Quinnipiac Athletics Academic Support Services

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Academic Support Services office is to help guide and monitor Quinnipiac student-athletes through the process of achieving their academic, personal and professional goals. Our professional staff partners with coaches, faculty and staff to support our student-athletes with the transition from high school to college life, by providing an environment that fosters self-learning, commitment to academic excellence and personal growth. We also promote student-athletes to gain the importance of balance between academic and athletic success in order to achieve their goals.

We provide the following academic support services:

  • Academic Counseling & Mentoring
  • Progress Monitoring
  • Weekly Student-Athlete Meetings
  • Tutoring
  • Power Hours
  • Positive Play/Life Skills Programs

Reference Guide for Incoming Freshmen Student-Athletes

Important Tips 

Communicate Often: Academic Support Services cannot help you if we do not know there is a problem. Contact us ASAP.

“Come See Me” Note: If you get an email from a member of the Academic Support Services office with this message in the subject line there is a problem. Go to their office right away. 

Don’t Delete Emails: Please read your emails from Academic Support Services carefully, or you might miss important information. Contact us with any questions.
Take Responsibility: Go to ALL your classes, be on time and come prepared.

New Student-Athlete Registration 

Prior to coming to campus for June Orientation (see dates below), make sure to take the following placement tests, or you may not be able to register for a required English or math class.

  • Make sure you take math placement test
  • Make sure you take the English Literature test
  • We also strongly suggest that you take a foreign language test 
Freshman student-athletes will register for classes during June Orientation. If you have a problem registering, please contact lyneene.richardson@quinnipiac.edu. Two athletic codes will be placed in your schedule indicated as ZZ. This denotes your scheduled practice and/or study time.

June Orientation 2015

  • Orientation #1: June 8/9, complete English/Math/Foreign Language placement exams by June 1st 
  • Orientation #2: June 11/12, complete English/Math/Foreign Language placement exams by June 4th 
  • Orientation #3: June 15/16, complete  English/Math/Foreign Language placement exams by June 8th 
  • Orientation #4: June 18/19, complete English/Math/Foreign Language placement exams by June 11th 
  • Orientation #5: August 26/27, complete English/Math/Foreign Language placement exams by June 11th 

Weekly Meetings
All freshman student-athletes will meet with a member of the academic support services office weekly to discuss the following areas: recent grades, upcoming assignments, time management, study skills, and to make any necessary recommendations to see The Learning Center, receive tutoring services or for other specific learning challenges. 

Progress Reports
A mandatory report is sent out to professors during each semester requesting an academic progress update for student-athletes. This report encourages professors and student-athletes to engage and interact as well as share concerns and expectations for academic success.

Travel Letters
Freshman student-athletes will receive a travel letter for his or her sport and must send it to all professors at the beginning of each semester. It is the student-athletes’ responsibility to inform professors of days when classes will be missed due to athletic competition. Students must also work with professors to establish a plan to make up missed assignments and meet class policies prior to leaving on road trips.

Freshman Student-Athlete Power Hours (Study Hall)
All freshman student-athletes are required to complete 6 hours per week. Freshmen will be assigned a day to conduct power hours depending on their schedule and major. Study time and location will appear on your class schedule as a ZZ code. Your attendance is required. 

Fall Power Hours (Study Hall)
Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm

Student-Athlete Expectations 
In order for student-athletes to secure satisfactory progress, maintain academic eligibility, and continue receiving support services, they should adhere to the following expectations: 

Credit-Hour Requirements

  • The NCAA mandates student-athletes must sign up for and stay registered in a minimum of 12 credits at all times during the Fall and Spring semesters 
  • Student-athletes must earn at least 6 credits by the end of each Fall and Spring semester 
  • Student-athletes must earn at least 18 credits by the end of the full academic year (Both Fall and Spring) 
  • The NCAA mandates that all freshmen student-athletes starting their sophomore year must have earn a minimum of 24 credits in their first full academic year (Fall, Spring, January term or summer).

Class Attendance Requirements

  • Outside of absences due to competition schedules, student-athletes are expected to attend all class lectures and labs
  • Student-athletes will receive a travel letter from the Academic Support Services office at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. It is the student-athletes’ responsibility to inform professors in advance of days when classes will be missed due to athletic competition.
  • The travel letter is not a free pass. Student-athletes are expected to make appropriate arrangements with professors to make up missed tests, papers or other assignments prior to leaving on road trips

Communication Requirements

  • Student-athletes are expected to maintain communication with their assigned academic counselor in academic support services and keep the counselor informed of any current or upcoming academic concerns, so that proper assistance can be determined
  • Student-athletes are expected to contact their professors for extra help whenever necessary
  • When requesting to meet with a tutor through athletic support services, student-athletes must follow the appointment policy and meet with the tutor at the regularly scheduled time
  • If assigned to Power Hours, student-athletes must complete all required hours and are expected to utilize study hall time in a responsible manner

Degree Completion/GPA Requirements

  • Student-athletes must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA or greater at all times (The University requirement is greater than the NCAA rule)
  • Entering the fifth academic semester- 40% completion of degree, GPA 2.0 or greater
  • Entering the seventh academic semester- 60% completion of degree, GPA 2.0 or greater
  • Entering the ninth academic semester- 80% completion of degree, GPA 2.0 or greater

Academic Status 

Monitoring Academic Progress
The primary goal of the Academic Support Services office is to ensure that student-athletes are meeting Quinnipiac University and NCAA standards while making progress toward their degree. Academic progress is monitored through communication with faculty professors and academic advisors, distribution and review of mid-semester and end of semester progress reports, and regular meetings with student-athletes.

