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University of Chicago Department of Athletics & Recreation


University Academic Standing

To practice or compete in a varsity sport, a student must be a full-time student (enrolled in at least three courses) in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

A graduating senior may carry fewer than three courses in his/her last quarter of residence if fewer than three courses is the number required for graduation. This status must be verified, in writing, prior to the start of the quarter by the college adviser. The verification must state that the specific courses will satisfy the degree requirements for graduation at the completion of the quarter.

A restricted student may not practice or compete until the restriction is removed.

A student-athlete shall not engage in more than four seasons of intercollegiate competition in any one sport. A Division III student-athlete shall complete his or her seasons of participation during the first 10 semesters or 15 quarters in which the student is enrolled as a full-time student in a collegiate institution.


Medical Clearance to Begin Practice and Competition

No student-athlete will be allowed to participate in intercollegiate athletic practice or competition until a signed medical clearance form has been issued by the athletic training staff. These policies apply to tryouts and both traditional and non-traditional practice sessions.


Transferring to Another College or University

Students are encouraged to discuss any plans to leave the University with their coaches. The NCAA has established a procedure for students wishing to talk with coaches at other Division III institutions. Students may download a "Permission to Contact: Self-Release Form" from the NCAA website at:

This form allows a 30-day window during which a student may have contact with another Division III institution about the opportunity to transfer. Students considering a transfer to a Division I or II institution must receive a release from the Senior Associate Director of Athletics prior to talking to members of the coaching staff at the DI or DII institution.


Outside Competition

A student-athlete becomes ineligible for intercollegiate competition in that sport until eligibility is restored by the NCAA Division III Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement if, after enrollment in college and during any year in which the student-athlete is a member of an intercollegiate squad or team, he or she competes or has competed as a member of any outside team in any non-collegiate, amateur competition (e.g., tournament play, exhibition games, or other activity) during the institution’s intercollegiate season in the sport.