/Class Absences 17 Study Table & Tutoring 17 Academic Honesty 18 Eligibility Requirements...18 Grade Point Average.19 Advising 19 College Advising Offices..19 Declaration of Major.19 Transferring Credit From Other Colleges/Universities.19 Web Registration 19 General Academic Information CHAMPS/Life Skills.21 Measuring the Payback..22 General Education Requirements..23 Medical Services.28 Rules...28 Injury Reporting. 28 Referral Policy...28 Medical Appointments...28 Insurance Process...28 NCAA Banned-Drug Classes 29 Financial Aid...30 Tuition and Fees.30 Room and Board 30 Book Loan Policy...30 Terms and Conditions of Athletic Aid...30 Cancellation or Reduction of Athletic Aid 31 Renewal of Athletic Aid 31 Athletic Aid Hearing Opportunities...31 Special Assistance Fund.31 Summer Grant-In-Aid Policies..32 Post-Eligibility Grant-In-Aid Policies...32 Employment..32 Athletic Aid and Career Ending Injury or Illness.33 Applying for Federal Financial Aid..33 COMPLIANCE.34 Complimentary Admissions.34 Playing and Practice Seasons Official Visit Host Instructions..35 Student-Athlete Transfer Procedure...35 STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING..37 EQUIPMENT.38 GENERAL INFORMATION 39 Student-Athlete Advisory Board...39 Professional Sports Counseling Panel...39 Team Travel...39 Varsity W Club...39 Western Michigan University Resources..40

3 Dear Bronco Student-Athlete: It is our pleasure to welcome you to the start of another exciting academic year at Western Michigan University. We take great pride in the many accomplishments of our teams and student-athletes and look forward to another successful year. This handbook documents many policies and procedures that will be very important to you as a student-athlete. It also provides you with a weekly planner and numerous resource pages that should be beneficial as you organize and schedule your various activities. You will be extremely busy over the course of the next few months and we have designed this handbook to help you be at the top of your game. We have high expectations. We expect you to make successful contributions in the classroom, in your sport, and in the community. This will help you to gain the most benefits from your years at this University and help prepare you for new challenges after you graduate. If we can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact us at the telephone numbers or addresses listed below. Best wishes for much success. Go Broncos! Sincerely, Kathy Beauregard Fred Sitkins Director of Athletics Faculty Athletic Representative/ Athletic Board Chairperson

4 ACADEMIC CALENDAR Fall Semester 2008 August 29, Friday September 1, Monday September 2, Tuesday November 26, Wednesday December 1, Monday December 8-12 December 13, Saturday December 16, Tuesday Advising Day Labor Day Recess Classes Begin at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Recess (Noon) Classes Resume Final Examination Week Semester Ends-Commencement Fall Grades Due at Noon Spring Semester 2009 January 2, Friday January 5, Monday January 19, Monday February 27, Friday March 2, Monday March 9, Monday April April 25, Saturday April 28, Tuesday Advising Day Classes Begin at 8 a.m. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Recess, Convocation & Activities Spirit Day - no classes Spring Break Classes Resume Final Examination Week Semester Ends-Commencement Spring Grades Due at Noon Summer I Session 2009 May 4, Monday May 25, Monday June 24, Wednesday June 27, Saturday June 30, Tuesday Classes Begin at 8 a.m. Memorial Day Recess Session Ends Commencement Summer I Grades Due at Noon Summer II Session 2009 June 25, Thursday July 3, Friday August 14, Friday August 18, Tuesday Classes Begin at 8 a.m. Independence Day Recess Session Ends Summer II Grades Due at Noon

5 STATEMENT OF ATHLETICS Western Michigan University believes that intercollegiate athletics are an important and wholesome adjunct to the principle mission of the University. The University believes that athletics serves a purpose for the physical well-being and development of its students. Participants in intercollegiate athletics must be, first and foremost, full-time students whose fundamental aim is to obtain a sound education. Intercollegiate athletic programs enhance the educational opportunities of the students who participate in those activities. The men and women who are involved in intercollegiate athletic programs at Western Michigan University shall be expected to maintain the academic standards required of all students at the University and adhere to applicable NCAA and Conference regulations. Western Michigan University currently competes in 16 intercollegiate sports: MEN WOMEN Baseball Basketball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Ice Hockey Gymnastics Soccer Soccer Tennis Softball Tennis Track (indoor/outdoor) Volleyball Students who participate in intercollegiate athletics are expected to apply and adhere to principles of honesty, fair play and sportsmanship. Participants in intercollegiate athletics are students who understand the focus and meaning of amateur athletic competition within higher education. The same principles that are the foundation of higher education must be evident in intercollegiate athletics. The athletic program at Western Michigan University is recognized as a function of an integrated University mission.

6 STUDENT-ATHLETE CODE OF CONDUCT Western Michigan University has established a tradition of ethical conduct at all levels of University life. In accordance with this tradition, all student-athletes involved in the intercollegiate athletic program are expected to represent the University in an honorable manner at all times. The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics expects student-athletes to fully subscribe to the standards defined in the University Student Code. Given the fact that student-athletes are one of the most visible groups in the University community due to their unique and widespread public exposure, the Division requires all student-athletes to conduct themselves at a high standard of excellence at all times. The following statements and conditions were amended and approved by the Athletic Board. Student-athletes are encouraged to obtain clarification of any questions they may have regarding ICA, WMU, CCHA, MAC or NCAA rules and regulations from a member of the coaching staff or the Director of Compliance. GOVERNING AUTHORITIES Standards of ethical conduct are established and enforced by: The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Student-athletes are subject to the rules and regulations of the NCAA governing unsportslike behavior, non-therapeutic drug use, awards, benefits and expenses, gambling and bribery, as well as other forms of misconduct. All such rules and regulations are found in the NCAA Manual. Student-athletes are accountable to these guidelines. Mid-American Conference (MAC) The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics fully endorses the policies of the MAC as outlined in the Mid-American Conference Code Book. Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics additionally endorses the policies of the CCHA as outlined in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Code of Regulations and Articles of Agreement. Western Michigan University (WMU) All student-athletes are fully subject to established rules and regulations as published in the Western Michigan University Student Code Book. Division of Intercollegiate Athletics (ICA) Student-athletes must abide by all rules and guidelines set forth by the Athletic Board and ICA as outlined in the Student- Athlete Handbook. Additionally, team rules may be established by each individual sport s head coach and staff within parameters set by the Director of Athletics, the Athletic Board, the University and these guidelines. Each head coach shall inform team members of the established team and training rules at the beginning of the academic year. PERSONAL CONDUCT AND RESPONSIBILITIES The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics makes every effort to offer a program that assists each student-athlete in securing a degree and fulfilling the mission of the University. In agreeing to participate in the intercollegiate athletic program, studentathletes must accept certain responsibilities for their personal conduct. These responsibilities are: Academic Attend classes regularly and complete all academic assignments. Inform instructors at the onset of each semester of all expected absences due to official athletic events as provided by the head coach. Consult with academic advisors and attend academic support sessions as directed. Maintain an academic load of at least 12 hours per semester and make satisfactory progress toward a degree as defined by WMU and the NCAA. Accept responsibility for maintaining academic eligibility. Strive to obtain a college degree within four to five years. Athletic

