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Daemen College Philosophy

The educational experience at Daemen College is directed toward the development of the whole person within a value-oriented community. The College is committed to the balance between the rights of the individual and the individual’s responsibilities to society. Faculty and staff involvement is an important element of student development and in the student’s realization that they are part of a caring and supportive community.

Athletics Mission and Goals

The main objectives of Daemen Athletics are to:

  • Create an environment that allows students, faculty, administration & alumni/ae to participate in intercollegiate, club and intramural sports as well as wellness activities
  • Promote an atmosphere for student-athletes to excel in both academics & athletics
  • Promote diversity through Daemen Athletics programs
  • Develop values of respect, integrity, responsibility, servant leadership, and sportsmanship

NCAA Division II

The NCAA is the largest intercollegiate athletics association in the United States. It has approximately 1,200 institutions separated into three divisions (I, II & III). There are approximately 300 NCAA Division II institutions.

NCAA DII – Facts & Figures

Division II is a dynamic and engaging group of colleges, institutions, and conferences of varying sizes and educational missions that have decided to be Division II members and are committed to the overall educational experience and academic success of students who participate in intercollegiate athletics.

What Makes Division II Programs Unique?

  • Traditional rivalries with regional institutions dominate schedules of many Division II programs
  • Division II teams usually feature a number of local or in-state student-athletes.
  • Many Division II student-athletes pay for school through a combination of scholarship money, grants, student loans, and employment earnings.
  • Division II Institutions: 307 total members – 51% private institutions, 49% public institutions
  • Average Total Undergraduate Enrollment by Gender: Men – 44%; Women – 56%
  • Average Participation by Gender: Men – 59%; Women – 41%
  • Average Number of Student-Athletes per Division II Institution (without football): Men – 144; Women – 140; Total – 284


The NCAA Division II membership has defined the Division II experience through a six-prong strategic positioning platform that aims to differentiate the Division II experience from that of Division I and III member institutions.

Learning: Student-athletes participate in athletics to enhance their lives. A Daemen College education will provide student-athletes with knowledge, understanding, and the ability to be life-long learners. Student-athletes are constantly learning and being educated; in the classroom, in the community, at their jobs, in everyday tasks, and also on the field, court, track, etc. Student-athletes learn about themselves and others continuously. They learn how to deal with their emotions; how to motivate themselves and stay motivated when goals are not obtained.

Balance: Student-athletes must maintain balance in their everyday lives to achieve success academically, athletically, and socially. Student-athletes must serve in each of their roles effectively all while balancing time and energy between them. Student-athletes who overemphasize any aspect of life could have a negative impact on themselves and those around them. Balance is the key to any student-athlete’s success in academics, social life, and athletics.

Resourcefulness: In Division II, student-athletes rarely receive full athletic scholarships and coaches rarely have large budgets to operate. Many student-athletes, coaches, and administrators in Division II hold other jobs outside of the College. Student-athletes, coaches, and administrators alike must be creative with the resources they have to be successful. This is especially beneficial for the growth of student-athletes as productive members of society. They must use their energy, talent, organizational skills, and all resources available to them such as tutors, faculty coaches and staff to achieve their academic and athletic goals alike. Working directly with coaches, faculty, and administrators has helped Daemen student-athletes learn the skills to succeed on the field, in the classroom, and beyond.

Sportsmanship: Daemen Athletics is committed to the principles and ideals of sportsmanship. Student-athletes shall win with humility and suffer losses with dignity. Student-athletes must be respectful to their opponents, officials, and fans at all times. Student-athletes shall do nothing in a contest that is contrary to what we would want others to do to us. “Treat others as you want to be treated.” Sportsmanship must be exhibited at all times if we are to serve as role models and to create a family-friendly atmosphere at every event that Daemen College hosts.

Passion: Student-athletes, coaches, and administrators should care about and have an appreciation for all things in life. Live life and play, coach, or supervise intercollegiate sports with passion. Without passion individuals are incapable of achieving great things. Passion shall motivate all.

Service: Daemen Athletics representatives (student-athletes, coaches, staff, administrators) shall offer service to Daemen College, to Daemen Athletics, and to the community because individuals in such positions are privileged, have the opportunity to serve, and are likely to make a positive impact on those in the community. Serving others in the community makes Daemen College, Daemen Athletics, and our community a better place. Serving others is also an excellent way to enhance lives of those involved. All student-athletes participate in community service initiatives; either with their respective teams and/or with SAAC.


Daemen College is strengthened by its high caliber student-athletes, and Daemen Athletics is committed to promoting that strength with the guiding principles of honesty, integrity, respect, ethical conduct, teamwork, and hard work.

A student-athlete can be confronted with many pressures while training to live up to the Daemen College standard. To support their student-athletes and to give them guidance through the challenges facing them, the College has adopted this Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. Each student-athlete is required to read, discuss, abide by and refer to the contents of this Code as they live, compete, train, and study at Daemen.

While it is hoped that student-athletes will draw inspiration from the ethics and spirit underpinning this Code, make no mistake: THESE ARE THE RULES. Violations of this code are subject to discipline by Daemen Athletics, and, potentially, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, or law enforcement.

Standards of Conduct

Student-athletes must comply with:

  • The rules, policies and procedures found in the Daemen College Student Handbook;
  • The rules, policies and procedures found in the Daemen College Undergraduate Catalog;
  • All Municipal ordinances, and State and Federal laws, both civil and criminal (“laws”); The Rules and Regulations of:
    • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA);\
    • East Coast Conference (ECC);
  • The direction of their coach, trainer, and Daemen Athletics staff;

Any violation may result in discipline as described in the Disciplinary Actions and Sanctions section.


Student-athletes must bring honor to themselves, their team, their sport, Daemen Athletics, the College, their families, and their communities, by exhibiting only the highest level of sportsmanship.

“Sportsmanship” is respect for oneself, teammates, coaches, officials, opponents, and property. It requires self-control. It means refusing to be drawn into or encourage physical conflict not otherwise required by proper execution of the sport.

A sportsperson can take a loss or defeat without complaint, a victory without gloating, and treat an opponent with fairness, generosity, and courtesy. Student-athletes at Daemen College are held accountable to a high standard of ethical conduct in all activities affecting the athletics program, 7

whether as a participant or as a spectator. “Unsportsmanlike” conduct, as defined by the NCAA/ECC, or Daemen College, will be reviewed by the Director of Athletics and may result in disciplinary action.

Daemen College Academic Honesty Policy

The Daemen College Academic Honesty (“AH”) Policy is posted at http://my.daemen.edu/academics/coursecatalog/daemen-overview/academic-regulations-standards/

Copying, cutting and pasting, using the work of others, fixing grades, cheating on an exam, and submitting fraudulent work are just a few of the types of “academic dishonesty” that can be disciplined both under the College’s AH policy, and this Code. If you are struggling with academics, contact your coach or the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Success. Daemen Athletics cannot tolerate in academic dishonesty in any form.

Daemen Athletics’ Substance Abuse Policies

Illegal Drugs and Controlled Substances

Prohibited acts include (1) Possessing or using illegal substances, as defined by law, (2) Possessing or using controlled substances without a properly issued prescription or using a controlled substance in a manner other than as lawfully prescribed, (3) Distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute illegal or controlled substances, as defined by law, or (4) engaging in such other acts as prohibited by the Daemen College Student Handbook

Student-athletes are required to consent in writing to drug testing under the terms of NCAA policy on drug testing, as a condition of the privilege of participating in intercollegiate sports. Failure to provide such consent shall result in immediate suspension and possible permanent expulsion from the team. Student-athletes from each team will be selected at random to be drug tested throughout the year. Failure to appear at a drug test will be considered a positive test.

Also, Sport Medicine reviews required information on Banned Drugs and the NCAA Summer Drug Testing Policy. The Head Athletic Trainer emails returning students a link to the NCAA Student-Athlete Summer Contract Form, which student- athletes complete online.

Alcohol: The Daemen College Alcohol Policy is published in the Daemen College Student Handbook. Prohibited acts include: (1) Possessing or consuming alcohol if under the age of 21 (2) Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, (3) Misrepresenting one’s age for the purpose of purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcohol, (4) Purchasing, furnishing, or serving alcohol to or for an underage person, (5) Being dangerously intoxicated to the point where State law mandates being taken into custody.

Tobacco Products: According to the NCAA by-law 11.1.5 and 17.1.9 use of tobacco products is prohibited for all game personnel (coaches, trainers, managers and game officials) in all sports during practice, competition, or other team-related activity. Any game personnel using tobacco products is not allowed to participate in athletic activities the day of such use. Student-athletes shall not use or be in possession of tobacco products during any contest, practice, trip or at any other official team or department activity. A student-athlete who uses tobacco products during any of these activities is disqualified for the remainder of the activity.

NCAA Nutritional or Dietary Supplements Policy: Many nutritional/dietary supplements contain substances banned by the NCAA. Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate the supplement industry; therefore, the purity and safety of nutritional/dietary supplements cannot be guaranteed. Impure supplements may lead to a positive NCAA drug test and thus affect the eligibility of student-athletes. To avoid violation of this standard student-athletes should contact the team physician or athletic trainer and/or consult the list of banned drugs as described in NCAA Bylaws.

Hazing as Defined by Daemen College & New York Penal Law

Hazing in connection with membership or participation in College athletic teams or team activities is strictly prohibited.

Daemen College interprets hazing as any act whether physical, mental, emotional or psychological, which subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass or intimidate the person, or which may in any fashion compromise the inherent dignity of the person or create a substantial risk of injury to any person. Also, any requirements by a member which compels another member to participate in any activity which is against College policy or state/federal law will be defined as hazing.

