May 18, 2022  
2019-2020 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Traditional Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Athletic Eligibility

Lakeland University is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) and follows National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) policies and procedures. Lakeland University is also a member of the Women’s College Wrestling Association (WCWA) and the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW), and must follow the respective bylaws for those particular sports.* In order to participate in athletics, full-time undergraduate students (students enrolled in 12 semester hours or more and designated as main-campus students) must maintain satisfactory academic progress towards completion of the college degree by earning at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA and by having earned a minimum of 24 semester hours during their last two full-time terms of attendance. Credit earned during part-time terms which occur between the student’s last two (2) full-time terms of attendance or immediately following the student’s last full-time term of attendance may be counted toward this 24-semester-hour rule. Also, summer courses qualify as hours earned during the previous spring term.

All students who have completed fewer than 19 semester hours and who have been enrolled at Lakeland University for only one fall or spring academic term will be allowed to remain academically eligible with a cumulative GPA of 1.75 or above.

A student-athlete may be on probation for a term, due to a low term GPA, but for athletic eligibility purposes is still regarded in good academic standing providing his/her cumulative GPA is 2.0 or better.

Developmental courses, GEN 095 - Foundations of English , GEN 100 - College Writing Workshop , GEN 101 - Reading Workshop , and GEN 102 - Mathematics Workshop , count toward the 12 semester hours of enrollment necessary to participate in a sport. However, only six (6) semester hours earned from the completion of developmental coursework may be counted in the student’s cumulative GPA and applied toward degree completion.

A student athlete may repeat a failed course; however, any repeated courses previously earned with a passing grade do not count towards satisfactory academic progress, eligibility requirements, nor is additional credit awarded.

If a student-athlete withdraws from a full term of attendance after the add/drop period, that term will be counted for eligibility purposes. For example, a student completes the fall 2019 term and earns 16 semester hours, but withdraws from all of his/her 12 semester hours of classes following the add/drop period of the spring 2020 term. The fall 2019 and spring 2020 terms demonstrate the student’s last two (2) full-time terms of attendance. Since student-athletes must earn 24 semester hours during their last two (2) terms of full-time attendance, this student is short eight (8) semester hours for eligibility purposes. The student must earn at least eight (8) semester hours during the summer term to be eligible athletically. Note: If there are extenuating circumstances that led to the complete withdrawal from a term, the individual’s circumstance may be taken to the Athletic Appeal Committee for review.

Transfer Students: Upon entry to Lakeland University, a transfer student-athlete must be in good academic standing at the transferring institution, and must be confirmed as eligible to participate by that institution in order to participate immediately at Lakeland. Confirmation of athletic eligibility must be verified by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tracer report. The transfer student must have earned a 2.0 cumulative GPA and 24 semester hours within the last two (2) terms of full-time attendance. Upon completion of one full-time term of attendance (enrollment in at least 12 semester hours), the student’s grade-point-averages from Lakeland and the transfer institutions are combined to determine if the student has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The semester hours from the last full-time term of attendance at the transfer institution will be combined with the number of semester hours earned during the student’s first full-time term of attendance at Lakeland to determine if the student meets the 24-semester-hour rule. After two (2) full-time terms of attendance at Lakeland, the transfer credit and GPA will not be included in the determination of athletic eligibility; however, the transfer terms will be counted to determine if the student is within his/her first 10 semesters of full-time enrollment. A student who transfers to the certifying institution shall be immediately eligible if the student has never practiced or completed in intercollegiate athletics. This must be confirmed on the Athletics Tracer Report.

Graduate students who have not exhausted their eligibility must adhere to the NCAA guidelines.

Student participation in athletics is limited to 10 terms of full-time enrollment, and/or four seasons of participation, whichever occurs first.

Contingent upon approval of the Athletic Director, a student-athlete who is in his/her last term before graduation may be enrolled in fewer than 12 semester hours as long as he/she is enrolled in the courses which will enable him/her to graduate at the end of that term. Furthermore, a student-athlete may be enrolled less than full-time if carrying (for credit) the courses necessary to complete his/her degree requirements except for an outstanding full-time experiential learning requirement (co-op, internship, practicum and student teaching). For example, a student-athlete entering his/her ninth semester in fall 2019 needs six semester hours of coursework plus 12 semester hours of experiential learning to complete the degree. The student may be part-time in fall and full-time in spring 2020, while maintaining athletic eligibility for both semesters.

Academic eligibility requirements may be adjusted based on conference and NCAA legislation updates.

*Please see the Athletic Director or Registrar’s Office if you have questions regarding the WCWA or the CCIW Academic Bylaws.