BYLAWS AMENDMENT 13

SUBJECT: POST-BACCALAUREATE DEGREE ELIGIBILITY
Amend Article V, Section D, Item 5 as follows:

5. A student who has completed all academic requirements for graduation from a four-year institution as defined by that institution shall no longer be eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics.

EXCEPTION 1: A student who has completed all academic requirements for graduation and who is enrolled in the graduate or professional school of the institution where he/she earned an undergraduate degree, who is enrolled and seeking a second baccalaureate or equivalent degree at the same institution, who is enrolled in a fifth-year, post-baccalaureate degree teacher education program at the same institution, or who is enrolled and pursuing a second major area of study at the same institution may participate in intercollegiate athletics provided the student has athletic eligibility remaining.

EXCEPTION 2: A student who has completed all academic requirements for graduation and who is enrolled in a graduate program, professional school or fifth-year, post-baccalaureate degree teacher education program may participate in intercollegiate athletics provided the student has athletic eligibility remaining. 

       1. The graduate must be enrolled in a full-time class load as defined by the school in lieu of 12 institutional credits at the time of participation.
       2. To maintain eligibility status, the student must successfully complete the full-time class load as defined by the institution.
       3. The registrar must certify in writing to the eligibility chair that the above conditions have been met prior to participation of the student.

AND

Amend Article V, Section C, Item 3 as follows:

3. The student must be identified and enrolled in a minimum of 12 institutional credit hours at the time of participation.

EXCEPTION: A student who will complete requirements for graduation within 10 semesters, 15 quarters, 12 trimesters or less may retain eligibility during the last term of attendance of the senior year by enrolling in fewer than 12 institutional credit hours. Official verification must be provided by the registrar that the student has completed all other academic requirements for graduation except for the currently enrolled credits. Such verification must be provided to the eligibility chair.

A student invoking the above exception who completes all academic requirements for graduation and who subsequently enrolls in the graduate or professional school of the institution where he/she earned an undergraduate degree, who is enrolled and seeking a second baccalaureate or equivalent degree at the same institution, who is enrolled in a fifth-year, post-baccalaureate degree teacher education program at the same institution, or who is enrolled and pursuing a second major area of study at the same institution is eligible to participate provided the student has athletic eligibility remaining and meets the criteria of the exception to Article V, Section D, Item 5. The term in which the student invokes this exception shall be counted as a term of attendance. However, this term will not count in the calculation of the 24/36-Hour Rule. For a semester school to calculate the 24 credit hours, the institution should consider the two terms immediately preceding the term the student completes the requirements for graduation.

A student who invokes the above exception and does not graduate forfeits any remaining eligibility in all sports sponsored by the NAIA.

AND

Amend Article V, Section G, Item 1 as follows:

1. A student who has participated in an intercollegiate contest at the immediately previous four-year institution and then transfers to an NAIA member institution shall be required to be in residence for a period of 16 calendar weeks before being eligible for the sport(s) previously participated in at the four-year institution.

A student shall have the 16 calendar weeks residency requirement waived for participation in that same sport provided the student meets one or more of the following:
       a.
the student has a cumulative minimum overall GPA of 2.000 (on a 4.000 scale) from all previously attended institutions of higher learning and receives a written release from the athletics director at the immediately previous four-year institution

       b. AThe student has not participated in an intercollegiate contest at the immediately previous four-year institution is not subject to the residency period in that sport; or
       c. The student has completed all academic requirements for graduation and is enrolled in a graduate program, professional school or fifth-year, post-baccalaureate degree teacher education program.

The term “16 weeks” refers to 16 consecutive calendar weeks (112 calendar days), including vacations and inter-terms (except summer terms). The 16 weeks does not refer to school weeks.


Intent: To remove the restriction preventing a graduate from participating in NAIA competition for an institution other than the institution at which the student completed the requirements for graduation when the student is enrolled in a graduate program, professional school or fifth year post-baccalaureate degree teacher education program.
Effective date: August 1, 2015
Submitted by: NCC