TERM OF ATTENDANCE
Q: My senior fall sport athlete intends to enroll in his 10th semester term of attendance Fall 2020. With the announcement of all fall sport championships being moved to spring, is he prohibited from competing if he has used all of his terms of attendance? (Added 8/12/2020)
Q: Previously, the exception for spring 2020 stated the NAIA is awarding two additional terms of attendance (TOAs). With the change to Fall 2020 term of attendance exception, what does this mean for Spring 2020? (Updated 8/20/2020)
Thinking through this a bit more, we found out that in application, this would provide a spring sport athlete with an additional three terms of attendance (or four, for quarter schools) which was never the intent behind the exception. The intent behind the exception to the terms of attendance was to not burden a student-athlete if they wish to make up the spring sport season they lost in spring 2020. Knowing that many spring sports span throughout the academic year, the intent has always been to provide spring sport athletes who were identified in the spring 2020 term (and/or winter 2020 quarter, spring 2020 quarter) one or two terms so that they may finish their make-up season.
Therefore, the decision has been to treat the Spring 2020 term of attendance exception the same as the Fall 2020 term of attendance exception. Meaning, Spring 2020 (and Winter 2020 for quarter schools) will not count as a term of attendance for spring sport athletes only. Fall 2020 will not count towards the maximum 10 semester/ 15 quarter term of attendance limit for all NAIA athletes identified in the fall.
Fall 2020 Sport Athlete Exception
Q: A women’s volleyball athlete intended to enroll in her remaining nine credits and graduate this December. Since the women’s volleyball championship has been moved to the spring, will the student need to enroll in another major in order to be eligible to compete? (Added 8/19/2020)
This is a departure from standard NAIA rules that generally require full-time enrollment to be eligible to compete. Both the National Eligibility Committee and the Council of Presidents Executive Committee recognize that not all students have the option of delaying graduation until the spring, and to apply a full-time enrollment standard after a student has graduated would require unnecessary coursework and tuition.
Many NAIA institutions may have specific requirements for enrollment in order for a student to practice on campus, be covered by insurance, or utilize dining, residential or healthcare services. It will be up to each institution and/or conference to determine options available to graduating fall sport student-athletes to compete in the spring 2021 academic term.
Spring 2020 Athlete Exception
Q: We have a senior golfer who is graduating in May 2020. He wants to return to use the extra season of competition. He’s not sure yet if he wants to pursue a second baccalaureate degree or a master’s program. What are his options, and what are the hourly enrollment requirements?
Q: A softball player on our campus was utilizing the graduating senior exception Spring 2020 and competed prior to the sport’s cancellation. The student was enrolled in an in-person lab that cannot be done remotely and thus she will not graduate in May as planned. Is her eligibility terminated as outlined in the senior exception since she failed to graduate in spring 2020? (Added 4/17/2020)
Q: We have a student transferring to us for the 2020-2021 academic year. She was not charged a season in the spring of 2020, but did compete before the season was cancelled. Will she have to serve the 16-week residency since she competed? (Added 4/3/2020)
PASS/ FAIL CREDITS & REPEAT RULE APPLICATIONS
Q: Some schools are creating options to switch course grading from the standard letter grade to a Pass/Fail model or an S/D/F model (S = satisfactory and takes place of A/B/C letter grades, D and F letter grades are awarded as normal). How would this impact the 2.0 requirement for juniors and seniors?
Q: Will the NAIA still calculate students’ GPAs in the same way? In other words, are any exceptions being made to account for the fact that students are unexpectedly being transitioned to online coursework or to environments not conducive to remote learning, and therefore GPAs may suffer?
Q: We have a student-athlete who was repeating a course previously passed with a ‘D’ in Fall 2019. However, for the Spring 2020 term, our NAIA institution has chosen to offer Pass/Fail for course grading instead of a letter grade. Assume the student receives a ‘P’. How will this affect my student-athlete’s eligibility? (Added 4/3/2020)