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    Academics

    What is Athletic Academic Services?
    The University of Cincinnati is committed to the total development of its student-athletes, and its comprehensive programs for Academic Services are evidence of that commitment. The Academic Services Office works with coaches, faculty and administrators to help make the student-athlete's academics and athletics experience as enriching and rewarding as possible. The office serves to help student-athletes keep abreast of the eligibility requirements of their particular colleges and major, assists with the coordination of class schedules and monitors their progress in their respective programs and toward graduation.

    What are the hours for Athletic Academic Services?
    Office Hours
    Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Lab Hours
    Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    What kinds of services are offered?

    Academic Advising: The UC Academic Services staff provides information regarding policies, procedures, course selection, and selection of major and minor areas of study as well as NCAA and university guidelines for adequate academic progress.

    Priority Registration: Student-athletes meet with an advisor in their college in order to obtain a check sheet and a graduation plan. The student-athlete then meets with an athletic academic advisor during priority registration in order to register for the quarter. Priority registration allows student-athletes to register for classes around practice and competition schedules.

    Counseling: Individual work is done with student-athletes with specific concerns such as decision-making, adjustment to college, communications, relationships, test-anxiety and necessary study skills. Appropriate referrals are made to other campus resources.

    Monitoring Academic Progress: Progress reports are used to gather classroom performance information from professors. This information is shared with the student-athlete and his/her coach so everyone can keep abreast of the current academic progress.

    Books: Some student-athletes are awarded a book scholarship as part of their athletic aid. These students are then eligible to get all required books for their classes. Books are ordered for the student-athlete through the UC campus bookstore. Books are issued at the beginning of each quarter in the Academic Services area. Student-athletes use the books for the designated quarter and then return them to Academic Services at the completion of the term.

    Tutorials: Services are provided for one-on-one and small group tutoring. Student-athletes may submit requests for a tutor assignment in most courses.

    Career Development and Placement: The interests and strengths of each student-athlete are continually measured to prepare the student-athlete for a career beyond college. In addition to aiding career exploration and placement, this program provides assistance in securing vacation employment opportunities and internships.

    How often do student-athletes meet with their academic advisors?
    Weekly meetings with athletics academic advisors are set up for all first-year student-athletes to better monitor their academic progress and assist with adjustment to college. Tutoring and educational assistance are also readily accessible.

    Is there a study area for the student-athletes?
    There is a large study room featuring 34 work areas. There are also 14 tutor rooms for more focused attention and five group meeting rooms. We also have a computer lab, equipped with 71 work stations that provide a wide-range of computer and word-processing activities, as well as access to the Internet.

    Where can I find more information on Athletic Academic Services?
    You can visit our website at http://www.gobearcats.com/academics/cinn-academics.html. This website has contact information for all of the staff members in the office if you need to contact a specific person.

    How do students apply to UC?
    Students can find information on how to apply to the university at http://www.admission.uc.edu/. The Admissions website also has information about the university in general and the surrounding Cincinnati area.

    Business Operations

    How do I apply for employment with UC Athletics?
    Answer: UC's Department of Athletics is a great place to work! If you're motivated, dedicated, and believe you have the necessary skills to contribute to our team, please apply online at www.JobsAtUC.com. Check back often, as the site is frequently updated with new opportunities throughout the UC community.
    [Regrettably, we are unable to accept paper resumes and applications for open positions]

    I'm a new employee and would like more information regarding my benefits. Where do I go for answers?
    Answer: UC's Human Resources Department has several websites dedicated to welcoming new employees to the university. Please visit the following for more information based on your job classification:

    Full Time - http://www.uc.edu/hr/new_hires/Unrepresented_Full_Time.html

    Part-Time - http://www.uc.edu/hr/new_hires/Unrepresented_Part_Time.html

    Intern - http://www.uc.edu/hr/new_hires/Interns%2C_Occ_Health_Residents_%26_Special_Fellows.html

    Student Worker/Graduate Assistant - http://www.uc.edu/hr/new_hires/Students.html

    Compliance

    What is The Compliance Department?
    The role of the Compliance office is to avoid violations of NCAA and BIG EAST rules and regulations through the administration of a comprehensive compliance program. This program includes proactive rules education, efficient and extensive monitoring, and development and adherence to the policies and procedures. As a member of the NCAA and the BIG EAST, the University of Cincinnati Compliance office is dedicated to complying with all rules and regulations set forth by those governing organizations.

    Who do I contact for compliance questions?
    Please call (513) 556-0558 for all general compliance questions. The online contact page offers email options for each staff member if you would like to contact one of them specifically.

