Daily Compliance Item- 9.14.16- 14.4.3.1.7- Change Degree Program During a Regular Academic Term

Drop Shot is a tennis student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Drop is a junior and currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Drop is not happy with his classes and would like to change his desired degree program to Criminology. OSU’s policy allows students to change their major at any point during the fall semester. If Drop changes his major now, will his hours have to count toward Mechanical Engineering or Criminology for purposes of meeting NCAA progress toward degree requirements at the conclusion of the semester?

Drop’s credit hours can count toward Mechanical Engineering or Criminology. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 11-10-89- Change of degree program during term time- states that in regard to a student-athlete who is permitted to change his or her designated degree program during term time in accordance with institutional policy and determined that the degree credits the student-athlete earns during that term can be applicable toward the degree previously sought or toward the new desired degree for satisfactory progress purposes.

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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