Actions and activities which are prohibited include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Any initiation or other activity where there is an expectation of individuals joining a particular team to participate in behavior designed to humiliate, degrade or abuse them regardless of the person’s willingness to participate.
  • Forcing, requiring or pressuring an individual to consume alcohol or any other substance an individual would refuse to consume otherwise.
  • Forcing, requiring or pressuring an individual to shave any part of the body, including hair on the head.
  • Any requirement or pressure put on an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to genuine morals and/or beliefs, e.g., public profanity, indecent or lewd conduct or sexual gestures in public.
  • Any activity or action that creates a risk to the health, safety of any member of the community, or poses a risk to the property of the College or any individual.
  • Forcing or requiring calisthenics, such as push-ups, sit-ups, and runs.
  • Assigning or endorsing pranks such as stealing or harassment of another organization.
  • Awakening or disturbing individuals during normal sleeping hours.
  • Expecting or pressuring individuals to participate in an activity in which the full membership is not willing to participate.
  • Physical abuse of any kind.
  • Forcing, encouraging or pressuring someone to wear, in public, apparel which is conspicuous and not within the norm of what is considered to be in good taste.
  • Engaging in public stunts and buffoonery.
  • Nudity at any time or forced reading of pornographic material.
  • Paddling, beating or otherwise permitting a member to hit other members.
  • Having substances such as eggs, mud, paint or honey thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to the body.
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games or other activities that make a member the object of amusement, ridicule or intimidation.
  • Subjecting a member to cruel and unusual psychological conditions.
Non-Discrimination and Harassment Prohibited

Non- Discrimination: It is the policy of Daemen College not to discriminate on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, in its educational programs, athletic programs, other activities or employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and other applicable anti-discrimination laws.

Non-Violence and Bullying: Daemen College’s violence prevention policies, and response procedures for such incidents, are intended to protect the health and safety of the campus and the community and ultimately to advance the educational mission of the College. Student-athletes are prohibited from engaging in violent acts including assault on a person or property, hate crimes, hazing, stalking, sexual violence, bullying or any other conduct prohibited by College policy and/or law.

Sexual Harassment: Sex discrimination in the form of harassment on the basis of sex includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a nature when (1) submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment. Further, Daemen College will take all steps necessary to prevent such discrimination, including the imposition of appropriate sanctions.

Sexual harassment is illegal under both state and federal law. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title IX may be directed to the Title IX campus coordinator, the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (Associate Dean of the College) at (716) 839-8301 (campus extension 8301), Room 102, Duns Scotus Hall.

As examples, the following kinds of conduct, or others with a similar harassing effect, are absolutely prohibited if such conduct falls within the definition stated above:

  • Abusing an employee or student through insulting or degrading sexual remarks, jokes, innuendos, or other sexually oriented conduct (including, among other things, graphic or descriptive comments relating to an individual’s body or physical appearance, sexually-oriented teasing or pranks, improper suggestions, objects or pictures, or unwanted physical contact); or
  • Threats, demands or suggestions that a student’s status depends in any way upon tolerating or accepting sexual advances or sexually oriented conduct;

Any harassment of Daemen College employees, students, or applicants in violation of these rules is absolutely prohibited and will not be tolerated.

Other Unlawful Harassment: Unlawful harassment is defined as verbal or physical conduct, which denigrates or shows hostility or aversion to an individual because of his or her race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or status as a victim of domestic violence, or that of his or her relatives, friends, or associates, and which:

  1. Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment; or
  2. Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance; or
  3. Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s educational or employment opportunities.

As examples, the following kinds of conduct, or others with similar harassing effect, are absolutely prohibited if such conduct falls within the definition stated above:

  • Abusing a student or employee through epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping, or threatening, intimidating or hostile acts (even if claimed to be “jokes” or “pranks”) which relate to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or status as a victim of domestic violence; and
  • Written or graphic material which denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group because of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic predisposition, carrier status, or status as a victim of domestic violence; and is displayed or circulated in the educational environment or workplace.

Any harassment of Daemen College employees, students or applicants in violation of these rules is absolutely prohibited and will not be tolerated.

No Retaliation: Retaliation against students, applicants, or employees for exercising their rights under this policy is also strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. This includes retaliation for inquiring about one’s rights, or for making an honest complaint of a violation or possible violation, or for truthfully assisting in a complaint investigation.

No One Has Authority To Violate This Policy: Under no circumstance does any faculty member, administrator, coach, other employee, or student of the College, or any other person, have any authority whatsoever to engage in discriminatory, harassing, or retaliating conduct in violation of this policy. If anyone claims to have such authority, or you have any questions about whether conduct that you find objectionable is authorized by the College, please contact the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is the College’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer.

Reporting Procedures: Students, applicants, and employees are encouraged to promptly report any conduct that they believe violates this policy. If the College does not know about the conduct, it cannot act. Complaints or inquiries should be made confidentially to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is the College’s Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Officer. Alternatively, you may initially discuss the matter with any other employee of the College, or involve any other person to help you in bringing your complaint forward, so long as your complaint is promptly brought to the attention of the Associate Vice President. The matter must always be reported to the Associate Vice President because of the need for consistency and centralized decision-making in the application of this policy.

Complaints will be handled pursuant to the Grievance Procedure in Discrimination and Harassment Cases which may be found in the Student Handbook. Complaints and inquiries will be kept confidential to the extent practicable, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation. Any employee or student who is found to have violated this policy will be subjected to appropriate disciplinary measures up to and including termination or expulsion.

Please do not allow conduct that may violate this Policy to continue unreported. It is extremely important that this be reported so that the College can act to stop such conduct at the earliest possible time.

Gambling and Bribery

Student-athletes, under NCAA rules, may not: (1) Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition; (2) Solicit a bet on any athletics team (i.e. professional or collegiate) intercollegiate team; (3) Accept a bet on any athletics team (4) Solicit or accept value of any kind on any athletics competition for any item that has tangible value (e.g. cash, clothing or equipment, meals); and/or (5) Participate in any gambling activity that involves athletics through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.

Other Prohibited Conduct

Disrespect: At all times, student-athletes are required to conduct themselves in a manner respectful of themselves, their team, the College and Daemen Athletics, game officials, opponents, and property. Student-athletes are to refrain from disrespectful conduct such as unsportsmanlike conduct; profane, abusive, demeaning, harassing, threatening or obscene expression; or deliberate damage to equipment or other property. Disrespectful conduct will be reviewed by the Head Coach and Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Success and may result in disciplinary action.

Unexcused Class Absences, Failure to Meet Department Academic Guidelines and Poor Academic Performance: Student-athletes are expected to attend class regularly and punctually, and to fulfill course load and academic performance requirements. Student-athletes are expected to attend all assigned study-table hours and academic meetings unless discussed in person with the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Success. Failure to meet such obligations may affect eligibility to participate in team sports and scholarship eligibility, as well as academic standing.

Failure to Meet Team Obligations: Student-athletes must complete training requirements; arrive promptly for team practices, meetings, and departures for away games and other team 12 events; attend team functions, and otherwise fulfill their responsibilities as team members. Absences must be excused in advance by the Head Coach unless an unforeseeable emergency arises.

Conduct Unbecoming of a Daemen College Student-Athlete*: At all times Daemen College student-athletes are expected to conduct themselves responsibly within Daemen Athletics, campus, and the larger community. Behavior that reflects negatively on themselves, their team, Daemen Athletics, or the College may be grounds for disciplinary action.

*Special Notice regarding Social Networking Web Sites

As a representative of Daemen Athletics and Daemen College, you are always in the public eye. Please keep the following in mind as you participate on social networking web sites:

  • Understand that anything posted online is available to anyone in the world. Any text or photo placed online is out of your control the moment it is placed online—even if you limit access to your site.
  • You will not post any information, photos, or other items online that could embarrass you, your family, your team, Daemen Athletics, or Daemen College. This includes information, photos, and items that may be posted by others on your site. Posting of photos with alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  • Behavioral expectations in the online world are the same as in the real world. Student-athletes could face discipline or sanctions as described below for policy violations revealed online.
Disciplinary Process and Sanctions

Daemen Athletics disciplinary process is independent of, and supplements, the College judicial process. Sanctions levied by Daemen Athletics may occur over and above those levied by the Dean of Students Office. Sanctions will vary depending on the type and circumstances of the violation but may without limitation include loss of Athletics eligibility and/or scholarship.

When Daemen Athletics becomes aware of an alleged violation of this Code of Conduct, the Director of Athletics or her/his designee will take reasonable steps to verify the validity, reliability, and accuracy of the report. These steps may include interviews of students and employees, or of non-College persons having knowledge of relevant facts; examination of documents; and other steps necessary for the Director of Athletics to determine the merits of the report.

Upon the Director’s satisfaction that they have sufficient information to proceed, sanctions, if applicable, shall be issued. At that time, any previous violations of the Code, or any other Standards of Conduct, shall be a factor in determining the gravity of the violation, and the appropriate sanction.

Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to:

  1. Warning. The issuance of a written warning.
  2. Probation. Special status with conditions imposed for a limited time
  3. Community Service. As required by the Director.
  4. Restitution. Payment for damaged property.
  5. Temporary Suspension. Removal of a student-athlete from some or all Daemen Athletics activities, including athletic participation in team events, for a limited period of time.
  6. Suspension. Removal of a student-athlete from some or all Daemen Athletics activities, including athletic participation in team events, for a specified period of no less than one season.
  7. Expulsion. Permanent removal from a team and/or Daemen Athletics activities.
  8. Withdrawal of Financial Aid. Termination of athletic-related financial aid at first opportunity allowable by NCAA/ECC regulations.

Other actions that may coincide with Sanctions

  • Referral to Counseling: Students who, in the judgment of the Director of Athletics, demonstrate a need for professional assistance will be referred to appropriate counseling resources. It is the student-athlete’s responsibility, and financial obligation, to follow up on this referral and to adhere to professional recommendations.

Reporting Obligation

Student-athletes must report their own violations, the violations of others, and the planning of events and actions that will result in violations of this Code. Reports should be made to the Director of Athletics or the Associate Athletic Director for Athletics/SWA.

For example, a student-athlete must self-report his or her own underage drinking, the underage drinking of another student-athlete, and the planning of a party where drinking by student- athletes in-season will likely occur.

As another example, a student-athlete must self-report if he or she cheats on an exam by copying, must report the student-athlete from whom he or she was allowed to copy, and must report the plans of a student-athlete to engage in cheating provided the student-athlete has reliable knowledge of the student’s intent.

This reporting obligation is serious. Failure to report a violation by a student-athlete is an independent violation of this Code.

