LETTER FROM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR………… 4

NATIONAL AFFILIATION 5

EXPECTATIONS 5

PHILOSOPHY, MISSION AND VISION 6

TEAM PHYSICIAN & MEDICAL INFO 7

ELIGIBILITY 8

CALCULATING GPA 8

CHAPEL CREDIT 8

CLASS ATTENDANCE 9

STUDY HALL…. 9

CODE OF CONDUCT EMPHASIS 10

SEASON GUIDELINES 11

AWARDS 11

SOCIAL MEDIA 12

MEDIA / PRESS 12

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SANCTIONS 13

STUDENT ATHLETE PLEDGE 14

 









Athletic Department Staff:



Andy Meneely - Athletic Director and Lead Athletic Recruiter

E-mail: Andy.Meneely@macuniversity.edu Office #: 252-334-2087 Cell #: 765-517-1048



Charles Troxell III - Head Women’s Basketball Coach / SID

E-mail: Charles.Troxell@macuniversity.edu Office #: 252-334-2033 Cell #: 252-333-4242



Allan Harris - Head Men’s Basketball Coach

E-mail: Allan.Harris@macuniversity.edu   Office #: 252-334- Cell #: 252-340-3323



Ascencion “AG” Gomez - Head Soccer Coach

E-mail: Ascencion.Gomez@macuniversity.edu  Office #: 252-334-2011 Cell #: 757-676-4135



Kendall Williams - Head Golf Coach

E-mail: Kendall.Williams@macuniversity.edu  Office #: 252-334- Cell #: 252-340-9747



Steve Halsted - Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

E-mail: Steve.Halsted@macuniversity.edu Office #: 252-334- Cell #:



Jason Goetz - Head Men’s Baseball Coach

E-mail: Jason.Goetz@macuniversity.edu   Office #: 252-334- Cell #:




Other Key Contacts:




Drew Bromm - Student Life Director and Campus Minister

E-mail: Drew.Bromm@macuniversity.edu Office#: 252-334-2043



Ken Greene - Vice President of Student Services – VPSS

E-mail: Ken.Greene@macuniversity.edu Office #: 252-334-2019



Kevin Larsen - Vice President of Academic Affairs – VPAA

E-mail: Kevin.Larsen@macuniversity.edu Office #: 252-334-2009



Yolanda Teske - University Registrar

E-mail: yolanda.teske@macuniversity.edu Office #: 252-334-2029



Welcome to Mustang Nation,

We are excited for you to be joining the ranks of the many people who have traveled these halls and this campus before you.  You are about to take part in the fantastic world of being called a college student-athlete. Now it is your turn to carry on the privilege of being MACU Mustangs!

MACU is looking forward to a future of change and proactivity while honoring our past. We want to seek out ways to develop connections on campus, in the brotherhood, in the community, and in the world through ministry. One of the themes of the Restoration movement is the unity of believers.  Demonstrate through our play and through our service the unity we have in Christ.

As an athletics department, we will strive to set up you for success in athletics, academics, and spiritual growth. We are continually seeking new ways to support these goals. Also, we want you to seek avenues to “pay forward” the opportunities you receive by serving others.  As a part of our growth, we desire to increase opportunities to make connections with people and develop relationships that will have a lasting impact.

I hope that you will adopt a “Win Twice” attitude. Win first with your attitude and effort towards bringing glory to God. Win second on the scoreboard. 1 Peter 4:7b-11 gives a game plan to us. It briefly tells us how to be, how to treat others, that our words mean something, and how we should serve.

This athletic covenant will provide you with important information that will help to guide your success at MACU as a student-athlete. This covenant is a tool and guide, but it will ONLY be beneficial if you choose to understand the information contained in these pages.  It is expected that you will abide by the guidelines of this covenant, the USCAA, and MACU.

You will find a strong family of administrators, staff and faculty, student leaders and fellow classmates who will be ready to support you if you will allow them to.  We are the MUSTANGS!

Win Twice!

Andy Meneely

Athletic Director

Show Class – Demonstrate Unity – Be of Service




The Mid-Atlantic Christian University Mustangs compete as a member institution with the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).  http://www.theuscaa.comUSCAA_Logo_Byline-Black_Background.jpg

The USCAA is a National Organization consisting of approximately 90 member institutions, offering National Championships in 12 different intercollegiate sports.  The USCAA’s slogan is “Level the playing field for America’s small colleges.”

Starting in the 2018-19 season, we will compete in Division I championships.

Also starting in the 2018-19 season, we have become charter members of the Eastern Metro Athletic Conference (EMAC). Current members are Johnson & Wales-Charlotte, Warren Wilson, The Apprentice School, Clinton College, and Stratford College.

