Athletic Academic Advising

At Cleveland State University, there are three professional advisors to assist approximately 250 student-athletes who participate in one of 14 Division I, Horizon League sports. Athletic Academic Advisors are committed to assisting all student-athletes with their educational and career goals. Through a supportive environment, we provide on-going assistance in the areas of: academic advising, course selection, registration, add/drop procedures and deadlines, personal counseling, tutorial assistance, course monitoring, study skills and time management seminars, study hall, and travel excuse notices.

Once a new student-athlete is admitted to CSU, the Athletic Academic Advisors “flag” the student’s academic record with an ATH hold so that all academic advising will be conducted by an Athletic Academic Advisors.  This hold prevents student-athletes from making any schedule adjustments (adding and/or dropping classes and even registering for a class) until they meet with and receive permission from their Athletic Academic Advisor.  Once a student has declared a major, they will also work with an advisor in their field of study. However, due to NCAA academic eligibility guidelines affecting satisfactory progress, all registration must be checked and processed by Athletic Academic Advising Offices. 

Athletic Academic Advising at CSU focuses on the collegiate experience from the first year to graduation, emphasizing developmental advising and encouraging self-reliance, academic growth and accountability.  Advisors are available to support, counsel, direct and suggest, but the student-athlete is responsible for his or her own education.


  1. To graduate every student-athlete who completes his or her athletic eligibility at CSU.
  2. To safeguard the academic integrity of the university.
  3. To insure compliance with all rules and regulations of the university and the NCAA.
  4. To maintain the athletic eligibility of each student-athlete over their entire tenure at Cleveland State.


  • Know your schedule and the location of your classes.
  • Know and understand each course syllabus.
  • Know your professor’s names.
  • Pick up and purchase all course materials.
  • Attend all regularly scheduled classes.
  • Contact your professors two weeks before a scheduled absence for competition.
  • Attend Study Hall sessions (if required).
  • Meet with Athletic Academic Advisors regularly.
  • Arrange tutoring at the first sign of difficulty.
  • Contact your advisor if you are going to miss an appointment.
  • Be aware of ALL deadlines. Especially, regarding registration and add/drop.
  • Return all books at the end of each term. (If you are on athletic book scholarship)
  • Read all of your emails


Mark Gefert
Winnie Lane
Lisa Hehman
Laura Klimchock 
Megan Van Tatenhove 


Student-athletes have a limited amount of free time, due to practice, travel, competition, homework, study hall, community service and Athletic Affairs programming requirements. Priority registration privileges increase each student-athlete's chances of getting into specific classes at specific times before they close. Due to NCAA regulations regarding satisfactory progress towards degree, student-athletes must have the opportunity to enroll in those time blocks that will be less affected by travel and competition.

Academic Course Monitoring
Course Monitoring forms are sent to instructors twice a semester requesting information on the student-athlete's academic performance and progress. Based on these evaluations, the Athletic Academic Advising Office may make recommendations for improvement through tutorial assistance, increased study hours, time management and study techniques. All Head Coaches receive a copy of each report.

Study Hall
All freshman and continuing student-athletes below a 2.25 grade-point average are required to complete four hours per week in the Athletic Department’s supervised study hall. Study Hall is located adjacent to Athletic Academic Advising Offices in the Physical Education Building, room 301.

Computer Access
There are numerous computer labs throughout the CSU campus.  Nine PC workstations are located in Study Hall, PE.  In addition, CSU has a Mobile Campus program whereby students can check out laptop or tablet computers for on-campus use. The Mobile Campus Center is currently located in the Student Center, room SC 128A. (

Personal Counseling
Athletic Academic Advising serves as a private, confidential forum for the student-athlete with personal or social adaptation difficulty. In many cases the mere expression of feelings about personal or social problems can result in the resolution of those problems, and in many cases the academic performance of the individual is enhanced with the resolution of those problems.  More extensive and in-depth counseling sessions can be arranged through the CSU Counseling Center, located in UN 221.  (

The Compliance Office for Athletics serves as a resource and solution center for NCAA regulations and compliance issues for all individuals associated with Cleveland State University Athletics. The Compliance Office for Athletics administers and monitors the accurate and timely completion of NCAA required procedures and to assists in maintaining institutional control regarding NCAA, Horizon League, Eastern Wrestling League and University rules.


How to make advising (and other support services) appointments through STARFISH?
Center for International Students
GenEd Requirements
Degree Audit

Majors, Minors and Catalog Information
Academic Calendar
Registering for Courses
Preparing for Graduation



Athletic Academic Advising Offices - Physical Education Building

Mark Gefert, PE #303
Winnie Lane, PE #305
Cleveland State University
2451 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 

Athletic Academic Advising Office - Wolstein Center

Lisa Hehman
Cleveland State University
2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio