Academic Standards

As a student-athlete you are required to be enrolled in at least a full-time program of studies leading to a baccalaureate or equivalent degree defined by the institution in order to practice. [Bylaw 14.01.2]  However, according to the NCAA and UMB you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours to practice or compete.  A waiver of the minimum full-time enrollment can be granted for student-athletes who are enrolled in their final semester and are certified for credits necessary to complete their degree requirements.  Also a student-athlete may represent the institution while they are enrolled as a full-time graduate student.
In addition, it is the responsibility of each student-athlete to communicate directly with his or her professor when academics and athletic schedules have a conflict.  All departure times of contests away from campus are communicated to faculty from the athletic department administration at the beginning of each season.  The Department of Athletics is sensitive to the academic demands, and tries to minimize the amount of missed class time.  The University has established specific guidelines for participating in intercollegiate athletics which can be found in the Student-Athlete Handbook.


The University recognizes the many benefits of intercollegiate athletics for the student-athletes as well as the entire UMass Boston community.  Athletics serves as an integrated component in the overall UMass Boston student experience while at no point diminishing the priority of its academic mission.  In an effort to optimize communication among all parties involved, the following guidelines have been put forth:


1.    Student-athletes must recognize that the academic demands of UMass Boston take precedence in any situation in which conflicts arise between academic obligations and practice for and participation in athletics.


2.    Student-athletes must recognize that it is their responsibility, not that of the professor, to accommodate the demands of athletic participation to their academic responsibilities.  While professors are often sympathetic to the conflicts that do arise, they are not obligated to make changes in schedules, assignments, or tests either for practices, intercollegiate contests or the travel they require.


3.    If conflicts arise, it is the obligation of the student to inform both the professors and the coaches and find a way to meet the academic obligation.  Students are advised to discuss potential conflicts with their professors at the beginning of each term.


4.    The first obligation of all students is to attend classes as scheduled.  Missing a class or a lab to attend practice is not acceptable.


5.    It is the responsibility of athletic coaches to design a weekly practice schedule that does not conflict with academic classes.


6.    UMass Boston encourages faculty to make clear their policies on attendance and the dates of examination at the start of each term on their syllabi.

In addition, everyone is to be reminded of NCAA Bylaw 17.1.6.6.1 It reads:


"Missed Class Time-Practice.  No class time shall be missed at any one time (e.g. regular academic term, mini term, summer term) for practice activities except when a team is traveling to an away-from-home contest and the practice is in conjunction with the contest."