Student Dispute Resolution and Conduct Review Procedures

Purpose and Scope

Should a dispute arise concerning any College policy affecting a student, the student should communicate directly with the department or office concerned, with the goal resolving the issue as expeditiously as possible.

  1. Ordinarily, disputes with faculty members should be brought to the attention of the chair of the faculty member’s department or, if the dispute involves the chair, to the divisional dean. Disputes concerning grades (including determinations of academic dishonesty) are handled exclusively by the Grade Appeal Procedure found in the College Catalog.
  2. Disputes with non-faculty employees should be brought to the attention of the employee’s supervisor for review and resolution.
  3. For more information on this formal dispute resolution process, see the student handbook, section 5
  4. In cases where the dispute includes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, the situation will be addressed via the procedures outlined in the student handbook under section 7, the Conduct Review Procedures.
  5. All charges of misconduct shall be presented to the accused student in written form generally between two and 15 business days after the student has been notified;
  6. Hearings shall be conducted in private. Admission of any person to the hearing shall be at the discretion of the hearing officer;
  7. The respondent and the complainant have the right to be accompanied throughout the hearing by advisors of their choice selected from among members of the College community. Only when the student is exposed to concurrent criminal charges or civil liability, or in cases involving sexual assault or harassment as defined previously in this Handbook, may a respondent request to have legal counsel as an advisor. An advisor, including legal counsel, may not speak on behalf of the respondent or address the conduct review body. The names of the advisors must be provided to the hearing officer at least two working days before the hearing to be approved;
  8. The respondent and the complainant may present as witnesses only those persons with first-hand knowledge of the alleged incident or violation or others having information which can otherwise be shown to be credible. The decision to hear testimony from witnesses having information other than first-hand shall be made by the conduct review body or the hearing officer;
  9. In hearings involving more than one accused student, the hearing officer, at his/her discretion, may permit the hearings concerning each student to be conducted separately;
  10. All procedural questions are subject to the final decision of the hearing officer. Technical rules of evidence and other “due process” rights associated with courts are not applicable to the College conduct review process;
  11. Pertinent records, exhibits, and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by a conduct review body at the discretion of the hearing officer. Assumptions, speculations, or references to prior, unreported incidents will not normally be permitted;
  12. After the hearing, the conduct review body shall determine (by majority vote in Campus Standards Board hearings) whether the student has violated each section of the Student Code that the student is charged with violating. The conduct review body’s decision shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Code of Conduct (preponderance of evidence);
  13. There shall be a written record of all hearings before a conduct review body for use by the appellate body; a copy of this is not available to the accused or the complainant. The record shall cite the violation(s), the decision (responsible or not responsible), a brief statement of the facts upon which the finding is based, and the sanction(s). There shall be no audio/visual recordings of hearings other than those conducted by the Campus Standards Board;
  14. Failure to obey the summons of a hearing officer or failure to attend one’s own hearing does not preclude the case from still being heard and a decision being rendered; and
  15. Decisions made by a conduct review body shall be final, pending the normal appeal process. Following a hearing, the hearing officer shall advise the accused and the complainant in writing of the decision of the hearing and of the sanction(s) imposed, if any, within three business days whenever possible.


The entire ECC community − Presidents, Faculty Athletics Representatives, Directors of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrators, Conference Administrators, Coaches and Staff members as well as student-athletes − are dedicated to a positive, competitive environment where good sportsmanship is continually expected and promoted. Members of the ECC believe that one of the vital elements of an intercollegiate athletics program is to serve as a model for fans, spectators, students, community members and others regarding respectful and sportsmanlike behavior in athletic settings.

The ECC expects all spectators, team members, and institutional representatives to treat opponents and officials with respect. Trash talking, baiting, taunting, vulgar, sexist, racial or profane language; celebrations that humiliate opponents; intimidating actions; fighting or attempts to injure; or any other malicious or violent conduct that is directed at spectators, officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and may be penalized by contest or campus officials and/or the conference.

Conference member institutions have the responsibility to provide safe venues for all contests that are hosted and are expected to provide adequate supervision and security so that student-athletes, coaches, spectators and others can enjoy the event. The Conference and its members do not wish to take away the fun and enthusiasm that accompany athletic contests and exciting plays. However, negative, unruly and dangerous behaviors will not be tolerated and may result in removal from a competition site. The ECC encourages sportsmanship and hopes spectators and others will demonstrate respect and will cheer for their favorite team and not against any team or individual.


The NCAA and all its member conferences are very concerned about student-athlete’s behavior before, during and after competition. The NCAA Principle of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct states that student-athletes “…should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest in not only the athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program.”

Daemen Athletics and the ECC do not condone poor sportsmanship or unsportsmanlike behavior by any student-athlete. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes, but is not limited to: physical and verbal acts that would incite spectators or student-athletes; threatening gestures or words; obscenities; race, religious, nationality, or sex- based statements whether spoken, signed, gestured, written, or printed; public criticism of officials, or confrontations between officials and student-athletes.

Daemen Athletics Conduct Standards:

  • To represent yourself and Daemen College with pride, honor, proper conduct and good sportsmanship;
  • To comply with the rulings of the officials and in no way, either by voice, gesture, or action demonstrate dissatisfaction with the final decision;
  • To treat officials and opponents with respect at all times; and
  • To honor visiting teams and spectators as guests and behave respectfully when visiting another institution.

Violations of the sportsmanship rules may result in sanctions imposed by your coach, the Director of Athletics, or Daemen College. 17


Compliance with Rules

As a college student-athlete, you must follow NCAA Division II and East Coast Conference rules of the NCAA. The Daemen Athletics Compliance Office reviews NCAA, ECC, and College rules at the beginning of each academic year. Daemen Athletics Compliance Office regularly conducts NCAA Rules Education sessions for student-athletes at team and SAAC meetings. Additionally, Daemen Athletics Compliance Office emails important reminders regarding NCAA Rules (e.g., the prohibition on any sports gambling) to student-athletes throughout the year. Rules regulate student-athlete involvement in recruiting, promotional events and time spent at practice and competitions. If in doubt about whether a NCAA rule applies, please contact the Associate Athletic Director for Athletics/SWA Compliance & Student-Athlete Success or Faculty Athletics Representative. Daemen College promotes full disclosure of all rules violations. Student-athletes should feel empowered to report alleged violations of NCAA, ECC or College rules and regulations to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Success or Faculty Athletics Representative for investigation. Actions taken in response to violations shall be consistent with NCAA, ECC, and College policies and procedures.

It is important for student-athletes to know that reporting potential rule violations is in the best interest of the College and Daemen Athletics. In most circumstances, the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Success will document the violation, educate those involved and process any penalties. In most cases, penalties are minor, and those involved can continue participation.


The student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student- athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC offers input on rules, regulations, and policies that affect the student-athletes on campus across the country. Members of SAAC will develop leadership skills both inside and outside the field of competition, protect student-athlete well-being, and mature into well- rounded individuals while promoting a positive image of Daemen College at all times.

Functions of SAAC:

  • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
  • To give student-athletes an opportunity to communicate suggestions, needs, wants, praise, and problems to the athletics administration.
  • Provide feedback and insight into Daemen Athletics issues/concerns.
  • Build a sense of community within Daemen Athletics involving all teams equally.
  • Generate a student-athlete voice within Daemen Athletics during its formulation of policies.
  • To design programs that will encourage academic success, health promotion, social responsibility, and general awareness of the needs of the student-athletes on campus.
  • Organize community service efforts.
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus and in the community.
  • To provide assistance with the annual Athletics awards event.


This guide will inform you of some of the rules and regulations that apply to student-athletes. These rules and regulations are created and enforced by Daemen College as well as the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). This guide is not intended to be a complete list of all regulations. It is meant to inform you of the most basic and most frequently asked about rules.

NCAA Academic Standards

The NCAA requires that student-athletes must meet the following academic requirements to compete in NCAA DII Athletics:

Full-Time Status: You must be a full-time matriculated student and enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours every semester, and may not drop below that at any time. *Exception – If a student-athlete is enrolled in his/her final semester and registered for less than a minimum full-time program of studies, the individual MUST obtain certification (in writing from their academic advisor) which states that the student-athlete is carrying the courses necessary to complete the degree requirements.

NOTE: Classes taken during the Intersession do not count towards the 12-credit requirement for the spring. Intersession classes can be used to make up a deficiency from the fall or to help student-athletes to stay on track for graduation.

Academic Good Standing: You must be in good academic standing with the College. According to the Daemen College Catalog, students classified in the undergraduate division who earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or Graduate GPA of 3.0 are considered institutionally to be in good standing. A first-semester freshman or transfer student whose first semester GPA falls between a 1.5 and 1.99 will be considered in good standing and must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 after the second semester. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below the standards of good standing, but not to the level of suspension or dismissal, are considered to be on probation. Any student-athlete currently on academic probation is considered not in good standing and thus ineligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics. All students who do not meet the good standing regulation after their second semester of attendance are referred to the Committee on Academic Standards for review, and when appropriate, the Committee will assign mandated academic recovery plans or required counseling under the College’s CARE program.

Progress Toward Degree: If you have transferred to Daemen midyear, or you have completed one academic year in residence at Daemen, your academic record shall determine your eligibility at the beginning of the fall term of the regular academic year. To be eligible to represent Daemen in intercollegiate athletic competition, you must maintain progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at Daemen College as determined by the Office of the Registrar. The following chart provides a summary of the NCAA Division II Progress-Toward- Degree requirements:

During Freshman Year During Sophomore Year During Junior Year During Senior Year Fifth-year or Graduate year
Must be enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester Must be enrolled in 12 credit hours each semester Must be enrolled in 12 degree-applicable credit hours each semester If the student is in the final semester, less than full-time is permitted as long as they are carrying the courses necessary to complete their degree. If the student is in the final semester, less than full-time is permitted as long as they are carrying the courses necessary to complete their degree.
Pass nine credits per fulltime term Pass nine credits per fulltime term Pass 9-degree applicable credits per fulltime term Pass 9-degree applicable credits per fulltime term Pass 9-degree applicable credits per fulltime term
Pass 18 credits per year (including Intersession) Pass 18 credits per year (including Intersession) Pass 18-degree applicable credits per year (including Intersession) Pass 18-degree applicable credits per year (including Intersession) Pass 18-degree applicable credits per year (including Intersession)
Pass 24 credits per year (including Intersession and Summer) Pass 24 credits per year (including Intersession and Summer) Pass 24-degree applicable credits per year (including Intersession and Summer) Pass 24-degree applicable credits per year (including Intersession and Summer) Pass 24-degree applicable credits per year (including Intersession and Summer)
Must possess a 2.00 GPA at the end of the academic year. Must possess a 2.00 GPA at the end of the academic year. Must possess a 2.00 GPA at the end of the academic year. Must possess a 2.00 GPA at the end of the academic year. Undergraduate students must possess a 2.00 GPA, and Graduate students must possess a 3.00 GPA at the end of the academic year.
Must declare a major by the end of this academic year.

