Student-Athlete Support Services

Mission Statement

In keeping with Gonzaga's rich Catholic and Jesuit heritage, and with a keen interest in the continued advancement and growth of our institution, the Office of Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) strives to empower and support both the student-athletes and the athletic community of Gonzaga University to develop well-rounded and compassionate individuals who are primed to contribute to society. Through individualized support, listening, and responding to the needs of our student-athletes, we foster and build relationships that promote social responsibility, well-being, and provide a foundation for our student-athletes to achieve academic and athletic success.

Academic Support Services

Academic Advising
The Academic Support office works collaboratively with primary faculty advisors to ensure that all student-athletes are fulfilling graduation requirements and meeting all NCAA academic eligibility benchmarks. The Academic Support office serves as the secondary advisor to student-athletes during registration periods by assisting student-athletes schedule required courses that do not conflict with practice times and competition.

Academic Monitoring
Mid-Term grade reports and academic progress reports are collected for each student-athlete throughout the semester. These reports provide an opportunity for early intervention and support when academic difficulties arise. The Academic Support office continuously monitors all academic reports and history to ensure student-athletes are completing their academic degree plans and maintaining NCAA academic eligibility benchmarks

At-Risk Programming
If at any time a student-athlete's cumulative or semester grade point average drops below a 2.5 he/she will automatically be entered into specialized at-risk programming. The Academic Support office works one-on-one with these student-athletes to assist in academic recovery efforts and/or to help the student gain the skills necessary to succeed at Gonzaga University. The at-risk program utilizes all of the resources available through the Academic Support office including: weekly meetings with Academic Support staff members, one-on-one tutorial support, weekly study table hours, weekly academic goal statements, and specialized support services arranged through the Disability Resource Center at Gonzaga University.

Freshman Experience
Every freshman athlete is required to enroll in EDPE 195- Freshman Athletic Experience. This course was designed to introduce key learning strategies, NCAA and WCC rules and policies, lifestyle and personal growth strategies, and to reinforce important University processes and functions vital to maintaining athletic eligibility as well as good academic and financial standing with Gonzaga University. The course focuses on the needs of incoming freshman student-athletes in an effort to ease their transition into a university setting, while providing strategies for maintaining the balance between the demands of athletics and academics.

Tutorial Services
The purpose of the tutorial program is to provide student-athletes with one-on-one educational support and week-by-week structure so they can succeed in their coursework and develop the skills and attitudes of a successful student. Student-athletes and tutors develop a close working relationship by meeting each week to complete tasks and set new academic goals. Tutors are trained student employees with strong academic knowledge, a clear and friendly communication style and a desire to help student-athletes perform their best. To request a tutor or for more information, visit the program home page or contact Tutor Coordinator- Emma Dolcetti.

Laptop Lending
The Academic Support lab contains laptops available for students to use on team road trips, study tables, or special circumstances. This program gives student-athletes the opportunity to maintain their academic excellence on the road. To reserve a laptop, student-athletes must fill out a Laptop Request Form which can be found in the Academic Lab. The form should be filled out 48 hours in advance.

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