17-B-15 Terms of Attendance

On March 13, 2017, in Bylaws Proposals, by Jen Saab

Amend Bylaws Article V, Section E, Item 1, Exception 2 as follows:

  1. A student terminates athletic eligibility at the end of a term upon completing 10 semesters, 12 trimesters or 15 quarters in which the student is identified (See Article V, Section B, Item 8 of the NAIA Bylaws).

EXCEPTION 1:   A female student will be granted a two semester or three quarter one-time extension due to pregnancy. The request for the extension period of time will be processed as an exceptional ruling to a standard rule.

EXCEPTION 2: A student will may be granted up to a two semester or three quarter one-time extension to the ten semester rule due to a debilitating illness (e.g. cancer, chemical dependency, psychological illness) and treatment, or a sufficiently intrusive psychological or mental illness. Appropriate medical documentation that establishes the student’s inability to compete is required and must be provided by an individual who is qualified and licensed to diagnose and treat the particular illness (e.g., doctor of medicine, doctor of osteopathic medicine, psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical counselor, etc.). The request for the extended period of time will be processed as an exceptional ruling to a standard rule

Intent: To expand the existing exception that permits an extension of two semester or three quarter terms of attendance for a student with a debilitating illness to also include a documented mental illness that rendered the student unable to compete.

Effective date: August 1, 2017

Submitted by: National Coordinating Committee

 

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