Daily Compliance Item- 11.30.16- 14.4.3.4.2.1- Less Than Full-Time/Postseason Eligibility

Hail Mary is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). For the fall 2016 term, Hail is enrolled in the last 9 hours needed to fulfill his graduation requirements.


True or False


Because he met the parameters to be enrolled less than full-time, Hail does not have to complete the 6 hour requirement to participate in OSU’s bowl game.

False. NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.4.2.1 states that a student-athlete who was enrolled in less than a minimum full-time program of studies pursuant to an exception or waiver during the term immediately prior to the postseason event is subject to the following requirements:

(a) If the student-athlete was enrolled in at least six credit hours, he or she shall have satisfactorily completed six semester or six quarter hours of academic credit; or

(b) If the student-athlete was enrolled in less than six credit hours, he or she shall have satisfactorily completed the number of semester or quarter hours of academic credit in which he or she was enrolled. (Adopted: 1/8/07 effective 8/1/07)

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.

Daily Compliance Item- 11.28.16- 14.5.5.5- Midyear Basketball Enrollee

Buckets is currently a basketball student-athlete at James River Institute. Buckets will be transferring and enrolling at Ocean State University (OSU) this January. Due to the extenuating circumstances surrounding the transfer, Buckets qualifies for an exception to the one year residence requirement.
Since Buckets is permitted to compete in January with the waiver and assuming he meets all NCAA PTD requirements, can he compete for OSU starting in the spring 2017 semester?

 
No. NCAA Bylaw 14.5.5.5 states that in baseball and basketball, a student-athlete who initially enrolls at the certifying institution as a full-time student after the conclusion of the first term of the academic year and qualifies for an exception to the one-year residence requirement shall not be eligible for competition until the ensuing academic year. (Adopted: 6/24/09)

 
Would the answer be different if Buckets graduated from James River Institute in December and transferred to OSU as a graduate student?

 
No. NCAA Official Interpretation- 10/19/12- Baseball or Basketball Midyear Graduate Transfer (I)- states that, in baseball and basketball, a graduate student-athlete who qualifies for the one-time transfer exception but initially enrolls as a full-time student at the certifying institution after the first term of the academic year shall not be eligible for competition until the ensuing academic year.

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.

Daily Compliance Item- 11.21.16- 14.4.3.4- 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 16.8.1.2 (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.

Daily Compliance Item- 10.27.16- 14.4.3.5.5- Incomplete Grades

Will Linebacker is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Will took 2 courses this past summer but only completed 1 of them. Per institutional policy, he received an incomplete for the second course and is permitted to finish the work during the fall semester. If Will earns a grade for the summer course during the fall semester, can OSU count the 3 credits earned for that course toward fulfilling the 9 hour requirement that football student-athletes must earn in order to be eligible the subsequent fall term?

No. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 11/7/11- Incomplete Grades and Fulfillment of Credit-Hour Requirements (I)- states that when applying credit-hour requirements, a course taken during the summer but completed during the academic year must be counted during the summer and not during the academic year.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.4.3.1 (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements), 14.4.3.1.4 (application of rule), 14.4.3.1.6 (additional requirements — football), 14.4.3.4.5 (incomplete grades) and a staff interpretation (2/28/96, Item No. a), which has been archived]

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.

Daily Compliance Item- 10.18.16- 14.4.3.1.7- Degree Applicable Hours

End A. Round is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University. End is beginning his 3rd academic year and has chosen to major in Health Sciences. End is enrolled in 14 hours this term but unfortunately is not doing well in Biology 2. This course is required for his degree program and must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. End is not able to drop the course because it would put him below full-time status.

For purposes of this scenario, let’s assume End has 6 unused hours of free electives within his degree program requirements.

Which of the following is true?

