Revised: May 2018
NCAA Regulations - Division III
PART 1: ETHICAL CONDUCT, AMATEURISM, SEASONS OF PARTICIPATION, FINANICAL AID, ACADEMIC STANDARDS, OTHER RULES CONCERNING ELIGIBLITY
NOTE*** Undergraduate special students are not eligible to participate in varsity or club sports. They may participate in the Intramural Program.
PART 2: RECRUITMENT - OFFERS, CONTACTS, SOURCE OF FUNDS, TRYOUT, VISITS, TRANSPORTATION, AND ENTERIANMENT, PRECOLLEGE OR POSTGRADUATE EXPENSES.
Circumstances Beyond Control: Circumstances considered to be beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution and do not cause a participation opportunity to be used shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Situations clearly supported by contemporaneous medical documentation, which states that a studentathlete is unable to participate in intercollegiate competition as a result of incapacitating physical or mental circumstances;
(b) The student-athlete is unable to participate in intercollegiate athletics as a result of a life threatening or incapacitating injury or illness suffered by a member of the student-athlete's immediate family, which clearly is supported by contemporaneous medical documentation;
(c) Reliance by the student-athlete on written, contemporaneous, clearly erroneous academic advice provided to the student-athlete from a specific academic authority from a collegiate institution regarding the academic status of the student-athlete or prospective student-athlete, which directly leads to that individual not being eligible to participate and, but for the clearly erroneous advice, the student-athlete would have established eligibility for intercollegiate competition;
(d) Natural disaster (e.g., earthquakes, floods); and
(e) Extreme financial difficulties as a result of a specific event (e.g., layoff, death in the family) experienced by the student-athlete or by an individual on whom the student-athlete is legally dependent, which prohibit the student-athlete from participating in intercollegiate athletics. These circumstances must be clearly supported by objective documentation (e.g., decree of bankruptcy, proof of termination) and must be beyond the control of the student-athlete or the individual on whom the student-athlete is legally dependent.
Circumstances Within Control: Circumstances that are considered to be within the control of the student-athlete or the institution and cause a participation opportunity to be used include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) A student-athlete's decision to attend an institution that does not sponsor his/her sport, or decides not to participate at an institution that does sponsor his/her sport;
(b) An inability to participate due to failure to meet institutional/conference or NCAA academic requirements, or disciplinary reasons or incarceration culminating in or resulting from a conviction;
(c) Reliance by a student-athlete on misinformation from a coaching staff member;
(d) Redshirt year;
(e) An inability to participate as a result of an academic year of residence or fulfilling a condition for restoration of eligibility; and
(f) A student-athlete's lack of understanding regarding the specific starting date of his/her 10-semester/15-quarter period of eligibility.
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A Student-athlete may be granted an additional year of competition by the NCAA Committee on Student-Athlete reinstatement for reasons of “hardship.” Hardship is defined as an incapacity resulting from an injury or illness that has occurred under all of the following conditions:
- The incapacitating injury or illness occurs in one of the four seasons of intercollegiate competition;
- The injury or illness occurs before the completion of the first half of the traditional playing season in that sport and results in incapacity to compete for the remainder of the traditional playing season; and
- The injury or illness occurs when the student-athlete has not participated in more than three contests or dates of competition or one-third of the institution’s completed contests or dates of competition in his or her sport.
If you qualify, please contact your coach and/or the NCAA Compliance Officer, Chuck Goldstein, at [email protected].
For information on financial aid at Gallaudet University please visit http://www.gallaudet.edu/financial-aid.html.