Chop Block is a football student-athlete at Bay State University. Chop is not getting a lot of playing time, so he decides to transfer to Ocean State University in the fall. Unfortunately Chop’s frustrations on the field have affected his studies, as he was caught cheating on a mid-term exam and will be dismissed for the fall 2012 semester. Prior to this incident, Chop was in good academic standing and was on target to complete 12 degree applicable courses.
Will the dismissal preclude Chop from receiving athletic aid at Ocean State University during the 2012-13 academic year?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 6/1/09- Four-Year Transfer Student-Athlete’s Eligibility for Athletically Related Financial Aid (I)- states that for purposes of determining whether a transfer student-athlete from a four-year institution is eligible for athletically related financial aid during his or her first academic year at the certifying institution, the student-athlete must have been academically eligible to compete during the next regular academic term had he or she remained at the previous institution based on a review of all components of academic eligibility (e.g., NCAA progress-toward-degree requirements, conference academic eligibility requirements, good academic standing, suspension/dismissal related to an academic offense). Therefore, a transfer student-athlete from a four-year institution who was suspended or dismissed for the next regular academic term due to an academic offense (e.g., cheating, plagiarism) may not receive athletically related financial aid during his or her first academic year at the certifying institution.