Remedial courses (e.g., those with 90 or 97 designations and do not bear degree credit) may be used to meet full-time enrollment requirement; however, under NCAA Division II rules, no greater than 12 credits of remedial coursework can be used to meet continuing- eligibility requirements only during the freshmen year.

Requests to Transfer from Daemen College and Appeals Process

Under, student-athletes wishing to discuss transferring to another NCAA institution must first receive written permission to do so from their current NCAA school. By this rule, the following procedures apply to a Daemen College student-athlete who wishes to discuss the transfer with another four-year college.

Procedures for Request to Transfer from Daemen College

  1. The student-athlete must request in writing (e.g., email) permission to speak with the other NCAA institution from the Head Coach of the Daemen College team on which they participate.
  2. If approved, the Head Coach will then notify the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success via email, and then refer the student-athlete to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success to facilitate the necessary paperwork. Please note, the Director of Athletics provides the final approval for any student-athlete to transfer.
  3. If approved by both Head Coach and Director of Athletics, the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success provides a release letter for the student-athlete. The SA is then free to contact other non-East Coast Conference institutions regarding a possible transfer. The Daemen Athletics Compliance Office keeps a copy of the release on file.
  4. If denied, the student-athlete and Head Coach meet with the Director of Athletics to discuss the reason for the transfer request denial and the rationale.
  5. The Director of Athletics must inform the student- athlete in writing, of a denial of permission to transfer within 14 consecutive calendar days from receipt of a student-athlete’s written request, and notify the student-athlete that he or she may appeal that denial to the Transfer Release Appeals Committee.

Procedures for Transfer Appeals

  1. The Faculty Athletics Representative serves as chair of the Transfer Release Appeals Committee. The chair shall, at his/her discretion, name the other committee members, which shall be any college employee (except Daemen Athletics employees).
  2. The committee is not restricted in its size; however, each committee member shall be familiar with NCAA Bylaws governing the appeal.
  3. The committee shall give each side involved in each case the opportunity to be heard (the student-athlete, in addition to the Director of Athletics or Head Coach of the sport involved).
  4. The Committee, at its discretion, may hear the appeal in a variety of communication forms (in writing, in person, by telephone, by video conference, etc.). However, once the method of communication has been established for that particular case, that method shall be used to hear both sides.
  5. Once a decision for a particular case has been reached, the chair shall inform each side involved in writing. The decision of the Committee is final.



Student-athletes can choose to participate in the recruitment of a prospective student-athlete (PSA). According to NCAA rules, currently enrolled student-athletes may write to prospects to encourage their enrollment at Daemen, provided it was not done at the direction and/or the expense of the College. A student-athlete may not telephone a PSA but may accept telephone calls made at the PSA’s expense. Student-athletes are also prohibited from making any statements to media members about PSAs, the PSA’s athletic ability, or the likelihood that the PSA will attend the College. This includes social media; student-athletes cannot use social media outlets to publicize a PSA’s visit to campus or their decision to enroll at Daemen.

Student Host Responsibilities

A student-athlete may be asked by a coach to host a PSA who is on an Official Visit. Under NCAA Rules, Daemen Athletics may give a student- athlete host money to entertain the PSA. The host student-athlete may use the money for food, arcades, movies, theatres, bowling and other entertainment activities, but may not be used to purchase souvenirs (e.g., hats, t-shirts, etc.) for the PSA. A student-athlete may transport the PSA to activities within a 30-mile radius of campus, but must not allow the PSA the use of a car. The College cannot provide the use of a car to the student-athlete for the purpose of hosting a PSA.

Expenses Provided to Student Hosts. The institution may provide the following to a student host entertaining a PSA:

  1. A maximum of $30 per day to the student host to cover all actual costs of entertaining the PSA (and the PSA’s relatives or legal guardians), excluding the cost of meals and admission to campus athletics events. PSA may not use the money to purchase souvenirs such as t-shirts or other institutional mementos. It is permissible to provide the student host with an additional $15 per day for each additional PSA the host entertains.
  2. Complimentary meals, provided the student host is accompanying the PSA during the PSA’s Official Visit; and
  3. Complimentary admissions to campus athletics events, provided the admissions are used to accompany a PSA to these events during the PSA’s Official Visit.

Before the Official Visit, a student-host will meet with the coach and receive a list of host instructions. Student-athlete hosts are required to sign various forms before the start of the Official Visit. The student-host form is submitted in the ARMS database and reviewed by the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success and kept on file. Student-athlete hosts are further required to submit all information (including receipts) relating to the entertainment of the PSA. The student-athlete host must also return any leftover money at the conclusion of the Official Visit to the Daemen Athletics Compliance Office. 23

Student-Athlete Employment

Student-athletes are permitted to work without having those earnings counted against the NCAA’s Individual or Team Financial Aid limits. Proper monitoring is still required to ensure compliance with NCAA’s employment regulations.

The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success will review NCAA regulations governing student-athlete employment, during the mandatory compliance student-athlete meeting each fall and spring. Following these meeting, the steps below must be taken for the student-athlete to disclose their employment for the entire year

  • The student-athlete must complete a Student-Athlete Employment Form, provided at the Fall Compliance Check in and Spring Compliance check out meetings. It is also located on the Daemen College Athletics Compliance webpage, if there are changes during the year. The student-athlete must affirm his/her understanding of the terms outlined in the Student-Athlete Employment Form and his/her intent to adhere to its provisions.
  • The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success will review the Student-Athlete Employment Form and will sign the form indicating that the student-athlete has completed all steps.
  • The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success will provide the student-athlete with a copy of the signed agreement and will keep the original on file in the Compliance Office.
  • The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success will periodically monitor the employment of student-athlete.

Institutional Camps and Clinics

Student-Athletes can be employed (e.g., as counselors) as workers at camps and clinics for their respective sports. If interested in working at an institutional camp/clinic, the student- athlete must work with the Camp/Clinic Director to complete a written request for the student- athlete to be employed. Currently enrolled student-athletes may not participate as campers in their institution’s camps or clinics. The Director of Athletics must give prior approval to the student-athlete’s employment arrangement in a camp or clinic. The Director of Athletics, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success, and Camp Director must all sign a Student-Athlete Camp Employment form for each student to be employed, at least one week before the start of a camp/clinic.

Non-Institutional Camps and Clinics

Student-Athletes may only be employed at an outside camp or clinic if it is operated under all NCAA rules applicable to institutional camps and clinics. Therefore, all student-athletes seeking to be employed at a non-institutional camp/clinic are not able to do so without prior approval from the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success or Director of Athletics.

Procedures for Non-institutional of Outside Camp/Clinic Employment

  1. To be employed at an outside camp or clinic, the student-athlete must complete an Outside Camp/Clinic Request Form (available through the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success) and submit to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success or Director of Athletics for approval. It is due at least two weeks before the camp or clinic.
  2. The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success or Director of Athletics reviews the form and then will grant or deny permission. The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success or Director of Athletics will then notify the student-athlete regarding the decision via email, and a copy of the Outside Camp/Clinic Request form is placed in the student-athlete file.

Please see the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success for more information regarding employment at camps or clinics.


Only an amateur student-athlete is eligible for intercollegiate athletics participation in a particular sport. An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:

  1. Uses his or her athletics skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport;
  2. Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation;
  3. Accepts a salary, gratuity or compensation for participation in athletics;
  4. Accepts any type of split of surplus including bonuses or game receipts;
  5. Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received;
  6. Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based on athletics skill or participation, except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations;
  7. Competes on any professional athletics team per Bylaw 12.02.6, even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received;
  8. Enters into an agreement with or receipt of benefits from an agent;
  9. Accepts receipt of educational expenses not permitted by the governing legislation (Bylaw 15) or accepts receipt of educational expenses provides by an outside sports team or organization that are based in any degree on the recipient’s athletics ability (Bylaw 15.2.2);
  10. Accepts cash, or the equivalent, as an award for participation in competition at any time;
  11. Accepts receipt of expenses incurred or awards received by an individual prohibited by the rules governing an amateur;
  12. Accepts expenses from an outside amateur sports team or organization in excess of actual and necessary travel, room and board expenses, and apparel and equipment;
  13. Accepts any type of expenses including actual and necessary expenses in any other form of compensation to participate in athletics competition (while not representing an educational institution) from a sponsor other than an individual on whom the athlete is naturally or legally depended or the nonprofessional organization that is sponsoring the competition;
  14. Accepts payment as a team member or an individual competitor for unspecified or unitemized expenses beyond those actual and necessary to travel, room and board, etc.
  15. Accepts any payment, including actual and necessary expenses, conditioned on the individual’s or team’s place finish or performance or given as an incentive;
  16. Accepts a prize for participation (involving the use of athletic ability) in a member institution’s promotional activity that is inconsistent with Bylaw 12.5;
  17. Accepts pay for competition involving use of overall athletics skill. See bylaw for exception related promotional contests;
  18. Accepts preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual’s athletics reputation, skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment is permitted under NCAA legislation.
  19. Accepts donations that are credited to or earmarked for an individual for athletics participation from a sponsor other than the individual’s relatives or legal guardians are considered improper benefits.
Outside Competition

Outside/Unattached Competition for Student-Athletes

Participation on any outside teams, while a member of an intercollegiate team, may jeopardize a student-athlete’s eligibility. A student-athlete must have written permission from the Head Coach and the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success before participation on any outside teams or in outside competition at any time of the year, including summer. Regulations are sport specific. Please take note of the regulations outlined below and contact the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success with any questions.