7 Abide by all team, ICA, WMU, MAC, CCHA and NCAA rules. Maintain oneself in top physical condition within accepted health standards. Attend all official practices unless previously excused by the coaching staff or in the case of a class conflict. Take proper care of equipment and return it in good condition. Treat officials and opponents with respect and avoid undue confrontations. General Know, understand and follow University rules and regulations. Obey residence hall policies and regulations. Obey all federal, state and city laws. Abstain from tobacco use, non-therapeutic drug use and the illegal use of alcohol. Refrain from participation in hazing activities of any type. Do not engage in gambling activities that relate to intercollegiate or professional athletics. Practice superior moral and ethical judgment while serving as a recruiting host. SPORTSLIKE CONDUCT Sportslike conduct means more than the absence of negative actions in public. The head coach provides student-athletes with instruction on appropriate conduct, including positive techniques for handling the following playing field situations: Communicating with officials and opponents on routine matters during athletic events. Maintaining control during emotionally charged situations, including assisting a teammate or colleague who appears to be losing control. Reacting in a positive manner to an aggressive action by an individual or group. Coaches are to define actions which constitute inappropriate conduct and suggest ways to avoid such behavior. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following: Breaking a state, federal or local law. Physically abusing officials, coaches, opponents or spectators. Criticizing, publicly and unduly, game officials, Conference personnel, another institution, its student-athletes or its personnel. Throwing objects. Seizing equipment from officials or the news media. Inciting players or spectators to negative actions or to any behavior which insults or defiles an opponent s traditions. Using obscene or otherwise inappropriate language or gestures. Making public statements which are derogatory, controversial or outside the Division s media policy. Engaging in negative recruiting by making derogatory statements about another institution or its personnel. Participating in any action which violates generally recognized ethical standards of intercollegiate athletics, the University or the community. The University, as well as the MAC, investigates violations of sportslike conduct rules, which may result in disciplinary action against the student-athlete. For specific information on the procedure to follow when a student-athlete, coach or any member of a MAC institution may be involved in an act of unsportslike behavior, refer to the Mid-American Conference Code Book, Chapter IX. ALCOHOL AND NON-THERAPEUTIC DRUGS The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics believes that the decision to use alcohol and non-therapeutic drugs is inconsistent with the goal of athletic excellence. While the Division does not prohibit the legal use of alcohol, the Division does believe that any use should be done in a responsible manner. Moreover, student-athletes should understand that they will be accountable for their actions while under the influence of alcohol and/or non-therapeutic drugs. Disciplinary and/or other penalties may result in such cases. In the case of an incident relating to alcohol and/or non-therapeutic drugs, the Division has made provisions to assist the student-athlete through assessment and appropriate referrals. Finally, it is the position of the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics that the consumption or use of alcohol by the host of a prospective student-athlete and/or by the prospective student-athlete is

8 unacceptable and subject to full disciplinary action. DATE RAPE AND HARRASSMENT The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics expects student-athletes to conduct themselves in a manner which avoids association with rape, date rape, and/or harassment charges. GAMBLING AND BRIBERY The NCAA has established specific guidelines concerning involvement in gambling and bribery at the intercollegiate sports level. The Director of Compliance and individual coaches shall assist in educating student-athletes concerning these guidelines. In addition to awareness of the gambling and bribery threat to the integrity of intercollegiate sports, student-athletes are responsible for the following: Reporting any offers of gifts, money or favors in exchange for supplying team information or for attempting to alter the outcome of any contest. Maintaining a clear understanding of what constitutes gambling and bribery activities and reporting any suspected infractions. Contacting the coach or other Divisional personnel when questions occur concerning appropriate release of team information. Participation in gambling and bribery activities will result in disciplinary actions by the University and the NCAA, as well as local, state and/or federal prosecution of the involved individual(s). AGENTS It is essential that student-athletes know the NCAA rules related to professional sports. An infraction of the rules concerning agents could have severe negative consequences for the University and the student-athlete. NCAA rules forbid a student-athlete to: Agree, either orally or in writing, to be represented by an agent or organization in the marketing of his/her athletic ability or reputation. Accept payment of expenses or gifts of any kind from an agent. Receive preferential benefits or treatment (i.e., loans with deferred payback basis). Retain professional services for personal reasons at less than the normal charge from a representative of his/her school s athletic interests. HAZING Student-athletes are prohibited from engaging in hazing activities. Hazing is illegal and will be handled in accordance with the standards detailed within this document. Western Michigan University is committed to providing a non-threatening inclusive environment for all student-athletes and hazing is inconsistent with that goal. WEB POSTINGS AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA Student-athletes will be held accountable for their activities in the virtual web based environment and the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics expects that student-athletes will exercise good judgment when maintaining personal web sites (Facebook, MySpace, U-Tube, etc.). Student-athletes choosing to interact through this type of media should note that they will be held accountable for their actions and choices regarding these activities. SANCTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT Any student-athlete conduct violation should be reported immediately to the respective head coach, who will report it to the Assistant Athletic Director/Medical and Support Services. The assistant director, in conjunction with the head coach, is responsible for enforcing sanctions for conduct violations. The appropriate Associate Athletic Directors shall assist in the process. Legal Violations When a student-athlete is charged with violating a local, state or federal law, the student-athlete will be indefinitely suspended from participation in intercollegiate athletics. If such action is taken, the student-athlete is given written notification of the suspension by the Director of Athletics via the Assistant Athletic Director/Medical and Support Services. Based on all available information, the Director of Athletics may lift or modify the suspension, or leave it in place until the case has been decided by the legal system. Determination regarding further action by the Division and the University is made on a case-by-case basis once the charge has been resolved by the court. The Director of Athletics, via Assistant Athletic Director/Medical and Support Services, will make a final determination which is to be reported in writing to all parties, including the President of the University. While on suspension, the student-athlete may not practice or compete; however, financial aid will remain in place. Further, the

