Eligibility: Academics and General Requirements Division I - Bylaw 14
14.1.9 Graduate Student/Post Baccalaureate Participation • The following student-athletes with remaining eligibility will be allowed to participate in intercollegiate athletics after obtaining a baccalaureate degree: • Students enrolled in graduate/professional program (from same institution). • Students pursuing a 2nd baccalaureate degree (from same institution). • Students taking course work that would lead to another major or degree at same institution. • Transfers to SIUe to pursue graduate studies and has one-time transfer available.
14.2 Seasons of Competition: Five-Year Rule • Student-athletes should complete his/her seasons of participation within 5 calendar years beginning the semester in which the SA 1st registered for a minimum full-time program of study in a collegiate institution. • Term in which SA drops below full-time after 1st day of classes is still counted towards 5-year clock. • 5 year rule (DI) vs 10 FT semester rule (DII)
14.2.3 Criteria for Determining Season of Eligibility • Any competition, regardless of time, during a season in an intercollegiate sport shall be counted as a season of competition in that sport. • Exceptions: • 2-Year college scrimmages (184.108.40.206.1) • Women’s Volleyball, Men & Women’s Soccer (220.127.116.11.2) Participation outside of Championship Segment. • Preseason Exhibitions/ Preseason Practice Scrimmages During Initial Year (18.104.22.168.3)
22.214.171.124 Tennis • SAs must enroll in an institution within 1 year of the graduation date of their high school class. Their 5-year clock will begin after that year and if participation occurs during that year in an organized event they will be required to fulfill a 1 year residency requirement before becoming eligible for intercollegiate competition.
14.2.4 Hardship Waiver • Will be considered if the injury or illness occurs under the following conditions: • Occurs in 1 of 4 seasons of intercollegiate competition • Occurs prior to the completion of the first half of the Championship season as designated by Bylaw 17 • Occurs when a SA has not participated in more than 3 contests or 30% (DII is 20%) of scheduled contests, which ever number is greater. • All criteria must be met in order for the hardship waiver to be considered.
14.3 Freshman Academic Requirements • Qualifier-a high school graduate who presents all of the following academic qualifications: • Minimum required core GPA in 16 core courses determined by ACT/SAT score • Core courses consist of the following: • English 4 years • Math 3 years • Natural or Physical Science 2 years • 1 additional course in english, math or natural/physical science • Social Science 2 years • Additional Academic Courses 4 years (Any of the prior areas, foreign language, philosophy, religion) • A minimum ACT/SAT score determined by core GPA (Sliding Scale handout) • Example: 2.5 core GPA—17 ACT (68 sum), 2.0 core GPA—22 ACT (86 sum)
126.96.36.199 Core-Curriculum Requirements • In order to meet the core curriculum requirements the course must meet all the following qualifications: • Must be recognized as academic course and college preparatory • Math should be Algebra I or higher • Course must be taught be qualified instructor • Must be taught at or above a high schools regular academic level unless student is receiving special education due to learning disability
188.8.131.52.1 Core-Curriculum Time Limitation • PSA must complete core curriculum courses prior the date of high school graduation. • Exception: • If a PSA is 1 core course short of becoming a qualifier he/she may complete 1 course after graduation date to satisfy core-curriculum or min. GPA. • It may be completed at a location other than the high school they attended. • Must complete the course prior to receiving institutional financial aid (we can’t pay for summer class at SIUe).
184.108.40.206.5 Courses for Students with Disabilities • A course labeled “remedial”, “special education”, “special needs” does not disqualify that course from satisfying a core-curriculum requirement, but the following criteria must be met: • Written statement submitted by high school principle to the NCAA testifying the courses comparableness to regular education core courses • Minimum GPA must be met in these courses
220.127.116.11.1 Test-Score Time Limitation • Minimum ACT/SAT test scores must be achieved prior to registration in a collegiate institution.