Sports Other Than Basketball (NCAA 14.7.1) A student-athlete becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition in his or her sport (other than basketball) if, after enrollment in college and during any year in which the student-athlete is a member of an intercollegiate squad or team, he or she competes or has competed as a member of any outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition (e.g., tournament play, exhibition games or other activity) during the institution’s intercollegiate season in the sport.

Competition as Individual/Not Representing Institution: A student-athlete may participate in outside competition as an individual during the academic year in the student athlete’s sport, as long as the student-athlete represents only himself or herself in the competition and does not engage in such competition as a member of or receive expenses from an outside team.

Outside Competition, Basketball (NCAA 14.7.4) There are no restrictions on the participation of student-athlete in outside basketball competition during the summer.


Monitoring of financial aid limits and requirements is the responsibility of the Director of Financial Aid, the Bursar Athletics Liaison, and the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success. Student-athletes may not receive athletically related financial aid over a full grant-in-aid, which includes tuition, fees, room, board, and books. A student-athlete may receive other non-countable financial aid unrelated to athletic ability up to the full cost of attendance or the value of a full grant-in-aid plus aid that is permissible by federal regulations. Loans and work are NOT countable in financial aid limits under NCAA regulations. It is the responsibility of the Head Coach and the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success to monitor the individual team limits for financial aid.

Athletic scholarships, as regulated by the NCAA, are awarded for no longer than one year, and may be renewed annually. Daemen College is a member of the National Letter of Intent Program and adheres to all the requirements therein.

Renewal of Athletic Scholarships to Returning Students

Renewal/Non-Renewal of Athletic Scholarships

Athletic scholarships, as regulated by the NCAA, are awarded for no longer than one year, and can be renewed annually. Notification of renewal, increase, or cancellation of an athletic award will be sent to the student-athlete by July 1 by the Director of Financial Aid. A majority of athletic scholarships at Daemen College are partial scholarships to be used for assistance with tuition and fees, room and board, or required course-related books.

Procedures for Packaging Continuing Student-Athletes.

Reduction/Cancellations and Appeals Procedure

It is Daemen’s policy that institutional aid, based in any degree on athletic ability, may not be reduced or canceled, however, aid may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award if the recipient:

a) Renders him or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition; or

b) Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or financial agreement; or

c) Voluntarily withdraws from a sport at any time for personal reasons;

d) Engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty; or

e) Violates any other conditions in the Athletic Financial Aid Agreement (e.g., team rules); or

f) He/she receives other aid that causes the student to exceed individual financial aid limit. Any such reduction or cancellation of aid will be approved only if such action is taken for proper cause and written documentation is submitted to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success and the Director of Athletics. Below is the procedure for reduction or cancellation of athletic aid:

  1. The Head Coach recommends to the Director of Athletics in writing that a student- athlete’s athletic financial aid be reduced, canceled, or not renewed.
  2. The Director of Athletics will review the Head Coach’s recommendation with the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success. The Director of Athletics will decide whether to approve or deny the coach’s recommendation based on the specific facts and rationale and based upon whether the request complies with NCAA regulations. If the recommendation is denied, the student-athlete’s athletic financial aid will not be canceled, reduced, or not renewed. If a nonrenewal request is denied, the aid will be renewed at the same rate as the previous academic year.
  3. If the recommendation is approved, the Director of Athletics recommends in writing to the Director of Financial Aid that a student-athlete’s athletic financial aid award will be reduced, canceled, or not renewed.
  4. The Director of Athletics will also notify the Head Coach of this decision, directing the Head Coach to meet with the student-athlete to inform the student-athlete of the decision. The Head Coach will also verbally advise the student-athlete of the appeal process.
  5. Within 14 consecutive calendar days of written notification by the Director of Athletics, the Office of Financial Aid shall send written notification to the student-athlete regarding the opportunity for an appeal hearing. The student-athlete shall have 14 consecutive calendar days from the date of issuance of this letter to respond, in writing, to the Office of Financial Aid and formally request a hearing.
  6. A late notification, or failure to submit a written request for a hearing, shall be interpreted as a refusal of the opportunity for a hearing. As a result, the initial determination to cancel or reduce the athletic grant-in-aid shall be made final and binding.
  7. Upon receiving a written request for the hearing, the Financial Aid Appeals Committee shall conduct the hearing within 30 consecutive calendar days. The student-athlete and Daemen Athletics shall receive written notification as to the time, date, and location of the hearing. The Athletics Financial Aid Appeals Committee will preside over this hearing and make the final determination. The Director of Financial Aid will serve as the Chair of the Committee.
  8. At this hearing, the student-athlete and Daemen Athletics shall be allowed an opportunity to present their case regarding the reduction or cancellation of athletics aid. Either party is permitted to present witnesses and/or documents to the committee that may support their position.
  9. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Financial Aid Appeals Committee shall have 48 hours to render a final decision as to the status of athletic aid. Both Daemen Athletics and the student-athlete shall be informed of this decision. This decision shall be final and not subject to appeal.
Non-Institutional Outside Financial Aid

All student-athletes must report any outside financial aid to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success and the Office of Financial Aid. Outside aid must be indicated on the compliance paperwork during the beginning of the year Compliance meetings. The Associate Athletic Director will inform each Head Coach for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success of any student-athlete who has not completed all required paperwork, and it will be the responsibility of the student-athlete to complete the necessary paperwork and submit it to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success and Office of Financial Aid. If a student-athlete is receiving any non- institutional outside financial aid, the aid will be reviewed with the Director of Financial Aid to ensure that applicable outside aid is counted toward individual and team equivalencies for NCAA purposes.

Intersession/Summer School Athletic Financial Aid

The objective of intersession/summer school is to provide student-athletes with opportunities to take courses that otherwise conflict with practice during the academic year, and/or catch up on progress towards degree if needed for eligibility and/or graduation purposes. Also, those student- athletes with a documented learning disability are eligible for summer aid.

Funding for intersession/summer school aid is limited and is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Student-athletes who receive athletic aid during the academic year may be eligible for athletic aid if enrolled in intersession/summer school. The Associate Athletics Director for Sport Administration/SWA works with the Head Coach staff and Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success to identify student-athletes who may need intersession/summer school due to conflict with practice during the academic year, and/or to catch up on progress towards degree if needed for eligibility and/or graduation purposes.

Important Information regarding Intersession/Summer Aid:

Student-athletes who drop a course after the posted deadline will be obligated to repay Daemen Athletics the amount of their summer aid scholarship.

Repayment of summer aid for any course where a D or F is earned will be addressed on a case- by-case basis. For example, a student-athlete who fails to attend class and subsequently does poorly in the course will have to reimburse Daemen Athletics for the full cost of attendance for that course.

Daemen Athletics does not guarantee intersession/summer athletic aid.

Rules Governing Your Athletic Scholarship

For you to receive your athletic scholarship, the following must occur:

  1. The student must be accepted as a matriculated student to the college.
  2. The student must be cleared as “eligible” by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
  3. Student must be enrolled as a full-time student (12+ credit hours).
  4. Student must maintain the eligibility requirements for athletics participation and financial aid established by the NCAA.
  5. NCAA regulations restrict the total amount of financial a student-athlete can receive. If you receive a Federal grant or some other scholarship or financial aid, you will notify the Office of Financial Aid. Those funds may replace a portion of your athletics grants to meet NCAA regulations.
  6. Financial aid will not be increased, reduced or canceled during the period of its award on the basis of athletic ability, performance or contribution to team’s success, because of an injury or illness that prevents me from participating in athletics, or for any athletics reason.
  7. I am aware that the amount of this aid may be immediately reduced or canceled during the term of this award if:

    a) I become ineligible for intercollegiate competition;

    b) I give false information on my application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement;

    c) I engage in serious misconduct that brings disciplinary action from this institution;

    d) I voluntarily withdraw from the sport for personal reasons before the first competition in my sport, or

    e) Unexcused absence from practice, competition or team events.

  8. I am also aware that this aid must be reduced or canceled if: ● I sign a professional sports contract;

    a) I accept money for playing in an athletic contest that causes me to exceed the cost of a full grant-in-aid;

    b) I agree to be represented by an agent and accept money that causes me to exceed the cost of a full grant, or

    c) I receive other aid that causes me to exceed my individual limit.

  9. I understand that in cases where my aid may be reduced, I am entitled to a hearing.


Daemen College faculty are willing to provide, when possible, reasonable accommodation to any student who, when acting in good faith and in a timely fashion, provides faculty with written notification of conflict(s) between the student’s academic and athletic schedules and requests such accommodation.

This statement is premised on the assumption that, no matter how clever and diligent we are at planning both academic and athletic schedules, there will always be some number of conflicts. It is also premised on the understanding of the fact that these conflicts are generated by institutional decisions that are beyond the control of the student, i.e., they are the result of the actions of academic and athletics administration. Such a policy is especially important given the large number of adjunct faculty who teach at the College. The key terms in the statement are a reasonable accommodation, good faith, and timely fashion. Below are some suggestions about how we might understand these terms.

Reasonable accommodation: In many instances of a scheduling conflict, it may be possible for an instructor to offer alternative arrangements for the student to fulfill course requirements. In these cases, it is up to the instructor to determine what constitutes a reasonable alternative. In some cases, it may simply be impossible for an instructor to offer alternative arrangements. In these cases, the question of reasonable accommodation is simply not triggered since no accommodation is possible.

Good faith: It is incumbent upon the student to identify scheduling conflicts and diligently inform both their coach and the relevant professors, providing clear and accurate documentation to substantiate the claim that a conflict exists. Any missed class time due to travel/competition for each sport will be indicated in a letter from Daemen Athletics to all faculty/staff prior the start of the academic year.