 

EXPECTATIONS of the varsity student-athlete at MACU:

 

That all of our Student-Athletes will desire to GROW – Spiritually, Academically and Athletically!

 

Below is a list of desirable characteristics for the typical Mid-Atlantic Christian University student-athlete, which have deemed of utmost importance:

 

  • You are a STUDENT first, athlete second

  • Show dedication to classes, team and yourself

  • Demonstrate respect for authority: faculty/staff, coaches, captains, and officials.

  • Show pride for our University, the team and yourself

  • Work hard

  • Exhibit fair play and class – CHRIST-LIKE SPORTSMANSHIP

  • Be unselfish – the TEAM comes first

  • Be a great teammate, reach out to others

  • Be a great classmate, extend yourself beyond athletics

  • Know your role

  • Be coachable

  • Be accountable to the mission

  • Be responsible to your job – be on time, behave, be invested

  • Maintain a positive encouraging attitude

  • Remain level headed and be HUMBLE

  • Play to win, but have fun!

  • Take care of yourself – Spiritually, Physically, Emotionally, Academically


Our Mission

Our Mission

Mid-Atlantic Christian University is an undergraduate institution of Christian higher education whose mission is to impact the world by transforming ordinary people into extraordinary Christian leaders.

Our Vision

To be a growing community of superior biblical higher education.

Philosophy of Education

The educational philosophy of Mid-Atlantic Christian University rests upon the conviction that all truth comes from God. Only the Bible, God‘s word, enables us to integrate all fields of knowledge into a meaningful unity; it alone answers the deep questions of the human mind and spirit. Hence, all courses at Mid-Atlantic Christian University are taught from the perspective of the Christian worldview. Mid-Atlantic Christian University provides a Christian education based on a three-fold program of undergraduate instruction: Biblical and theological studies, general studies and professional studies. Mid-Atlantic Christian University believes that an educational program should cultivate development in all areas of a student‘s life. The University seeks to accomplish this through its academic curriculum, its service-learning program and its extracurricular activities. Academic work is designed to provide intellectual growth and maturity. The service-learning program is designed to integrate instruction with practical experience in Christian service. Extracurricular activities are designed to promote spiritual, physical and social growth.

Church Identification

Mid-Atlantic Christian University is a private university from congregations and individuals of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.  The educational program of the University is in harmony with the faith and practice of these churches. While a significant number of students also come from this fellowship, the student body includes people from a variety of churches.

Statement of Faith

The basic doctrinal position that underlies the educational program of Mid- Atlantic Christian University, stated when the school was founded in 1948 and is unchanged today, is that:

  1. Jesus Christ is the uniquely divine and only begotten Son of God, conceived without human father.

  2. The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God, infallibly recorded by men who were supernaturally guided by the Holy Spirit, inerrant in the originals in all the facts they attest and in all communications concerning salvation.

  3. Every miracle recorded in the Bible happened truly and literally by the power of Almighty God.

  4. There is salvation only in the blood of Jesus Christ, shed by grace upon the cross of Calvary, and applied to the heart of the sinner by his own faith in accordance with the terms of the Gospel.

  5. There is an imperative necessity to restore the church of Christ which is described in the New Testament in order to remove division and to attain the unity of all believers, for which Christ prayed as the means of winning the world to Him.

Every officer, administrator, faculty member, and staff member at Mid-Atlantic is required to reaffirm annually his belief, without mental reservation, in the above stated position.

 




The MACU Mustangs office of Athletics would like to introduce Dr. Dan Elliott, D.O.

– Board Certified Sports Medicine, as our official Team Physician.  Please see Dr. Dan’s bio below.

He will be providing complete Athletic physicals to all athletes at the beginning of the year.  He will also be our “on-call” lead contact relating to any injuries and/or illnesses by our student-athletes and coaching staff.  














As a member of the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) student athletes enrolled at Mid Atlantic Christian University will be bound by all eligibility guidelines in accordance with the USCAA.

 

A copy of the USCAA Bylaws are able to be accessed online on the USCAA website: https://www.theuscaa.com/Constitution_-_Bylaws/USCAA_Constitution_-_Bylaws_-effective_07-01-18-.pdf

 

In regards to eligibility of incoming freshman student athletes, who are entering directly out of high school, a student must have a diploma or GED and meet the standards for acceptance to Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

 

Academic Eligibility made easy:

  1. Be currently enrolled in at least 12 hours of class per semester.

  2. Pass at least 12 hours of class per semester.

  3. Get at least a 2.0 GPA every semester.

Be aware that eligibility and requirements to maintain your scholarship may be two different things.



