1) To be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics a student-athlete must be enrolled and attending a minimum of 12 units during the semester of competition. Eligibility is checked on a weekly basis through the end of each academic term. 8-week courses in the second half of a semester do not “count” until the class’s first meeting.
2) If at any point during the semester a student-athlete is enrolled in fewer than 12 units (usually by withdrawing from a class or being dropped by a professor for failure to attend regularly) the student-athlete immediately becomes ineligible to compete. The student-athlete is responsible for immediately notifying their coach if they are enrolled in fewer than 12 units.
3) If a student-athlete is not academically eligible to compete in intercollegiate athletics, their IA in-class assignments may differ from other students. This decision will be made by the coaching staff for that sport.
4) A student-athlete may complete their two seasons of eligibility at any time, but delays due to academic mistakes will jeopardize their potential for transfer and competition at NCAA institutions.
5) A transfer student who did not participate in athletics prior to transferring to Merced College is immediately eligible.
6) A transfer student-athlete who participated in athletics prior to transferring to Merced College, and comes directly from a 4-year college, is immediately eligible if they meet GPA and units-earned requirements
7) A transfer student-athlete who participated in athletics prior to transferring to Merced College, and comes directly from another 2-year college, must fulfill a residence requirement at Merced College. 12 units at Merced College must be completed prior to their season of sport, 9 units of which must apply towards a degree, a certificate, or remediation, with no more than 8 units of the required 12 units earned during summer terms.
8) Continuing student-athletes must successfully complete a minimum of 24 units between seasons of competition, and maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses taken at all colleges during this time. 18 units of the required 24 units must also apply towards a degree, a certificate, or remediation at Merced College. A course repeated to improve a grade of “D” or better cannot be counted towards the 24-semester unit requirement. See the CCCAA and bylaws at http://www.cccaasports.org/services/constitution and CCCAA Form 1.
9) Additional requirements may be needed to meet athletic eligibility for transfer per policies for the NCAA’s Division I, II, or III, the NAIA, and/or athletic conference of each transfer institution. A discussion with the Head Coach and the Athletics Counselor about a student-athlete’s goals is heavily recommended.