Daily Compliance Item- 8/7/13- 14.4.3.1.6- Additional Football PTD Requirement

Hash Mark is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University. Here is Hash’s academic record for the 2012-13 academic year:

Fall 2012 semester- 6 degree applicable hours

Spring 2013 semester- 15 degree applicable hours

Summer 2013- 6 degree applicable hours

For this example, Hash is meeting the other progress toward degree requirements for GPA and % of degree.

Will Hash be eligible to compete during the 2013 season?

 

Yes with conditions.  NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.6 states that in football, a student-athlete who is a member of the institution’s football team and who does not successfully complete at least nine-semester hours or eight-quarter hours of academic credit during the fall term or does not earn the Academic Progress Rate eligibility point for the fall term or does not successfully complete either requirement shall not be eligible to compete in the first four contests against outside competition in the following playing season.  (Adopted:  4/28/11 effective 8/1/11, Revised:  5/28/13)

Because Hash earned 27 academic credits prior to the start of the fall 2013 term, he can regain some or all of his eligibility back for the 2013 season.

NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.6.1 states that a student-athlete who is ineligible, pursuant to Bylaw 14.4.3.1.6, to compete in the first four contests of a playing season against outside competition may regain eligibility to compete in the third and fourth contests of that season, provided he or she successfully completes at least 27-semester hours or 40-quarter hours of academic credit before the beginning of the next fall term.  A student-athlete in his or her initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment may use credit hours earned at the certifying institution during the summer prior to initial full-time enrollment and credit hours earned during the summer following the regular academic year to satisfy the 27-semester/40-quarter credit-hour requirement.  (Adopted:  4/28/11 effective 8/1/11, Revised: 2/6/12)

NCAA Bylaw 14.4.3.1.6.2 states that one time during a student-athlete’s five-year period of eligibility, a student-athlete who does not successfully complete at least nine-semester hours or eight-quarter hours of academic credit during the fall term or earn the Academic Progress Rate eligibility point for the fall term may regain eligibility to compete in the first four contests against outside competition in the following playing season, provided he or she successfully completes at least 27-semester hours or 40-quarter hours of academic credit before the beginning of the next fall term.  A student-athlete in his or her initial year of full-time collegiate enrollment may use credit hours earned at the certifying institution during the summer prior to initial full-time enrollment and credit hours earned during the summer following the regular academic year to satisfy the 27-semester/40-quarter credit-hour requirement.  (Adopted: 4/28/11 effective 8/1/11, Revised: 2/6/12)

Daily Compliance Item- 5/21/13- 14.1.8.1- Receipt of Degree

Hail Mary is a football student-athlete who will be transferring to Ocean State University (OSU) this fall.  Hail will have all the requirements met for graduation at his current school prior to transferring to OSU, but he will not have received his degree prior to the transfer.  Is Hail still eligible to use the graduate one-time transfer exception?

 

Yes with conditions.  NCAA Educational Column- 4/11/13-  Graduate Student-Athlete Eligibility (I) – states that  NCAA Division I institutions should note that a student-athlete who is enrolled in a graduate or professional school of the same institution from which he or she previously received a baccalaureate degree, a student-athlete who is enrolled and seeking a second baccalaureate or equivalent degree at the same institution, or a student-athlete who has graduated and is continuing as a full-time student at the same institution while taking course work that would lead to the equivalent of another major or degree as defined and documented by the institution, may participate in intercollegiate athletics, provided the student has eligibility remaining and such participation occurs within the applicable five-year period.

 

Further, a graduate student-athlete who is enrolled in a graduate or professional school of an institution other than the institution from which he or she previously received a baccalaureate degree may participate in intercollegiate athletics if the student fulfills the conditions of the one-time transfer exception and has eligibility remaining.

 

Finally, a graduate student-athlete who does not meet the one-time transfer exception due to participation in a sport for which the exception is not available, shall qualify for the one-time transfer exception as a graduate student, provided the student:

 

(a) Fulfills the remaining conditions of the one-time transfer exception;

(b) Has at least one season of competition remaining; and

(c) The student’s previous institution did not renew his or her athletically related financial aid for the following academic year.

