About Western Connecticut State University Athletics

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About Western Athletics

The men and women both belong to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The football program is a member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The 13 other intercollegiate athletic programs are members of the Little East Conference. In addition, the men's and women's programs hold membership in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC). The University belongs to conferences and associations appropriate to the specific athletic activity program. The Center For Student Involvement supervises and coordinates intramural and recreational activities for Western.

National Prominence

Recent years have seen Western's teams qualify for post-season NCAA National Championship play in women's basketball (12), men's basketball (10), softball (nine), women's soccer (eight), men's soccer (eight), women's volleyball (six), football (1985, 1999 and 2001) and baseball (in 2002). Both the women's and men's tennis teams made their first NCAA appearance in 2010. Softball advanced to the Division III National Championships in 2002 and the women's soccer team appeared in the Division III National Finals during the fall of 2007.

Health Forms and Other Important Information

For all Health Service Forms Required for Medical Clearance to Participate and Information go to the link below:

Athletic Requirement Forms

 

Other Required Forms:

SportsWare Information Sheet (New in 2014) (.pdf)

Aetna Accident/Athlete Claim Form (New in 2012) (.pdf)

Aetna Authorization For Release Form (New in 2009) (.pdf)

Student-Athlete Visit Permission Form (.doc)

 

Important Information:

Insurance Tip Sheet (New for 2015) (.pdf)  COMING SOON

Connecticut State University Drug Policy (New for 2015) (.pdf)  COMING SOON

 

Drug Education:

NCAA Drug Testing Program (.html)  

(official links provided by the NCAA - added August 17, 2009)

Random Drug Testing Booklet (New for 2014) (.pdf)

 

Transfer Students

General Transfer Information

An athletics staff member or other representatives of the institution's athletics interests shall not make any contact in any manner with the student-athlete of another NCAA or NAIA four-year collegiate institution, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining written permission to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact.

If you are currently at a Division III institution, you can complete the NCAA self-release form. Email it to the compliance officer Scott Ames at (203) 837-9050. This form will allow contact between you and the Western Connecticut State University coach for up to 30 days beginning with the date the permission to contact form was signed by the student-athlete.

Once the initial self-release form has been received, no representative from Western Connecticut State University is allowed to contact your current institution. After the 30-day window, Western Connecticut State University may contact your current school if you decide to pursue a transfer. Other options and parameters regarding a second release and an additional 30 days will be explained to you during the process. Although we are not allowed to contact your current institution during this process, we highly encourage you to talk to your current coach about a possible transfer to Western Connecticut State University.

If you are currently attending a Division I or II institution, you must obtain a written release stating that your current school grants Western Connecticut State University permission to contact you. This permission can be obtained through the director of athletics or compliance officer at your current Division I or II institution. Your compliance officer will contact Western Connecticut State University directly. At that point you may contact the coach or he/she may contact you.

Student Participation

Nearly 350 student-athletes compete as part of Western's intercollegiate athletic program each year.

Recreation, Intramurals and Club Sports

For information regarding the intramural and club sports programs offered at Western, please visit The Center For Student Involvement.

Financial Aid and Student Employment

Western Connecticut State University offers financial aid to help qualified students meet their educational expenses. The staff of Financial Aid and Student Employment is available to assist students in determining their eligibility for the various sources of aid available. While not every one will qualify for assistance, a student should never assume he/she is ineligible without first applying. A wide spectrum of variables affect the application process, therefore many possible options exist that may pertain to a students particular circumstances.

The evaluation of one's financial need is based on an analysis of several factors; such as, student and/or family income, family size, assets and liabilities, and the number of family members in school. In addition to the above, the school's total allocation of funds for an academic year is also a factor that determines the amount of aid a student can receive. Therefore, meeting the application deadline, along with assessing the students financial need, become an important factors in the financial aid process.

All financial aid recipients must apply annually to qualify for assistance, and must maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Privacy Notice for Parents

As a result of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), financial aid administrators and university staff at Western Connecticut State University are prohibited from disclosing personal information relating to student financial and academic records.  While we realize that many parents take a leading role in helping their children apply for financial aid, please understand that our financial aid staff are limited in the type of information they can share with you over the phone and in person without the student's written permission.

Students must complete and submit a Student Consent Form to the Dean of Students' Office (Old Main 306) in order to provide parental/guardian or third-party access to information.  This form is optional.