Pocket, women’s lacrosse student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU), voluntarily quit the team at the conclusion of the fall 2016 semester. OSU has not yet begun its spring 2017 semester. Is OSU permitted to cancel Pocket’s athletic scholarship and provide it to another student-athlete on the team during the spring 2017 semester?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 states that institutional financial aid based in any degree on athletics ability may be reduced or canceled during the period of the award if the recipient:(Revised: 1/10/92, 1/11/94, 1/10/95, 1/9/96, 12/13/05, 9/11/07, 8/7/14)
(a) Renders himself or herself ineligible for intercollegiate competition;
(b) Fraudulently misrepresents any information on an application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement (see Bylaw 126.96.36.199.3);
(c) Engages in serious misconduct warranting substantial disciplinary penalty (see Bylaw 188.8.131.52.4); or (d) Voluntarily (on his or her own initiative) withdraws from a sport at any time for personal reasons; however, the recipient’s financial aid may not be awarded to another student-athlete in the academic term in which the aid was reduced or canceled. A student-athlete’s request for written permission to contact another four-year collegiate institution regarding a possible transfer does not constitute
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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