 

The following questions and answers are designed to assist the Division I membership with the application of graduate student-athlete eligibility legislation.

 

Admission and Enrollment

Question No. 1: Is it permissible for a graduate student-athlete to compete if he or she is considered a nondegree seeking graduate student?

Answer: No. Graduate student-athletes must be regularly enrolled, degree seeking students.

 

Question No. 2: Is a graduate student-athlete who is a regularly enrolled, degree seeking student eligible to compete even though he or she is not enrolled in a specific graduate degree program (e.g., graduate at large)?

Answer: Yes.

 

Question No. 3: Is a graduate student-athlete eligible to compete if he or she is a regularly enrolled, degree seeking student but is required to earn, as a condition of continued enrollment in the graduate program, an enhanced grade-point-average (e.g., 3.00 or above) in each term of his or her first academic year as a graduate student at the certifying institution?

Answer: Yes, provided the student-athlete is considered to be in good academic standing as interpreted for all students by the appropriate academic officials at the institution.

 

Transfer Graduate Student-Athletes

Question No. 4: May a student-athlete use the graduate student one-time transfer exception to pursue a second baccalaureate degree at the next institution?

Answer: No. A student-athlete who has previously graduated must be enrolled in a graduate or professional school at the next institution to qualify for the one-time transfer exception.

 

Question No. 5: Can a student-athlete who graduates after three years and has more than one season of competition remaining use the graduate student one-time transfer exception?

Answer: Yes, provided the student meets the requirements of the exception and is regularly enrolled as a degree seeking student in a graduate or professional school at the next institution.

 

Question No. 6: In sports for which the standard one-time transfer exception does not apply, may a student-athlete who is notified of the nonrenewal of athletics aid after indicating intent to transfer to another institution use the one-time transfer exception for graduate student eligibility?

Answer: Yes. The timing of the nonrenewal of athletics aid does not impact a student-athlete’s ability to qualify for the graduate student one-time transfer exception, provided all criteria for the exception are met.

 

Question No. 7: May a student-athlete who transfers after completing all necessary degree requirements for graduation from a four-year institution but prior to receiving a degree be eligible to use the graduate one-time transfer exception?

Answer: Yes, provided the student-athlete is accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student in a graduate or professional school of an institution other than the institution he or she previously attended as an undergraduate.

 

Question No. 8: May a baseball or basketball 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 (e.g., midyear transfer) be eligible for competition immediately?

Answer: No. Such a student-athlete cannot be eligible for competition until the following academic year.

 

Progress-Toward Degree Certification

Question No. 9: Is a football student-athlete who graduated with a baccalaureate degree required to earn nine semester hours or eight quarter hours and the APR eligibility point during the fall term to be eligible for all contests during the following playing season?

Answer: No.

 

Question No. 10: Must credits earned by a graduate or postbaccalaureate student-athlete be degree applicable to satisfy the six semester or quarter hour requirement?

Answer: Credits acceptable toward any degree program offered by the certifying institution (graduate or undergraduate) may be used to satisfy the six semester or quarter hour requirement, provided the student-athlete is permitted to complete such courses in accordance with published institutional policies applicable to graduate students.

 

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.1.6.1 (admission), 14.1.6.1.1 (special admission), 14.1.8 (graduate student/postbaccalaureate participation), 14.1.8.1 (one-time transfer exception), 14.5.2.2.10 (one-time transfer exception), 14.4.3.1-(c) (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements) 14.4.3.1.6 (additional requirements — football), 14.4.3.1.6.1 (regaining eligibility for two contests), 14.4.3.1.6.2 (regaining full eligibility — one-time exception), 14.4.3.5-(c) (exceptions to progress-toward-degree rule — graduate student/postbaccalaureate exception), staff interpretations (09/26/2006, Item No. 1a, 03/15/2013, Item No. a), and official interpretations (4/17/2007, Item No. 15-a, 10/19/2012, Item No. 3)]

Daily Compliance Item- 4/30/13- 14.1.7.2.1.3, 14.1.7.2.6- Nontraditional Courses

Run N. Shoot is a football student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU). He only has 2 courses left to take in the fall to fulfill his graduation requirements.  One of the courses must be taken over the Internet (nontraditional course).  As long as OSU certifies that Run is enrolled in the necessary courses to complete graduation requirements, can he compete during the fall 2013 semester while only being enrolled in two courses?