Calculating a Student’s GPA

Grades are only symbolic of that which lies behind them—knowledge gained and retained in a usable form. They are tools for measuring whether the amount of knowledge is adequate for successful completion of a course and for achievement of a University degree. Grades at Mid-Atlantic Christian University are recorded using the following scale.

 

Letter Grade

Description

Quality Points

A+

 

4.000

A

Excellent

4.000

A-

 

3.667

B+

 

3.333

B

Good

3.000

B-

 

2.667

C+

 

2.333

C

Satisfactory

2.000

C-

 

1.667

D+

 

1.333

D

Inferior but passing

1.000

D-

 

0.667

F

Failing

0.000

Calculating a GPA. A student’s grade point average (GPA) for a semester may be computed by:

 

1. Multiplying the semester hours for each course by the grade point equivalent for the letter grade earned in that course to determine the grade points and

2. Dividing the grade points for the semester by the hours attempted.

 

For example:

Class #1 3 semester hours x B+ 3.333 = 9.999

Class #2 3 semester hours x C 2.000 = 6.000

Class #3           + 2 semester hours x A- 3.667 = 7.334

8 semester hours 23.333

23.333 grade points / 8 semester hours = 2.917 Semester GPA

 

A student’s cumulative GPA may be computed by dividing the total grade points for all semesters by the total semester hours attempted.



Chapel/Dorm Group Credits Cliff’s Notes

As part of the graduation requirements, students must demonstrate Christian character and spiritual development

Students are required to attend a set number of events throughout each semester based on their living arrangements and class

schedule. The requirements for most athletes is as follows: Dormitory Residents and Off-campus students with class every day are required to attend 34 events a semester.

 

Every four weeks, the Student Life Director will update the students as to their attendance via a spreadsheet arranged by student ID numbers.  Coaches will also be notified of anybody who is lagging behind.

Extra chapel credits do not roll over to the next semester.  Students who do not complete the required chapel credits for one or two semesters have the remainder of their college career to make-up the missing credits. Students who do not complete the required chapel credits during their second semester will be put on Spiritual Formation Probation. Students who do not complete the required chapel credits a third semester will be in danger of expulsion for the following semester. Graduating seniors who fails to complete all their chapel credits will have their diploma withheld until they complete the needed credits.

Students who are caught cheating (scanning and running, having someone else scan their card, etc.) will lose all of their credits earned during that semester up to that point and have to start over.  Students who are caught cheating a second time will be suspended for the remainder of that semester, and unable to accrue chapel credits.







CLASS ATTENDANCE

 

GO TO CLASS!  You will miss enough class for games.  If a student-athlete anticipates missing a class for any reason including games, you should contact the professor to let them know of the upcoming absence.  If a student-athlete is excused from class by the professor, all assigned work should be submitted IN ADVANCE of the absence (unless the professor gives written permission to turn in the work at a later date).  

Class time IS NOT to be missed for practice or game film sessions.

 

ANY UNEXCUSED ABSENCE from a class the day of, (or the day before) a game could result in that student-athlete being suspended for that game.





MACU Athletic Study Hall Policy and Requirements:

 

First year students entering MACU as a provisional admission and below the NCAA Sliding Scale, as well as transfers and current students with below a 2.3 cumulative GPA will be required to spend 7 hours per week in study hall, at least 5 of these hours will be directly monitored and reported by an athletic office approved mentor or tutor.

First year student entering MACU, transfers, and current students with a 2.3 up to a 2.999 cumulative GPA will be required to spend 4 hours per week in study hall sessions.  They must have their study hall documentation signed by an athletic office approved authority, such as but not limited to, library staff, professor, tutor etc.

Transfers and current students with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or has achieved 2 consecutive semesters of 3.0 GPA even if cumulative is below a 3.0) will no longer have to report study hall hours as long as they maintain that 3.0 GPA or higher standard.

These stipulations will be required for the entire academic year, in season and off season.



NCAA Division 1 – Sliding Scale for GPA and Test Score Requirements

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Quick_Reference_Sheet.pdf
































This Code of Conduct Lines up with Student Handbook in many ways but should be considered in addition and subservient to the Student Handbook.

 

Drug Use and Testing Policy

 

All student-athletes are required to follow the alcohol/drug use policy outlined on page 19 of the student handbook.  

The use or possession of drugs and/or alcoholic beverages by any student-athlete while enrolled at the university (this includes all breaks where the student is not on campus) is prohibited.  Anyone failing to follow these guidelines can be subject to expulsion from the athletic program and/or the University.

 

The University and/or Department of Athletics reserves the right to proceed with drug testing on any student-athlete at any point in time during their involvement with the MACU Athletic program, both in season as well as during the off season.

