Intercollegiate athletics provide a unique and valuable learning experience in the context of Cornell's educational program. These programs contribute significantly to the development of the individual student and the enrichment of the college community overall. They provide excellent opportunities for growth, self-realization, and fulfillment of personal potential. At Cornell, the athletics program exists for the educational benefit of students and not for the sake of individual or institutional publicity, prestige, or profit.
Specifically, Cornell's athletics programs are designed to:
- support student-athletes in their efforts to reach high levels of academic and athletic performance;
- affirm the highest standards of teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play, and ethical conduct;
- provide equitable athletic opportunities for males and females and give equal emphasis to men's and women's sports;
- promote an environment that values diversity and gender equity among student athletes and athletics staff
Eligibility for students participating in intercollegiate athletics is determined by regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Midwest Conference, as well as by the academic regulations of Cornell College. Participation includes practicing and traveling with the team, and competing in intercollegiate events.
To be eligible to represent Cornell College in intercollegiate athletics, a student must:
- be enrolled as a full-time student at Cornell College and be making satisfactory progress toward a degree, as defined by the college.
- Cornell requires that a full-time student be enrolled for a minimum of eight terms in each academic year. Seniors may be less than full-time in their final semester only, but must be enrolled for at least the number of terms needed to complete their graduation requirements.
Full-time enrollment is further defined as enrolled for a minimum of three course credits (12 semester hours) during the fall semester (Terms One through Four) in order to participate in intercollegiate athletics during any or all of those terms, and enrolled for a minimum of three term credits (12 semester hours) during the spring semester (Terms Five through Eight) in order to participate in intercollegiate athletics during any or all of those terms. Senior athletes who complete her or his final course during the fall semester, and participate in a winter sport, may need to apply for an NCAA waiver to complete the winter sports competition season. These seniors should meet with the Director of Athletics for more NCAA compliance information.
Questions concerning eligibility should be addressed to the Director of Athletics and, if they involve registration or satisfactory progress, to the Registrar.
Athletic Eligibility Appeal Process
Students who have been ruled ineligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics may appeal such a ruling to the Academic Standing Committee. Similarly, exceptions to Cornell College's athletic regulations may be granted by the Academic Standing Committee for compelling reasons. Students should petition as early as possible on forms available from the Registrar's Office. All such petitions must be signed by the Director of Athletics, the student's coach, and the student's academic advisor.