A. End can use the credits earned in this course as a free elective if he earns a “D” but cannot use the credits to fulfill this particular degree requirement.
B. End cannot use the credits earned in this course as a free elective or toward fulfilling this particular degree requirement if he earns a “D”.
C. For purposes of certification, End may use the credits as a free elective or toward fulfilling this particular degree requirement even if he earns a grade of “D”.
D. None of the Above

The answer is B. NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.7 states that the provision that the calculation of credit hours under the progress-toward-degree regulation shall be based on hours earned or accepted for degree credit at the certifying institution in a student-athlete’s specific baccalaureate degree program (see Bylaw 14.4.3.1) shall be met as follows: (Adopted: 1/14/97, Revised: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06, 3/12/12)

(a) During the first two years of enrollment, a student-athlete may use credits acceptable toward any of the institution’s degree programs;

(b) By the beginning of the third year of enrollment (fifth semester or seventh quarter), a student-athlete shall be required to have designated a program of studies leading toward a specific baccalaureate degree. From that point, the credits used to meet the progress-toward-degree requirements must be degree credit toward the student’s designated degree program;

(c) A student-athlete who changes his or her designated degree program may comply with the progress-toward-degree requirements if:

(1) The change in programs is documented appropriately by the institution’s academic authorities;

(2) The credits earned prior to the change are acceptable toward the degree previously sought; and

(3) The credits earned from the time of the change are acceptable toward the new desired degree.

(d) Once a student-athlete has begun his or her third year of enrollment (fifth semester or seventh quarter), a course may not be used to fulfill the credit-hour requirements for meeting progress toward degree if the student ultimately must repeat the course to fulfill the requirements of the student’s major, even if the course fulfills an elective component of the student-athlete’s degree program.

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.

Daily Compliance Item- 10.3.16- 14.4.3.5.4- Remedial Courses

Squib Kick is a freshman football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Squib is enrolled in 15 hours, 6 of which are remedial courses.
Which of the following is true?
A. OSU may include all six hours of remedial coursework when certifying Squib’s eligibility at the end of the term/year.
B. OSU is not permitted to use any remedial hours when certifying student-athletes’ eligibility.
C. Squib is only permitted to take remedial classes in the summer prior to initial full-time enrollment.
D. None of the Above.

The answer is A. NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.5.4 states that remedial, tutorial or noncredit courses may be used by the student to satisfy the minimum academic progress requirement of Bylaw 14.4.3.1 only if they meet all of the following conditions: (Revised: 10/31/02 effective 8/1/03)
(a) The courses must be considered by the institution to be prerequisites for specific courses acceptable for any degree program;
(b) The courses must be given the same weight as others in the institution in determining the student’s status for full-time enrollment;
(c) Noncredit courses may not exceed the maximum institutional limit for such courses in any baccalaureate degree program (or the student’s specific baccalaureate degree program once a program has been designated); and
(d) Credit in such courses shall not exceed six-semester or nine-quarter hours, and the courses must be taken during the student’s first academic year of collegiate enrollment.

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.

Daily Compliance Item- 9.21.16- 14.3.1.2- Academic Redshirts

Allee Oop is a basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). Allee’s high school academic record left her a little short of meeting NCAA Initial Eligibility requirements. Consequently she has been deemed an academic redshirt. Which of the following is true?

A. Allee is permitted to receive athletic aid from OSU.
B. Allee is permitted to practice during the first term of residence at OSU
C. Allee is permitted to compete for OSU during her first term of residence.
D. Both A and B

The answer is D. NCAA Bylaw 14.3.1.2 states that an academic redshirt may receive institutional athletically related financial aid but may not compete during the first academic year in residence. An academic redshirt may practice only on campus or at the institution’s regular practice facility during the first regular academic term in residence. An academic redshirt must successfully complete nine semester or eight quarter hours of academic credit in each applicable regular academic term in order to be eligible for practice in the immediately subsequent term of his or her initial academic year of residence. An academic redshirt is defined as one who is a high school graduate and who presented the same academic qualifications applicable to qualifiers (see Bylaw 14.3.1.1) except for the following: (Adopted: 10/27/11, Revised: 4/26/12 effective 8/1/16 for student-athletes initially enrolling full time in a collegiate institution on or after 8/1/16)

(a) The required minimum cumulative grade-point average and minimum combined score on the SAT critical reading and math sections or a minimum sum score on the ACT as specified in Bylaw 14.3.1.2.1;

(b) Bylaw 14.3.1.1-(c) shall not apply.

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.