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Academic Support

Student-Athlete Support Program

Student Athlete Study Hall

The Student-Athlete Support Program provides academic support for all AU student-athletes.

Individual Meetings with a Support Counselor

Student-athletes may meet with a staff member on a weekly or as needed basis. In an individual appointment students can learn new techniques for specific academic skills such as reading, note taking, exam preparation and writing. Individual meetings can also support students with a disability or ADHD.

Individual meetings are a proactive program, which identifies student-athletes who may confront a variety of challenges either in their transition to AU or as upper class students. Students use meetings to develop their general life skills, such as time management, prioritizing and creating balance. 


The Student-Athlete Support Program also provides individual peer tutors for student-athletes. A student should can email to request a tutor as soon as there is a concern about course material. 

Students are always encouraged to use professor office hours for support. In addition to individual tutoring, referrals to other campus resources, such as the Writing Lab, the Writing Center, Supplemental Instruction and the Mathematics & Statistics Tutoring Lab may be provided.

Study Hall

All first-year and transfer student-athletes are required to attend study hall in the library during their first semester at American University. Once student-athletes demonstrate successful academic progress, as defined by their team, student-athletes manage their own study time. At any point in their academic career, students may again be required to attend study hall if their grades fall below team standards. 

Progress Reports

At mid-semester faculty members are asked to indicate the students' progress and current grade. Progress reports are shared with student-athletes and coaches.


Beginning with the second semester of enrollment, student-athletes receive priority registration. When student-athletes register early, class and practice conflicts can be minimized. Student-athletes must follow all registration procedures set by their academic unit. 

Course Registration for Your First Semester

In May you will receive information to help guide you in selecting your courses for your first semester. During summer orientation you will meet with your academic adviser in your academic department to review your course selection and make any necessary changes. The Student-Athlete Support Program also provides your name and practice schedule to your adviser so that he/she can help you arrange a class schedule that does not conflict with practice. The Student-Athlete Support Program is also available to assist you.

Class & Competition Conflict

New students often ask, "Will I miss class for team competition?" Sometimes that is unavoidable. Student-athletes do their best to register for classes that limit the number of absences required for competitions.  

At the beginning of each semester, the Student-Athlete Support Program provides letters for student-athletes to give to their professors with the travel schedule for their sport. The letter provides a basis for a student-athlete's discussion with each professor about potential academic/athletic conflicts.

When an absence occurs, it is the student-athlete's responsibility to follow up about the missed class session and get notes from a classmate. 

Student-athletes are expected to turn in papers before leaving for team travel or make arrangements with the professor to turn it in electronically. If a student-athlete is going to miss an exam due to team travel, they must discuss it with the professor prior to the scheduled exam date. If the professor prefers, the Student-Athlete Supoort Program can proctor the exam provided that arrangements are made prior to the student-athlete's departure.

Accessing Accommodations for a Disability or ADHD

All students who need to access accommodations for a disability or ADHD must provide documentation of a disability. Documentation requirements are on the main ASAC webpage.  

Students are strongly encouraged to submit their documentation before arriving on campus. Once on campus, students must set up an appointment with an ASAC counselor to review the accommodations necessary and learn about procedures for setting up exam accommodations.

For More Information:

Student-Athlete Support Program
Bender Arena, Room 206
Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00am - 5:00 pm

Ashley Rozendaal
Program Director, Student-Athlete Academic & Life Skills Support, ASAC

Spencer Bonahoom
Academic & Life Skills Counselor, Student Athletes

Erin Saunders
Asst. Counselor, Student-Athletes