:: Institutional Commitment

Georgia Southwestern State University is committed to operating a competitive intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with NCAA regulations.  Each member of the coaching staff, whether paid or volunteer, is expected to adhere to all applicable Institutional, Peach Belt Conference, and NCAA regulations.  Institutional control of the athletics programs is a shared responsibility among all members of the University community.  The purpose of this section is to provide boosters (i.e. individual’s with an athletic’s interest), fans, patrons, prospective student-athletes, and enrolled student-athletes pertinent information regarding some of the rules and regulations of the NCAA. It should provide guidance in many of the situations you may encounter and help you to avoid inadvertently violating NCAA rules.


Specific questions regarding the information provided or any NCAA regulations not covered adequately should be addressed to the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance, Christie L. Ward at (229) 931-7012 or email at christie.ward@gsw.edu. It is the responsibility of everyone associated with Georgia Southwestern State Athletics to be educated. Asking questions before you act ensures that our department remain in compliance and that none of our student-athlete’s eligibility is jeopardized.

:: GSW Athletic Department Mission

The Athletics Department envisions its mission within the context of the principles of the mission statement of the University. The mission of the Athletics Department is to complement the development of our student-athletes as they prepare for successful careers, leadership roles, productive citizenship, and satisfying quality of life.

The University’s commitment to the optimal development of each student is an integral part of the Athletics Department’s goals and a primary consideration in our service to student-athletes and the University community. The Athletics Department strives to provide an educational experience that fosters the development of the whole person intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially.

The Intercollegiate Athletics programs shall play a vital role in the student-athletes’ academic pursuits by providing an encouraging environment in which the principles of amateur athletics, sportsmanship, ethical conduct, emotional maturity, and personal responsibility are emphasized. These principles will be promoted within the context of compliance with the University, Conference, and NCAA policies (including equitable opportunity for women and underrepresented minorities or groups). All Athletics Department decisions and activities will be guided by concern for the general welfare of the student-athletes and supporters.

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