The NCAA introduced a new transfer policy on Wednesday.
The new process allows Division I student-athletes to transfer to a different school and receive a scholarship without asking for permission from their current school.
The new model will go into effect on Oct. 15, according to a release.
The new system will allow student-athletes to inform their current school of their wishes to transfer. Universities will then be obligated to submit the student-athlete’s name to a national transfer database within two business days.
Other schools will be free to contact the student-athlete once the person’s name is in the database, per a release.
The rule change ends the controversial practice in which some coaches or administrators would prevent students from having contact with specific schools. Conferences, however, still can make rules that are more restrictive than the national rule.
Additionally, the proposal adds tampering with a current student-athlete at another school to the list of potential Level 2 violations, considered a significant breach of conduct.
It’s unclear what those restrictions will be, but the national rule should open the door for student-athletes to expedite the transfer process.
The proposal to amend the NCAA’s transfer policy was originally introduced in fall 2017. The NCAA will implement the new system that was brought on by the Transfer Working Group.
For more on the new policy, visit NCAA.com.