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College Sports, Division I, Education

New NCAA Division I Interpretation: Credits Earned from Another Institution During an Interim Term – Football

On December 21, 2011, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning credits earned from another institution during an interim term by a football student-athlete. Specifically, the staff confirmed that “credits taken at another institution during the regular academic year in an interim term (e.g., J-term, mini-term) completed before the beginning of the following term (spring semester or winter quarter) may not be used to satisfy the six-hour requirement or the nine-semester/eight-quarter hour requirement. However, these credits may be used to satisfy the 27/40-hour requirement, 18/27-hour and the percentage-toward degree requirements, provided the credits are acceptable for degree-credit at the certifying institution.”

This interpretation referenced NCAA Bylaws 14.4.3.1 (fulfillment of credit-hour requirements), 14.4.3.1.6 (additional requirements — football), 14.4.3.1.6.1 (regaining eligibility for two contests), 14.4.3.1.6.2 (regaining full eligibility — one-time exception), 14.4.3.4.7 (credit from other institutions), and an official interpretation (12/20/06, Item No. 1).

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance: a) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches; and b) review current progress towards a degree policies and procedures; and c) review progress towards a degree compliance by current football student-athletes.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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