9 student-athlete s name will remain on the squad list and he/she may utilize support services, such as the training room and academic support services. By suspending the student-athlete, the Division and the University are in no way pre-judging the situation; rather, such action is taken in order to protect primarily the student-athlete from negative media attention. Such action also aims to protect the student-athlete s team, as well as the athletic department from negative media attention. Additionally, situations involving the illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol will be handled in accordance with the athletic department s Student-Athlete Assistance Model. WMU, MAC, CCHA and NCAA Violations Violations of the University s Student Code, Conference or NCAA conduct rules are reported to the Director of Athletics. If a student-athlete is found to be in violation of athletic department policy, University policy, NCAA policy or civil law, the penalty imposed depends upon the severity of the offense and may include the following: Written warning. Disciplinary probation. Indefinite suspension from competition or practice. Dismissal from the squad. Cancellation or gradation of financial aid. Suspension or expulsion from the University. In addition, the student-athlete may be subject to additional penalties as applied by the University, court system, MAC, CCHA or NCAA. STUDENT-ATHLETE ASSISTANCE MODEL The mission of Western Michigan University Student-Athlete Assistance effort is to provide professional services and care to the student-athlete in the event that they may be suffering from or struggling with personal problems. The area of personal problems that need to be addressed are those labeled as Behavioral Medical in nature. Through the provision of clear written policies and standards, the Athletic Department, coaches, trainers and support staff will provide the early intervention and care necessary to optimize healthy, successful participation in intercollegiate athletics. The Student-Athlete Assistance Model is a mode of addressing personal problems that is in addition to all other policies and regulations of the NCAA, MAC, CCHA, and the University, including, but not limited to, the Procedures and Regulations Implementing Policy on Drug Education and Random Drug Testing for Student-Athletes. The Student-Athlete Assistance model is a treatment modality that may be implemented prior to, simultaneously with, or subsequently to any actions under those policies and regulations including the Procedures and Regulations Implementing Policy on Drug Education and Random Drug Testing for Student-Athletes. The student-athlete has no right or ability to elect, select, or request that the Student-Athlete Assistance Model be used in the place or stead of any other policy, procedure and/or regulation. The Student-Athlete Assistance Model will closely parallel the effort that private employers provide to assist employees that suffer from behavior medical disorders. Such assistance is provided in a broad manner to cover the breadth and depth of personal problems that effect work performance productivity, and costs in the work place. While Student-Athlete Assistance may not be as concerned about costs, the focus is directed at taking care of people. This will be done consistently, fairly and center on the needs of the student-athlete/client. The highest quality of care will be provided in a timely manner, in an environment of confidentiality, trust and concern for the student-athlete. When this is done, the effort is cost effective and has positive effects on the student-athlete and the program the student-athlete participates in at Western Michigan University. Through the education and training of staff they will be able to provide the consistent leadership necessary to maintain the healthy, successful, consistent effort that leads to championship level competition. Program Confidential assistance for student-athletes is available through various sources within the University Community. Coaches, administrators, trainers, physicians and support staff who interact with student-athletes have provided support and assistance over the years. While this assistance has been helpful, by its voluntary nature it cannot reach young people who may be suffering from the more serious types of problems which might affect their lives adversely. Emotional disorders or substance abuse are not, by their nature, easily accepted or self-diagnosed by the individual. People who interact with the student-athlete can recognize signs or symptoms and assist the young person. The coach or staff member

10 should not attempt to diagnose the problem. However, it is possible to use physicians as the primary assessor of such problems. This Medical Model is consistent with normal athletic intervention and treatment. The linkage between the staff and the physician must be established through appropriate training on probable cause referrals for assessment by the team physician. While the person is under the care of the physician, necessary evaluation can be supplied in a confidential and clinical environment. When evaluation is necessary, the physician can access the appropriate level of care through a direct referral. Probable Cause Criteria Changes in behavior are critical when dealing with the area of Behavioral Medical Disorders. While young people are going through changes as they mature, it is important to recognize critical indicators of declines in performance. Declines in athletic, academic, social or medical status need to be diagnosed early to prevent continued loss or the development of more serious disorders. Performance standards, team rules or university policies provide a consistent measuring standard that is reasonable as a form of student-athlete accountability. Therefore, when a student-athlete violates standards the staff can work within a due process system of discipline and assistance. As an example: Step 1: First violation of University/Team Rules Sanctions may range from a warning, with a referral to the student-athlete assistance program for further evaluation and any necessary treatment up to a suspension, not to exceed 10% of the season, and parental notification. Step 2: Second violation suspension of some duration up to 50% of the season, mandatory referral to physician, probationary status pending improvement in performance or living within the rules. Step 3: Third violation permanent suspension from participation in any sport at Western Michigan University, possible cancellation and/or nonrenewal of athletically related financial aid, mandatory meeting with Director of Athletics, head coach, and appropriate associate and assistant athletic directors, and written notification of the student-athletes parent(s) or legal guardian(s). When a student-athlete commits an extreme act of violence or his/her actions are so reprehensible, the disciplinary action can escalate to the suspension and/or probation step. The type of situation for escalation in discipline must be spelled out and listed in the team and/or university code of conduct. Step 3 may be required if the student-athlete is guilty of any of the following acts or rule violations: Alcohol related arrest and conviction Assault Medical necessity (Physician s discretion) Possession, sale or conviction on illegal drug charge Rape Team rules Theft University student code violation All policy must fit into the existing university code or further clarify standards expected of the student-athlete. STUDENT-ATHLETE FIRST-STRIKE ELIMINATION (SAFE) DIVERSION PROGRAM A student athlete whose Student-Athlete Code of Conduct violation or violations are of such a nature that, in the discretion of Division and the University they do not warrant the sanctions provided for herein may be placed in a diversion program designed to address the behavior. The diversion program will be created and developed by the Assistant Athletic Director for Medical Services. The diversion program is only available as an option to address fist strike violations and a student-athlete may only be placed in a diversion program once. A student-athlete s violation of or failure to fulfill any aspects of the diversion program will automatically result in the imposition of the applicable sanctions contained herein. Assessment/Referral/Education/Treatment Upon identification of a student-athlete in need of assessment for action, the options are agreed upon as follows: 1) Jim Kendrick LMSW, is available for assessments and consultation with athletic staff and student-athletes as deemed appropriate. 2) The University Substance Abuse Clinic and the University Counseling and Testing Center are available for assessment and referral.

