Rules Governing Contacts and Benefits for Student-Athletes
In addition to regulating contact of our representatives of athletics interest with prospects, the NCAA also regulates contact with current Stetson University student-athletes, as well as their relatives and friends.
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of athletics interest to provide a student-athlete, prospect, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.
In general, you may not provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes and prospective student-athletes that are not available to the general student population.
EXAMPLES OF PROHIBITED EXTRA BENEFITS NOT ALLOWED BY NCAA RULES, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Providing cash or loans in any amount, or signing or co-signing for a loan.
Providing gifts of any kind, including birthday cards and holiday gifts.
Providing special discounts for goods and services (e.g., car repairs, legal services, haircuts).
Providing free rent or reduced rent, housing.
Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete.
Providing an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement.
YOU ARE PERMITTED TO:
Invite a student-athlete into your home for an occasional meal (once a semester), but please coordinate such activity with the Compliance Office.
Meet with and receive autographs from student-athletes during Stetson University sponsored events (e.g., Fan Photo Day, or Meet the Team).
Rules Governing Student-Athlete Employment
Stetson University’s athletic department is permitted to arrange employment for prospective student-athletes during the summer prior to their enrollment as freshman and for enrolled student-athletes.
Beginning August 1, 1988, student-athletes receiving grant-in-aid will be eligible for employment during the regular academic year as well as during the university’s official vacation periods (e.g., Christmas and spring break) and the summer.
In reference to this new legislation regarding employment during the academic year, student-athletes may earn up to the value of a full grant in aid plus $2,000 through employment provided:
The student-athlete has spent one academic year in residence at Stetson University.
The student-athlete is academically eligible to compete at the institution.
THE FOLLOWING RULES ARE APPLICABLE TO STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYMENT:
Employers must receive prior approval before hiring any student-athletes.
The student-athlete is compensated only for work actually performed at a rate commensurate with The going rate in that locality for similar services.
The student-athlete has not been hired based on his or her athletics ability.
Transportation to work for student-athletes is not provided unless transportation is provided for all other employees.
Rules Governing Promotional Activities for Student-Athletes
All charitable, educational and nonprofit promotional activities involving student-athletes must have prior approval from the Compliance Office.
All such events are coordinated through the Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance. For information, please call (386)-822-7490.
Student-Athletes are not permitted to be involved in the advertisement, recommendation or promotion of sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind.
Rules Governing Agents and Amateurism
A student-athlete loses their amateurstatus and shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if:
The student –athlete or family member negotiates, signs or enters into any written or oral agreement with an agent.
The student-athlete or family member accepts or receives any extra benefits from an agent or anyone who wishes to represent the student-athlete.
The student-athlete competes with a professional sports team or competes as a professional in an individual sport and receives any compensation for participation.
The student-athlete uses his or her athletic skills for pay or promise of pay.
Rules Governing Gambling
A student-athlete, coach and/or employee of Stetson University athletic department may not provide information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling concerning sporting events. In addition,student-athletes, coaches and employees of the athletic department may not solicit or accept any wager on any intercollegiate or professional athletics contest.
Consequences to Boosters for NCAA Violations
Institutions are required by the NCAA to notify boosters of consequences regarding rules violations. Boosters found in violation of NCAA rules are subject to losing benefits and privileges, including season tickets.
The NCAA Committee on Infractions has processed cases in which penalties have included both the disassociation of boosters with the institution and the loss of season ticket privileges.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q Can an athletics representative be involved in any way when a prospect is on an official or unofficial visit?
A No. Athletics representatives are precluded from all recruiting activities.
Q Is it permissible for an athletics representative to provide summer employment for student-athletes?
A Yes. Please remember that compensation must be paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for services of like character. Such employment should be arranged through the Compliance Office.
Q May a student-athlete’s name or picture be used to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend, or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service?
A No. Such activity would jeopardize the eligibility of the student-athlete. The NCAA membership has always maintained that student-athletes not be involved in the promotion of a commercial product.
Q Is it permissible for a booster to reimburse the coach of a prospect for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit the campus?
Q Is it permissible for a booster to pay in whole or in part registration fees associated with sport camps?
Q Is the contact rule applicable to established family, friends, and neighbors?
A No. However, it must be understood that such contacts may not be made for recruiting purposes and are not initiated by a member of the institutions coaching staff.
Q May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school award banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance?
A Yes. Please remember that contact with a prospect may not be prearranged by an athletics department staff member, and no attempt may be made to recruit the prospect.
Q Is it permissible for an athletics representative to provide enrolled student-athletes a home cooked meal?
A Yes. Provided it is on an "Occasional" basis and any such meal is not at a restaurant. Please note: all requests must receive prior approval from the Compliance Office.
Q Is Stetson University responsible for the acts of boosters and booster support groups?
A Yes. Boosters are governed by the same NCAA and institutional rules and regulations as those placed upon all institutional athletics staff members.
Q When does a prospect become considered a student-athlete?