 

Grievances/Violations

 

University decisions will supersede any decision of any coach.  Coaches may also add additional punishment where applicable. Student-athletes seeking to appeal athletic-related violations should contact the Athletic Director.  Student-athletes seeking to appeal university related decisions should contact the Vice President of Student Services.

 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF PAGE 26-27 of Student Handbook for specific information on dealing with Grievances.

 

Hazing

 

According to the encyclopedia, hazing is defined as “…an often ritualistic test and a task, which may constitute harassment, abuse or humiliation with requirements to perform random, often meaningless tasks, sometimes as a way of initiation into a group.  The definition can refer to either physical (sometimes violent) or mental (possibly degrading) practices…” Hazing includes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, humiliation or destruction of property for the purpose of initiation onto a team. The person’s willingness to participate in such an activity is irrelevant.  Mid-Atlantic Christian University has a ZERO tolerance with regards to the hazing of any student-athlete. Any such exploitation will result in immediate action by the administration. (Page 16)

 

Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Statement

 

Sportsmanship and ethical conduct are of paramount importance in intercollegiate athletics.  We expect all of those associated with MACU Mustangs athletics (student-athletes, administrators, coaches and fans) to set a high standard of ethical and Christ-like sportsmanship behavior that serves for others to emulate.  Sportsmanship is about demonstrating respect for opposing teams, coaches, fans and officials. Mid-Atlantic Christian University will in no way tolerate behavior or actions that do not exemplify sportsmanship and ethical conduct, both on and off the playing site.  There is no place in or around intercollegiate athletics for any unsportsmanlike actions. These unsportsmanlike actions include, but are not limited to; taunting, profanity, fighting, cheating, vulgar gestures, and racist or sexist comments. It is understood that the Department of Athletics will issue disciplinary sanctions against anyone who is found in violation of our athletic department’s sportsmanship and ethical conduct statement.

 

Team Rules/Behavioral Expectations

 

Mid-Atlantic Christian University head coaches are authorized to set conduct standards, participation standards and behavioral expectations over and above what is required by the MACU Athletic Department.  These standards are meant to be consistent with the public image the Athletic Department wishes to project through its athletic teams. Student-athletes must also adhere to the student code of conduct and other standards outlined in the Mid-Atlantic Christian University Student Handbook, which can be found online.

Any inappropriate behavior, in season or out of season, that misrepresents MACU is unacceptable and will be addressed based upon the circumstances surrounding the behavior.

 

Dress Code: (See page 21-22 in the Student Handbook)

Styles, trends, and fads come and go. but a Christ-like spirit and demeanor will last for eternity. “Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity” (2 Timothy 4:12).  In this spirit, MACU students will adhere to a standard of dress that is “modest” and “exemplary.”  All students, including off-campus students, will follow these guidelines.

 

Athletic Attire:  the following approved athletic attire is permitted in chapel, class, and the cafeteria only if it is neat, clean, and classy: -  Windpants, windsuits, nylon warm-ups, cotton fleece pants, etc.

Athletic shorts are permitted to be worn around campus and in the cafeteria, while not being allowed in Tuesday Chapel or classroom.

Shorts of all types seeking to be worn must be modest and at least mid-thigh in length.

 

Unacceptable attire for chapel, class, and the cafeteria include the following:

Pajama-type pants, and items that are ragged, dirty, ripped, ill fitting, etc.

 

Coaches and student-athletes are to be dressed in an appropriate and professional manner at all times when representing Mid-Atlantic Christian University.







Games, Practices, and Gym Usage Guidelines

 

  1. Practices will be held only by approved coaches or assistants.

  2. The gymnasium will be scheduled by the Athletic Director, coordinated with the business office of MACU.

  3. No student will be allowed to open the gymnasium or the athletic room to obtain athletic equipment without the consent of the athletic director or an official coach.

  4. All equipment set up or used by coaches must be returned to its proper place after use. Nothing will be allowed to be left out for the next practice date.  Some game-day resources, (such as scorer table) especially on-stage, may be left out if no other events are schedule for the gym.

  5. MACU will manage the following guidelines:

 

  1. In-Season Countable Related Student Activities will be limited to 20 hours per week and a maximum of 4 hours per day during days with classes.  (Competition days count as 3 hours no matter the length.)

 

  1. Out-of-season activities will be limited to 8 hours per week.  (NCAA allows some skill related instruction; USCAA allows it within a range of total weeks of practice.)

