Ocean State University (OSU) is reviewing every student-athlete’s academic record in preparation for certifying their eligibility for the 2013-14 academic year. Dig, a volleyball student-athlete, transferred to OSU this fall from a junior college. Dig began a non-traditional course this past spring but did not complete it until after the junior college’s graduation ceremonies. Additionally, Dig’s junior college does not have traditional terms of enrollment. When certifying Dig’s eligibility, does OSU have to count the credit for this non-traditional course as summer credit?
Yes. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 8/6/13- Summer Terms for Institutions without Traditional Terms of Enrollment to Satisfy 2-4 Transferable Degree Credit Requirements (I) – states that the assessment of whether nontraditional course credit from an institution without traditional academic terms is considered credit from an academic-year course, or a summer course is based on the academic calendar of the two-year institution most recently attended by the student-athlete. Therefore, if a student-athlete begins a nontraditional course after the two-year college’s spring commencement exercises, the course shall be considered summer credit, regardless of how it is classified by the offering institution. In addition, if a student-athlete begins a nontraditional course before the two-year college’s spring commencement exercises but completes the course after the commencement exercises, the course shall be considered summer credit.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 22.214.171.124.3 (credit earned during summer terms); 126.96.36.199.2 (credit earned at four-year institution); and 188.8.131.52.3 (determination of transferable degree credit)]