Yes with conditions.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 4/26/13-  Use of Nontraditional Courses during Final Semester or Quarter (I) – states that a student-athlete may satisfy the final semester/quarter exception through enrollment in one or more nontraditional courses, provided the student-athlete is a regularly enrolled, degree-seeking student in the final semester or quarter of his or her degree program at the certifying institution and the institution certifies that the student-athlete is carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete degree requirements.

[References: NCAA Bylaws 14.1.6.1 (admission), 14.1.7.2.1.3 (final semester/quarter), 14.1.7.2.3 (concurrent courses at two institutions), 14.1.7.2.6 (nontraditional courses), 14.4.3.4.3 (nontraditional courses from another institution), and a staff interpretation (12/06/95, Item No. c), which has been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 4/29/13- 14.1.10, 17.1.6.2.1.1.4, 17.1.6.2.1.1.4.1- Male Students Practicing in the Summer

Ocean State University women’s basketball program has 4-5 male students that have practiced with the team all year.  These male students have really helped the team, so the coaches would like the guys to practice with the team this summer as well.  Is this permissible?

Yes with conditions.  NCAA Interpretation- Staff Interpretation- 4/26/13-  Use of Male Students During Women’s Basketball Summer Athletic Activities (I) – states that  male students may participate in summer athletic activities with women’s basketball student-athletes, provided they are enrolled in summer school, or meet the academic requirements exception to enrollment, and are not receiving any form of financial assistance from the athletics department (e.g., compensation, financial aid).

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.1.10 (eligibility requirements for male student to practice with women’s teams), 17.1.6.2.1.1.4 (summer athletic activities — basketball) and 17.1.6.2.1.1.4.1 (exception to summer school enrollment — academic requirements — basketball)]

Daily Compliance Item- 4/24/13- 14.1.9- Regaining Elibility

Change Up is a softball student-athlete at Ocean State University (OSU).  Change was eligible at the start of the 2012-13 academic year but became ineligible for the spring 2013 semester because her GPA fell below the minimum requirement.  The softball team will still be competing after the conclusion of the spring semester.  Can Change begin participating in competition once the spring semester is over if she meets all NCAA progress toward degree requirements?

Yes with conditions.  NCAA Official Interpretation- 5/14/04- Certification of Eligibility at the End of the Academic Year- states that a student-athlete who was eligible for competition at the beginning of the academic year, but became ineligible at midyear, (e.g., due to failure to meet the six-hour requirement) could be certified as eligible at the end of the academic year for competition in a season already in progress (e.g., outdoor track and field, baseball) provided the student-athlete meets all applicable progress-toward-degree requirements to be eligible for competition during the subsequent fall term.

 

[References:  NCAA Bylaws 14.1.10 (change in eligibility status) and 14.4 (progress-toward-degree requirements); and a 4/27/89 official interpretation, Item No. 10]

Daily Compliance Item- 4/23/13- 14.6- All-Star Games

Slam Dunk is a senior prospect who will be enrolling at Ocean State University this fall on a full basketball scholarship.  The first day of classes for the fall semester is August 19th.  Slam has been invited to play in three all-star games this summer prior to enrolling.  Is it permissible for Slam to play in all three all-star competitions?

Currently, Bylaw 14.6 states that a student-athlete shall be denied the first year of intercollegiate athletics competition if, following completion of high school eligibility in the student-athlete’s sport and prior to the student-athlete’s high school graduation, the student-athlete competes in more than two all-star football contests or two all-star basketball contests.

WITH THE ADOPTION OF RWG-14-1, the legislation governing all-star games was eliminated.  Consequently there is no longer a two game limit for prospects, so in this scenario it would be permissible for Slam to participate in all three games.

This piece of legislation is effective August 1, 2013, so it will apply to all prospects that enroll at your institution on or after that date.  