Freshman Academic Requirements18.104.22.168 Non-qualifier • A non-qualifier is a SA that has not met 1 of the following: • Graduation from High School • Minimum core-curriculum GPA with ACT/SAT score requirement • Eligibility for Athletic Aid, Practice, Competition as a Non-qualifier (22.214.171.124.1) • During year of residency, no competition, practice or athletically related financial aid is allowed.
14.3.3 Seasons of Competition—Non-Qualifier • A non-qualifier shall not engage in more than 3 seasons of competition in any 1 sport. Transfers from another collegiate institution shall not engage in more that 4 seasons of competition with no more than 3 of those seasons in Division I. • Exception: SA has completed 80% degree requirements prior to their 5th academic year can gain back their forth year of eligibility. • 14.3.4 Residence Requirement- A non-qualifier SA must fulfill a year of residency in order to be eligible for competition, practice, athletically related financial aid.
126.96.36.199 Participation Prior to Certification (Freshmen) • Recruited SA may practice, but not compete for a max of 14 days prior to the certification of their academic requirements by the NCAA (Do Clearinghouse EARLY– was 45 days in Division II). • Non-Recruited SA may practice, but not compete for a max of 45 days prior to the certification of their academic requirements by the NCAA (for true non-recruited walk-on SA’s that just appear).
14.4 Progress Towards Degree (PTD) • To be eligible to represent an institution in intercollegiate athletics competition, a student-athlete shall maintain progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree at that institution.
14.4.3 Eligibility for Competition (for second year of enrollment) • Eligibility for competition is based on completion of the following: • 24 semester hours of academic credit prior to the SA’s 2nd year of enrollment. • 18 semester hours of academic credit during the academic year (Fall & Spring) • 6 semester hours of academic credit during the preceding regular academic term.
188.8.131.52.3 Regaining Eligibility if do not meet 24 semester hour requirement prior to start of 2nd year • A SA that does not meet their 24 semester credit-hour requirement prior to their 2nd year of collegiate enrollment may become eligible at the beginning of the next academic term by successfully completed 24 semester-hours during the previous 2 semesters (spring, summer, fall combo). • Exception: Baseball- A SA that does not meet 24 credit-hour requirement prior to the start of their 2nd year will not be eligible for the remainder of that academic year.
184.108.40.206.5 Designation of Degree Program • A SA shall declare a major by the beginning of the 3rd year of enrollment and make progress towards that declared degree. This applies to the following SAs: • Continuing • 4-year Transfer • 2-year Transfer
220.127.116.11.6 Hours Accepted for Degree Credit • During the 1st two years of enrollment, SA may use credits earned toward any degree program offered at the certifying institution. • By the 3rd year of enrollment the SA will be required to designate a specific degree program, thereafter credits used to meet PTD requirements must be degree credit toward the SA’s designated degree.
18.104.22.168 Fulfillment of Percentage of Degree Requirements • SA entering 3rd year shall have completed 40% of course requirements towards designated degree (50 hours) • SA entering 4th year 60% (75 hours) • SA entering 5th year 80% (100 hours) • Applies to Continuing, Transfer and Walk-On SA’s
22.214.171.124.3 Timing of Certification • If a SA is ineligible under the provisions of PTD legislation at the beginning of that term, eligibility may be reinstated at the beginning of any other term in that academic year. • Exception: Baseball-If ineligible at the beginning of the Fall term then ineligible the entire academic year.
126.96.36.199.4 Remedial, Tutorial, or Noncredit Courses – AD courses • Must be taken in the SA’s 1st academic year • SA only allowed to count 6 semester hours of AD course credit toward academic progress requirement for the first year (11 in DII). • The AD hours can NOT count towards percentage of degree requirements when student starts 3rd year of enrollment - 40% (summer will be required for SA’s who take AD work during their freshman year.
14.5 Transfer Regulations • 14.5.1 Residence Requirement • A SA who transfers to a member institution from any collegiate institution is required to complete one academic year of residence at the certifying institution before being eligible to compete for or to receive travel expenses, unless the SA satisfies transfer requirements or receives an exception or waiver.
