“If a student doesn’t come in at the end of a term, we know who it is and we try to get them to come at the very start of the next term,” said May. “We try to focus on them individually and ask them to come.”
When this program was implemented in the fall of 2013, only 72.4 percent of student-athletes in the College of Arts and Sciences attended a meeting — this number jumped to 91 percent in the spring of 2014 and to 93.4 percent in the fall of 2014.
May said most student-athletes meet with their advisers at the Loudermilk Center for Excellence because of its proximity to athlete practices and lockers. Joy Renner, chairwoman of the Faculty Athletic Committee, said Loudermilk also serves as a respite from the celebrity-status that some student-athletes carry with them on campus.
“(Student-athletes) get lots of other students on campus all the time wanting to talk to them or wanting to talk about the game, Loudermilk is a safe place for them,” Renner said, “They get to be a student in Loudermilk.”
May and Brown meet with the coaches and staff of teams, such as football and basketball, regularly to check in on student-athletes.
“With football, we actually meet everybody once a week — that’s all the coaches, all the position coaches and (Academic Support Program for Student Athletes) council group. Also once a week each counselor will meet with his or her position coach,” Brown said. “Ultimately, Coach (Larry) Fedora is very involved. He has a structure where each of the position coaches are responsible for their student athletes.”
The committee discussed possible amendments to NCAA rules that directly affect student-athletes such as a rule within the ACC that takes one year of eligibility away from a player who transfers schools within the conference.
Some members of the committee, including sociology professor Andrew Perrin, thought that the harsh rules were unnecessary, especially since conferences such as the Southeastern Conference do not have such rules.
“I don’t see a need to be different in this regard specifically,” Perrin said.