Daily Compliance Item- 4/15/13- 14.1.8.1- Graduate Transfers

Screen Pass is a football student-athlete that graduated from Bay State College (BSC) this past December.  Screen has one more year of eligibility left, so he would like to enroll in graduate school.  BSC told Screen that his scholarship would not be renewed in the fall, so he decided to transfer to Ocean State University (OSU) in January.  Screen was admitted as a non-degree seeking graduate student.  Is it permissible for Screen to compete for OSU in the fall?

No.  NCAA Educational Column- 4/11/13- Graduate Student-Athlete Eligibility (I)- states that NCAA Division I institutions should note that a student-athlete who is enrolled in a graduate or professional school of the same institution from which he or she previously received a baccalaureate degree, a student-athlete who is enrolled and seeking a second baccalaureate or equivalent degree at the same institution, or a student-athlete who has graduated and is continuing as a full-time student at the same institution while taking course work that would lead to the equivalent of another major or degree as defined and documented by the institution, may participate in intercollegiate athletics, provided the student has eligibility remaining and such participation occurs within the applicable five-year period.

Further, a graduate student-athlete who is enrolled in a graduate or professional school of an institution other than the institution from which he or she previously received a baccalaureate degree may participate in intercollegiate athletics if the student fulfills the conditions of the one-time transfer exception and has eligibility remaining.

Finally, a graduate student-athlete who does not meet the one-time transfer exception due to participation in a sport for which the exception is not available, shall qualify for the one-time transfer exception as a graduate student, provided the student:

(a) Fulfills the remaining conditions of the one-time transfer exception;

(b) Has at least one season of competition remaining; and

(c) The student’s previous institution did not renew his or her athletically related financial aid for the following academic year.

The following questions and answers are designed to assist the Division I membership with the application of graduate student-athlete eligibility legislation.

Admission and Enrollment

Question No. 1: Is it permissible for a graduate student-athlete to compete if he or she is considered a nondegree seeking graduate student?

Answer: No. Graduate student-athletes must be regularly enrolled, degree seeking students.

Question No. 2: Is a graduate student-athlete who is a regularly enrolled, degree seeking student eligible to compete even though he or she is not enrolled in a specific graduate degree program (e.g., graduate at large)?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 3: Is a graduate student-athlete eligible to compete if he or she is a regularly enrolled, degree seeking student but is required to earn, as a condition of continued enrollment in the graduate program, an enhanced grade-point-average (e.g., 3.00 or above) in each term of his or her first academic year as a graduate student at the certifying institution?

Answer: Yes, provided the student-athlete is considered to be in good academic standing as interpreted for all students by the appropriate academic officials at the institution.

Transfer Graduate Student-Athletes

Question No. 4: May a student-athlete use the graduate student one-time transfer exception to pursue a second baccalaureate degree at the next institution?

Answer: No. A student-athlete who has previously graduated must be enrolled in a graduate or professional school at the next institution to qualify for the one-time transfer exception.

Question No. 5: Can a student-athlete who graduates after three years and has more than one season of competition remaining use the graduate student one-time transfer exception?

Answer: Yes, provided the student meets the requirements of the exception and is regularly enrolled as a degree seeking student in a graduate or professional school at the next institution.

Question No. 6: In sports for which the standard one-time transfer exception does not apply, may a student-athlete who is notified of the nonrenewal of athletics aid after indicating intent to transfer to another institution use the one-time transfer exception for graduate student eligibility?

Answer: Yes. The timing of the nonrenewal of athletics aid does not impact a student-athlete’s ability to qualify for the graduate student one-time transfer exception, provided all criteria for the exception are met.

Question No. 7: May a student-athlete who does not receive a baccalaureate degree but is accepted for enrollment in a graduate or professional school of an institution other than the institution he or she previously attended as an undergraduate be eligible to use the graduate one-time transfer exception?

Answer: Yes.

Question No. 8: May a baseball or basketball 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 (e.g., midyear transfer) be eligible for competition immediately?

Answer: No. Such a student-athlete cannot be eligible for competition until the following academic year.

Progress-Toward Degree Certification

Question No. 9: Is a football student-athlete who graduated with a baccalaureate degree required to earn nine semester hours or eight quarter hours and the APR eligibility point during the fall term to be eligible for all contests during the following playing season?

