Located in the Department of Athletics offices at Chaifetz Arena, the Academic Center in Chaifetz Arena has been provided for all Billiken student-athletes, allowing you to work in a productive environment to complete necessary coursework. This area will prove beneficial to the academic efforts of those who make use of it. The academic area affords a quiet, monitored environment where you can study, be tutored or use one of the computers to work on assigned class work and materials. 

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday – 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday – 5-10 p.m.
Hours are subject to change


1. Printing: Located in the Academic Center, we have a printer for students to print items as needed. Please be conscious of how much paper you are utilizing. If issues arise with the printer, please let the study hall monitor or a member of the Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services staff know.

2. Calculator Check Out: We offer several types of calculators that can be checked out for use in math and financial classes offered at Saint Louis University.

3. Voice Recorder Check Out: A variety of digital voice recorders are available for check out.

4. Laptop Check Out: Laptops are available for team trips on a short-term basis and are for exclusive use by Saint Louis University student-athletes.

     To reserve a laptop, a student-athlete must contact Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services in person. Student-athletes are responsible for monitoring the use, transportation, and storage of the laptop once it has been checked out and until it has been returned. Work should NOT be saved exclusively on the laptop as files are deleted on a regular basis. Laptops are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and must be returned to Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services upon your return to campus. Any damage or loss will be the financial responsibility of the student-athlete to whom the computer was checked out. If there is a need for software that is not already on the computer, notify Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services. Please report any hardware or software problems to Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services immediately upon discovery.

5. Kurzweil System: Kurzweil 3000 is research-based and enables struggling readers to learn from the same content as their peers as it provides access to virtually any text or curriculum, including print, electronic, and Web-based documents.

6. Dragon NaturallySpeaking Software: Dragon speech recognition software makes it easier for anyone to use a computer. You talk, and it types. Use your voice to create and edit documents or emails, launch applications, open files, control your mouse, and more. Quickly and easily capture your thoughts and ideas while Dragon helps you get more done faster.

Student-athletes must sign the Equipment Check-out Binder provided by Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services when checking out calculators, voice recorders and laptops. 


•   You must check in and out by swiping your SLU ID, or by entering your Banner ID on the laptop in the Academic Center.

•   Study hall hours must be completed BEFORE NOON ON FRIDAYS.

•   Students should come prepared to study or to attend a tutoring session in the Academic Center. Bring books and notes. If you don’t appear to be studying, you will not be able to accrue hours for mandatory study hall.

•   Please minimize conversations in the Academic Center because it’s a distraction to others. 

•   No profanity and no fighting, or you will be asked to leave the Academic Center.

•   If you are caught sleeping, you will be asked to leave the Academic Center. If you have mandatory study hall, you will lose your hours.

•   If you are asked to leave the Academic Center for any reason, all hours for the day will be voided.

•   Do not log in and leave (for drink, food, make a phone call, bathroom, etc.); take care of this prior to arrival.

•   Food, beverages and tobacco products are not allowed at the computer terminals. Put them on the floor or on the tables in the middle of the room.

•   Keep the Academic Center neat and tidy by cleaning up after yourself. If you bring food or drinks into study hall, please dispose of your trash before leaving. Also be sure to recycle any excess paper in the recycle bin.


Listed below are some general rules when utilizing the computers in the Academic Center:

•   Playing games and viewing videos of any type, unless otherwise specified for a class, on the computers is not allowed.

•   Please do not use Academic Center computers for social media.

•   There are a limited number of computers in the Academic Center. Please don’t sit at a computer terminal unless you need to use the computer. Be respectful of those who need to use a computer due to not having a laptop.

•   Please do not unhook computers to plug in your laptop. The Academic Center has wireless Internet access, and there is an outlet in the floor in the middle of the room.

•   Any work saved to the Academic Center computers will be deleted.


     Proper attire is expected in the Academic Center. Please do not come to the Academic Center in sweaty or dirty practice gear. It is distracting for everyone in the Academic Center. 

     You are expected to be fully clothed and in BILLIKEN ATHLETIC ATTIRE ONLY. Anyone wearing athletic attire of another university will be asked to leave the Academic Center immediately.


     In an effort to better accommodate our growing number of student-athletes, Billiken Athletics operates a satellite study hall area in Pius Library Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m during the fall semester. A study hall monitor will supervise that area during that time, and student-athletes must log their hours in GradesFirst just as they would in the Chaifetz Arena Student-Athlete Academic Center.  


     A study hall monitor presides over the Chaifetz Arena Academic Center in the evening Sunday through Thursday, and over the Pius Library Satellite Study Hall Monday through Thursday evening. He/she may provide academic assistance as necessary and is responsible for upholding the student-athlete code of conduct. In addition the study hall monitor updates the Academic Support Services staff on any issues regarding the Academic Center, Satellite Study Hall or specific student-athletes.

     Student-athletes who are accumulating mandatory study hall hours in the evening should inform the study hall monitor of time discrepancies before leaving the site. Failure to inform the study hall monitor of discrepancies before leaving may lead to loss of study hall hours.

     Study hall monitors will do periodic checks to make sure that student-athletes that are logged in are still in the facility. Please let the study hall monitor know if  you are studying in another area of the building so you aren’t logged out of GradesFirst


     Study hall is required for most incoming student-athletes and may be required for returning student-athletes based on grade point average. In addition, head coaches and your academic coordinator within Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services may require student-athletes whose academic performance is in need of assistance to attend study hall on a term-by-term basis.

     Earning study hall hours is flexible according to your class schedule and study habits. You get to choose the day and time you study unless you have structured study hall hours. You may be required to earn anywhere from two to eight hours per week. 


     The purpose of athletic academic monitoring is to monitor the academic performance of student-athletes to guide them toward academic success. Academic progress is monitored for all first-year student-athletes and for select returning student-athletes as determined by the head coach and Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services. Academic progress may be checked at anytime; however, it is primarily evaluated at or about the fifth and 10th weeks of the semester.

     Faculty may receive either electronic (GradesFirst), written or oral requests for information concerning a student-athlete’s academic status/progress. This request will be made directly by Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services staff. Inquiries will not be made by coaches


     The purpose of mandatory academic advising is to ensure Billiken student-athletes maintain and complete the proper requisites for graduation. Primary academic advisors and faculty mentors are valuable resources for student-athletes regarding the requirements to graduate. Student-athletes must receive academic curriculum advice from their primary academic advisor at least once each semester to ensure that they are on track to graduate.

     In addition to ensuring that student-athletes enroll in requisite classes, the primary academic advisor and faculty mentor assist student-athletes in selecting and preparing a plan or program of study. Billiken Student-Athlete Academic Support Services supplements the information of the college or department by ensuring:

1. That student-athletes are in compliance with the requisite number of hours needed to satisfy the requirements of the NCAA, and

2. That the class schedule of the student-athlete does not conflict with practice or competition schedules