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Athletic Eligibility

National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 

Students who plan to participate in NAIA sports must register with the NAIA Eligibility Center to have their eligibility determined.

St. Ambrose University Eligibility Policy

Below is the eligibility policy as set forth by the Athletic Board of St. Ambrose University.

For the purpose of insuring proper academic focus and success within the athletic program, the following participation parameter is placed upon all student athletes over and above the minimum standards of the national organization with which the University is affiliated.

1. Any athlete admitted with a high school or transfer GPA of less than 2.00 will not be allowed to participate until they have achieved a 2.00 GPA.

2. The student athlete will maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 in order to participate in game competition.

3. Freshman athletes that achieve a 1.75 to 1.99 GPA at the completion of their first semester at St. Ambrose University must sign a learning contract with the Student Success Center. Such student will be allowed one semester to achieve a cumulative 2.00 GPA and may participate in sports during that semester.

4. The second semester that a student athlete would fall below the minimum GPA required for participation would place that student in jeopardy of losing his/her athletic scholarship aid, if any is involved.

5. Failure to achieve a 2.00 GPA in consecutive semesters will result in a loss of eligibility unless an appeal is approved by a committee of the Athletic Board.

6. The Athletic Board will serve as a Board of Appeal for the exceptional cases that bear unusual circumstances or hardship. Such a case may be sponsored by the Athletic Director, Coach, or individual student.

12 Hour Course Load: Please also remember a student athlete needs to be carrying at least 12 hours a semester in order to be eligible for play. If they drop below this course load, they are no longer eligible for play. Should they continue to participate in their sport, then their team is also no longer eligible for tournament play and they forfeit all games won while the player was ineligible.

Satisfactory Progress, Probation, and Dismissal

This section specifies Satisfactory Progress as set forth by the Board of Studies. The current St. Ambrose University catalog contains this material. Satisfactory Progress determines the ability of the student to receive institutional financial aid and to remain a student enrolled at St. Ambrose University. Satisfactory Progress does not necessarily allow a student to participate in intercollegiate athletics during their freshman and sophomore years.

All undergraduate students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree. Satisfactory progress is defined by the following scale:

Students whose academic performance falls below these standards will be reviewed at the end of each semester by the Board of Studies, which may recommend probation or dismissal. Probation is a proving period during which a student's continuance at St. Ambrose is in jeopardy. While on probation, students are limited to 13 credits per semester, with allowances made to take as many as 15 credits with the support of the student's academic advisor. Generally, a full time student will only be allowed to remain on probation for two consecutive semesters, and will either have the designation removed ( if they have made satisfactory progress toward their degree ) or will be dismissed. Students who progress is notably poor may be dismissed without being placed on probation.

A student who has been academically dismissed may be considered for re-admission after one full semester has passed. A summer session does not constitute a full semester.

New students who are accepted in with "Provisional Admission" are considered to be on probation during their first semester at St. Ambrose.

Students may appeal an action by the Board of Studies. The student has the right to represent themselves and their petition, though may choose to make their case through written petition only. In either case, a completed petition must be submitted. Appeals must be initiated through consultation with the Registrar and follow the procedure outlined below:

Step 1. Obtain a petition from the Registrar or download the petition (pdf).

Step 2. Complete the petition.

Step 3. Submit petition to academic advisor for comments and signature. If an advisor is not known or may not be in a position to comment, the Registrar may authorize the petition.

Step 4. Submit petition to the Registrar for scheduling at the next meeting of the Board of Studies.