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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In keeping with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors directive to enact legislative modifications and waivers to provide relief to student-athletes and schools impacted by COVID-19, Division I took additional actions this week to protect the health and well-being of student-athletes, prospects, coaches, administrators and staff.

The Division I Council Coordination Committee extended the recruiting dead period until May 31. The committee will continue to be guided by experts to determine whether the date should be extended.

The day after the coordination committee’s decision, the Collegiate Commissioners Association determined that all Division I and II sports will be in a signing period from April 15 to August 1, 2020.

In addition to the recruiting action, the Council Coordination Committee also tabled most of the legislation that remained in the 2019-20 legislative cycle, which had been set for a full Council vote at the group’s April meeting. Clearing the April meeting of the legislative agenda will focus the group’s attention on addressing the impact of COVID-19, as well as recommendations from the Division I Name, Image and Likeness Legislative Solutions group.

In April, the full Council will consider proposals 2019-116 and 2019-117, which would change enrollment requirements for graduate transfers.

Also in the regulatory space, the NCAA released a frequently asked questions document that addressed the application of NCAA rules in the wake of COVID-19. 

Finally this week, the Eligibility Center announced it will not require a separate review of distance or e-learning programs used by schools with NCAA-approved core courses that have moved to distance or e-learning environments for spring and summer 2020 due to school closures related to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to complete their NCAA-approved core courses through the channels of instruction provided or recommended by their school, district or state department of education. 

Release courtesy National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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