Athletics Eligibility Requirements
Students are responsible for knowing the following:
Students who choose to participate in athletics must meet the following eligibility requirements set forth by the College, the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Academic eligibility for student-athletes has several components. They are as follows:
A) Each student makes normal progress toward graduation as specified below:
At completion of the 1st semester: 12 units
Beginning of the 3rd semester: 24 units
Beginning of the 4th semester: 36 units
Beginning of the 5th semester: 52 units
Beginning of the 6th semester: 64 units
Beginning of the 7th semester: 80 units
Beginning of the 8th semester: 96 units
Beginning of the 9th semester: 112 units
B) Each student must have completed 24 units in the past twelve months.
C) Each student must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 units in the semester of competition. If an athlete drops below 12 units, he or she becomes immediately ineligible. The only exception to this rule is if the athlete is in the final semester prior to graduation and is registered for enough credits to graduate (per NCAA by-law 126.96.36.199.1.3).
D) Each student must maintain an overall and previous semester GPA at or above the academic probation level determined by the Academic Standing Committee as follows:
1.85 at the end of the 1st semester of the freshman year.
2.00 at the end of the freshman year and thereafter.
E) A student-athlete granted a fifth-year of eligibility by the SCIAC and NCAA due to hardship and is representing Occidental Athletics in his or her final semester before graduating must carry a minimum of a four credit academic course load.
Conduct and Ethics
Inappropriate Behavior: When the behavior of student-athletes is not consistent with the SCIAC Ethics and Conduct Statement, Occidental College rules and regulations, or relevant laws, whether on or off the playing field or whether in or out of season, disciplinary action that is consistent with College policy will be taken. Participation on an athletic team is a privilege, not a right, and suspension of that privilege (immediate ineligibility) can occur at any time when a student-athlete fails to conduct him or herself in a manner appropriate to the expectations of the Head Coach, Director of Athletics or other College officials.
Hazing: The ritualistic event or an ongoing activity involving harassment, abuse or humiliation, both Physical and mental, used as a way of initiating a person into a group or organization is prohibited. Hazing is against California state law and College policy. See the following link for more information. http://www.oxy.edu/student-handbook/general-college-policies/hazing
Sexual Misconduct and Harassment: Members of the college community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The College will not tolerate gender-based sexual misconduct. See the following link for more information. http://www.oxy.edu/student-handbook/general-college-policies/sexual-misconduct-policy-students
Alcohol and Other Drugs: Members of the Occidental community are considered adults and are thus expected to comply with the laws regarding alcoholic beverages and to take personal responsibility for their conduct. Violations of the policies outlined in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy will result in disciplinary action by the College and possible criminal prosecution. See the following link for more information. http://www.oxy.edu/student-handbook/general-college-policies/alcohol-other-drugs-policy
Additional NCAA Rules
Please note there are NCAA rules not mentioned in the Summary of NCAA Regulations handout that can affect your eligibility. These rules include:
Outside Competition: You may not compete on any outside team in your sport during the same season of that sport. (In basketball, there is no outside competition allowed except in the summer months).
Awards, Benefits & Expenses: Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible to compete. See compliance officer or Direct of Athletics for more information.
Use of Tobacco Products: Tobacco use is prohibited by athletes, coaches, trainers, managers and game officials during practices, meetings or games.
Gambling: Athletes and athletic department staff members are prohibited from any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate or professional athletics.
Last Updated July 14, 2014
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