Timely fashion: Almost without exception, a student ought to be able to determine at the beginning of a semester, what scheduling conflicts they face. When exceptional circumstances present a conflict that occurs only later and, therefore, could not have been anticipated, it is still incumbent upon the student to act in good faith and as early as possible to inform their coach and their instructors of the conflict.

Missed Class Time Procedures
  • It is the Head Coach’s responsibility to ensure that practice is scheduled at times that will not conflict with student-athletes’ scheduled classes. If practice time conflicts with a student-athletes class schedule, the student-athlete must attend the scheduled academic class, not the athletic practice.
  • It is the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success’s responsibility to ensure that student-athletes know NCAA regulations regarding missed class time for practice and non-championship segment competition.
  • It is the Head Coach’s responsibility to ensure that scheduling of athletic events is minimally disruptive to academic pursuits.
  • One month before the start of sport’s season, head coaches provide schedules to the student-athletes that indicates the time(s) student-athlete(s) must report for competition and/or the time of departure for an away from home contest.
Student-Athlete Missed Class Time Policy

In compliance with NCAA Bylaw 17.1.6, the following is Daemen Athletics Missed Class Time Policy.

  1. Student-athletes will not be required to attend any practice/activities that result in a missed scheduled class or final exam. Activities considered practice include: a. Preparation and conditioning time (e.g., weight training, running, etc.,)

    a) Athletic Training Room time (e.g., rehab, taping, treatment, etc.,)

    b) Meetings (including viewing of game or practice film)

    c) On-field practice

    d) Banquets or other celebratory events

  2. Recruiting and media requests (including internal Athletics Communication Office) will not interfere with class or exam schedules.
  3. For home competitions, student-athletes shall not miss any class time before two hours of scheduled competition.
  4. For weekday away competitions with same day travel, scheduled departure time shall not be more than drive time to destination plus 90 minutes. For example, if Daemen team or squad has contest at Roberts Wesleyan at 6 pm, departure time may not be earlier than 3:30 pm.
  5. For away competition with overnight travel, no team shall depart more than 30 hours before scheduled competition.
  6. Before the start of classes or the start of competition, whichever is earlier, the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success prepares Missed Class Time Letters per sport, for each student-athlete to provide to his/her instructor. These Letters note the dates and time of each competition, the date and time students are to report to the gym for competition or departure to the competition, and the unexpected dates and time of his/her return to camps.
  7. Upon receipt of these Letters, student-athletes present to his/her instructor(s) a receipt log, provided by the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success, and the student-athlete is required to receive a signature from each instructor that is receiving the Letters.
  8. Student-athletes are responsible for submitting all assignments on-time or in advance of missed class and will make any arrangements for missed material. If student- athlete is missing an in-class graded assignment or test, he or she will contact the class instructor ahead of the missed class to discuss alternative timeline or arrangements, which may include completing assignment early or working with FAR to complete on the road.
  9. Coaches will not schedule away from home competitions that require missed class time during the first week of classes, final exam period or weekend before final exam period. Student-athletes will confirm the date of final exams at least one month before the last day of classes and notify FAR of any conflicts.
  10. Exceptions to the above will only be approved by the FAR in consultation with Director of Athletics and Vice President of Academic Affairs. The FAR will report any exceptions to faculty via email and include in FAR’s annual report to Faculty Senate.


Study requirements are determined by the Academic Support Coordinator and the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance& Student-Athlete Success. Study table and classroom study session hours will be tracked weekly by the Academic Support Coordinator and the Student-Athlete Success and Community Engagement Coordinator. Discrepancies and incomplete hours will be reported directly to head coaches and the Associate Athletics Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success.

Who Is Initially Required to Attend Study Table Each Semester:

  • All freshmen for at least their first semester
  • All transfers for at least their first semester at Daemen
  • All student-athletes who have a cumulative GPA below 3.0 Coaches may require a higher standard if they prefer
  • Any student-athlete who appears on “CARE Report” report or any other early alert will immediately be required to begin attending study table hours regularly
  • Any student-athlete identified as an “at-risk” student academically
  • Any student-athlete who is advised by their head coach to attend study table hours
  • Any student-athlete who is academically ineligible for the semester

Criteria for Continuing Study Table Hours:

  • Any student-athlete who has a semester GPA or an Overall and a semester GPA of 3.0 and below.
  • 3.0-2.5 GPA completes 3 hours/week for the semester
  • 2.5 and below GPA completes 6 hours/week for the semester

*If a student-athlete is meeting with an academic coach or academic tutor, the hours may be counted toward study table requirement, but not the classroom study session requirement. For these hours to be counted, the student-athlete must present the academic coach or academic advisor with an Academic Coaching Tracking Form for signature. This form must be submitted to the Academic Support Coordinator within 24 hours of the coaching or tutoring session. Forms can be obtained from the Academic Support Coordinator. Additionally, classroom study session attendance can be counted toward study table requirement.


Who Is Required to Attend Classroom Study Sessions Each Semester:

  • Any student-athlete who has a semester GPA or an Overall and a semester GPA of 2.3 and below
  • Any student-athlete who has not regularly met study table requirements in the current or previous semester
  • Any student-athlete identified as an “at-risk” student academically
  • Any student-athlete who is advised by their head coach to attend classroom study sessions
  • Any student-athlete who is academically ineligible for the semester 34
  • Any student-athlete who has a mid-term deficiency will immediately be required to begin attending classroom study sessions for the rest of the semester

Criteria for Check-In Appointments and Regular Meetings:

  • Any student-athlete who has a semester GPA of 3.0 and below will minimally have an initial semester check-in with the Academic Support Coordinator.
  • Any student-athlete who has a semester GPA of 2.5 and below will be required to meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis as instructed during the initial semester check-in.
  • Any student-athlete identified as an “at-risk” student academically
  • Any student-athlete who is advised by their head coach to meet with the Academic Support Coordinator
  • Study table is held in the Student-Athlete Academic Center in Duns Scotus
  • Study table is reserved for student-athletes
  • Study table week begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday each week
  • If the college has a shortened week, or you will be out of town for competition or other reason, you need to complete your study table hours within the days of the week the college is open or that you are in town
  • Study table will primarily be utilized for individual studying and homework
  • With permission from the study table monitor, study table may be utilized for group studying and homework, if this activity is not disturbing to other students who are studying or to staff members who are working
  • Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated
  • You must sign in and out at the computer at study table
  • Direct any sign in or out issues to the Academic Support Coordinator
  • You must remain in the study table area when you are signed in
  • Your hours will not be counted if you leave
  • Small, non-disruptive, snacks are permitted at study table, but meals and messy foods are to be eaten in appropriate campus dining areas
  • Leave the study table area as you found it – use the garbage can for your trash
  • Study table monitors have the right to ask you to leave study table and report your behavior to your coach if you are disruptive or not staying on task
  • If you are asked to leave study table, your hours for that day will not be counted toward your total for the week
  • If you bring a laptop computer or iPad to study table, you must use it for academic work
  • No other electronics devices are permitted
  • Personal websites, email, movies, and music are not acceptable 35
  • Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites are not permissible to view during study table hours

To ensure student-athletes’ attendance at the required number of hours each week, the following penalties** will be in place for missed hours:

First Offense

  • Penalty will be at the discretion of the Head Coach
  • The hours missed for the previous week must be achieved the subsequent week. For example: if a student-athlete is required to attend six study table hours each week and only achieves 5 hours, the student-athlete must obtain 7 hours the following week, or a second offense will occur.

Second Offense

  • Be withheld from one practice
  • Be present at the team practice with study materials and perform academic work during the practice
  • Attend 2 hours of study table in addition to the initial required number of hours

Third Offense

  • Be withheld from two practices
  • Be present at the team practices with study materials, and perform academic work during the practices
  • Attend 4 hours of study table in addition to the initial required number of hours

Fourth Offense

  • Be withheld from one competition
  • If competition is not an option, the student-athlete will be withheld from 5 practice days
  • Be present at the team practices with study materials, and perform academic work during the practices
  • Attend daily study meetings with the Academic Support Coordinator

**In the case of extreme and extenuating circumstances preventing a student-athlete from completing required hours, the student-athlete must meet with the Academic Support Coordinator. If it can be determined that the circumstances are extreme and extenuating, an exception to the penalty will be granted.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Daemen College complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and applicable state and local laws providing for nondiscrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. This policy applies to participation in all College programs and activities.

Daemen College will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities so that they may participate at a level equivalent with that of non-disabled students. In this connection, Daemen College has established an accommodation assessment procedure for evaluation of requested accommodation in light of legal guidelines.

It is Daemen College’s policy to:

  1. Ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner in the admissions process and that qualified students with disabilities are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner with respect to all services, programs, and activities.
  2. Keep all medically related information confidential in accordance with the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  3. Provide qualified applicants and students with disabilities with reasonable accommodation, except where such an accommodation would create an undue hardship on the College. 4) Notify individuals with disabilities that the College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities by including this policy in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook.

Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation:

If a qualified applicant for admission to the College or a student of the College anticipates a need for an accommodation to complete a course of study or to participate in a College program or activity (student housing, etc.), the request for accommodation should be brought to the attention of the Admissions Office in the case of an applicant or to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is the College’s 504/ADA Officer, in the case of a student.

The individual shall submit current medical evidence of the disability and the limitations that require accommodation. The College’s 504/ADA Officer (Associate VP) may discuss with the applicant or student the precise limitation resulting from the disability and the potential reasonable accommodations that the College might make.

The College has established specific guidelines for the documentation of disabilities; the guidelines may be obtained from the College’s 504/ADA officer (Associate VP) or from the College’s website. The 504/ADA Officer, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty and, if necessary, a medical evaluator retained by the College, will determine the feasibility of the requested accommodation, considering various factors including, but not limited to, the nature and the cost of the accommodation, the availability of funding, and whether the accommodation will impact the fundamental nature of the course or program.

The applicant/student will be informed of the College’s decision on the accommodation request. If a student is not satisfied with the determination made by the College with respect to the request for accommodation, the student may file a grievance pursuant to the College’s Grievance Procedure in Discrimination Cases, a copy of which may be found in the Student Handbook or obtained from the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Procedure for Receiving Approved Accommodations:

The 504/ADA Officer (Associate VP) will give the student an Accommodation Form specifying the accommodations approved by the College. It is the student’s right and responsibility to request approved accommodations in College programs, activities, or services. In keeping with the College’s nondiscrimination policy, accommodations are to be made only at the request of the student, not assumed or imposed by other parties.

