Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 5 as follows:

5. a. The student An entering freshman who satisfies initial eligibility requirements in Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2 must have accumulated a minimum of nine institutional credit hours prior to identification for the second term of attendance.

Only those institutional credit hours earned after identification (at any institution) may be applied toward meeting the Nine-Hour Rule for a second-term freshman.

b. An entering freshman who satisfies one of the initial eligibility requirements found in Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2 can gain eligibility in a subsequent term if the student passed 12 institutional credit hours with a grade of “C” or better during the first term of attendance at the certifying NAIA institution.

For purposes of this rule, the NAIA does not recognize a +/- attached to a letter grade. Consequently, a C+, C, and C- shall count as a C.

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Intent: To create an opportunity for students who did not satisfy initial eligibility requirements to gain eligibility following the first term of attendance, assuming the student earns 12 institutional credit hours with a grade of “C” or better at the certifying NAIA institution, and also meets one of the initial eligibility criteria found in Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2.

Effective date: May 1, 2019

Submitted by: Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives

Co-sponsored by: Athletics Directors Association

 

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