    How do I make an appearance request for a community service or charity event?
    The UC Athletics Department is asked to support many worthwhile charitable causes and community service events each year. We make every effort to accommodate as many requests as possible. View Promotional Activities Policy and Form. Please contact Shintara Carpenter for more information.

    How do I make a promotional item request for charity?
    The UC Athletics Department is asked to support many worthwhile charitable causes and community service events each year. We make every effort to accommodate as many requests as possible. View Promotional Activities Policy and Form. Please contact Meagan Kantor for more information.

    Facilities & Parking

     

    IMG College

    Who is IMG?
    Named by the SportsBusiness Journal as America's Top Sports Marketing Agency, IMG College (formerly HOST) provides extensive, yet varied sports marketing services for several NCAA Division I universities and conferences.

    Who do I contact for advertising or sponsorship information?
    Please call Bearcats Sports Marketing at 513.556.4503 or visit the Athletic Department Directory for individual e-mail addresses. Bearcats Sports Marketing - IMG College offices are located on the 8th floor of the Richard E. Linder Center.

    Who do I call regarding luxury suites or hospitality in and around Nippert Stadium or Fifth Third Arena? Please call Bearcats Sports Marketing at 513.556.4503 or visit the Athletic Department Directory for individual e-mail addresses. Bearcats Sports Marketing - IMG College offices are located on the 8th floor of the Richard E. Linder Center.

    Marketing

    What is the UC Athletics Marketing Department?
    The UC Athletics Marketing Department coordinates all promotions, ticket sales, advertising campaigns, event operations and game management functions related to Bearcats athletics.

    What promotions are planned for the UC Athletics seasons this year?
    The UC Athletics Marketing Department presents numerous promotions throughout the season for all Bearcats sports.

    How can I obtain a poster, schedule card, etc.?
    To receive official UC Athletics schedule cards or posters, please mail a self-addressed envelope or mailing tube with proper return postage to the UC Athletics Marketing Department, 2751 O'Varsity Way, Suite 480, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0021. We will make every effort to accommodate your request as quickly as possible.

    Who do I contact to refill my schedule cards?
    To refill a schedule card holder, please call the UC Athletics Marketing Office at 1-877-CATS-TIX.

    Where do I find information on the spirit squads and mascots?
    Marketing coordinates the Bearcats spirit functions including the UC Cheerleaders, UC Dance Team, and Bearcat mascot. Visit this page for more information.

    What is the Bearcats Kids' Club?
    The University of Cincinnati Bearcats Kids' Club is designed to provide special opportunities for young fans of UC's athletics teams. For more information, please visit this page.

    What is CATTITUDE AT VARSITY VILLAGE?
    Cattitude at Varsity Village, an interactive fan entertainment area located on Sheakley Lawn, is held for Bearcats fans prior to every home football game. Cattitude opens two and a half hours prior to kickoff.

    How can I recommend a location for the Bearcats Caravan Summer Tour?
    Individuals who have suggestions for the next Bearcats Caravan Summer Tour should contact 513-556-0838.

    Media Relations

    What is the Sports Communications Department?
    The Sports Communications Department facilitates media coverage of all Bearcats varsity programs. Sports Communications is responsible for publicizing teams and student-athletes through a series of different avenues, which include media guides, game notes, press conferences, one-on-one interviews with individual members of the media, and press releases.

    What time is the game and what are the broadcast options?
    Fans can follow UC athletics through a variety of avenues that include television, radio, and internet broadcasts. Typically, the Bearcats have a series of games scheduled before the season begins, while decisions to broadcast other games may not be made until a few weeks or even a few days prior to the event. Once a decision has been made on a game time, an immediate announcement will be posted on www.GoBEARCATS.com.

    What if I notice a mistake in a release or statistics?
    The goal for UC Sports Communications is to provide the media and fans with information that is 100% accurate. However, on occasion, mistakes do occur. If a mistake is found, please alert us by clicking here.

    How can I contact a coach or student-athlete?
    Each sport has a designated contact from the sports communications office. To access a coach or student-athlete, contact the designated sports information contact for that particular sport here.

    How can I purchase a media guide?
    Media guides can be purchased by sending in an Athletics Publications Form to the University of Cincinnati Sports Communications office. Click here to obtain an Athletics Publications Form.

    How do I get help finding historical information, photos, etc.?
    The sports communications staff is responsible for servicing the media and will attempt to accommodate fan requests if time permits. Please send your request in writing to: UC Sports Communications, 2751 O'Varsity Way, Suite 860, Richard E Lindner Center, Cincinnati, OH 45221

    Sports Medicine

    What do athletic trainers do?
    They provide the medical care for the student-athletes in varies domains: prevention, evaluation, treatment, rehabilitation, education, and counseling.