11 3) Team physicians can agree on other forms of medical evaluation and assessment according to need. 4) Other community resources can be used as deemed appropriate by the physicians, training and athletic staff. The intent of assessment is to address the needs of the student-athlete, providing the highest quality of care, in a timely manner, at the most reasonable cost. This is to be done in a completely professional manner that guarantees positive support for the student-athlete in an entirely confidential atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to fit the appropriate level of care to the type of problem that is presented. This will be best accomplished when all parties are in agreement with the goals of professional assistance, which is to provide what the person needs in a respectful and dignified manner. Assessment and referrals will be treated like any medical referral accessing and utilizing any family or personal insurance as primary providers which is consistent with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Medical Policy for Athletic Injuries. This may require notification of parents to complete the insurance process. PROCEDURES AND REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTING POLICY ON DRUG EDUCATION AND RANDOM DRUG TESTING FOR STUDENT ATHLETES Overview The Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University (WMU) has authorized the random drug testing of student-athletes in accordance with procedures and regulations promulgated by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics ( Intercollegiate Athletics or Athletic Department ) and the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel. Amendments to these procedures may be issued with or without notice as these offices deem appropriate. Nothing in either the Board policy or these procedures shall be construed to create a contract between student-athletes and WMU. However, signed consent and notification forms shall be considered affirmance of the student-athletes agreement to the terms and conditions contained therein and this policy and procedures, and shall be legal contractual obligations of the student-athletes. The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics at Western Michigan University is concerned with the health, safety, and welfare of the student-athletes who participate in its programs and represent the college in competitive athletics, as well as the integrity of its programs and competitions. Substance abuse is one of the most important issues facing athletics and society today. The use of illegal drugs, misuse of legal drugs and dietary supplements, use of performance-enhancing substances, and inappropriate use of alcohol and tobacco are inconsistent with the standards expected of student-athletes at Western Michigan University. Substance use and abuse in sports can pose risks to the student-athlete s health, negatively affect his or her academic and athletic performance, and can also compromise the integrity of athletic competition and the ideals of Western Michigan University. Random drug testing is appropriate to ensure the health, safety and welfare of student-athletes, to promote fair competition in intercollegiate athletics, to affirm compliance with applicable rules and regulations on drug and alcohol abuse, to identify student-athletes who are improperly using drugs or alcohol, and to assist them before they harm themselves or others, and to protect the integrity of the University s athletic program. Furthermore, educational programming will assist in supporting a positive decision-making process. Education, testing, professional guidance, and/or other measures are included in these procedures developed for policing and enforcing the Board policy: Education includes providing student-athletes and athletics staff with information about the problems associated with substance use in sport, promoting health and safety in sports Testing includes analyzing biological specimens to detect prohibited substances student-athletes may introduce to their bodies. Professional Referral includes facilitating appropriate treatment and rehabilitation of student-athletes. Other measures include associated punitive consequences resulting from prohibited use detailed in these procedures, and taking those measures deemed appropriate by the University in accordance with University policy, procedures, and the law. The phrase this policy as used in these procedures shall refer to the Board approved Policy on Drug Education and Random Drug Testing for Student-Athletes and these procedures implemented pursuant to this policy. PROCEDURES AND SANCTIONS-SUPPLEMENTAL TO OTHER REQUIREMENTS These procedures and sanctions are in addition and supplemental to any and all policies, procedures, consent forms, rules, codes, requirements, and sanctions allowed and/or required by Western Michigan University, the NCAA, conferences, law, and any other legal authority or entity (collectively requirements. ) Student-athletes and other students continue to remain subject to other requirements. The procedures and sanctions set forth herein address and apply only in regard to this policy. Acts, conduct, violations, and/or

12 failure to comply with other requirements subject the student-athlete to additional procedures and sanctions in accordance with those other requirements. ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND OTHER DRUG EDUCATION Student-athletes who are educated about substance use in sport are more likely to make informed and intelligent decisions about usage. Western Michigan University will conduct drug and alcohol education program for student-athletes on a yearly basis. These educational programs will be designed to review athletic department, institutional, conference, and national governing body procedures related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Educational materials will be made available to participants including this policy and a list of banned substances. All student-athletes and athletics staff members are required to attend the program or acceptable make-up sessions. In addition to educating student-athletes and athletics staff about the various procedures, the institutional drug-testing program will be discussed. Dietary supplements and their inherent risks will be discussed. Time will be allowed for questions from participants. In addition, special educational programs may be arranged to provide participants the opportunity to learn more about the dangers of specific substances. CONSENT AND RELEASE AS CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION Participation in intercollegiate athletics at Western Michigan University is a privilege, not a right. As conditions of being permitted to participate in the University s athletic programs, student-athletes must comply with this policy and all other applicable requirements and procedures, including complying with and consenting to the drug education and random drug testing procedures and requirements, and signing forms indicating their understanding and voluntary consent to these requirements and procedures and release of results, information, and waiver of liability as deemed appropriate by the University. Failure to consent to and/or to comply with the requirements of this policy and procedures shall result in ineligibility for or suspension from participation, or termination of eligibility to participate in, intercollegiate athletics at Western Michigan University. Those student-athletes not providing such signed consent form by the end of their respective teams drug testing orientation meeting, at the beginning of each academic year, will be deemed to have exercised their option to not participate in an intercollegiate athletic program and thereby will become ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics and shall forfeit any additional benefits, financial aid, and/or privileges which they may have been afforded due to their status as a student athlete. Walk-on student athletes and mid-year transfer student athletes will not be allowed to participate in intercollegiate athletics without first providing a signed random drug testing consent form. In any event, no student athlete will be allowed to compete without a signed consent form in place. Each student-athlete annually will be given a copy of the institutional policy and will be required to participate in an informative session describing alcohol, tobacco and other drug education and testing procedures. Additionally, student-athletes will be given an opportunity to ask any questions regarding the information contained in the policy, the testing program, or other related issues prior to signing the consent form. USE OF ALCOHOL Consistent with the University Community, the Athletic Department views the use of alcohol to be incompatible with the goal of athletic excellence. Student-athletes are required to conduct themselves in accordance with University policies, other requirements, and federal, state, and local laws. This also extends to the recruitment of prospective Western Michigan University student-athletes. Prospective student-athletes visiting campus, and their host student athletes, are not permitted to participate in any activities that will permit the use of alcohol. It should be understood that possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by individuals under the age of 21 is a violation of Michigan liquor laws (Minor in Possession/MIP). Likewise, it is illegal for anyone to supply alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. A positive test result for alcohol obtained solely pursuant to a requirement for random drug testing pursuant to this policy will result in the sanctions set forth in these procedures for those student athletes under the age of 21. In addition to subjecting a student-athlete to procedures and sanctions applicable to other requirements, a violation, an act, and/or conviction or plea of guilty or nolo contendere of any of the following may also be deemed by the athletic department to be an automatic offense under this policy: 1. Driving or operating a vehicle under the influence or while impaired and/or other motor vehicle violations involving alcohol or drugs. 2. Public intoxication 3. Drunk and disorderly 4. Other violations of local, state, or federal law involving alcohol or drugs, including possession 5. Violations of the Western Michigan University Student Code of Conduct involving alcohol or drugs 6. Minor in Possession

