Amend Bylaws Article V, Section C, Item 2a 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:

a. A minimum score of 18 on the ACT for tests taken before March 2016 or 860 on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math for tests taken on or after April 1, 1995);

EXCEPTION: For ACT tests taken beginning March 2016, a minimum score of 16 will satisfy this requirement. This exception will apply through the 2018-19 academic year, after which time the exception will expire.

NOTE: In order to meet the requirement of Article V, Section C, Item 2, paragraph a above, an entering freshman must achieve a score of 18 or higher on the ACT or a score of 860 or higher, achieved on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT.

The test score must be achieved at a single test sitting administered by a certified tester on a National, International or official state assessment testing date to apply to this requirement. A test taken under any conditions other than those listed is considered by both testing agencies to be a residual test and cannot be used for certification purposes.

The ACT/SAT must be taken prior to the beginning of the term in which the student initially participates.

Intent: To clarify a score of 18 on the ACT is required for tests prior to March 2016, and create an exception recognizing 16 as the required ACT score that will be in effect for tests taken beginning March 2016 through the end of the 2018-19 academic year.

Effective date: May 1, 2017

Submitted by: Council of Presidents

Co-Sponsored by: National Eligibility Committee


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