    Ticket Office

    How can I contact the Ticket Office?
    The UC Athletics Ticket Office handles ticketing for all UC athletics events and is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. You may call the Ticket Office at (513) 556-CATS or toll-free at 1-877-CATS-TIX. Order tickets online at www.CATSTIX.com.

    Where is the Ticket Office located?
    The UC Athletics Ticket Office is located in Suite 480 on the fourth floor of the Richard E. Lindner Athletics Center, directly between Nippert Stadium and Fifth Third Arena. Parking is available in the Varsity Village Garage, located below the tennis courts, for patrons.

    How can I purchase tickets?
    Bearcats fans can purchase tickets for UC Athletics events by visiting the UC Athletics Ticket Office (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), by calling 1-877-CATS-TIX, or online at www.CATSTIX.com.

    How can I view seating charts? Seating charts are available online for Nippert Stadium and Fifth Third Arena.

    Where is Will-Call the day of the game?
    Nippert Stadium Paid Will Call tickets are available for pick up at the West Concourse Box Office of Fifth Third Arena, near Gate 2. Will Call will open an hour and a half prior to kickoff. Fifth Third Arena Paid Will Call tickets are available for pick up at the West Concourse Box Office of Fifth Third Arena one and a half hours prior to tipoff. A photo ID is required to pick up tickets in Will Call. Only the ticket holder may pick up tickets, unless arrangements are made through the UC Athletics Ticket Office in advance of game day.

    How does UC accommodate fans with disabilities?
    The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics, its staff and game day personnel are committed to providing complete accessibility to all facilities, fair and equal treatment of all patrons and guests, and meaningful compliance with the letter and spirit of the law.

    UCATS

    What is UCATS?
    Since 1979 UCATS (University of Cincinnati Athletic Team Support) has been the framework for supporting the efforts of Bearcats student-athletes. As the principal fundraising arm of athletics, UCATS provides a way for individuals to help talented young people receive a quality education while ensuring UC's tradition of both academic and athletic excellence. More Info ...

    How do I become a UCATS Member?
    Membership requires a minimum contribution of $50. Please refer to our web site at www.UCATS.net, or contact the UCATS office at 1-877-55-UCATS for further information on how you can make a difference in the lives of over 500 student-athletes.

    What are the benefits of joining UCATS?
    Perhaps the greatest benefit of UCATS membership is the understanding that your contribution creates educational opportunities for the student-athletes who represent the University of Cincinnati. There are also many tangible benefits including, but not limited to, tax deduction, priority points and priority seating, and invitations to special events. More Info ...

    How does my gift make a difference?
    Over $6 million must be raised annually from private donors to allow UC Athletics to meet student-athlete scholarship expenses. The generosity of UCATS members provides the best and brightest student-athletes the opportunity to represent the University of Cincinnati.

    Can I designate my gift directly to a specific team or capital project?
    All gifts that are required through the priority seating tier structure for football and men's basketball are undesignated gifts that provide scholarship support for Bearcats student-athletes in all 18 varsity sports. All other gifts may be designated to specific program or capital campaign. Program Specific Giving allows UCATS to make a donation and designate that it goes to a particular program, where donations are used 100% by the designated program to cover operational costs of its budget at the discretion of the coaching staff.

    Is my UCATS contribution tax deductible?
    Per IRS rules (Publication 526), donors making payment to, or for the benefit of, a college or university, that result in the right to buy tickets to an athletic event in the athletic stadium of the college or university, may deduct 80% of the payment as a charitable contribution. Major gifts and contributions not associated with ticket priority are 100% deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for further details. UCATS members will receive an official acknowledgment letter and tax receipt from the UC Foundation. Only the individual or company making the contribution is eligible to take a tax deduction.

    Does UCATS membership provide the opportunity to purchase priority season tickets for football and men's basketball?
    UCATS members receive priority seating for football and men's basketball season tickets. The seating charts of Nippert Stadium and Fifth Third Arena reflect the minimum tier giving amounts that are required to sit in the priority seating locations of each venue. A single contribution to UCATS allows the opportunity to purchase priority season tickets in football and men's basketball. Nippert Stadium; Fifth Third Arena

    What is the Priority Point System? The Priority Point System provides an equitable and systematic method of providing benefits to donors for their financial investment in UC Athletics. Priority points determine the selection order for season ticket seat assignments, away-game and post-season ticket allocations, parking, seat improvements, and other special events or activities. More Info ...