Amend Article V, Section C, Item 9 as follows:

9. To participate a second season in a sport, all students must have accumulated at least 24 semester/36 quarter (or equivalent) institutional credit hours. Transfer students shall use institutional credit hours as certified by the previous institution(s) to meet this requirement only for their first term of attendance at a member institution. Thereafter, only institutional credit recognized by the student’s current institution and submitted to the registrar for posting on the transcript shall apply.

EXCEPTION 1: An entering freshman who initially becomes identified after the first term in the fall shall meet this requirement by having passed 12 semester or 20 quarter institutional credit hours. This exception shall apply to the second season of competition regulation only.

EXCEPTION 2: An entering freshman who has been charged one or more seasons of competition for non-intercollegiate participation will be exempt from meeting the Progress Rule for one academic year (two semester/three quarter terms) at an NAIA institution. This exception applies only to a student’s first year at the NAIA institution, after which the student will be required to have earned the requisite hours needed to satisfy the Progress Rule.

To participate the third season in a sport, all students must have accumulated at least 48 semester/72 quarter (or equivalent) institutional credit hours. Transfer students shall use institutional credit hours as certified by the previous institution(s) to meet this requirement only for their first term of attendance at a member institution. Thereafter, only institutional credit recognized by the student’s current institution and submitted to the registrar for posting on the transcript shall apply.

To participate the fourth season in a sport, all students must have accumulated at least 72 semester/108 quarter (or equivalent) institutional credit hours, at least 48 semester/72 quarter hours of which must be in general education and/or in the student’s major field of study.

Transfer students shall use institutional credit hours as certified by the previous institution(s) to meet this requirement only for their
first term of attendance at a member institution. Thereafter, only institutional credit recognized by the student’s current institution and submitted to the registrar for posting on the transcript shall apply.

To participate in a third and/or fourth season in a sport, all students must have and maintain a total cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 on a 4.000 scale. The GPA for students with continuing identification at your institution shall be calculated according to the official institutional policy for all students. The GPA for entering transfer students shall be calculated by dividing all quality points achieved by the total number of hours attempted for all courses listed on all official transcripts from all institutions previously attended.

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Intent: To create a one-time, one-year exception to the Progress Rule for incoming freshmen students who have been charged at least one season of competition for non-intercollegiate participation. At the conclusion of the one year, the student will be required to satisfy the Progress Rule and the corresponding number of hours required for the total number of seasons of competition the student has been charged.

Effective date: August 1, 2020

Submitted by: Competitive Experience Committee

 

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