BYLAWS AMENDMENT 1

SUBJECT: NAIA ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP
Amend Article I, Section A, as follows:

1. Active Membership shall be accorded to colleges and universities which meet the following requirements. a. Be a four-year college or university or an upper-level, two-year institution in the United States or Canada that awards a bachelor’s (baccalaureate) degree, or its equivalent.

     b. For an institution in the United States, be fully accredited by one of the six institutional accrediting bodies: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MAS); New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE); North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC); Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS); Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU); Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACCSR); and for an institution in Canada, be a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).

      c. Sponsor and declare an intent to participate in NAIA approved postseason in a minimum of six NAIA championship sports no later than the beginning of the fourth full academic year of active NAIA membership.

NOTE 1: Current NAIA institutions, including any members accepted in April 2011, must sponsor at least six NAIA championship sports by the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year.

NOTE 2: Single-gender institutions must sponsor and declare an intent to participate in NAIA approved postseason in a minimum of three NAIA championship sports no later than the beginning of the fourth full academic year of active NAIA membership.

NOTE 2: An institution falling below the minimum sport sponsorship requirement, due to a failure to sponsor the minimum number of sports or the withdrawal of a declaration of intent to participate in one or more sports, shall be submitted to the NAIA Membership Committee for review. The committee may issue any penalty listed in NAIA Bylaws Article VI, Section C. The committee may recommend to the Council of Presidents the institution be expelled from membership in the NAIA.

      d. The institution must publish a statement recognizing the institution’s commitment to character-driven athletics and the five NAIA core values for character-driven athletics.
      e. Administer athletics programs in compliance with the constitution, bylaws, and other legislation and policies of the Association.
      f. Conduct its intercollegiate athletics programs in a manner consistent with established NAIA standards.
      g. Be reviewed for membership by the appropriate committee of an affiliated conference, with a recommendation submitted to the NAIA President/Chief Executive Officer for final action by the Council of Presidents.
     h. Pay active institutional membership dues and conference dues when applicable.
     i. Complete one year of membership from the date of acceptance before becoming eligible for NAIA postseason competition.


Intent: To clarify that a sponsored sport only counts toward minimum sponsorship requirements if an institution declares its intent to participate in NAIA approved postseason in the given sport, and establish penalties for failure to meet sponsorship requirements. Effective date: August 1, 2015
Submitted by: NAIA Membership Committee