Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2b as follows:

  1. An entering freshman student must meet two of the three entry-level requirements below. Students not meeting at least two of the three standards shall be denied athletics participation at a member institution for the first full year of attendance (two semesters, three quarters, or the equivalent) that such a student is identified with any institution(s). The three entry-level requirements are as follows:

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b. An overall high school grade point average of 2.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale;

EXCEPTION: A prospective student attending an accredited U.S. high school, can satisfy NAIA entering freshman academic requirements prior to completing high school graduation requirements provided the student has registered with the NAIA Eligibility Center and satisfies one of the following sets of academic criteria:

a. A student may satisfy freshman academic requirements upon completing six semesters, or its equivalent, of secondary education by obtaining:

1)   An ACT/SAT test score in accordance with the regulations found in Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2a A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 (Critical Reading and Math) on the SAT; and

2)   An overall high school grade point average of 3.000 or higher on a 4.000 scale.

b. A student may satisfy freshman academic requirements upon completing seven semesters, or its equivalent, of secondary education by obtaining:

1)  An ACT/SAT test score in accordance with the regulations found in Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2a A minimum score of 18 on the ACT or 860 (Critical Reading and Math) on the SAT; and

2)   An overall high school grade point average of 2.500 or higher on a 4.000 scale.

Intent: To allow an entering freshman to receive an eligible early decision during the student’s seventh or eighth semester of high school by obtaining the applicable ACT or SAT test score as described in Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2a.

Effective date: May 1, 2017

Submitted by: Council of Presidents

Co-Sponsored by: National Eligibility Committee

 

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