Good Standing Requirements
A student who fails to meet academic good standing requirements is based on if his or her: a) semester GPA falls below 2.0 in any semester or, b) cumulative GPA is below 2.0.  In any of these incidents, the student would be put on academic probation. – page 28 of the 2013-2014 university catalog.

Tutorial Services
The Academic Support Services office provides tutoring and educational assistance to student-athletes who need and/or request support in a specific academic area. The Learning Center housed in the Learning Commons in the north wing of the Arnold Bernard Library is another resource where student-athletes might be referred to for resources with life skills, study tips, or assistance with assignments. Student-athletes must identify themselves to receive double credit for power hours when meeting with the Learning Center tutors.

Requesting A Tutor
Contact the Academic Support Services staff to request to make an appointment with a tutor for a specific academic subject or course. Going forward, the student-athlete will maintain contact with the tutor and should plan to attend scheduled session times regularly.

Missed Appointment Policy
Student-athletes should treat their tutor session like any other professional appointment.
If you need to cancel or change your appointment, you must contact your tutor and a member of the academic support services staff at least 24-hours in advance. If you do not cancel within 24-hours and do not show up to the appointment, or if you are more than 10 minutes late, this will be considered a missed appointment.

First miss: Tutoring is put on hold until the student-athlete contacts the Academic Support Services staff to discuss the reason for missing.

Second miss: Tutoring is put on hold and the student-athlete must meet with the Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Services to receive a warning.

Third miss: The Student-athlete will be charged for all three missed appointments as well as any future missed appointments and tutoring may be revoked.

Grading Policy
According to the Quinnipiac University academic catalog, final grades are issued by the registrar at the close of each semester. Mid-semester standings are issued to first-year students in 100-level courses, apprising them of their progress.

Calculate Your Grade Point Average for a Semester
Compute the grade points earned in each course by multiplying the point value for each letter grade (shown in the table below) by the number of credits for that course. Then add all the resulting numbers. This is your grade point total for the semester. 

Calculate Your Cumulative Grade Point Average
Add your grade point total for ALL semesters you have been at Quinnipiac University by multiplying the point value for each letter grade (shown in the table below) by the number of credits for each course. Calculate the total number of credits attempted in ALL semesters at the University, whether you earned a passing or failing grade. Then, divide your grade point total for all semesters by the total credits attempted in all semesters.

Scale of Grades

Letter Grade

Numerical Range

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Class Registration
The Academic Support Services office is asking you to be more self-sufficient with the registration process. Read the Fall 2014 Registration Form and these steps to be successful.

1)      Schedule a meeting with your academic advisor
2)      During your designated Registration Meeting, please do the following:
             o   Bring in your Academic Evaluation Report 
             o   Have an idea of the classes you need for the next semester

Book Policy
Student-athletes who qualify for a book scholarship must meet with Lyneene Richardson, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support, to pick up a Permission for Book Purchase form. This form will be available during the first day of classes. Once a student-athlete has collected the form, they must go to the campus book store during the first two weeks of the semester to receive their books.

Only books required by a class may be purchased with this form. Any purchases of optional study materials is the responsibility of the student-athlete. Books will be used by the student-athlete for each academic semester and must be returned to Lyneene Richardson in the Academic Support Services office by the last day of final exams for the semester. Student-athletes who fail to return books will NOT be eligible to obtain books for the following semester. The purchase of books then becomes the expense of the student-athlete.  

Power Hours (Study Hall)
Power hours are monitored by a graduate student-athlete during each open session. Hours are earned in one hour increments. No more than 4 hours per session are allowed in the Athletic Center or Arnold Bernard Library areas. The study hall week runs from Sunday – Friday. Reports will be distributed to coaches on Tuesday for the previous week’s attendance.

Student-athletes who do not productively study or follow the outlined requirements below, will be asked to leave and will NOT receive their hours. Students who do not properly sign in and out of each session will NOT receive credit. 

Fall Power Hours (Study Hall)

Monday and Wednesday 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm

Positive Play Program
Quinnipiac athletics is a proud member of the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program created to support student development initiatives of its member organizations and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the Quinnipiac community and throughout college life.

The program will provide the following objectives:

  • Promote ownership by the student-athlete of their academic, athletic, personal, professional and social responsibilities
  • Support student-athletes’ achievement toward academic excellence and graduation.
  • Promote respect for diversity among student-athletes
  • Enhance student-athletes’ interpersonal relationships
  • Assist student-athletes to develop positive, self-confidence
  • Encourage student-athletes to develop leadership skills
  • Enable student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities

Positive Play Speakers
A professional guest speaker comes to Quinnipiac campus in the Fall and Spring semester to talk to student-athletes about various life skills topics including: academic and career goal setting, smart decision making, coping skills to support well-balanced lifestyle, building strong life relationships and more. Student-athletes are required to attend.

Life Skills Workshops
The NCAA Champs/Life Skills program includes workshops each semester for student-athletes providing supplemental resources, materials and hands-on learning, which support a student-athletes’ development in five specific areas: academics, athletics, personal development, career development and community service.

Community Service
Student-athletes at Quinnipiac are dedicated to the participation and development of service learning and civic engagement programs and initiatives that allow them to volunteer individually or as a team in the local community. These initiatives challenge student-athletes to critically examine the role their commitment plays in promoting personal development and social change throughout their college career and into the work place. Various community service projects occur throughout the academic year including the Dr. Seuss reading program at local New Haven county public schools, Dover Beach clean-up in New Haven, sports tournaments, fundraisers and contests to raise money for a specific cause. 

Academic Support Services Staff 

Lyneene Richardson
Associate Athletics Director


Jestine Angelini
Academic Coordinator