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The Student-Athlete Support Program (SASP) is a service of the Academic Support and Access Center whose mission is to enhance the academic and personal well-being of American University student-athletes. The SASP provides holistic counseling and life skills development programming, promoting excellence, responsibility, and initiative in achieving educational, athletic, personal and social goals. The emphasis is on the development of the total person. These efforts include assistance with academic skills, time management, organization, leadership development, freshmen transition support, and career development. The SASP also provides referrals to other campus offices as necessary. Find out more about important policies and responsibilities of the SASP below.

Each member of the SASP team serves as a holistic counselor for student-athletes on each of AU's NCAA Division I athletic teams. This role includes one-on-one academic coaching as well as individual meetings to address other areas, including academic scheduling, major exploration, career preparation, and other aspects of personal development.

Student-athletes are excused from class for any athletic team events. This includes competitions as well as travel to away events. Faculty will receive a "travel letter" at the beginning of the semester for every student-athlete in their class, which outlines the dates and times for each excused absence. If necessary, the SASP will send updates for post-season competition once they are announced.

The excused absence policy as it pertains to student-athletes is explained in the Academic Rules and Regulations. Item 4.1.1 says, "Excused absences include… athletic team events." Item 4.1.3 goes on to say, "Students may not be penalized for excused absences but are required to make-up all work missed as a result of the excused absence by the end of the term." The Academic Rules and Regulations can be found in its entirety here.

If a student-athlete has an exam scheduled in a class that fall on the day of an excused absence, the Courtesy Testing Service (CTS) can proctor the exam. To request to use CTS, the student and faculty member should decide on alternative arrangements for the exam – a date and time when the student will make up the exam. Then, the faculty member should fill out the Test Request Form at least 3 business days prior to the desired exam date. All information about CTS can be found here.

 The SASP offers life skills development meetings and programs to support the holistic well-being of all student-athletes. In an effort to meet the developmental initiatives of the AU Athletic Department, Patriot League, and NCAA, the SASP carries out programs that focus on transitions, leadership development, career preparation and more. The goal is to help AU student-athletes continue to develop on and off the field throughout their time at American. To find out more about the SASP and the life skills programs, please visit our webpage on the AU Athletics website, which can be found here.

Contact Us!

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

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Spencer Bonahoom
Academic & Life Skills Counselor

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Erin Saunders
Academic Support Counselor