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The Fetzer Centers

Fetzer Center for Student-Athlete Excellence
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Sunday 2:00pm-10:00pm
Monday - Thursday 8:00am-10:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturday Closed
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Monday-Thursday 8:00am-10:00pm
Friday 8:00am-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed
May close early for Kohl Center events. See postings for further info.

Shared Responsibilities of Academic Success

The student-athlete will

  • Take personal responsibility for academic success.
  • Set and communicate academic goals.
  • Become familiar with, and abide by, all university, conference, and NCAA policies, rules and regulations.
  • Attend all classes, review sessions and exams; develop appropriate study skills, as well as establish and maintain professional relationships with instructors.
  • Contact Academic Services staff when in need of assistance.

The Academic Services staff will

  • Teach and encourage student-athletes to become responsible for their success.
  • Provide student-athletes with guidance, advice and options on course selection and degree progress; as well as provide skills development as necessary.
  • Monitor the academic progress of student-athletes and communicate that information with student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
  • Facilitate problem-solving and provide referrals to appropriate resources.
  • Provide a quality learning center and academic resources.

Student Athlete Computer Labs

History of the Fetzer Centers

Thanks in large part to the generosity of UW Alumnus Wade Fetzer (BS'59) and his wife Beverly, student-athletes at the University of Wisconsin have access to two exceptional centers dedicated to academic and personal success.

The original Fetzer Student-Athlete Academic Center opened in the basement of the McClain Center in 1997, and housed a 15,000-square foot facility that served the needs of all student athletes. In the fall of 2006, the Kohl Fetzer Center (KFC) opened as a satellite office. This 5,000-square foot learning center provides a quiet study environment, an 11-station computer lab, and advising and learning specialist support to teams that are proximate to the Kohl Center.

In the summer of 2012, renovation of the McClain Center began, and the Fetzer Center was relocated to the lower level of Kellner Hall. The new Fetzer Center for Student-Athlete Excellence opened on the north end of Camp Randall Stadium in January, 2014, as part of the Student-Athlete Performance Center project.

The state-of-the-art facility doubled the size of the original Fetzer Center, and provides an exceptional space to facilitate learning and student-athlete development. The current facility houses the majority of the Academic and Student Development staff, a 28-station computer lab, 19 tutorial/study rooms, and multiple quiet study areas.

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Advisors provide a broad range of services to student athletes:

  • academic advising and counseling
  • monitor academic performance
  • monitor eligibility
  • monitor post competition
  • participate in SOAR and other orientations for new student-athletes
  • meet and communicate regularly with coaches and administrators, monitor class attendance
  • contact UW faculty and staff to gather information on the performance of students
  • meet with prospective student-athletes and families on recruiting visits

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Learning Specialists

Learning specialists coordinate and implement academic support plans for students who are potentially at risk or under prepared.

They foster academic skills by assisting students with developing a mastery of the subject material, developing study strategies, test taking skills, organizational skills and time management approaches.

Students are assigned to learning specialists and meet with them regularly. As a team, the student-athlete, learning specialist, and advisor work together to design a plan to help the student acquire the necessary skills to succeed academically, increase academic confidence and accomplish academic goals.

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Students who are potentially at-risk or under-prepared but do not need the assistance of a learning specialist are provided with mentors.

Mentors assist student-athletes in

  • developing effective study skills
  • learning time management strategies and organization skills
  • transitioning from high school into college

Mentors are often former student-athletes, graduate students, and/or individuals who are professionally employed. They meet with assigned students weekly in one or two hour sessions.

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Tutors and Tutor Coordinator

Student athletes can request individual tutors for any course, as well as participate in organized study groups. Tutors are mainly professionals and graduate students with a high degree of expertise and experience.

Student-athletes request tutors through their myuwbadgers.com portal.

The role of the Tutor Coordinator is to oversee all aspects of the tutoring program for student-athletes. These responsibilities include:

  • Recruiting, screening, hiring and training all tutors
  • Completing payroll for the tutors and mentors
  • Assessing student-athletes’ needs and developing tutoring opportunities to serve those needs
  • Maintaining the tutoring request system in the BASIS system

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Fetzer Center Computer Labs

The computer labs in the Fetzer Centers are open exclusively to UW student-athletes. In order to use the labs, you will need to set up a network account. Please see the Computer Lab Coordinator (or your advisor) for more information.

Appropriate Use

As students at the University of Wisconsin, you are expected to abide by the UW's policies for Appropriate Use Of Information Technology Resources. In addition, the viewing of objectionable materials is not allowed in the computer lab, unless it is specifically assigned as part of your coursework.

Food & Beverages

Food and beverages rules for the computer lab are as follows:

  • Closed beverage containers (i.e. water bottles, etc.) are allowed.
  • Open beverage containers (i.e. paper cups, coffee cups, etc.) are not allowed.
  • Food is not allowed.

Violating these rules may affect your lab access. If you cause any damage to the computers due to spilled food or beverages, you may be charged for repair or replacement.

Home Directories

All lab accounts include network space for the storage of files (i.e. a home directory). Due to space limitations on the server, excessive use of your home directory to store personal files may result in restrictions being place on your home directory. If you have a large number of files that are not related to academic work, you should copy them to portable storage such as a rewritable CD/DVD or a USB drive.

Laptop Computers

Laptops are available for checkout on a short-term basis (1 week or less) for aca¬demic purposes. Check-outs are on a first-come, first-served base and can be reserved one month in advance. Student-Athletes will be required to sign a checkout agreement prior to receiving the laptop.

Network Accounts

Network accounts created for student-athletes on the Athletic Department Network are subject to the following:

  1. Student-athletes that appear on a team roster are given a network account using their campus NetID and a password unique to their Athletic network account. (Note: at this time it is not possible to use the campus password set for their campus NetID account.)
  2. Student-athlete network accounts will each have a personal H: drive where class-related documents can be stored.
  3. Student-athletes who are cut from, or voluntarily quit, a team will immediately have their Athletic network account disabled, preventing them from logging into the account. The student will have 60 days to contact the Student Lab Coordinator to retrieve any files stored on their personal H: drive. After 60 days, the network account will be deleted along with any files in the H: drive.
  4. Student-athletes who graduate will have 60 days to remove data from their personal H: drive. After 60 days the network account will be deleted along with any files in the H: drive.
  5. Exceptions to network account policies may be made by the Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services.


The computer labs are quiet study areas. Excessive noise is not tolerated. Please keep talking and conversation to a minimum.


Student-athletes may print to designated Athletic Department printers at the stan¬dard printing rates set for computing labs across the UW–Madison campus. Printing should be limited to class-related materials only. Each student-athlete’s printing will be tracked and monitored for abuse. Class-related printing will be paid from the Student Assistance Fund (SAF). By default, all printing will be black and white. Color printing requires prior approval from Academic Services staff or the Student Lab Coordinator.

Other Computer Labs

The UW-Madison campus provides general-access computer labs at 17 locations. Use of the labs is free (except for printing with Wiscard) for anyone with a valid UW-Madison ID. Applications are available for both Macintosh and Windows on dual-boot iMac computers. Hardware includes DVD/CD-RW drives, scanners, video editing resources, color printers, and poster printers. Not all hardware and software are available in every lab. Please contact individual labs for specific information.

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Disability Resource Center

The McBurney Center's mission is to assist in creating an accessible university community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment.

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