The men’s soccer coaches at Ocean State University (OSU) are hosting a few recruits next weekend. One of the current student-athletes that would like to serve as a student host is a senior who is enrolled part-time and will graduate in May. Is it permissible for OSU to provide expenses to this student-athlete to serve as a student host?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 3/25/13- Part-Time Student Serving as Student Host (I)- states that a student must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies at the institution at the time he or she participates as a student host unless the student meets an exception to or is granted a waiver of the full-time enrollment requirements for competition.
[References: NCAA Bylaws 126.96.36.199 (student host); 188.8.131.52.3 (exception – final semester/quarter); 184.108.40.206.1 (exceptions); 220.127.116.11 (waivers), and staff interpretation (12/20/89, Item No. f), which has been archived]
PLEASE NOTE THIS SCENARIO WAS USED IN THE JANUARY 10, 2013 DCI. THE ABOVE INTERPRETATION HAS BEEN UPDATED BY NCAA STAFF TO REFLECT FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT EXCEPTIONS AND WAIVERS.