Amend NAIA Bylaws Article I, Section U, Item 9 as follows:

  1. An affiliated conference must have as full members a minimum of six institutions with NAIA active membership.

a. Should an affiliated conference lose a member institution(s) and drop to five full member institutions, a grace period shall be extended to the conference for two years following the date the conference officially drops to five full members, provided the conference maintains a minimum of five full member institutions at all times.

b. During this grace period, the conference shall remain eligible for automatic qualification in any sport in which the conference had been qualified for an automatic qualification berth immediately prior to dropping to five full member institutions. If the conference continues to sponsor the sport and retain its automatic qualification berth, a conference institution is not permitted to join another conference as a per-sport member. A conference that fails to regain six full member institutions by the expiration of the grace period shall no longer be eligible for automatic qualification until it again satisfies all standard requirements for automatic qualification as determined by the National Administrative Council.

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Intent: To provide a two-year grace period protecting an affiliated conference and its automatic qualification berth should it drop below the required six full members, provided the conference maintains five full members.

Effective Date: August 1, 2022

Submitted by: Frontier Conference

Co-sponsored by: North Star Athletic Association, Cascade Collegiate Conference

 

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