Amend Bylaws 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 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, assistant or associate athletics director, or compliance officer at the immediately previous four-year institution.

EXCEPTION:    A student who has completed all academic requirements for graduation and who has transferred to an NAIA institution and enrolled in a graduate program, professional school or fifth-year, post-baccalaureate degree teacher education program will not be subject to the residency requirement. A graduate transfer student can compete immediately at the new institution, and there is not a release or minimum GPA required, pursuant to any applicable conference rules.

A student who has not participated in an intercollegiate contest at the immediately previous four-year institution is not subject to the residency period in that sport.

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.

And Add Bylaws Article II, Section D, Item 3 as follows

Renumber Accordingly

  1. Recruitment of an Enrolled Student-Athlete

If, during the school year or summer vacation period, the athletics director, faculty athletics representative, or coach of a member institution is contacted or becomes aware of contact by an athlete who enrolled at another institution of higher learning (two-year or four-year), it shall be the responsibility of the contacted institution (athletics director or faculty athletics representative) to notify, in writing, the institution (athletics director or faculty athletics representative) where the athlete is presently enrolled within 10 days following the first contact. A coach or another representative of a member institution shall not initiate contact with an athlete who has enrolled at another four-year institution. It is permissible to contact a student who is currently enrolled at a two-year institution once the student completes the academic year in which the student utilizes his/her first season of competition. A coach or another representative of a member institution may respond to a contact by an athlete only after the enrolled athlete’s institution (athletics director or faculty athletics representative) has been notified as prescribed above.

  1. Recruitment of a Non-Enrolled Student

A coach or another representative of a member institution shall not contact an athlete who has drawn equipment and is engaged in organized pre-school practice at another institution.

  1. Recruitment of a Graduate Student-Athlete

As soon as a student completes his or her undergraduate degree and graduates from a four-year institution, an NAIA coach or institutional representative may initiate contact with the student. An NAIA coach or institutional representative can initiate contact the day following a student’s graduation date or completion of all academic requirements for his or her undergraduate degree, whichever is later.

If an athletics director, faculty athletics representative, or coach of a member institution is contacted or initiates contact with such an athlete, written notification of the contact is not required to be provided to the student’s undergraduate institution.

Intent: To create an exception excluding graduate students who transfer to an NAIA institution from the 16-week residency requirement, and to permit NAIA coaches and staff to initiate contact with a graduate student-athlete.

Effective date: May 1, 2017

Submitted by: Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives

 

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