Highland Community College Player Ruled Ineligible for Fall Semester
Highland Community College has been notified by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that it must forfeit games from the fall semester for unintentionally using an ineligible men’s basketball player. According to the NJCAA, Roy Baker did not qualify to play during the fall semester because his high school transcript did not satisfy the requirements in Article V, Section 3A of the eligibility rules of the NJCAA. The school issuing his transcript was not accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the US Office of Education or a state department of education.
All colleges are required to submit their players’ eligibility electronically prior to the first game of the season. At the time of the electronic submission, it was our understanding that all players were eligible. Highland complied with this rule on November 3, but was notified of the player’s eligibility status in a letter dated December 19 - after all of the fall semester games had been played. Highland appealed the ruling to the NJCAA Executive Committee but was recently notified that the appeal was denied. Highland has 20 days to decide whether or not it will file for arbitration.
This ruling will not affect Highland’s Arrowhead Conference record or post season play. However, the overall season record will reflect the forfeitures.
“This is an unfortunate situation regarding the player’s eligibility. We are extremely disappointed that this notification came so late in the season, and we will be requesting that the NJCAA review the timeliness of their process. We will be reviewing our internal process for certifying student eligibility. Our season will move forward and our academic and athletic goals remain the same,” said Highland President Joe Kanosky.
Baker is eligible for the spring semester because he has completed a semester of college at Highland and is in good standing with the institution.
As a community college, all students applying for admission are accepted to begin coursework at Highland. The Office of Admissions and Records reviews student transcripts, however, students can attend Highland while they are still in high school or with a range of non-traditional secondary diploma options.
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