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Sacred Heart University maintains intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program. For each student-athlete, athletics is used as an opportunity to expand the personal commitment toward a lifetime of excellence. A significant component of developing this excellence is to instill the highest degree of academic and athletic integrity.
As a volunteer member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Northeast Conference, Sacred Heart University is committed to abiding by all rules and regulations of these bodies. The NCAA governs the actions of our coaches and student-athletes, and has explicit guidelines that regulate the actions of our program. Hopefully this compliance site will further assist prospective student-athletes, current student-athletes, athletic representatives/boosters, and anyone else interested in intercollegiate athletics and Sacred Heart University.
Mission of the Department of Athletics
The broad mission of the Department of Athletics is to provide an opportunity for students to enrich their college experience through a comprehensive, challenging, and professionally managed intercollegiate athletic program. Through associated athletic events, student-athletes are encouraged to achieve levels of excellence in competition and individual development. Additionally, the Department of Athletics is dedicated to enhancing the University's reputation for integrity and excellence, as demonstrated by the performance of student-athletes, coaches, and all departmental staff members both on and off the field.
Mission of Compliance
The Department of Athletics adheres, in principle and fact, to the rules and regulations of the Northeast Conference (NEC), the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA), and its affiliate competing leagues in which the University competes and the NCAA. It is the mission of the office of athletic compliance to provide student-athletes, coaches, staff, and boosters with the knowledge needed to be successful within the guidelines provided by NCAA legislation. The duty of the athletic compliance office is to maintain the institution's integrity in the area of athletic compliance and to assist the athletic department in maintaining intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body. Sacred Heart promotes excellence in athletics and academics. High standards in both programs insure that students will be given the best possible foundation for their future lives and careers. Academic achievement is the primary measure of a successful student-athlete, and integrity is the hallmark of a successful program.
SHU does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national/ethnic origin, or physical challenge in the administration of its education policies, admission policies, athletic programs, or administered programs. Any behavior or action that discriminates based on any of the above characteristics is unacceptable and subject to disciplinary action. Student-athletes who feel that they have been discriminated against should contact SHU's Director of Human Resources.
Compliance is everyone's responsibility and we need help in ensuring the growth and success of SHU Athletics. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Compliance Office.