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Compliance Corner September 2012

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Extra Benefits

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests (e.g. booster)  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 (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

Prohibited Benefits:
An institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services, including, but not limited to:

- Loan of money, signing or cosigning of loans or guarantee of bond.
- An automobile or the use of an automobile.
- Cash or like items (e.g. gift certificates).
- Make services available to a student-athlete (e.g., movie tickets, dinners, lunches, use of a car) from commercial agencies (e.g., movie theaters, hotels, restaurants, car dealers) without charge or at reduced rates.
- Provide a student-athlete with a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase or service.
- Provide a student-athlete with professional services without charge or at a reduced cost.
- Allow a student-athlete to use a telephone or credit card without charge or at a reduced cost.
- Impermissible academic services (e.g. typing reports, papers, or letters for a student-athlete).

Permissible Benefits
Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes, their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA rules if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s students and their relatives or friends.

+ Hometown Awards - A hometown group (other than a Binghamton University booster club) may pay reasonable and necessary expenses of a student-athlete returning home to receive an award for athletics accomplishments. The value of the hometown award cannot exceed $80.

+ Occasional Meal - A student-athlete or the entire team in a sport may receive an occasional meal in the locale of Binghamton University’s campus (within a 30-mile radius of campus) on infrequent and special occasions from an institutional staff member. An institutional staff member may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend such meals. A student-athlete may receive an occasional meal from a representative of athletics interests on infrequent and special occasions under the following conditions:

  • The meal must be provided in the individual’s home (as opposed to a restaurant), on campus or at a facility that is regularly used for home competition and may be catered; and/or

  • A representative of Binghamton University’s athletics interests may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend the meal function only if the meal function is at the home of that representative.

    *** Note: All occasional meals must have prior approval from the Binghamton University Athletics Compliance Office ***
    + Incidental Benefits – Binghamton University may provide student-athlete with reasonable refreshments (e.g., soft drinks, snacks) for student-athlete’s educational and business meetings and, on an occasional basis, for celebratory events (e.g., birthdays).

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