By-Laws & Board of Directors Regulations Affecting Length of Season, Number of Events, General Regulations, Etc.
(Board approved March 2003)
(Board amended September 2005)
A foreign exchange student who is enrolled in and attending a North Dakota high school will be eligible to participate in varsity competition provided the student meets all of the conditions listed below.
A foreign exchange student must be under the auspices of and be placed with a U. S. host family by an international exchange program that has been accepted for listing by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET) and recognized by the U. S. Department of State. The foreign exchange program must assign students to host families by a method that ensures that no student, school or other interested party may influence the assignment for athletic or other purposes. The foreign exchange student may not be selected or placed on any basis related to his/her athletic interests or abilities.
A foreign exchange student is considered to be placed with a host family when written notice of placement is provided by the exchange organization to the student and his/her parents and to the host family.
Neither the school the student attends nor shall any person associated with the school have input into the selection or assignment of the student with regards to co-curricular abilities.
The foreign exchange student must possess a current J-1 visa, issued by the U. S. Department of State.
The foreign exchange student must comply with all eligibility requirements set forth by the North Dakota High School Activities Association and the school of attendance. A completed registration form must be filed by the school and approved by the Association office before the student is eligible for varsity competition.
Once a foreign exchange student is no longer participating in an approved CSIET program, as defined above, that student will be subject to the eligibility rules for "Other International Students", as provided below.
An international student who is enrolled in and attending a North Dakota high school and who is not under the auspices of and placed by a CSIET listed exchange program is subject to the same eligibility/transfer rules as any other student, provided the student meets all of the following conditions:
The student must possess a current F-1 visa, issued by the U. S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
The student must provide to the principal of the school he/she attends an official untranslated transcript and a transcript that is translated into English, by an acceptable agent or agency, which indicates work taken in all grades in which the student was enrolled.
The international student must pay tuition to the high school he/she attends as prescribed in Section 625 of U. S. Public Law 104-208.
The international student must comply with all NDHSAA and school of attendance eligibility requirements. A completed registration form must be filed by the school and approved by the Association office before the student is eligible for competition.
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