In conjunction with the University College Evening Academic Support Program the FSU Department of Athletics offers student-athletes a convenient place to study and to receive academic support through peer tutoring and academic advisement. This evening program is open to all Fayetteville State students who find the evening hours more convenient for them to study and receive individual tutoring. Because of practice schedules, and classes during the day, athletes find the evening program more accommodating and conducive to their academic needs.

The Academic Center, located in Helen T. Chick Building (Room # 116B), is open four days a week, Monday- Thursday, from 7 pm- 9 pm. If there are special needs flexible hours are tailored to make the most of student-athletes' limited time.

The center houses two mini computer labs with a network printer, individual study carrels and areas for monitored group study and tutorial work. A copier is also available as an academic resource.

To ensure an environment conducive to studying and to provide an effective monitoring system, the following rules and regulations are implemented for the Academic Support Center:

  • No talking. Group test preparation and tutoring sessions should be approved and held in the conference room.

  • No snacks or drinks permitted in the Academic Center.

  • Tobacco products, computer games, playing cards, leisure reading materials are not permitted in the Academic Center. • Checking email or chatting is only permissible on the designated computer.

  • Each student-athlete must report to the Lead Tutor or Evening Academic Supervisor to sign-in and sign-out to meet the accountability requirements of Extension Grade Contract.

  • You must stay at least 1 hour per session in order to receive credit for your time toward meeting the 10 hour requirement for an Extension Grade approved by your course instructor and the Academic Coordinator for Student-Athletes.

  • Use of your personal laptop requires approval from staff.


Preparation is the key to the student-athlete's development in the classroom. The ISP is a tool to help student-athletes commit themselves to meeting their academic goals.

While this program is available to everyone, the following students are required to participate:

1. Freshmen in their first semester;

2. All transfers in their first semester;

3. All student-athletes whose GPA falls below 2.25; or

4. Any student-athletes referred by the head coach or his/her designee.

Student-athletes are required to meet once per semester (mid-term) with the Academic Team consisting of their head coach, Athletic Director, and Academic Coordinator. During this meeting, the team and the student-athlete review academic performance as determined by mid-term grades and faculty early alert data.

The ISP form will be completed detailing every class assignment, test, tutorial sessions, individual study sessions, extra credit sessions, academic skills workshop, additional study hall time will also be a part of ISP plan and all other campus academic resources deemed appropriate to assist those in need of specific services.

However, FSU Athletic staff and tutors, approved by the Athletic Director, may supervise study activities outside the Evening Academic Support Center. Failure to fulfill the obligations of the ISP Plan may result in suspension from practice, travel, or competition.


The primary responsibility of the Athletics Academic Coordinator will be to assist student-athletes with information and informed advice about any academic matters. This does not take place (supplant) of the student-athletes primary assigned Faculty Advisor. The Coordinator's input is to supplement the advice provided to the student-athlete provided by official University assigned faculty advisor.

Student-athletes may find the advice especially helpful prior to and/or during registration periods. After meeting with the assigned Faculty Academic Advisor, the student-athlete should meet with the Athletics Academic Coordinator to discuss class schedules in light of the demands of athletic schedules of practices and competitions and the possible impact on current academic standings, specific degree requirements, and other academic concerns.

Student-athletes must contact the Compliance Officer for Athletics before dropping or withdrawing from any course. To remain eligible for athletics participation, all academic changes must be in compliance with both the rules of FSU and the NCAA.

Monitoring each student-athlete's academic performance is another responsibility of the Academic Coordinator. This monitoring is done via Web focus reports, written and verbal inquiries to individual professors regarding each student-athlete's class attendance, grades and classroom attitude. Keeping in close contact with class instructors will provide the Athletics Academic Coordinator, coaches, and the student-athletes with a timely assessment of academic situations.


Professional tutors will provide tutoring after 7:00pm-9:00pm, Monday -Thursday, to those student-athletes who are not able to receive tutoring throughout the normal day time schedule. Professional tutors and Peer tutors will assist in identifying academic deficiencies of participants enrolled in the ISP program. They will administer instructor-made surveys or instruments to determine the strengths and weaknesses of participants. They will discuss the academic progress of participants with the Athletics Academic Coordinator on a weekly basis.

They will refer the student-athletes to the Athletics Academic Coordinator for additional guidance and to any other available campus-wide resource. The professional tutors will also submit monthly reports to Athletics Academic Coordinator.