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How Inter-Terms are Treated: Part 2

December 15, 2015

Last week the topic of inter-terms was covered as it relates to certification of continuously identified students. This week we would like to talk about inter-terms as it pertains to transfer students establishing identification.

This topic can be a bit complicated particularly when you have to consider how the NAIA institution’s inter-terms can effect continuing identified and transfer students differently. The chart below answers some common questions about how an inter-term can effect transfer students specifically.

 

Inter-Term Attached to First Term

Inter-Term Stands Alone

Inter-Term Attached to Second Term

No Inter-Term at the Institution

Can the student play right away?

No

Yes

Yes

No

When can the student identify?

May identify in inter-term, but cannot play until certification after conclusion of inter-term

May identify in inter-term, and can play once identified

May identify in inter-term, and can play once identified

Can identify only with the start of second term. Cannot play until start of second term

Student may practice with the team

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

May use the inter-term to start the residency period

Yes, if identified with the institution

Yes, if identified with the institution

Yes, if identified with the institution

There is no inter-term to attend

Students who transfer schools are classified as prospective students until they identify with their new institution. After the first term a prospective student may become identified only by attending classes, either during the inter-term or during a regular term. A student may identify with an institution during the inter-term by enrolling in three-fourths (or two-thirds, if three-fourths is not appropriate) of the normal inter-term load as noted on the institution’s official transcript. The bylaws allow for prospective students to practice and participate for a team only in the summer prior to identifying. However, after the first term, if a student is classified as a prospective student, they may only practice with a team (provided that the practices are counted in the team’s 24-week season).

Inter-terms, unlike summer terms, may be used to begin a student’s residency period if they are transferring without a release or a 2.0 cumulative GPA from their previous four-year institution. 

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