14.5.4 2-Year College Transfers • 188.8.131.52 Qualifier- a 2-year college transfer is eligible for Division I competition if the SA has spent at least 1 full time semester at the 2-year college, presented a 2.0 GPA and completed an average of at least 12-semester hours of transferable degree credit. • 184.108.40.206.1 Exception: Baseball & Basketball- a qualifier who satisfies the provisions of Bylaw 220.127.116.11, but initially enrolls at the certifying institution as a full time student after the conclusion of the institution’s first term of the academic year (enrolls for spring semester) shall not be eligible until the ensuing year (fall semester).
18.104.22.168 Not a Qualifier – 2 yr transfer • A transfer SA from a two-year college who was not a qualifier is eligible for institutional financial aid, practice and competition the first academic year in residence ONLY if the student has: • graduated from the 2-year college • has completed satisfactorily a min. of 48-semester hours of transferable-degree credit (would need 50 at start of junior year to meet percentage of degree requirements) • has attended a 2-year college as a full time student for at least 3 semesters. • Exception: Baseball & Basketball - a SA who is not a qualifier who satisfies the provisions of Bylaw 22.214.171.124, but initially enrolls at the certifying institution as a full-time student after the 1st term of the academic year, shall not be eligible until the ensuing academic year (fall semester).
126.96.36.199 Use of Hours Earned During the Summer for a two-year transfer who was a non-qualifier • Not more than a total of 18-semester hours of the transferable degree credit may be earned during the summer terms, and not more than 9-semester hours may be earned during the summer term immediately prior to the transfer.
188.8.131.52.5 Transfer of 2 year transfer to SIUE Prior to Completion of Requirements • If a 2-year SA transfers to SIUE prior to the completion of applicable transfer requirements, the student is subject to the 1-year residence requirement at the certifying institution, even if a SA transfers back to the 2-year college and completes the necessary requirements.
184.108.40.206.6.1 Temporary Certification, Recruited 2-Year College Transfer • A 2-year college transfer may practice for 14 days at the certifying institution prior to the certification of their academic record (must get transcripts in ASAP). 220.127.116.11.7 Competition in the Year of Transfer • A 2-year college transfer that meets all transfer requirements is not eligible to compete in the certifying institutions Championship segment if the SA has competed at the 2-year college during that segment of the same academic year in that sport (impacts Basketball, Wrestling and possibly Indoor Track).
14.5.5 4-Year College Transfers • 18.104.22.168 General Rule • A 4-4 transfer shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition at a member institution until the SA has fulfilled a residency requirement of 1 full academic year at the certifying institution. • 22.214.171.124.1 Attendance for 1 Academic Year • A 4-4 transfer who attended a 4-year institution at least 1 academic year shall be eligible for financial aid and practice at a member institution under the rules of the institution and the conference which the institution is a member, regardless of the student’s qualification status at the time of initial enrollment.
126.96.36.199.2 Attendance for Less Than 1 Academic Year • A 4-4 transfer SA who was not a qualifier and who attended a 4-year institution less than 1 academic year shall not be eligible for competition during the 1st academic year of attendance at the certifying institution.
188.8.131.52 Exceptions or Waivers for Transfers from 4-year Colleges to avoid year of residency requirement • 184.108.40.206.1 Educational Exchange Exception • 220.127.116.11.2 Exchange Student Exception • 18.104.22.168.3 Discontinued Academic Program Exception • 22.214.171.124.4 Foreign Student Program Exception • 126.96.36.199.5 Military Service, Church Mission Exception • 188.8.131.52.6 Discontinued/Non-sponsored Sport Exception • 184.108.40.206.7 Two-year Nonparticipation or minimal Participation Exception • 220.127.116.11.8 Return to Original Institution without Participation or with Minimal participation. • 18.104.22.168.9 Non-recruited Student Exception
22.214.171.124.10 One-Time Transfer Exception – MOST USED EXCEPTION BY 4-4 • All of the following conditions must be met. • A student is a participant in a sport other than M/W Basketball & Baseball. • The SA has not transferred previously from another four year instititution. • SA would have been in good academic standing and made progress towards degree had he/she remained at the previous institution. • SA’s previous institution must certify in writing that they have no objection.
