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CONTENTS       Graduation Planning Sheet
Student athlete special considerations
    Minimum credits per quarter
    Electives
    Scheduling around the quarter of completion
    Reduced credits during final quarter
Low scholarship policy

   

    The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics provides academic advising, counseling, tutoring, and other academic support services to students competing in intercollegiate athletics. The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Intercollegiate Athletics subjects student athletes to specific rules that affect the student's continuation at the University. Any questions about student athletes should be directed to Student Athlete Academic Services.
  
  

Graduation Planning Sheet

    The NCAA requires student athletes to make yearly, satisfactory progress towards their degree. To maintain eligibility for competition, each student athlete must obtain this certification by the beginning of the seventh quarter of enrollment. The student athlete must declare a major (or meet the guidelines for an intended major) and submit a planned program of study of 12 or more credits for each quarter of the next academic year. The student obtains a Graduation Planning Sheet from Student Athlete Academic Services and draws up the plan with his/her departmental adviser. Similar to a graduation application, the adviser must determine the remaining credits required for graduation in the major, general education requirements and electives. The student then returns the signed form to Student Athlete Academic Services.

New transfer students entering with four semesters or six quarters completed are considered to be starting their seventh quarter.

Admission to many UW majors requires completion of certain courses or a certain number of credits, and/or a minimum grade-point average, so the student athlete may not be able to declare the major by the seventh quarter. If not, s/he must still file a Graduation Planning Sheet, signed by the appropriate departmental adviser.

If there is little possibility that a student will be admitted to the major, the adviser should refuse to approve the Graduation Planning Sheet; the student will then have to pursue another program. If the student has a reasonable chance of admission, the adviser and the student together should plan a program of courses for the academic year. (NOTE: If the student will complete 105 credits before admission to the major, his/her major code must be changed to extended premajor.)

The student is responsible for seeing an adviser well in advance of the deadline. If the adviser does not sign the Graduation Planning Sheet, it may take considerable time for the student to decide on and get approval of an alternate major.

  
  

Student athlete special considerations

   

Minimum credits per quarter

To be eligible for practice and competition in a given quarter, a student athlete must be registered for 12 or more credits. If a student athlete wishes to drop a class after the first two weeks of the quarter, s/he should first talk to an adviser at Student Athlete Academic Services; student athletes must obtain the signatures of their Athletic Academic Adviser, their Head Coach as well as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and then drop the course in person at 225 Schmitz. To remain eligible for competition, a student athlete must complete 36 credits between seasons of competition, or average 12 credits per quarter for the number of quarters the student has attended the UW.

Electives

If possible, electives should be restricted to the 180 credits required for graduation, but some flexibility is permitted. Student athletes will be allowed to take extra electives if they are, in the adviser's opinion, not excessive. For example, student athletes are allowed extra electives if the remaining required courses conflict, or are not available in a given quarter, or if a program composed entirely of remaining required courses would be unusually demanding. Repeated classes are allowed only if necessary to meet minimum requirements.

Scheduling around the quarter of competition

Balancing the academic and athletic schedules of the student athlete is very important. Advisers should take into account the quarter of competition when planning the student's academic year, not because of practice, which happens year-round, but due to travel requirements. A student athlete on the basketball team, for example, should not be scheduled for a difficult chemistry class during winter quarter, because the student would probably have to miss some laboratories and exams. If there are conflicts that appear to be unresolvable, or if you have questions regarding travel and practice schedules, please contact Student Athlete Academic Services.

Reduced credits during final quarter

During their final quarter, student athletes are allowed to practice and compete while registered for as few as 2 credits provided those credits will satisfy their remaining degree requirements. Departmental academic advisers may be asked to certify that the student's current schedule will result in a degree being granted at the conclusion of the quarter.
  
  

Low scholarship policy

    A special low-scholarship policy, in effect for student athletes who entered the UW in autumn 1990 or later, affects the eligibility for competition of student athletes who have been dropped and reinstated more than once. Upon the second (or later) reinstatement, the student will be ineligible for competition in intercollegiate athletics for the quarter in which the reinstatement is granted, and will remain ineligible until either a cumulative 2.00 GPA is achieved or the student achieves at least a 2.50 quarterly GPA at the UW for a program of at least 10 credits (or 6 credits during summer quarter).