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Current Student Athletes

This page is meant to serve as an eligibility guide for current student-athletes at Canisius College.  By developing a familiarity with institutional, MAAC, and NCAA regulations and policies, you will be able to better protect your academic and athletic eligibility in order to continue competing in intercollegiate athletics.

Five Year Clock & Participation

A student-athlete may not engage in more than four seasons of intercollegiate competition in any one sport.  These four seasons must be completed within a five-year period, which begins as soon as the individual first registers and attends a collegiate institution as a full-time student (two or four year). 

Redshirting
Any competition, regardless of time, during a season in an intercollegiate sport will be counted as a season of competition.  While no formal declaration is needed if you intend to redshirt a season, but please discuss this matter with your head coach and compliance officer to ensure you do not inadvertently burn a season of eligibility.  If you are injured to a point that you can no longer compete during a season, you may be able to gain that season back through a Medical Hardship Waiver.  These waivers are dependent on the nature and timing of your injury and are not a guarantee.


 Continuing Academic Eligibility Requirements

 Each academic year and semester, student-athletes must meet certain academic eligibility requirements in order to remain eligible for intercollegiate competition.  The following are baseline benchmarks that student-athletes must meet each year academically.  Each individual’s situation may vary, so please consult the Compliance Office or your Athletic Academic Advisors if you have any questions.

Non-Academic Requirements (Must be met each year)

  • Must be enrolled in a full time program of studies
  • Must complete a compliance education session each year
  • Must receive medical clearance by the athletic training staff
  • Must complete all necessary compliance and medical paperwork

Freshman Year

  • Must be certified as an academic Final Qualifier by the Eligibility Center

 Sophomore Year (Third Semester)

  • Successfully completed 24 credit hours prior to start of third semester
  • Successfully completed 6 credit hours during the preceding regular term
  • Achieved at minimum a 1.800 cumulative GPA

Junior Year (Fifth Semester)

  • Successfully completed 18 credit hours since the beginning of the previous fall term
  • Successfully completed 6 credit hours during the preceding regular term
  • Successfully completed at least 40% of the course requirements needed for your major
  • Achieved at minimum a 1.900 cumulative GPA
  • Must declare a major (if not already done so)

Senior Year (Seventh Semester)

  • Successfully completed 18 credit hours since the beginning of the previous fall term
  • Successfully completed 6 credit hours during the preceding regular term
  • Successfully completed at least 60% of the course requirements needed for your major
  • Achieved at minimum a 2.000 cumulative GPA

Fifth Year (If completing undergraduate degree)

  • Successfully completed 18 credit hours since the beginning of the previous fall term
  • Successfully completed 6 credit hours during the preceding regular term
  • Successfully completed at least 80% of the course requirements needed for your major
  • Achieved at minimum a 2.000 cumulative GPA

Transfer Information

Potential Incoming Transfers
Please view the “Prospects” tab for information pertaining to individuals interested in transferring to Canisius College.

Potential Outgoing Transfers
If for any reason you choose to transfer from Canisius College and compete in intercollegiate athletics at another four year institution, the NCAA requires specific documentation prior to the certification of your eligibility at a new school.  Please use the following steps as a guide through the transfer process:

1. Discuss the transfer with your head coach.  In order for coaches at another NCAA four-year institution to contact you, they must be issued a permission to contact from the Canisius Compliance Office.  If your head coach grants permission, please notify the Compliance Office of which schools you wish to have that release sent to.

     a. Please note: It is Canisius policy to NOT grant permission to another MAAC school, and Atlantic Hockey school, University of Buffalo, or St. Bonaventure.

     b. If your coach does not grant permission for you to discuss transfer possibilities with a potential new school and/or you are denied a release to waive the one-year residence requirement, you may still transfer.  However, if you do this, you will not be permitted to receive athletically related financial aid during your first year at the new school and you could be ineligible to compete during your first academic year of residence at the new institution.  You may request a hearing of the Appeals Committee. 

     c. If you are a scholarship student-athlete and Canisius College DOES NOT grant permission for you to discuss transfer possibilities with a potential new school, in order for you to continue receiving any athletically related financial aid, you will be required to complete a work assignment within the Department of Athletics for approximately 12 hours/week in lieu of participating with the current sports program

2. Should you choose to transfer, according to NCAA regulations, you must complete one year of residency at your new institution before you are eligible to compete in athletics, unless you are meeting the requirements of a transfer exception – most commonly the one-time transfer exception.

Please contact the Compliance Office or the Senior Woman Administrator if you have any questions regarding transfer policies and the appeal process. 



Extra Benefits, Amateurism & Your Eligibility

Some of the most common NCAA violations involving student-athletes pertain to the Extra Benefit and Amateurism legislation.  It is crucial that as a student-athlete, you understand the basics surrounding these principles and contact the Compliance Office if you ever need further clarification on a situation and its permissibility.

Extra Benefits

The term “extra benefit” refers to any special arrangement by an institutional employee or booster to provide a student-athlete (or his/her relatives and friends) with a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.  Furthermore, “preferential treatment” legislation extends the extra benefit restrictions to entities outside the institution as well.  Therefore it is not permissible to accept any benefit that is not afforded to the general public, general Canisius student body, or a segment of the population determined by objective measures unrelated to athletics.

Examples of extra benefits include: cash or loans; any tangible gifts, gift cards, or like items; free or discounted meals; free or discounted services (tattoos, haircuts, cell phone service, etc.); free or discounted entertainment (movie tickets, Buffalo Bills tickets, etc.).  This is by no means an exhaustive list.  By accepting an extra benefit such as this, you will render yourself temporarily, and potentially permanently ineligible for intercollegiate competition.

Amateurism

In order to remain eligible for intercollegiate athletics, you must also retain your amateur status throughout the course of your career.  You are no longer considered an amateur athlete and are rendered ineligible if you:

  • Use your athletics skill/reputation for pay;
  • Accept a promise of pay (even if it is to be received following the completion of your intercollegiate career);
  • Sign a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics;
  • Enter into an agreement with an agent;
  • Enter a professional draft after initial full-time enrollment;
  • Compete with a professional team or receives salary and/or reimbursement of expenses from a professional sports organization.

Sports Wagering & Gambling

 The NCAA prohibits student-athletes, coaches, and athletics staff members from wagering on college or professional athletic events in sports that it sponsors, regardless of whether Canisius College specifically sponsors that sport.  This prohibition includes any sports wagering activities or providing information to individuals involved in or associated with sports wagering activities at any level.

Violations of the sports wagering policy can result in a temporary loss of eligibility or even permanent loss of eligibility.  Please visit the NCAA’s Don’t Bet On It for more information.

Other Helpful Student-Athlete Forms & Resources 

  

2012-2013 Canisius College Student-Athlete Handbook
2012-2013 Compliance Orientation Presentation (PowerPoint presentation)

 

MAAC Website
NCAA.com
NCAA.org