The student shall present his/her Accommodation Form to the appropriate faculty member or administrator to substantiate a request for accommodation. Accommodations should not be provided to students without evidence that the accommodation has been approved by the College. A student lacking such documentation should be referred to the 504/ADA Officer according to the above procedure for requesting an accommodation.

Should any problem arise in securing an approved accommodation, the student should bring the problem to the immediate attention of the 504/ADA Officer, who will assist in resolving the matter. In addition, any member of the College community with questions or concerns about the College’s disability policy and procedures should contact the 504/ADA Officer.


MGT 101-“The first year student-athlete experience”

This course is taken by first year student-athletes and is offered in the fall semester of each academic year. This course is seminar style and is arranged into weekly learning topics/modules and includes a blend of lecture, group discussion, guest speaker presentations, round table presentations, reading of the course text, as well as set assignments to be used to assess the student-athlete’s working knowledge of key concepts.

Academic Advisement

Students are assigned a faculty advisor who will help them schedule courses and choose the electives that will meet their curricular requirements, as well as prepare them for their particular career goals. In addition to the faculty advisor, the Executive Director of Academic Support Services and staff of academic advisors are available to help students make appropriate decisions related to scheduling, course sequencing for specific career paths, and degree requirements. Each student is responsible, ultimately, for his or her course selections that lead to a college degree.

The Executive Director of Academic Support Services works closely with students and offers guidance on academic, personal, and social matters. The Executive Director screens students’ academic progress, assists them with their adjustment to the College, maintains close contact with advisors, and provides academic counseling/support to students on academic probation.

In addition to the guidance students receive from their faculty advisors, they should attend departmental meetings during the school year. These sessions, held twice each semester, give students the opportunity to obtain important information about their academic programs and an opportunity to ask faculty any questions related to their majors.

Academic Computing Services

Students of Daemen College are provided with a wide array of information technologies. The Research and Information Commons (RIC) as well as the Business Building house several computing facilities consisting of current and well-maintained workstations. These facilities provide useful academic software, support and a secure internet connection. They are also open convenient hours to accommodate academic needs. Academic departments including animation, graphic design, mathematics, natural sciences, and psychology, maintain computer laboratories and stand-alone computer systems with specialized software and peripherals. Most buildings on- campus now offer wireless access.

Workstations in the RIC and Business Building are available to all students and open for a total of 175 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters.

Research & Information Commons – Semester Schedule Business Building Computing Facilities – Semester Schedule
Sunday 1:00 PM – 12:00 AM Sunday 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Saturday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Real-time schedules for summer session, holidays, semester breaks and final exam periods are posted on the Academic Computing Services homepage. (http://my.daemen.edu/offices/computing/weeks_lab_schedule.php)

Academic Computing Services maintains student email, Blackboard accounts, fileserver space, printer management, campus-wide wireless and wired internet services, and the MyDaemen website. All of these services are available to Daemen College students in accordance with Daemen’s Acceptable Use Policies. It is expected that students check their Daemen email accounts on a consistent basis, as official messages may be sent only via email.

Daemen College does not sponsor, endorse or monitor popular on-line communities like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or SnapChat. However, we caution members of the Daemen community to protect their personal integrity and maintain appropriate privacy settings while accessing social networking sites.


Professional counselors are retained by the College to assist students who are facing concerns of an academic, adjustment to college, personal, or social nature. They help students work through their concerns to develop appropriate alternatives, actions, or solutions. This service is confidential within the limits of Informed Consent and will be discussed in the first counseling session. The first fifteen sessions are free to Daemen students. Referrals to a number of community service agencies are also available. For further information, contact the Health & Insurance Services Office, Wick Center (X8446), or call one of the following counselors directly:

Nick Gazzoli 716-913-7501
Shannon Radder 716-839-8337
Deloris Fields 716-837-7878
Disability Services

Daemen College is committed to providing equal access and a welcoming environment for students with disabilities. Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, who is the College’s 504/ADA Coordinator (Duns Scotus Hall 102, 716.839.8301). Information on documentation guidelines and disability services can be found on the website at http://www.daemen.edu/offices/disability. The Learning Center (see below) provides services to students with disabilities.

Learning Center

Free academic coaching is available to all Daemen students in most academic subjects. Coaches are experienced students who have been recommended by instructors and who complete a training program. Coaches assist students with study techniques and learning strategies, as well as course content.

Peer Led Team Learning (PLTL) is an academic support which provides sessions with a PLTL Leader for selected courses on campus. The PLTL Leader, who has already successfully completed the class, meets with students during regularly scheduled sessions to facilitate team/group practice and application of course information.

Coaching is available to English as a Second Language ESL students at the Learning Center. Students meet to work on writing assignments from courses. Students with documented disabilities meet with the Assistant Coordinator of the Learning Center to arrange accommodations such as note-takers, screen readers, sign language interpreters, and approved testing accommodations. (Documentation of disabilities should be submitted to the College’s 504/ADA Coordinator, the Associate Dean of the College, Room 102, Duns Scotus Hall, for authorization of accommodations.)

Students are encouraged to meet with The Learning Center Coordinator to discuss study skills information such as strategies for overcoming academic difficulties. At the Learning Center, you will find help with time management, techniques for memory improvement, strategies for test taking, and information about your personal learning style.

The Learning Center (x8228) is located on the Main Street end of the first floor of the RIC as part of Academic Support Services.


Daemen College Policy

Daemen Athletics is committed to health and wellness of student-athletes and providing a safe environment for them to compete. Daemen Athletics will provide education to all Daemen College student-athletes prior to start of academic year regarding alcohol and drug use/abuse. Student-athletes will be given a copy of Daemen Athletics policy regarding drug testing procedures done throughout the academic year outlining disciplinary actions to be followed after a positive drug test. This policy represents the Daemen College’s drug education and testing policy, which is separate and distinct from the NCAA drug-testing program (including all sanction phases). Information regarding the NCAA drug-testing program is available at www.ncaa.org.

It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance.

The NCAA bans the following classes of drugs:
  1. Stimulants;
  2. Anabolic Agents;
  3. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only);
  4. Diuretics and Other Masking Agents;
  5. Street Drugs;
  6. Peptide Hormones and Analogues;
  7. Anti-estrogens; and
  8. Beta-2 Agonists.

Note: Any substance chemically related to these classes is also banned.

The institution and the student-athlete shall be held accountable for all drugs within the banned drug class regardless of whether they have been specifically identified.

Drugs and Procedures Subject to Restrictions:
  1. Blood doping;
  2. Gene doping;
  3. Local anesthetics (under some conditions);
  4. Manipulation of urine samples; and
  5. Beta-2 Agonists permitted only by prescription and inhalation.
NCAA Nutritional/Dietary Supplements Warning:

Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product with the appropriate or designated athletics department staff. There are no NCAA approved supplement products.

  1. Dietary supplements, including vitamins and minerals, are not well regulated and may cause a positive drug test result.
  2. Student-athletes have tested positive and lost their eligibility from using dietary supplements.
  3. Many dietary supplements are contaminated with banned drugs not listed on the label.
  4. Any product containing a dietary supplement ingredient is taken at your own risk.

Check with your athletics department staff prior to using a supplement.

Some Examples of NCAA Banned Substances in Each Drug Class

There is NO complete list of banned substances. Do not rely on this list to rule out any label ingredient.

  1. Stimulants: amphetamine (Adderall); caffeine (guarana); cocaine; ephedrine; methamphetamine; methylphenidate (Ritalin); synephrine (bitter orange); methylhexanamine (DMAA); “bath salts” (mephedrone); Octopamine; DMBA; phenethylamines (PEAs); etc. exceptions: phenylephrine and pseudoephedrine are not banned.
  1. Anabolic Agents (sometimes listed as a chemical formula, such as 3,6,17-androstenetrione): androstenedione; boldenone; clenbuterol; DHEA (7-Keto); epi-trenbolone; testosterone; etiocholanolone; methasterone; methandienone; nandrolone; norandrostenedione; stanozolol; stenbolone; trenbolone; SARMS (ostarine, ligandrol, LGD-4033); etc.
  1. Alcohol and Beta Blockers (banned for rifle only): alcohol; atenolol; metoprolol; nadolol; pindolol; propranolol; timolol; etc.
  1. Diuretics (water pills) and Other Masking Agents: bumetanide; chlorothiazide; furosemide; hydrochlorothiazide; probenecid; spironolactone (canrenone); triameterene; trichlormethiazide; etc.
  1. Street Drugs: heroin; marijuana; tetrahydrocannabinol (THC); synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., spice, K2, JWH-018, JWH-073)
  1. Peptide Hormones and Analogues: growth hormone(hGH); human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG); erythropoietin (EPO); IGF-1 (colostrum); etc.
  1. Anti-Estrogens: anastrozole; tamoxifen; formestane; ATD, clomiphene; SERMS (nolvadex); Arimidex; clomid; evista; fulvestrant; aromatase inhibitors (Androst-3,5-dien-7,17-dione), etc.
  1. Beta-2 Agonists: bambuterol; formoterol; salbutamol; salmeterol; higenamine; norcoclaurine; etc.

Additional examples of banned drugs can be found at www.ncaa.org/drugtesting.

Any substance that is chemically related to the class, even if it is not listed as an example, is also banned!

Information about ingredients in medications and nutritional/dietary supplements can be obtained by contacting the Resource Exchange Center (REC) at 877/202-0769 or www.drugfreesport.com/rec password: ncaa1, ncaa2 or ncaa3.

It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate or designated athletics staff before using any substance.


Daemen College sponsors 16 athletic programs at the intercollegiate level. Daemen Athletics also oversees club and recreation sports, including intramurals.