13 7. Other offense of equivalent magnitude to any of the above In addition, the Athletic Department may suspend a student-athlete from participating in intercollegiate athletics at Western Michigan University, or effectuate other appropriate penalties, if charged by a University official or law enforcement agency of any of the above, or if the Athletic Department is reasonably convinced that the student-athlete has done or committed any of the above. USE OF TOBACCO The use of tobacco products is prohibited by all game personnel (e.g. coaches, student-athletes, athletic trainers, managers and game officials) in all sports during practice and competition. A student-athlete who violates this prohibition of tobacco will be sanctioned according to the parameters defined in their specific sport s rules. The Director of Athletics or his/her designee will sanction other game personnel who violate this prohibition of tobacco on a case-by-case basis. DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS Western Michigan University Department of Athletics personnel will not distribute or encourage the use of any dietary supplements or ergogenic aids. Many dietary supplements or ergogenic aids contain banned substances. Often the labeling of dietary supplements is not accurate and is misleading. Terms such as healthy or all natural do not mean dietary supplements do not contain a banned substance or are safe to take. Using dietary supplements may cause positive drug tests. Student-athletes who are currently taking dietary supplements or intend to take any are required to review the product with the Director of Medical Services or another member of the medical staff. Positive testing of any prohibited/banned substances subject student-athletes to the sanctions set forth in this policy. PROHIBITED DRUGS/SUBSTANCES The drug screening process may include analysis of, but is not limited to, the NCAA list of banned-drug classes (See Appendix B). This banned drug list is also included in the student-athlete signing packet and the student-athlete handbook. For an ongoing updated listing of the banned-drug list view the NCAA s web site at Prohibited substances that Western Michigan University may screen for include but are not limited to, alcohol (in any sport), marijuana, PCP, opiates, MDMA (Ecstasy), amphetamines, cocaine, flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) and anabolic steroids. Western Michigan University requires that all studentathletes keep the athletic training staff and/or team physician aware of any prescribed drugs and dietary supplements that he or she may be taking. Failure to do so may result in a positive drug test and subsequent loss of eligibility. Use of prescription medication without a prescription is illegal, and will be treated as such under the details set forth in these procedures. SELECTED TYPES OF DRUG TESTING Random Student-athletes may be selected for random testing throughout the academic year. Student-athletes on the institutional team squad list will be eligible for testing using a random number system. A student-athlete may be randomly selected for testing as a member of a team (e.g. one of 10 football athletes selected) or as a Western Michigan University student-athlete (e.g. one of 10 student-athletes selected). Student-athletes listed on the squad list that have exhausted their eligibility will not be selected for random testing under this policy. Short notice or no notice may be given for a random drug test. Team Testing Entire teams may be selected for random testing throughout the academic year. Student-athletes on the institutional team squad list will be eligible for team testing. Teams will be selected for testing using a random number system. A team may be randomly selected for testing if it is classified as a varsity sport at Western Michigan University (e.g. women s golf was randomly selected in September and men s basketball was randomly selected in October). Student-athletes listed on the squad list that have exhausted their eligibility will not be selected for random testing under this policy. Short notice or no notice may be given for a random drug test. Pre-Season Screening Student-athletes are subject to pre-season drug testing and may be notified of such by the Director of Athletics or his/her designee at any time prior to their first competition. Post-season /Championship Screening Any participant or team likely to advance to post-season championship competition may be subject to additional testing. Testing may be required of all team members or individual student-athletes at any time within thirty (30) days prior to the post-season competition. If a student-athlete tests positive, he or she will not be allowed to compete at the post-season event unless he or she subsequently tests negative prior to departure for the event or provides sufficient documentation under these procedures to demonstrate that the positive tests were in error.