Answer: No.

Question No. 10: Must credits earned by a graduate or postbaccalaureate student-athlete be degree applicable to satisfy the six semester or quarter hour requirement?

Answer: Credits acceptable toward any degree program offered by the certifying institution (graduate or undergraduate) may be used to satisfy the six semester or quarter hour requirement, provided the student-athlete is permitted to complete such courses in accordance with published institutional policies applicable to graduate students.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.1.6.1 (admission), 14.1.6.1.1 (special admission), 14.1.8 (graduate student/postbaccalaureate participation), 14.1.8.1 (one-time transfer exception), 14.5.2.2.10 (one-time transfer exception), 14.4.3.1-(c) (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements) 14.4.3.1.6 (additional requirements — football), 14.4.3.1.6.1 (regaining eligibility for two contests), 14.4.3.1.6.2 (regaining full eligibility — one-time exception), 14.4.3.5-(c) (exceptions to progress-toward-degree rule — graduate student/postbaccalaureate exception), staff interpretations (09/26/2006, Item No. 1a, 03/15/2013, Item No. a), and official interpretations (4/17/2007, Item No. 15-a, 10/19/2012, Item No. 3)]

 

Notice about Educational Columns: Educational columns and hot topics are intended to assist the membership with the correct application of legislation and/or interpretations by providing clarifications, reminders and examples. They are based on legislation and official and staff interpretations applicable at the time of publication. Therefore, educational columns and hot topics are binding to the extent that the legislation and interpretations on which they are based remain applicable. Educational columns are posted on a regular basis to address a variety of issues and hot topics are posted as necessary in order to address timely issues.

Daily Compliance Item- 3/28/13- 14.1.7.2.6- Non-Traditional Courses

Bounce Pass is a basketball student-athlete at Ocean State University.  Bounce was having trouble with his math class, so he decided to drop the course at the end of March.  After dropping the math course, Bounce is now only enrolled in 8 hours.  He wants to enroll in an online course to get back to full-time enrollment status.  Ocean State University’s spring semester doesn’t end until the second week in May, but institutional policy does not allow students to enroll in traditional courses taught on campus after March 15th.

Is it permissible for Bounce to use this online course to meet NCAA progress toward degree requirements?

No.  NCAA Educational Column- General Eligibility Requirements — Full-Time Enrollment — Requirement for Competition — Use of Nontraditional Courses — (I)- states that pursuant to the nontraditional courses legislation, a student-athlete may use nontraditional courses to meet the full-time enrollment requirement to be eligible for competition. The following questions and answers are intended to assist the membership in applying the legislation:

Question No. 1: What is “term time?”

Answer: “Term time” refers to the divisions of the academic year (e.g., semesters, quarters, trimesters) and is also referred to as a regular academic term.

Question No. 2: Does the nontraditional courses legislation limit the number of nontraditional courses in which a student-athlete may enroll during a regular academic term?

Answer: No. Such a determination is to be made by institutional policies applicable to all students and any applicable conference rules.

Question No. 3: If a student-athlete is enrolled in a nontraditional course that is being used to meet the full-time enrollment requirement and the student-athlete completes the nontraditional course within the first month of the regular academic term, would the student-athlete be considered full time for the remainder of the term?

Answer: Yes, provided the nontraditional course was completed in accordance with institutional policy.

Question No. 4: Does “regular enrollment periods” refer to periods in which students at the offering institution enroll in traditional (e.g., taught in a typical, face-to-face classroom environment) courses?

Answer: Yes. In order to use nontraditional courses to meet the full-time enrollment requirement, the student-athlete must enroll in the nontraditional courses at the same time he or she enrolls in traditional courses. Therefore, if a student-athlete drops or withdraws from a traditional course in the middle of a term and enrolls in a nontraditional course, he or she can use the nontraditional course for full-time enrollment only if any student is permitted to enroll in a traditional course at that point in the term.

Question No. 5: May a nontraditional course that is completed over the course of an entire academic year be used to meet the minimum full-time enrollment requirement?

