I. Recruiting. No employee shall encourage a student-athlete to seek a transfer from one school to another for athletic purposes or to otherwise engage directly or indirectly in recruiting practices that may result in such transfer requests. Any employee who exercises undue influence to cause a student to transfer from one school to another school for athletic purposes shall be considered in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action. The term “undue influence” shall be as defined in AR 6145.2 and the rules of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
II. Residence-For the Purpose of Determining Athletic Eligibility. The residence of a student shall be presumed to be that of his/her living parent(s) or legal guardian(s). If a student’s parents are divorced or legally separated, residence shall be presumed to be that of the parent granted custody by court Order or Separation Agreement. The residence of a student 18 years of age or older shall also be presumed to be that of his/her living parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
III. Eligibility of Students Who Are Transferred.
A. As a general rule, a student granted a high school transfer in accordance with Policy 5117 and its implementing regulations (AR 5117.1-5117.5) shall be eligible immediately for interscholastic athletics at the new school to which the student is assigned.
B. Student athletes who request and are granted more than one high school transfer in any twelve month period shall be ineligible for interscholastic athletics for a minimum of one full academic semester.
IV. State Board of Education Rules and Regulations. The above rules and regulations are not meant to replace or supersede the eligibility requirements for athletics established by the State Board of Education and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
V. Annual Report to Local Board of Education. The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board of Education the number of recruiting violations that were investigated during each school year and the staff’s findings with respect to each investigation.
Adopted: March 1976
Revised: August 1977; April 1995; September 1995; June 2009