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College Sports, Division I

NCAA Educational Column: Effect of Loss of Accreditation on Division I Membership Status

On February 1, 2012, the NCAA released an educational column discussing  the effect of a loss of accreditation on Division I Membership Status. Specifically, the academic and membership affairs staff confirmed “that an institution is permitted to count contests against a four-year institution that recently lost its accreditation, provided the contests occur in the academic year in which accreditation was lost.” The staff further explained “only those institutions with valid and enforceable contracts in place prior to the date on which the NCAA notifies the institution of its loss of membership status may count the institution as a Division I opponent in subsequent academic years.”

This educational column referenced NCAA Division I Bylaws 20.9.7 (football bowl subdivision requirements), 20.9.5 (scheduling — sports other than football, basketball, men’s swimming and diving, men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and wrestling), 20.9.6 (basketball scheduling), 20.9.8 (football championship subdivision requirements), 20.9.4.3 (minimum contests and participants requirements for sports sponsorship); and an official interpretation (04/15/03, Item No. 15-c-7), which has been archived.

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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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