2.1 Academic Standards. The Association's fundamental principles indicate that an intercollegiate athletics program shall be designed and maintained as a vital component of the institution's educational system, and student-athletes shall be treated consistently with the student body. Consistent with this philosophy, the institution shall demonstrate that:
a) The institution admits all student-athletes as regularly enrolled, degree-seeking students in accordance with the regular, published entrance requirements that apply to all students;
b) The institution admits only student-athletes who have reasonable expectations of obtaining academic degrees;
a. If the academic profile of entering student-athletes, as a whole or for any student-athlete subgroup, is lower than that of other student-athlete or comparable student-body groups or subgroups, the contrast shall be analyzed and explained by appropriate institutional authorities.
b. If the measures of academic performance of student-athletes, as a whole or for any student-athlete subgroup, are lower than that of other student-athlete or comparable student-body groups or subgroups, this disparity shall be analyzed, explained and, if necessary, addressed (through specific plans for improvement) by appropriate institutional authorities.
c) Academic standards and policies applicable to student-athletes are consistent with those adopted by the institution for the student body in general or conference or Association standards, whichever are higher;
d) If the retention rate of student-athletes, as a whole or for any student-athlete subgroup, is lower than that of other student-athlete or comparable student-body groups, this disparity shall be analyzed, explained and, if necessary, addressed through specific plans for improvement by appropriate institutional authorities;
e) Written policies related to scheduling are established in all sports to minimize student-athlete conflicts with class time and/or final examination periods due to participation in intercollegiate athletics, consistent with the provisions of NCAA Constitution 126.96.36.199; and
f) Assessment, evaluation and plans for improvement exist to ensure acclimation, retention and academic success for student-athletes with special academic needs and student-athletes who are admitted through the institution's special-admission process or, for those institutions without a special-admission process, student-athletes in the lower quartile of the institution's student academic profile.
2.2 Academic Support. Members of the Association have the responsibility to conduct intercollegiate athletics programs in a manner designed to protect and enhance the educational experience of student-athletes and to ensure proper emphasis on educational objectives.
Consistent with this responsibility, the institution shall demonstrate that:
a) Adequate academic support services are available for student-athletes;
b) Student-athletes are encouraged and assisted in reaching attainable academic goals of their own choosing;
c) When it is determined that individual student-athletes have special academic needs, these needs are addressed either through institutional programming or through student-athlete support services;
d) The support services are evaluated and approved at least once every four years by appropriate academic authorities outside the department of intercollegiate athletics (e.g., faculty members or academic administrators of the institution);
e) There is a commitment to the fair and equitable treatment of student-athletes, in support of their academic endeavors; and
f) Academic-improvement plans developed during the previous self-study or as required by the APP have been implemented. After initial campus approval of an academic-improvement plan, if the plan is modified or not fully implemented, the institution shall provide a written explanation prepared and approved by appropriate institutional authorities.
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