Crest for Policies 

Policy N1
Policy Name: Intercollegiate Athletics Participation
Responsibility for Maintenance: College Affiliated Enterprises

Date of most recent changes: April 16, 2012

I. Policy Statement 

The Onondaga Community College Athletics Department is committed to supporting the College’s mission by making a difference in the lives of student athletes.  Athletics is an educational opportunity and experience that complements a student’s formal classroom education.  Athletic participation helps to facilitate the development of young adults by teaching and reinforcing life skills.  Collegiate athletics requires a special commitment and willingness to accept greater expectations and responsibilities.  First and foremost, Onondaga wants its student-athletes to be successful in the classroom.  Additionally, student-athletes are expected to compete at the highest level while learning valuable life lessons by participating as part of a team and living, learning and contributing to a diverse community.

Onondaga Community College will be recognized as a nationally competitive athletics program dedicated to positively influencing the academic, personal, social and athletic development of its student-athletes.  The athletics program will compete to win while teaching life lessons, reinforcing healthy behaviors and providing opportunities to learn new skills and develop positive habits that collectively assist student-athletes in reaching their full potential.

Student athletes must comply with:

  • Applicable federal, state and local law
  • Onondaga Community College Policy N5 Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures
  • National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA)
  • Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) constitutions, bylaws, rules, regulations and requirements
  • Athletic Department procedures, rules and regulations
  • Team rules and coaching instructions

Each individual involved in intercollegiate athletics is obligated to know and act in full compliance with these requirements; and to report any violation of NJCAA, conference and/or College rules of which he or she is aware to his or her head coach or the Athletics Director.

If a student-athlete is involved in conduct that violates any or all of these requirements, he or she will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action to be determined at the discretion of the team’s Head Coach and/or the Athletic Director (or a designee). Such disciplinary action may include, without limitation, temporary or permanent revocation of athletic privileges, and is in addition to any other consequences that may apply pursuant to applicable College policies, procedures, rules and regulations.

II. Reason for Policy 

This policy is intended to make clear the nature of intercollegiate athletics participation as a privilege, not a right, and to describe certain behavioral expectations for student athletes. This policy is not intended, nor shall it be construed, to limit coaching staff discretion as to team membership, participation, playing time and similar decisions, subject to compliance with the specific minimum standards set forth above.  

III. Applicability of the Policy 

All Athletic Department staff, actual and prospective student-athletes, and Onondaga Community College athletics boosters should be familiar with this policy

IV. Related Documents 

  • NJCAA Handbook/Casebook
  • Onondaga Community College Student-Athlete Orientation Program
  • Onondaga Community College Policy N5 Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures

V. Contacts  

Subject  Office Name  Title or Position   Telephone Number Email/URL 
  Athletic Department Athletics Director (315) 498-2097 m.a.borsz@sunyocc.edu


Approved by the OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006

Updated and approved by the President January 31, 2011

Updated and approved by the President April 16, 2012