Daily Compliance Item- 11.21.16- Becoming Eligible at the End of Fall Term

Bounce Pass is a basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Bounce was certified as academically ineligible at the start of the fall 2016 semester. If Bounce earns a 2.75 GPA or better this term, she will be eligible for competition for the spring 2017 semester. Here is a brief calendar for the women’s basketball team next month:

December 7-11- OSU Final Exam Week
December 9- Bounce’s last scheduled exam
December 13- Competition at West Coast University

Because the team will be done with finals and Sunday’s game is in California, the team will be leaving on Friday the 11th.
As long as Bounce earns the necessary grades and meets all other NCAA PTD requirements to regain her eligibility, is it permissible for her to receive travel expenses prior to the conclusion of the fall semester?

Yes. NCAA Official Interpretation- Student-athlete receiving travel expenses when eligibility status changes- 11/19/92- states that a student-athlete who will become academically eligible at the end of a term may receive travel expenses prior to the conclusion of the term to attend a competition that occurs after the date of the last scheduled examination listed in the institution’s official calendar for that term, provided the institution can certify that the student-athlete will become eligible during that trip, and the student-athlete does not represent the institution in competition until the day after the date of the last scheduled examination. [References: 14.12 (change in eligibility status) and (competition while representing institution)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

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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