Intercollegiate Athletics Eligibility: Academic Progress (Morris)

Owner
Marcus Muller
Director, Office of the Registrar
Effective Date
Last Revised

Policy Statement

UMN Morris degree seeking students competing in Intercollegiate Athletics are required to meet campus academic progress standards and must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.000 or higher.

New students entering the University of Minnesota Morris with no prior post-high school college experience are eligible to play intercollegiate athletics for their first two semesters of attendance. Transfer students are eligible to play for their first semester at UMN Morris if they would have been eligible at their former institution. New student and transfer student eligibility requires completion of NCAA Division III paperwork.

Exceptions

UMAC Bylaw - If a student-athlete has completed less than 30 credits or is in either of their first two semesters at the institution, such individual must have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 1.50.

Reason for Policy

Universities competing in NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics provide an integrated environment focusing on academic success while offering a competitive athletics environment. Division III rules minimize potential conflicts between athletics and academics and focus on regional in-season and conference play. Under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III rules, satisfactory academic progress towards the degree is determined by each member institution. The Intercollegiate Athletic Eligibility Policy defines academic eligibility for intercollegiate athletes at UMN Morris.

Contacts

SubjectContactPhoneEmail
Primary Contact(s) Marcus Muller - Office of the Registrar 320-589-6011 [email protected]
Matthew Johnson - Intercollegiate Athletics 320-589-6432 [email protected]
Janet Schrunk Ericksen - Academic Affairs 320-589-6015 [email protected]

Procedures

There are no procedures associated with this policy.

Other Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do athletes and nonathletes follow the same academic standards at Morris? 

    Yes. Admissions, academic standing, and academic progress for student-athletes are consistent with the policies and standards adopted by Morris for the entire student body. 

  2. Are new students with Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) credits considered transfer students in regard to athletic eligibility? 

    No. High school students who earn college credits through PSEO dual enrollment are non-degree students at their colleges. Once admitted as a degree-seeking student at Morris, they are eligible to play intercollegiate athletics.

  3. What are the transfer student criteria for athletic eligibility? 

    UMN Morris Intercollegiate Athletics will help students navigate transfer eligibility. In general, transfer students from two-year and four-year institutions are eligible if: 

    • the student participated in intercollegiate athletics and was academically and athletically eligible to continue participating at their former institution at the time of transfer; or 
    • the student did not participate in intercollegiate athletics at the former college; or 
    • the student fulfills an academic year in residence at UMN Morris. 

    For transfer eligibility details, visit ncaapublications.com to download the free electronic publication. 

Responsibilities

College
Inform students of policy.
Student
Consult academic adviser regarding academic standing. Use Morris resources to remain in good academic standing and eligible to participate in athletics. 

Related Information

Policy History

Approved by Campus Assembly May 2007.

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