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Compliance Corner May 2013

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NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes and their family or friends from receiving extra benefits. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. Common examples of extra benefits include:

• Free Meals
• Transportation Costs (plane tickets, use of an automobile, for example a coach’s car)
• Loans
• Special Discounts or free admission not available to all students
• Housing
• Free Legal/Medical advice
• Gifts or loans of money
• Long distance telephone calls not paid for by the student-athlete
• Gifts of clothing or other personal items
• Arrangements for the purchase of an automobile on “favorable” terms
• Special favors to parents or legal guardians
• Unusual housing or living arrangements
• Selling (or allowing the sale of) the student-athlete’s tickets to an athletic event, and special entertainment not available to other students
• Inappropriate academic assistance from faculty/staff members, academic advisors, coaches, etc…

If a benefit, gift or service is offered to you, please check with your coach or the Office of NCAA Compliance before accepting it. Remember, any violation of this rule could jeopardize your eligibility.

NCAA Eligibility

If you are found to have received an extra benefit, you will be ineligible for competition until you have repaid the value of the benefit you received to a charity of your choice.


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