Answer: The legislation requires the course to be conducted during the institution’s regular academic term in accordance with the institution’s academic calendar and applicable policies and procedures. Therefore, such a course could be used to meet the minimum full-time enrollment requirement only if the institution offers similar traditional courses that span the entire academic year and all other criteria of the legislation are met.

 

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 14.1.8.2 (requirement for competition) and 14.1.8.2.6 (nontraditional courses)]

 

Notice about Educational Columns: Educational columns and hot topics are intended to assist the membership with the correct application of legislation and/or interpretations by providing clarifications, reminders and examples. They are based on legislation and official and staff interpretations applicable at the time of publication. Therefore, educational columns and hot topics are binding to the extent that the legislation and interpretations on which they are based remain applicable. Educational columns are posted on a regular basis to address a variety of issues and hot topics are posted as necessary in order to address timely issues.

Daily Compliance Item- 2/25/13- 14.3.1.3- Use of Retake SAT Score

Andy Athlete is a freshman student-athlete at Ocean State University.  Andy was certified as a qualifier by the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of the academic year.  During the fall term, Andy’s SAT score was invalidated by SAT officials.  Andy retook the test in December and achieved a high enough score to maintain qualifier status but not high enough to validate the original score.  Can Andy use this re-take score taken after initial full-time enrollment to meet initial eligibility requirements?

No.  NCAA Staff Interpretation- 2/14/13- Use of Retest SAT or ACT Scores for Initial Eligibility (I)- states that if a student-athlete is required to retake the SAT or ACT following initial, full-time collegiate enrollment because the validity of the student-athlete’s qualifying test score achieved prior to enrollment is challenged, the student-athlete would be considered to have satisfied the test-score time limitation if the retest score is high enough to validate the pre-enrollment score. However, if the student-athlete’s score on the postenrollment retest is high enough to be considered a qualifying score but is not high enough to validate the pre-enrollment score, the student-athlete would not be considered to have satisfied the test-score time limitation. Only private retest scores achieved through a standardized examination, administered in accordance with secure procedures set forth by the testing agency (no residual campus testing) may be used to satisfy initial-eligibility requirements. Such a retest is not required to be administered on a national testing date.

[References: Bylaws 14.3.1.3 (test-score requirements) and 14.3.1.3.1 (test-score time limitation); official interpretation (08/14/1996 Item No. 5-a-8) and staff interpretation (07/16/1999 Item No. a) which have been archived]

Daily Compliance Item- 2/13/13- 14.1.3, 14.1.4.3- NCAA Forms

Clay Court is a student at Ocean State University.  Clay decided to try out for the men’s tennis team at the beginning of the spring 2013 term.  Clay has been practicing for five days and will compete in Ocean State University’s home meet this weekend.  Which statement is true?

A.  Clay does not have to complete the NCAA Drug-Testing Consent form until he has participated in countable athletically related activities for 14 days.

B.  Clay must complete the NCAA Drug-Testing Consent form prior to competing in the competition this weekend.

C.  Clay must complete the Student-Athlete Statement prior to competing in the meet this weekend.

D.  Both B & C are true

The answer is DNCAA Bylaw 14.1.3 states that prior to participation in intercollegiate competition each academic year, a student-athlete shall sign a statement in a form prescribed by the Legislative Council in which the student athlete submits information related to eligibility, recruitment, financial aid, amateur status, previous positive-drug tests administered by any other athletics organization and involvement in organized gambling activities related to intercollegiate or professional athletics competition under the Association’s governing legislation. Failure to complete and sign the statement shall result in the student-athlete’s ineligibility for participation in all intercollegiate competition. Violations of this bylaw do not affect a student-athlete’s eligibility if the violation occurred due to an institutional administrative error or oversight, and the student-athlete subsequently signs the form; however, the violation shall be considered an institutional violation per Constitution 2.8.1.

NCAA Bylaw 14.1.4.3 states that a student-athlete who is “trying out” for a team is not required to complete the form until 14 days from the first date the student-athlete engages in countable athletically related activities or before the student-athlete participates in a competition, whichever occurs earlier.  (Adopted:  4/27/06 effective 8/1/06)