On March 2, 2012, the academic and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning institutional transportation for a prospective student-athlete’s initial arrival at the institution to attend classes. Specifically, the staff confirmed that “an institution may provide transportation from a bus or train station or airport to the campus on the occasion of a prospective student-athlete’s initial arrival at the institution to attend classes, including the prospective student-athlete’s (including partial qualifiers and nonqualifiers) initial arrival to attend classes in a summer term, or the prospective student-athlete’s initial arrival at the institution to participate in preseason practice activities when the prospective student-athlete will remain in the locale of the institution to begin classes.”
This interpretation referenced NCAA II Bylaw 13.5.4 (transportation to enroll); an official interpretation (11/15/05, Item No. 1), which has been archived and a staff interpretation (09/14/90, Item No. d), which has been archived.
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 institutional procedures regarding student-athlete initial enrollment transportation.