 

  1. Days off: In-season student-athletes will have 1 day off per week.  Out-of-season will have 2 days off per week. Typically Sunday will be a day off unless otherwise approved by the Athletic Director

 

  1. Exemptions: While classes are not in session, the hours limit may be exceeded.  Golf practice rounds may exceed the 4 hour per day limit.

 

  1. Definitions: For the USCAA, a week is defined as Sunday morning through Saturday night.  Countable Athletically Related Activities include, practice, competitions, walk-thrus, required conditioning, 1on1 or small group training, and discussion or review of game film.






MUSTANG ON MISSION & MUSTANG PRIDE AWARDS!

 

Each year during the Spring semester there will be an Annual MACU Athletics Awards Banquet.  Two of the most prestigious awards will be the “Mustang On Mission” and the “Mustang Pride” awards.  

These will be handed out to the single athlete, either male or female, which best represents each of these awards.

 

The “Mustang On Mission” Award will have a great deal to do with those who have served faithfully in the areas mentioned above in this section, the person who goes out and serves not only on this campus but also in the community.

 

The “Mustang Pride” Award will be given to the person who best represents the ideals and qualities that we seek in a Mustang student-athlete.

 

The Athletic Department will take into consideration the records of attendance and participation in these events, service hours, feedback from coaches and teammates as well as the administration and student body at large.






SOCIAL MEDIA

 

Social media involves applications such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and other activities such as blogging. While Mid-Atlantic Christian University does believe social media is a valuable tool, we do feel it necessary to provide you with a set of guidelines for appropriate online conduct to avoid the misuse of this communication medium.

When you participate in social media and have identified yourself as an affiliate of MACU, you are representing yourself personally, MACU Mustangs Athletics and Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

 

ONLINE ETIQUETTE (See also P20 of the Student Handbook)

 

Beware of comments that could reflect poorly on you and Mid-Atlantic.  Social media sites are not the forum for venting personal complaints about professors, fellow students, or the university in general.  MACU’s Student Handbook grievance policy offers guidelines to deal with any institutional frustration. Mid-Atlantic’s outstanding reputation and brand are the direct result of our employees and students and their commitment to uphold our core values.

While Mid-Atlantic encourages the use of social networking, students need to use common sense and to take responsibility for using this communication medium responsibly.

 

Mid Atlantic Christian University respects each student-athletes’ right to free speech and expression.  However, student-athletes are responsible for the manner in which they choose to use this expression. The University’s primary concern regarding social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. involve the safety of students as well as the integrity of Mid Atlantic Christian University and its community.  Potential employers, clients, family members and constituents of the University may access this information. Unfortunately, so may predators and criminals. Once information is posted on the web, it becomes part of a public realm accessible to anyone with internet capabilities. You forfeit any right to privacy when you submit pictures, blogs and/or comments on these websites.  In addition, these items can be archived forever. Remember, what you do represents not only you, but also your team as well as the University.

 

While Mid Atlantic Christian University has no specific policy negating the use of these websites as it recognizes they can be educational and beneficial, the University does possess resources to determine whether items posted defame the University, its students, faculty and staff.  Student-athletes will be held accountable for any such items; which may result in dismissal from the program and/or the University. Listed below are a few guidelines to follow:

 

  1. Avoid posting information like addresses, residence hall locations, cell phone numbers, etc.

  2. Do not make references to alcohol or drugs in photos, statuses, blogs etc.

  3. Do not post explicit/lewd pictures.

  4. Do not post negative references to or about other students, your teammates, instructors, staff, coaches, administration or opposing teams.

  5. Do not post language that is profane (cursing), sexually suggestive/explicit, racist, sexist or threatening in any way.

  6. Logos and pictures posted on the University’s or Athletics’ website are copyrighted and cannot be used without the University’s permission

 

The following guidelines will assist student-athletes when dealing with the press:




1. Don’t say anything you don’t want to see in print!!!

2. Organize your thoughts before a scheduled interview, so you are sure about the points you want to communicate.

3. Be sure you understand the reporter’s question before answering it. Ask for clarification if you don’t understand what he or she is asking.

4. Don’t believe anything will be “off the record.”

5. If possible, try not to be evasive or answer “no comment” to a question, as it raises suspicions. It is better to answer, “I am not familiar enough with that issue to give a fair answer.”

6. Do not become overly sensitive about a particular question or story. Most reporters who interview MACU athletes are attempting to write a positive piece.

7. Do not criticize your teammates, your coaches or the University through the media. If you have concerns, share them with your coach, the Athletic Director, or the direct source, not the public.

8. If you are ever uncomfortable with a reporter, politely refer them to your coach or AD.

9. Think about how others may read what you have said. Watch out for all those “I” statements.

10. Always take time to thank the media person for their time and attention.