College of St. Joseph is required to adhere to the USCAA's guidelines regarding eligibility for student-athletes.
USCAA Eligibility Requirements
For a student to be eligible for any intercollegiate competition, a member institution must ensure that the student conforms to the following regulations:
1. The student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have earned a graduate equivalent degree (GED).
2. All students must be enrolled in a recognized academic program and be making progress toward a 2/4 years degree at the attending college.
3. All students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits at time of participation. If a student is enrolled in less than 12 credits, he/she will be considered part-time for eligibility purposes. All quarter system students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits at time of participation. If a student is enrolled in less than 9 credits, he/she will be considered part-time for eligibility purposes.
4. Second semester students must have achieved a GPA of 1.6.
5. All students must pass 24 credit hours the previous academic school year.
6. After accumulating 24-48 credit hours, the student must have achieved a 1.75 cumulative GPA. After accumulating more than 48 credit hours, the student must have achieved a 2.0 GPA.
7. Summer and inter-term credit hours can be used to satisfy the 24 credit hour rule and GPA requirement.
Eligibility, Termination, and Re-establishment
1. Each student is limited to four seasons of college competition.
2. Students who have completed four seasons of college competition in a sport may utilize a fifth year in a different sport if the student-athlete is within their first 10 semesters of full-time attendance.
3. If a student is not enrolled as full-time status for 12 consecutive calendar months, he/she may return to a USCAA member college and be immediately eligible.
4. A student who has not been identified with an institution during the first term does not become eligible to participate for the second term until the first day of classes.
5. Two eligibilty forms must be filed for sports spanning two semesters.
6. A student who graduated from a two-year institution the preceding semester shall be immediately eligible to participate.
7. Military exemptions will be granted to those whose careers are interrupted by service in the military.
8. A student in their final semester/quarter may be enrolled in less than 12/9 credits, if he/she is taking the credits necessary to complete graduation requirements.
9. Students with a bachelor's degree are ineligible for athletic competition within the USCAA.
Exception #1: Student-athletes may complete one of their four total years of eligibility as a graduate student, only if they are participating as a full-time student at the institution for which they received their bachelor's degree and seeking a second degree under normal matriculation at the same institution.
Exception #2: Additionally, the student may complete one year as a graduate student, regardless of previous institution, if the student has never participated in the sport for which they will participate at the member institution. This exception applies to transfer students only.
1. If a student transferrings to a member institution has ever participated in intercollegiate athletics, the student must have been academically and athletically eligible had he or she remained at that institution.
2. If the transferring student is ineligible, they are required to complete one full academic year of residence at the certifying institution before being eligible to compete for the member institution.
3. The institution to which the student is transfering must submit a formal request to the institution from which he/she is transferring from to determine the student's eligibility.
4. Students transferring into USCAA member institutions during a two semester sport shall be eligible to participate immediately, provided that each institutions's athletic director signs off on the transfer, and that they student was academically eligible at the institution from which he/she is transferring. The student is not eligible until the first day of classes.
5. The USCAA does not require an institution to calculate the GPA of a student who has transferred to their institution.