In addition to University Regulations, a student-athletes participation in the Universitys intercollegiate athletics program is governed by policies and procedures required by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the TranSouth Athletic Conference, the Mid-South Conference, the Universitys Athletic Department, and individual team rules.
Additionally, the Athletic Department endorses the principles of fair play and sportsmanship, and expects all student-athletes to compete with honesty and sportsmanship at all times.
If a student-athlete violates and Athletic Regulation, he/she may be suspended from participation (practice or contests) or denied access to Athletic Department services while the alleged misconduct is under investigation.
In determining proper disciplinary responses, the Athletic Director may consult with the Assistant Athletic Director, Team Coach, and other appropriate University officials. Potential disciplinary responses include:
Probation (with or without conditions)|
Restricted access to Athletic Department services|
Suspension from practice|
Suspension from participating in contests|
Scholarship modification or non-renewal|
If the Athletic Director determines that it is necessary to impose a disciplinary response for violation of and athletic regulation, he/she shall notify, in writing, the student-athlete and appropriate University officials.
A student-athlete may appeal any disciplinary response that includes suspension or dismissal. The appeal must be made in writing within 48 hours of notice of the discipline response. Appeals will be considered by the Athletic Director and Assistant Athletic Director. The student may appeal the decision of the Director of Athletics and the Assistant Athletic Director to the Executive Vice President. A final appeal may be made to the President of the University within seven days of the decision of the Executive Vice President.
The Athletic Department reserves the right to discipline student-athletes outside the traditional academic calendar (e.g, during breaks from school).