The dual purposes of the intercollegiate athletics program at
Lander University are to promote the role of the athletics program
as it supports the stated mission of the University and to promote
the academic achievement and whole development of each
student-athlete who represents the University. Further, the program
reflects the Statement of Purpose in assisting athletes to "develop
skills and ideals conducive to positive physical and mental health"
and, further, to "provide cultural opportunities for the
University's constituents." Toward these ends, it is the intention
of the athletics administrators to shape a program characterized by
honesty, integrity, fairplay, and the highest ideals of amateur
athletic competition and academic achievement.
Because it encourages broad student, faculty, administration,
staff, and community participation, the athletics program is
grounded in the expectation that intercollegiate athletes at Lander
University will emphasize academics first; academic progress of
players will be a primary aim of the program. Further,
student-athletes are expected to meet their academic
responsibilities as students progressing toward degree completion;
to be positive role models for the institution, both on and off
campus; and to strive toward becoming effective, contributing
members of society.
As an integral part of the total education offering at Lander
University, the athletics program is under the control of the
administration of the institution and the Athletics Committee.
Standards relating to admissions, academic standing, and academic
progress of student-athletes are all subject to, consistent with,
and often are even higher than standards exacted by the institution
of all other students.