14 Re-entry Testing A student-athlete who has had his or her eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports suspended as a result of a drug and alcohol violation, may be required to undergo re-entry drug and/or alcohol testing prior to regaining eligibility. The Director of Athletics or his/her designee shall arrange for re-entry testing after the counselor or specialist involved in the student-athlete s case indicates that re-entry into the intercollegiate sports program is appropriate. Follow-up testing A student-athlete who has returned to participation in intercollegiate sports following a positive drug test under this policy may be subject to follow-up testing. Testing will be unannounced and will be required at a frequency determined by the Athletic Director or his/her designee in consultation with the counselor or specialist involved in the student-athlete s case. Notification and Reporting for Collections The student-athlete will be notified of and scheduled for testing by the institution. The Director of Athletics or his/her designee will notify the student-athlete of the date and time to report to the collection station and will have the student-athlete read and sign the Student-Athlete Notification Form (See Appendix C). The Director of Athletics or his/her designee will be in the collection station to certify the identity of the student-athletes selected. Student-athletes shall provide picture identification when entering the drug-testing station. The Director of Athletics or his/her designee must remain in the collection station until all student-athletes complete the collection process. Report Results Urine samples will be collected and sent to an independent, SAMHSA approved laboratory for analysis. Each sample will be tested to determine if banned drugs or substances are present. A test result confirmed as positive by the laboratory does not automatically identify the student-athlete as having engaged in prohibited drug or alcohol use. Results will be made available to the Assistant Athletic Director for Medical Services, who will serve as the Medical Review Officer (MRO). The MRO will review the results and if there is a positive drug test, he/she will set up a meeting with the student-athlete. The student-athlete may present evidence of any mitigating circumstances that he/she feels may be important to the outcome of the drug test. The MRO will then make the determination of the outcome of the drug test. If the laboratory reports a specimen as substituted, manipulated, or adulterated, the student-athlete will be deemed to have refused to submit to testing and treated as if the test were positive for a banned substance. Results of tests under these procedures will be released only pursuant to legal requirements and to those individuals with a legitimate need to know. Prior to release of any information or results, the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel shall be consulted. SANCTIONS Any student-athlete who tests positive for a banned substance or who refuses to submit or fails to take a required drug test as described in this policy shall be subject to the following sanctions: First Offense The Assistant Athletic Director for Medical Services will schedule a confidential meeting with the student-athlete, the Director of Athletics or his or her designee, the head coach, the respective Associate Athletic Director, the team physician and the Student Athlete Assistance Consultant (SAAC) to review the positive drug test results. The Director of Athletics or his/her designee will notify the student-athlete s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by telephone and in writing. The student-athlete will be immediately suspended from participation in any intercollegiate sports at Western Michigan University. The student-athlete will be required to attend a drug counseling assessment session as determined by the SAAC. The counselor will ask the student-athlete to discuss the nature and extent of his/her involvement with prohibited drugs and/or alcohol. The counselor shall determine the appropriate form(s) of intervention and rehabilitation needed by the student-athlete, based on the circumstances of the case. Failing to comply with the counselor s directions for treatment will be classified as a second offense. The student-athlete will be suspended from 10% of all regularly scheduled competitions. If this 10% does not finish with the end of the season, the suspension will be carried over to the next sport season. In addition, the student-athlete will not be permitted to return to competition in intercollegiate sports until he/she has had a negative result on a re-entry drug and/or alcohol test. The student-athlete will be subject to follow-up testing. Testing will be unannounced and will be required at a frequency determined by the Director of Athletics or his/her designee. The sanctions provided for the offense shall also apply to a first refusal or failure to take a required test. Second Offense The Assistant Athletic Director for Medical Services will schedule a confidential meeting with the student-athlete, the Director

15 of Athletics, the head coach, the respective Associate Athletic Director, the team physician and the Student Athlete Assistance Consultant (SAAC) to review the positive drug test results. The Director of Athletics or his/her designee will notify the studentathlete s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by telephone and in writing. The student-athlete will be immediately suspended from participation in any intercollegiate sports at Western Michigan University. The student-athlete will be required to attend or continue attending drug-counseling sessions as determined by the SAAC. The student-athlete will be suspended from 50% of all regularly scheduled competitions. If this 50% does not finish with the end of the season, the suspension will be carried over to the next sport season. In addition, the student-athlete will not be permitted to return to competition in intercollegiate sports until he/she has complied with the counselor s directions for treatment and has had a negative result on a re-entry drug and/or alcohol test. Failing to comply with the counselor s directions for treatment, having a positive result on a reentry drug and/or alcohol test will be classified as a third offense. The student-athlete may be subject to follow-up testing. Testing will be unannounced and will be required at a frequency determined by the Director of Athletics or his/her designee. The sanctions provided for the second offense shall also apply with respect to a refusal or failure to take a required test occurring after a first offense. Third Offense The Assistant Athletic Director for Medical Services will schedule a confidential meeting with the student-athlete, the Director of Athletics, the head coach, the respective Associate Athletic Director, the team physician and the Student Athlete Assistance Consultant (SAAC) to review the positive drug test results. The Director of Athletics or his/her designee will notify the studentathlete s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) by telephone and in writing. The student-athlete will be permanently suspended from participating in any sports at WMU. Consistent with all university, MAC and NCAA regulations, the student-athlete will be subject to cancellation of athletic financial aid for the subsequent semester, if any, in the current academic year and non-renewal of the athletic financial aid for the ensuing academic year. The sanctions provided for the third offense shall also apply with respect to a refusal or failure to take a required test occurring after a second offense. Missing a Counseling Session Student-athletes are required to comply with the appointment policy developed by the University s Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. It is the responsibility of the student-athlete who makes an appointment with a counselor to keep that appointment. If the student-athlete is not able to keep the appointment he or she is expected to cancel the appointment by telephone, preferably 24 hours in advance but at least by 8:30 a.m. on the day of the appointment. Prior to the appointment the student-athlete will read and sign an informed consent for evaluation and treatment, which includes an agreement to follow the appointment procedures. Failure to keep or cancel an appointment as stated above may result in suspension from practice and/or competition as determined by the Director of Athletics or his/her designee. Voluntary Disclosure/Safe Harbor (a) A student-athlete who has engaged in prohibited drug or alcohol use is encouraged to seek assistance from the Athletic Department by voluntarily disclosing his or her use to the MRO. (b) If the student-athlete seeks assistance prior to being identified as having violated this policy or being notified that he or she must undergo screening, the impermissible use will not be deemed an offense for purposes of determining sanctions under these procedures. A student-athlete will not be permitted to enter the Safe Harbor Program thirty (30) days prior to NCAA or Conference postseason competition. (c) The student-athlete will be required to undergo an evaluation by the SAAC. The SAAC shall determine the appropriate form(s) of intervention and rehabilitation needed by the student-athlete, based on the circumstances of the case. The counselor will provide a summary of his or her findings and recommendations to the Athletic Director. (d) A student-athlete will be permitted to remain in the Safe Harbor Program for a reasonable period of time, not to exceed thirty (30) days, as determined by the treatment plan. However, the student-athlete may not be permitted to return to participation in intercollegiate athletics if the SAAC determines there is an associated health risk, and will only return when it has determined that reentry into intercollegiate sports is appropriate. If the counselor deems it necessary, the student-athlete will be required to undergo drug and/or alcohol testing as part of the reentry evaluation. (e) Failing to complete the treatment recommended by the counselor, having a positive test for any banned substance after entering the Safe Harbor Program, or having a positive result on a reentry drug or alcohol test will be deemed a second offense under this policy.