Daemen Intercollegiate Athletics Programs:

Men Women
Soccer Soccer
Cross-Country Cross-Country
Basketball Basketball
Indoor Track & Field Indoor Track & Field
Outdoor Track & Field Outdoor Track & Field
Golf Volleyball
Tennis Tennis

Women’s Bowling

Women’s Triathlon


Recreation sites on campus include the Academic and Wellness Center adjacent to the main Daemen Campus, the lawn in front of the Athletics facility, and the sand volleyball courts located between Wick Center and Rosary Hall, which can be used for a variety of activities. Recreational equipment is available to a student presenting a valid Daemen College ID card at Wick Desk. Athletics facility regulations are included in this handbook. Not all physical exercise is scheduled as part of a competitive program. Intramural and recreational events vary from year to year, depending on student interest.


Student-Athlete Awards

Daemen Athletics selects deserving student-athletes to receive awards as recognition of athletic participation, academic performance, and outstanding achievement. Each program has annual awards that are based on criteria set by the department. These awards are presented at the discretion of Daemen Athletics and comply with all NCAA regulations on awards and benefits.

Competition Expenses

Eligible student-athletes are permitted to receive expenses, from the institution, that are directly related to travel and competition while representing the institution as well as the expenses included in the scholarship agreement. Receipt of any monetary or tangible benefit or award from persons outside of Daemen Athletics is not permitted. Student-Athletes fulfilling Residency Requirement may not receive expenses related to competition.

Extra Benefits

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, booster or anyone that the student-athlete is not legally dependent upon, that provides the student-athlete or the student- athlete’s relatives or friend a benefit not authorized by the NCAA. A student-athlete who receives an award, benefit, or expense allowance not specifically authorized in Bylaw 16 of the NCAA Division II manual is ineligible. The following are some examples of extra benefits:

  1. Loan or cash to cover off-campus housing expenses
  2. Loans of any sort
  3. House-sitting for a coach
  4. Overnight lodging in a coach or staff member home
  5. Meals or food outside of the Occasional Home Meal
  6. Booster providing rides to student-athletes
  7. Use of car or transportation that is not generally available to the institution’s students

*Exceptions to Extra Benefit Rule: As noted in Bylaw, a student-athlete, relative or friend may accept a benefit provided the same benefit is generally available to the member institution’s students and their friends and relatives.

Apparel or Equipment that includes Institutional Identification

A student-athlete may use institutional equipment during outside competition only when representing the institution. A student-athlete must sign the Personal Use of Institutional Equipment Loan Form after receiving approval from his/her Head Coach. Failure to return the equipment in the same condition will result in the student-athlete being held financially responsible for replacing the piece of equipment. A student-athlete may purchase institutional apparel (travel bags, jerseys, winter coats) for use during outside competition at the “going rate” for such apparel, provided the apparel is no longer being used by the institution per the Director of Athletics and Head Coach’s discretion.

Procedures for Apparel or Equipment:

  1. To be issued equipment and/or apparel, student-athletes must be on the squad list.
  2. The Head Coach will be responsible for completing an inventory form for each student-athlete.
  3. A student-athlete will be asked to sign an inventory form, along with their Head Coach, at initial issuance of equipment and apparel.
  4. If a student-athlete wishes to receive new equipment/apparel, they need to contact the coach who then contacts Compliance Office. The Compliance Office records all transitions on the inventory form.
  5. If equipment and/or apparel are is lost, stolen, damaged, or not returned at the end of the academic year/conclusion of playing season, the student-athlete shall be held financially responsible and will be charged with the replacement cost.
  6. A student-athlete may be allowed to retain athletic apparel, not equipment, with the approval of the Head Coach and Director of Athletics.

Apparel or Equipment that includes Institutional Identification

A student-athlete may retain institutional athletic apparel items (not equipment) as an award after the student-athlete exhausts his/her eligibility. Each Head Coach is permitted to hold a campus-wide “sale” of any apparel that is no longer being used or is in excess for the academic year and funds raised will benefit that specific sport program.

Occasional Home Meal

Once a month during the academic year and twice a month during the summer, a student-athlete singularly or an entire team may receive a home meal from coaches, staff or a booster. More information regarding the Occasional Home Meal is located on ARMS.

Complimentary Admissions (Tickets)

The Athletics Compliance Office will coordinate complimentary admissions through pre-submitted pass lists and visit forms for each class of complimentary admission. ARMS will be used to administrate complimentary tickets. No full “hard tickets” will be issued to any individual receiving complimentary admission. A valid I.D. must be presented before a complimentary admission will be issued. Student-athletes receive a maximum of four (4) complimentary admissions per regular season competition in their sport for their guests, regardless of whether the student-athlete competes.


Daemen Athletics coaches, athletics administrators, student-athletes and “representatives of athletic interests” shall follow all NCAA athletic fundraising policies and procedures, as well as Daemen College Business Office and Advancement Office rules and regulations, regarding the raising of and receipting of funds from any and all fundraising events without exception.

Each Head Coach is encouraged to set up opportunities for their team to participate in fundraising activities that will generate operational money for their sport. There are many different fundraising options. Each team will seek out different fundraising opportunities, and student-athletes are encouraged to participate in such activities to help generate operational money for their sport or to offset the cost of specific items. All athletically related fundraising events will be approved, in advance, by the Director of Athletics. 46

Student-athletes should be aware of the NCAA Division II limits to playing and practice time both in and out of season. The NCAA calls the time student-athletes spend in practice, competition or preparation for completion Countable Athletically Related Activities (CARA). “In season” (the championship season and for those sports which have a non-championship season), individuals may participate in no more than twenty (20) hours of CARA each week and must have one day off entirely within a seven day period. “Out of season” the weekly limit is eight hours of CARA, with two days off, and only two of those hours may be devoted to full team activities, skill instruction, or video review.

As a student-athlete member, the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success may occasionally ask you to review the weekly CARA log your coach is required to submit through CA. The Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success will randomly select student-athletes to complete this verification report. Student-athletes will have seven (7) days to complete the task. The purpose of the verification is to ensure that all involved in CARA (e.g., coach, athletic trainer and student- athletes) are held accountable to this rule. If there are other times when you have a question about practice schedules or the seasonal segment, please contact the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance & Student-Athlete Success.

The following are examples (not an exhaustive list) of activities considered as CARA and must be noted on the team’s weekly CARA Logs

  • Practice and competition (competition counts as three hours regardless of duration)
  • Required weight training and conditioning
  • Film review
  • Individual skill training or workouts

Examples of non-countable activities include

  • Meals
  • Athletic training preparation or treatments
  • Study Hall
  • Travel
  • Voluntary workouts (if not observed or reported to coaching staff)
  • Student-initiated meetings with coaches


Practice/Home Game Venue Transportation
  1. Daemen Athletics strongly encourages all Coaches whose off-campus practice/home game venues, to utilize the College owned/leased passenger vans to transport student-athletes to/from venues. a. All coaches are required to obtain proper approvals as per College policy (refer to College Campus Safety/Purchasing Department Policy) before driving College vans.

    a) Any change in the coach’s driving record and/or privileges (e.g. DMV suspensions or revocations) should be reported to the Director of Athletics as soon as possible. i. Coaches should follow the established College Campus Safety/Purchasing Department policy on being “re-approved” to drive a college van.

    b) Any vehicular accidents in a college-owned/leased van are to be reported to the Director of Athletics, Campus Safety, and the Physical Plant as soon as possible. i. In the event of an accident, if able, coaches should serve as a first aider and provide care to any injured passengers until Police/Fire/EMS arrive.

  2. Coaches who drive their vehicle to/from an off-campus practice/home game venue do so at their own risk. a. Per College policy, coaches who drive their own vehicles to/from an off-campus practice/home game venue and choose to transport additional passengers (e.g., assistant coaches, student-athletes, game admin personnel, etc.) are assuming full responsibility and liability for the health and safety of those passengers.
  3. Daemen Athletics strongly encourages all student-athletes on teams that use off-campus practice/game venues to ride in the College owned/leased passenger vans to/from venues. a. All student-athletes on teams that use off-campus practice/home game venues should be given the option to ride in a college-owned/leased passenger van to/from the venues.

a) Student-Athletes who have academic classes/program requirements that conflict with team practice times may need to arrive late to or leave early from an off-campus practice/home game venue. In these situations, student-athletes have the option to drive their own vehicle to/from an off-campus practice/home game venue but do so at their own risk. i. Student-athletes who drive their own vehicles to/from an off-campus practice/home game venue and choose to transport additional passengers (e.g., teammates) assume full responsibility and liability for the health and safety of those passengers.

Away Game Transportation
  1. Transportation to away contests is to be arranged by the Head Coach in consultation with the Daemen Athletics Operations Coordinator.
  2. In general, the distance to the away contest will dictate the mode of transportation: passenger vans, coach bus, or airline. a. Airline travel will require organizing ground transportation to the airport as well as securing ground transportation, including the necessary drivers, at the destination.

    a) Coach buses should be utilized when a team is traveling beyond a one-way trip of 4 hours

    b) Coach bus companies will provide the necessary driver/relief drivers as per DOT regulations, depending on the distance/time of the road trip.

    c) Passenger vans are most often used for an away contest that takes place within a one- way trip of under 4 hours. Requesting the use of passenger vans to an away contest beyond a one-way 4 hours will require the prior approval of the Director of Athletics.

    d) If the Director of Athletics authorizes the use of passenger vans beyond the aforementioned one-way time, an approved non-student-athlete secondary/relief driver for each passenger van must be included on the trip.

  3. All student-athletes on the travel roster should be strongly encouraged to ride in the pre- arranged College-sponsored transportation mode to/from the away game venue.

    a) Student-athletes who have academic classes/program requirements that conflict with the departure and/or return time of the College-sponsored transportation have the option to drive their own vehicle to/from the away game venue but do so at their own risk.

    b) Student-athletes who drive their own vehicles to/from an away game venue and choose to transport additional passengers (e.g. teammates) are assuming full responsibility and liability for the health and safety of those passengers.

  4. Coaches who drive their own vehicles to/from an away game venue do so at their own risk. By College policy, coaches who drive their own vehicles to/from an away game venue and choose to transport additional passengers (e.g. assistant coaches, student-athletes, game admin personnel, etc.) are assuming full responsibility and liability for the health and safety of those passengers.
Updated on September 8, 2022

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