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.


Amend Article VI, Section E, as follows:

An institution (chief executive officer, athletics director or faculty athletics representative) shall have the right to request an appeal of a ruling by the National Eligibility Committee, the National Conduct and Ethics Committee, the National Administrative Council, the Competitive Experience Committee, the Home School Committee, the NAIA Membership Committee and/or the Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives on behalf of the institution and/or student to the National Coordinating Committee, within 30 days of notification, provided:
   1. There is new or additional evidence pertinent to the case that was not considered in reaching the initial decision;
   2. The decision reached was demonstrably capricious or arbitrary; and/or
   3. There was demonstrable bias or discrimination which influenced the decision.

The chief executive officer, the faculty athletics representative, or the director of athletics may request an appeal of the findings to the National Coordinating Committee on one or more of the listed grounds. An individual may appeal on his or her own behalf a ruling that includes the penalties listed in Article VI, Section C, Item 5. Requests for an appeal must be made in writing to the NAIA President/Chief Executive Officer within 30 days of the notification to the school and/or individual of the original decision. The letter should clearly state the reasons for the requested appeal and include documentation and information to support that request.

An affiliated conference commissioner may, on behalf of an institution, appeal a decision regarding championship alignment. The process for requesting such an appeal shall be followed as outlined above.

The National Coordinating Committee will review the written request for appeal and reach one of the following decisions:
     1. No sufficient grounds exist for allowing the appeal;
     2. The appeal is justified and the case is returned to the appropriate national committee for reconsideration; or 3. The appeal is justified and the case will be decided by the National Coordinating Committee.
     All current rights to provide testimony/evidence remain for the appealing institution or individual under investigation in both the original and appeal process.

The National Coordinating Committee shall be informed of all committee findings as part of its responsibility for reviewing appeals of the National Eligibility Committee and the National Conduct and Ethics Committee

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 penalty procedures for failure to meet sponsorship requirements. 
Effective date: August 1, 2015
Submitted by: NAIA Membership Committee