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DIII-to-DIII graduate transfer legislation adopted

Division III members vote to add SAAC liaisons, football preseason proposal defeated

Division III graduate and postbaccalaureate students with remaining eligibility will now be permitted to participate in college athletics at the Division III institution of their choice.

During Saturday's Division III business session at the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, delegates voted to adopt a proposal that permits those who have graduated from Division III schools and have remaining athletics eligibility to compete at another Division III school.

During Saturday’s Division III business session at the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis, delegates voted to adopt a proposal that permits those who have graduated from Division III schools and have remaining athletics eligibility to compete at another Division III school. Students must be seeking a second baccalaureate or graduate degree, and participation must occur within the legislated 10-semester/15-quarter period.

The change is effective immediately.

The previous rule permitted Division III graduate student-athletes with remaining eligibility to compete only at the school from which they received their undergraduate degree.

The proposal was adopted after a similar proposal was defeated last year. Last year’s proposal would have allowed graduate students with remaining eligibility who competed in any NCAA division to participate at the Division III institution of their choice. This year’s iteration limits such transfers to students who received their degree from a Division III school.

Members also voted to amend the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s structure. Effective in August, conferences that don’t have a SAAC representative in a given year can appoint a partner conference SAAC student-athlete liaison. The person filling that role will be invited to attend the SAAC’s July meeting, with the trip’s expenses subsidized by Division III. The liaison will also participate in a fall SAAC conference call.

Several members who spoke in favor of the proposal noted the structure change should bolster communication and ensure better SAAC representation among all Division III conferences. The rule change delegates opted to vote on was an amended form of the original proposal, which called for each conference and the group of independents to have a representative on the national SAAC, effectively doubling the committee’s size. The original proposal did not receive a vote after members chose to adopt the proposal in its amended form.

Additionally, a proposal that would have made the first permissible practice date in football 25 days before the first permissible Saturday contest date was defeated in a close vote. The current legislation related to the football preseason will stand, though the Division III Management and Presidents Councils may have to again consider one-year waivers put in place last year in the wake of the prohibition of two-a-day practices. One of those waivers permitted footballs to be used in walkthroughs after the acclimatization period, while another permitted schools to begin athletically related activity on the two administrative days that precede the first permissible practice date.

A full list of voting results at the 2018 Division III business session follows:

Division III 2018 Convention legislation voting results

Read here for more details on the proposals.

  • Better define academic misconduct: Adopted (460-4); effective Aug. 1, 2018.
     
  • Eliminate legislated sports wagering sanctions: Adopted (469-2); effective immediately.
     
  • Create a partner conference SAAC liaison: Adopted (367-90); effective Aug. 1, 2018.
     
  • Permit DIII-to-DIII graduate transfers: Adopted (369-91); effective immediately.
     
  • Change football preseason start date to 25 days before the first permissible Saturday contest date: Defeated (168-182).
     
  • Create an alumni contest exemption: Adopted (414-54); effective Aug. 1, 2018.
     
  • Change first permissible contest date in basketball to Nov. 8: Adopted (326-134); effective Aug. 1, 2018.
     
  • Change first permissible on-ice practice date in ice hockey to the second Monday in October: Adopted (186-32); effective Aug. 1, 2018.
     
  • Require institutions to provide educational material in lieu of securing a signature for an outside charitable, nonprofit or government group that intends on using a student-athlete’s name, image or likeness: Adopted (426-32); effective Aug. 1, 2018.