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Athletic Eligibility - Scholarship Rule
Susan Noel
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The petitioner's son is a student at Chariton High School and participates in football and basketball. He incurred a shoulder injury during the 2006 football season, and was advised by treating physicians that he should not participate actively (as a player) in basketball for the 2006-07 school year. He was medically cleared to participate actively in sports on April 30, 2007.

Christopher received a failing grade for algebra for the first semester of the 2006-07 school year. Because he was medically unable to compete, the school informed the petitioner and her son that the period of ineligibility would be applied to the first 20 days of the 2007 football season. The petitioner asks that her son be excused entirely from serving any period of ineligibility for his "F" in algebra.

The petitioner states that failure to grant her son a waiver would deprive Christopher from participating in football during the 2007 season, a consequence to be imposed nearly a full year after his "infraction," as she characterized the failing grade. But she fails to elaborate about how this is an undue hardship. Given that there is no "right" of students to participate in interscholastic athletics, the penalty to be served does not result in an undue hardship to him or to any other student who fails a course.

For the foregoing reason, the petition for waiver is DENIED, and the 20 school days of ineligibility are to be served during the 2007 football season.