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Participation in any Intercollegiate Athletic competitions will require department verification of the following items:
In order to be eligible, an incoming freshman must meet two of the three National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics eligibility requirements:
Prior to athletic participation all freshman must fill out the NAIA Eligibility Certificate for Entering Freshman. To continue spring semester eligibility, freshman must pass at least nine credits of course work during the fall semester.
To participate in a second season, each student-athlete must:
To participate in a third season, each student-athlete must:
To participate in a fourth season, each student-athlete must:
A student whose immediately previous identification and participation was with a two-year institution and who transfers to an NAIA member institution shall not be required to meet the 16-week residency requirement. The student shall fulfill all academic requirements of NAIA and is entitled to only four seasons of participation in a given sport at the intercollegiate level.
In addition, student-athletes transferring from a two-year institution must meet all of the continuing eligibility requirements as illustrated in the previous section.
A student who has participated in an intercollegiate contest at the immediately previous four-year institution and then transfers to UC Merced shall be required to be in residence for a period of 16 calendar weeks (112 calendar days) before being eligible for the sport(s) previously participated in at the four-year institution. A transfer student-athlete may have this residency requirement waived if they receive a written release from the immediately previous four-year institution and if the student has a cumulative minimum overall GPA of 2.000 from this institution. Also, a student who has not participated in an intercollegiate contest at the immediately previous four-year institution is not subject to the residency period in that sport.
In addition, student-athletes transferring from a four-year institution must meet all of the continuing eligibility requirements as illustrated in the previous section.
University of California, Merced Athletics has a no-release policy for those student-athletes transferring to another California Pacific Conference institution planning to play the same sport in the following academic year. A 16-week residency is required per NAIA rules before they are allowed to compete. Any student-athletes wishing to transfer and play at an institution outside of the California Pacific Conference will be reviewed on a case by case basis in determining a residency waiver request.
Terms (length) of Eligibility
Under NAIA eligibility rules, a student-athlete has 10 full-time semesters to complete four seasons of eligibility.
Should an ineligible student-athlete be discovered to have competed in a regular or postseason intercollegiate athletic contest the membership shall thereby automatically:
Additional penalties, forfeits, etc. may be necessary due to the severity of the infractions.