16 (f) If the student-athlete regains his or her eligibility to participate in intercollegiate sports, he or she may be required to undergo unannounced follow-up tests at the discretion of the Athletic Director in consultation with the counselor. (g) These voluntary safe harbor program provisions apply only one time per student-athlete, and only to the first-time disclosure of personal use of prohibited drug or alcohol use for the student-athlete him/herself and not to any other activity or conduct, whether or not related to the personal use disclosed. Appeal Process Student-athletes who test positive for a banned substance by the laboratory retained by the University may, within 72 hours following receipt of notice of the laboratory finding, contest the finding of the positive results. Upon the student-athlete s request for additional testing of the sample, the Director of Athletics will formally request the laboratory retained by the University to perform testing on specimen B. The student-athlete may choose to be present at the opening of specimen B at the laboratory. If the student-athlete does not wish to be present at the opening of specimen B, but desires to be represented, arrangements will be made for a surrogate to attend the opening of specimen B. The surrogate will not be involved with any other aspect of the analysis of the specimen. The student-athlete or his/her surrogate will attest to the sample number and the integrity of the security seal prior to the laboratory opening of specimen B. Specimen B findings will be final, subject to the results of any appeal. If specimen B results are negative, the drug test will be considered negative. Student-athletes who test positive, or who dispute that they have refused or failed to take a required test, under the terms of the Western Michigan University Intercollegiate Athletics Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Education and Testing Policy will be entitled to a hearing with the Director of Athletics or his/her designee prior to the imposition of any sanction. Requests for such a hearing must be in writing and received by the Athletics Director within forty-eight (48) hours of notification of a positive test result. If the forty-eight hours would end on a weekend, the request must be made by noon on the next business day. The student-athlete may have an advocate or other representative present if the student so desires. However, the student-athlete must present his or her own case. The meeting should take place no more than seventy-two (72) hours after the written request is received. Either the student-athlete or the other parties involved may request an extension of time to the Director of Athletics or his/her designee, who will consider whether to grant the extension upon a showing of good cause. These proceedings shall include an opportunity for the student-athlete to present evidence, as well as to review the results of the drug test. The proceedings shall be open to only those persons deemed necessary by the Director of Athletics or his/her designee. The decision by the Director of Athletics or his/her designee regarding the test results or refusal/failure to take a required test shall be final. Sanctions for a positive result or a refusal/failure to take a required test are described in these procedures and are not subject to further appeal. Athletics: Drug Testing Procedures 6-03

17 ACADEMICS The Ellis Athletic Academic Advising Center is located on the second floor of Read Fieldhouse and is open to all studentathletes. The facility includes a quiet study area and a fully-equipped computer lab. The offices of the athletic academic services staff are also located at the Ellis Academic Center. Information on student academic ethics and student academic rights is published in the Undergraduate Catalog. Students with concerns in these areas should make initial contact with athletic academic services. Academic policies and procedures of Western Michigan University and the NCAA are described in the following sections. CLASS ATTENDANCE A student-athlete at Western Michigan University is expected to attend all meetings of a class for which he/she is registered. Class attendance and participation are essential for academic success. MOST CASES OF POOR ACADEMIC PERFORM- ANCE ARE DUE TO POOR ATTENDANCE! In the event that a student is repeatedly absent from classes, the head coach is responsible for enforcing their team s class attendance policy. Excessive class absenteeism may result in a suspension of practice and/or game participation, loss of athletic financial aid and/or team dismissal. Under NCAA guidelines, it is impermissible to miss class for an on-campus practice. ATHLETIC TRAVEL/CLASS ABSENCES Coaches should provide student-athletes with a list of travel dates at the beginning of each semester to give to course instructors. Student-athletes should also remind instructors approximately one week in advance of any classes that might be missed because of athletic competition or travel. It is the STUDENT-ATHLETE S responsibility to make arrangements with the faculty member to make up assignments and tests or complete the tasks prior to traveling. A STUDENT-ATHLETE IS NOT AUTOMATICALLY EXCUSED FROM CLASS BECAUSE OF ATHLETIC TRAVEL. STUDY TABLE & TUTORING Study Table The study table program is a component of the academic support services offered through the athletic department at Western Michigan University. This program provides student-athletes with the opportunity to complete individualized and group study, tutor sessions, and computer projects in a positive environment that promotes academic success. A major challenge that most new student-athletes face is time management. Study table is designed to assist students with learning to manage their responsibilities and expectations both athletically and academically. Study table is a required component for all freshmen student-athletes and selected upper-class student-athletes at Western Michigan University. Coaches and the academic services staff work together to determine the amount of time required for each student-athlete. Student-athletes with study table requirements will certify minutes by use of a time clock. The total weekly minutes are reported to coaches each Friday at 12 noon. Athletic department study table is held throughout the academic year. Hours are posted in the Ellis Academic Center. Although subject to change, general hours are listed below. Day Hours: Monday Thursday: 8:00 am 4:30 pm (* The Ellis Academic Center is open on Fridays, however study table time cannot be earned.) Evening Hours: Sunday: 7:00 pm 8:30 pm (Football) 8:30 pm 10:00 pm (All sports except Football) Monday: 7:00 pm 8:30 pm (All sports except Football) 8:30 pm 10:00 pm (Football) Tuesday: 7:00 pm 8:30 pm (All sports except Football) 8:30 pm 10:00 pm (Football) Thursday: 7:00 pm 8:30 pm (Football) 8:30 pm 10:00 pm (All sports except Football)

