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NCAA Eligibility and Student-Athlete Success

About Us:

The NCAA Eligibility and Student-Athlete Success staff provides Ohio University student-athletes with a comprehensive support program which utilizes various resources and learning techniques to promote student development and to help maximize each student-athlete's academic potential. These academic services provide a positive and constructive learning experience for student-athletes which are conducive to personal and professional growth. As the official liaisons between the Ohio University Athletic Department and all academic units on campus, the staff strives to assist student-athletes academically as well as monitor student-athletes' progress toward NCAA continuing eligibility.

Ohio University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Mission Statement
The mission of Ohio University Athletics is to successfully develop the student-athlete as a person, student and athlete. While operating with the utmost integrity, Athletics contributes to the university by achieving athletically and academically, generating visibility, promoting institutional pride, enhancing campus life and serving as a connection with alumni and fans.

Ohio University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics NCAA Eligibility and Student-Athlete Success Mission Statement
The mission of the office of NCAA Eligibility and Student-Athlete Success Services is to provide the resources necessary to foster academic success and personal development for student-athletes.

Academic Services:

NCAA Eligibility and Student-Athlete Success staff provide a range of services to OHIO student-athletes:

  • Provides assistance with class registration procedures and course selection
  • Advises student-athletes about University, MAC and NCAA rules and regulations
  • Conducts weekly meetings to track progress in courses throughout the semester
  • Monitors academic progress through midterm progress reports
  • Generates weekly reports for coaches on student-athletes' academic performance
  • Communicates regularly with faculty, sport medicine, and coaching staffs
  • Arranges free tutorial services for individual and group sessions
  • Tracks continuing student-athlete eligibility
  • Provides free printing and study rooms available in the Sook Academic Center
  • Offers a freshman student-athlete seminar class (UC 2900) as an orientation to campus life and academic requirements
  • Provides student-athletes team travels letters for instructors during season
  • Coordinates community service and academic scholarship opportunities
  • Meets with prospective student-athletes and their families on recruiting visits

Academic Resources
Tutoring Services, housed in the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) on campus, provides academic support to all Ohio University students. They offer appointments and drop-in sessions where students can meet with a tutor who works with students to master content. This peer can also guide students to study smarter, take better notes, and remain confident during exams.

Tutoring Services
Student Writing Center
Supplemental Instruction
Study Skills

Academic Advising and Registration

Priority Registration
Student-athletes receive priority privileges for class registration each semester which allows them to reduce practice and competition conflicts.

Course Offerings
Course Catalog


NCAA Eligibility and Student-Athlete Success Staff:

Randee Duffy, Senior Associate Athletic Director
Team Assignments:  Football
593-1172 duffyr1@ohio.edu
Elizabeth Conard, Associate Director/Director of Life Skills
Team Assignments: Football, Soccer, Softball
593-0817 conarde@ohio.edu

Matt Gilmore, Coordinator
Team Assignments: Baseball, Cross Country,  Swimming & Diving, Women's Track & Field

593-9976 gilmorem@ohio.edu
Heather Papp, Coordinator
Team Assignments: Men's and Women's Golf, Volleyball and Wrestling
593-0536 papph@ohio.edu

Sarah Meade, Coordinator
Team Assignments: Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Field Hockey

566-0149  meades@ohio.edu
Taylor Thomas, Learning Specialist  593-0810 tthomas@ohio.edu

Perry and Sandy Sook Academic Center:

The Perry and Sandy Sook Academic Center, located on the north side of Peden Stadium, provides dedicated study and instructional support for more than 425 student athletes and group project collaboration with student peers across campus. 

The facility, whose total project budget of approximately $7 million was funded entirely by Ohio athletics and included a generous lead gift commitment of $2.25 million from Ohio alumni Perry and Sandy Sook, provides a classroom, computer lab, tutor rooms, offices and offices for Academic and Compliance staff members. The Sook Center also enabled Ohio University to provide much-needed ADA restrooms to the Peden Stadium complex.

The construction of the Sook Center began in August 2017 and was completed in late August 2018. The new academic center has doubled the size of the former study space, which was located on the fourth floor of Peden Stadium. On Ohio game days, the academic center transforms into a hospitality area for donors and fans. 

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 5:00 p.m.  -9:00 p.m.

Study Hall

During hours of operation, the Sook Academic Center is open to student-athletes. Student-Athlete Success staff members are available during busy, high-traffic hours and throughout the day. Graduate and practicum students monitor the Sook Academic Center Sunday through Thursday evenings during evening study hall hours.

At the beginning of the student-athlete’s second semester of enrollment at Ohio University, there will be a set number of study hall hours required of all student-athletes based upon their cumulative GPA.  Student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or better will not be required to attend study hall. Required study hall hours for incoming freshmen and transfers in their first semester will be based upon a sliding scale. The student-athlete’s core GPA from high school/college along with his/her ACT/SAT test score will be reviewed to determine the number of hours the student will be required to attend each week. New student-athletes will be placed in either 10, 8, 6 or 4 hours of study hall depending on their core GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

  • Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA below 2.19 = 10 hours per week
  • Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA between 2.20-2.39  = 8 hours per week
  • Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA between 2.40-2.59  = 6 hours per week
  • Student-athletes with a cumulative GPA between 2.60 - 3.00 = 4 hours per week (select student-athletes)

*Student-athletes must complete a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours of study hall per study session for the time to count toward their required hours.

Academic Highlights:

  • Ohio University student-athletes earned a 3.026 term GPA and a 3.148 accumulative GPA for fall 2018. In spring 2019, the student-athletes’ term GPA improved from the previous term earning a 3.188 term GPA while the accumulative GPA was 3.235.
  • A total of 239 student-athletes received the Athletic Director's Honor Roll recognition (Term GPA above a 3.0) in the fall 2018 and 257 earned honors in spring 2019.
  • A total of 44 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 term GPA in 2018-2019 and are recognized as part of the 400 Club.
  • OHIO had 12 of 16 sport programs finish with a team GPA above a 3.0 for the 2018-2019 year.