126.96.36.199 Eligibility for Athletically Related Aid • A 4-4 transfer may receive athletically related financial aid during his 1st academic year at the certifying institution if he/she would have been academically eligible to compete during the next regular academic term had the student remained at the previous institution and permission to speak was granted.
Bylaw 14.5.6 - 4-2-4 College Transfers • A 4-2-4 SA must complete one academic year of residence at the certifying institution prior to engaging in intercollegiate competition unless: • Completed 12-semester hours of transferable credit with a min. gpa of 2.0 for each semester of full-time enrollment at the 2-year college after transfer from the 4-year college. • 1 calendar year has elapsed since the students departure from the previous 4-year college. • Student has graduated from the 2-year college. • Exception: Baseball & Basketball - a SA who initially enrolls at the certifying institution as a full-time student after the 1st term of the academic year, shall not be eligible for competition until the ensuing academic year (fall semester).
188.8.131.52 Exceptions to 4-2-4 • A 4-2-4 transfer who does not meet the requirements of 14.5.6 are subject to a residency requirement unless: • SA returns to the 4-year institution he/she transferred provided the SA did not have an unfulfilled residency requirement at the time of transfer to 2-year college. • The SA was initially enrolled in a 4-year institution that never sponsored the SA’s sport on the intercollegiate level while attending, the SA was a qualifier, and completed PTD requirements (12 hours transferable per FT semster and 2.0).
Transfer Prior to Completion of 4-2-4 requirements • All transfer requirements must be met (except calendar-year time lapse) BEFORE the SA’s initial enrollment at the second 4-year college. If not met, SA will be required to serve year of residency. All requirements (including the calendar-year time lapse) must be met BEFORE a SA can compete.
14.7 Outside Competition, Effects on Eligibility – Sports other than Basketball • 14.7.1 Outside competition-Sports other than Basketball • A SA who participates during the academic year as a member of any outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition. A SA is allowed to practice on such a team.
14.7.1 Exceptions – Sports other than Basketball • 184.108.40.206 Exception- A SA may compete outside of the declared practice and playing season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition during an official vacation period (summer, holiday break). • 220.127.116.11 Exception-Soccer, Volleyball- In Soccer and Volleyball a SA may compete outside of the institution’s declared practice and playing season as a member of an outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition provided: • Participation occurs no earlier than May 1st • Number of SA’s from 1 institution does not exceed limits in Bylaw 17.32.2 (Soccer 5, Volleyball 2) • Competition is approved via Outside Competition Approval Form • No class time is missed for practice of competition • In Volleyball, all practice and competition is confined to doubles tournaments in outdoor volleyball, either on sand or grass.
14.7.2 Outside Competition, Basketball • A SA who participates in any organized basketball competition except while representing the institution in intercollegiate competition in accordance with the permissible playing season becomes ineligible for any further intercollegiate competition in basketball.
14.7.3 Exceptions to Outside-Competition Regulations • 18.104.22.168 All Sports • High School Alumni Game (one per year and time restrictions) • Olympic Games • Pan American Tryouts & Competition • U.S. National Teams • Official World Championships, World Cup Tryouts and Competition • Multi-sport Events (State and National recognition) • 22.214.171.124 Additional Exceptions for Basketball ONLY • Summer League (June 15 to 1st day of classes) on approved league by DI Management Council – max. 2 SA’s from SIUE • Puerto Rico Superior Basketball League • United States v. U.S. National Teams • Outside Team Tours • Pre-draft Basketball Camps
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