18 Tutoring Tutorial support is available to all student-athletes providing specific one-on-one subject tutoring and ongoing study skills development. Walk-in tutors are available during evening sessions from 7:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. and one-on-one appointments are arranged through athletic academic services. Composition Specialist A composition specialist is available for meetings to build or enhance student-athlete writing and comprehension abilities. Individual sessions may include developing skills such as assignment comprehension, sentence structure and punctuation, and correct MLA and APA format style of citation. Although individual sessions may often be focused on a specific project, the mission is to help students develop critical reading and writing skills that will assist them in both their academic and professional endeavors. Student-athletes are also encouraged to visit the University Writing Center for assistance. Computer Lab The Ellis Academic Center computer lab is open Monday Friday 8:00 a.m. 4:30 p.m. and during evening study table hours. Student-athletes are free to utilize this lab for the completion of coursework, research, accessing only. Improper use of computers and visiting social network sites such as Facebook and Myspace are grounds for immediate removal. Laptops Laptop computers are available for checkout but must remain within the Ellis Academic Center. Laptops must be checked out by a coach for student-athlete use during athletic travel. ACADEMIC HONESTY Violations of academic honesty as stated in the undergraduate catalog include but are not limited to: 1) Cheating - intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices or materials in any academic exercise 2) Fabrication, Falsification and Forgery - intentional invention and unauthorized alteration of any information or citation in an academic exercise 3) Multiple Submission - submission of substantial portions of the same work (including oral reports) for credit more than once without authorization 4) Plagiarism - intentionally, knowingly, or carelessly presenting the work of another as one s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgement of the source) 5) Complicity - intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty 6) Computer Misuse - disruptive or illegal use of computer resources; The use of software to perform work which the instructor has told the student to do without the assistance of software. Consequences for violations may vary according to circumstances and faculty members. Examples of actions faculty may deem appropriate include: 1) a failing grade for the work involved, 2) failure in the course, and/or 3) referral to academic supervisors. Academic supervisors may, with or without faculty recommendation, take action involving 1) removal from the program, and/or 2) other sanctions up to and including academic dismissal from the University. Online Courses As appropriate, student-athletes may enroll in online courses at Western Michigan University although freshman are discouraged from doing so during their first two semesters. All academic honestly policies apply to online courses and students should be particularly diligent in complying with them while completing online course assignments. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Full-Time Enrollment Student-athletes must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during fall and spring semesters to be eligible for practice and competition. Graduate student-athletes are required to enroll in a minimum of 6 hours for athletic eligibility.

19 Satisfactory Progress/Progress Toward Degree STUDENTS ENROLLING IN COLLEGE AFTER FALL 2003, MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING PERCENTAGE OF DE- GREE REQUIREMENTS Completion of 1st year: 24 credit hours Completion of 2nd year: 40% of declared degree completed Completion of 3rd year: 60% of declared degree completed Completion of 4th year: 80% of declared degree completed Skills courses such as ENGL 1000, ED 1040/LS 1040, and MATH 1090 and excess PEGN courses are example of credit hours NOT included in this computation. You must successfully complete a minimum of 6-semester hours of academic credit preceding regular academic term in which the student-athlete has been enrolled at any collegiate institution. You must successfully complete 18-semester hours of academic credit since the beginning of the previous fall term or since the beginning of the certifying institution s preceding regular two semesters (hours earned during the summer may not be used to fulfill this requirement. Grade Point Average For student-athletes to participate in outside competition, the following cumulative grade point averages must be achieved: During each term of the first year of collegiate enrollment: no minimum During each term of the second year of collegiate enrollment: 1.80 During each term of the third year of collegiate enrollment: 1.90 During each term of the fourth and fifth year of collegiate enrollment: 2.00 ADVISING Each college within Western Michigan University provides a pool of academic advisors. The role of the advisor is to help guide the student-athlete through the academic requirements of the University, the college, and the department. Student-athletes must be advised by their program or departmental academic advisor each semester in order to be eligible for the following semester. In order to fulfill this requirement, an Academic Advising Record must be completed by the academic advisor. The Academic Advising Record is available only at college advising offices. The deadlines for advising are: Fall semester (advising for Spring): Tuesday, October 28, 2008 Spring semester (advising for Fall): Tuesday, February 24, 2009 College Advising Offices: College of Arts and Sciences: Call or go to 2318 Friedman Hall to arrange appointment. College of Aviation Call or go to 2038 Kohrman Hall to arrange appointment. Haworth College of Business Call or go to 2130 Haworth College of Business to arrange appointment. College of Education 2504 Sangren Hall to arrange advising. Walk-in advising hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Call or go to E-102 CEAS (Parkview Campus) to arrange appointment. College of Fine Arts Music majors call or go to R2104 Richmond Center to arrange appointment. Art majors call or go to 1406 Sangren Hall to arrange appointment.

20 College of Health and Human Services Call or go to 2125 CHHS to make appointment. University Curriculum Call or go to 2041 Moore Hall to arrange appointment. DECLARATION OF MAJOR Student-athletes must declare a major by the beginning of their FIFTH semester. Be aware that many programs have specific prerequisites and grade point average requirements for entrance. TRANSFERRING CREDIT FROM OTHER COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES Student-athletes may take courses at another college or university and have those hours count toward their degree program at WMU. Students should have prior approval from their college academic advisor or athletic academic services prior to enrolling in the course. Upon completion of the course, an official transcript must be sent from that school to WMU Registrar s Office. Students must receive a C grade or better for course(s) to be transferable. WEB REGISTRATION All registration procedures are completed through the web system. An explanation of the web registration procedures is included in the schedule of classes each semester and at the registrar s office website. Student-athletes are allowed priority registration. Student-athletes may have holds placed on their account for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons are parking tickets, library fines, health center charges, failure to return loaned textbooks, failure to return athletic equipment and/or unpaid tuition, room, board or fees. GENERAL ACADEMIC INFORMATION The Western Michigan University Undergraduate Catalog details most of the following information. Student-athletes can access the catalog at Academic Standards Good Standing: Overall GPA is at least 2.00 Warning: Overall GPA is at least 2.00 but the GPA for the enrollment period is less than a 2.00 Probation: Overall GPA is less than 2.00 Extended Probation: Following a semester on probation, the overall GPA is below 2.00 but the GPA for the enrollment period is 2.00 or above Final Probation: Following a semester on extended probation, the overall GPA is below 2.00 and the GPA for the enrollment period is 2.00 or above Dismissal: Students on probation or extended probation who fail to achieve at least a 2.00 GPA for the enrollment period or students on final probation who fail to achieve a 2.00 overall GPA Grading System Grade Honor Points A 4.0 BA 3.5 B 3.0 CB 2.5 C 2.0 DC 1.5 D 1.0 E 0.0 X 0.0 (Unofficial withdrawal) W - (Official withdrawal) Not computed in GPA I - (Incomplete) Not computed in GPA CR (Credit) Not computed in GPA NC (No credit) Not computed in GPA

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