Run N. Shoot is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). He only has 2 courses left to take in the fall to fulfill his graduation requirements. One of the courses must be taken over the Internet (nontraditional course). As long as OSU certifies that Run is enrolled in the necessary courses to complete graduation requirements, can he compete during the fall 2013 semester while only being enrolled in two courses?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 4/26/13- Use of Nontraditional Courses during Final Semester or Quarter (I) – states that a student-athlete may satisfy the final semester/quarter exception through enrollment in one or more nontraditional courses, provided the student-athlete is a regularly enrolled, degree-seeking student in the final semester or quarter of his or her degree program at the certifying institution and the institution certifies that the student-athlete is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements.
[References: NCAA Bylaws 220.127.116.11 (admission), 18.104.22.168.1.3 (final semester/quarter), 22.214.171.124.3 (concurrent courses at two institutions), 126.96.36.199.6 (nontraditional courses), 188.8.131.52.3 (nontraditional courses from another institution), and a staff interpretation (12/06/95, Item No. c), which has been archived]