NCAA Regulations Concerning Academic Support

Included here for reference is the specific language from the NCAA regarding permissible and impermissible academic support. This is taken from the 2009-2010 NCAA Manual - you may find the complete manual at http://www.ncaa.org/ -> Legislation & Governance.

10.1 Unethical Conduct

Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member (e.g., coach, professor, tutor, teaching assistant, student manager, student trainer) may include, but is not limited to, the following:  (Revised: 1/10/90, 1/9/96, 2/22/01)

(a) Refusal to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation when requested to do so by the NCAA or the individual's institution;

(b) Knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts for a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete;

(c) Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete an improper inducement or extra benefit or improper financial aid; (Revised: 1/9/96)

(d) Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual's institution false or misleading information concerning the individual's involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation;

(e) Receipt of benefits by an institutional staff member for facilitating or arranging a meeting between a student-athlete and an agent, financial advisor or a representative of an agent or advisor (e.g., "runner");  (Adopted: 1/9/96, Revised:  8/4/05)

(f) Knowing involvement in providing a banned substance or impermissible supplement to student-athletes, or knowingly providing medications to student-athletes contrary to medical licensure, commonly accepted standards of care in sports medicine practice, or state and federal law. This provision shall not apply to banned substances for which the student-athlete has received a medical exception per Bylaw 31.2.3.5; however, the substance must be provided in accordance with medical licensure, commonly accepted standards of care and state or federal law;  (Adopted:  8/4/05, Revised: 5/6/08)

(g) Failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NCAA, the NCAA Eligibility Center or an institution's admissions office regarding an individual's academic record (e.g., schools attended, completion of coursework, grades and test scores);  (Adopted:  4/27/06, Revised: 10/23/07)

(h) Fraudulence or misconduct in connection with entrance or placement examinations; (Adopted:  4/27/06)

(i) Engaging in any athletics competition under an assumed name or with intent to otherwise deceive; or (Adopted:  4/27/06)

(j) Failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NCAA, the NCAA Eligibility Center or the institution's athletics department regarding an individual's amateur status. (Adopted:  1/8/07, Revised:  5/9/07)

Article 16: Awards, Benefits and Expenses for Enrolled Student-Athletes

16.01 General Principles

16.01.1 Eligibility Effect of Violation. A student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. Receipt by a student-athlete of an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA legislation renders the student-athlete ineligible for athletics competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit, or expense was received. In the student-athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is ineligible in all sports.

16.01.1.1 Restitution for Receipt of Impermissible Benefits. For violations of Bylaw 16 in which the benefit is $100 or less, the eligibility of the student-athlete shall not be affected conditioned upon the student-athlete repaying the value of the benefit to a charity of his or her own choice. The student-athlete, however, shall remain ineligible from the time the institution has knowledge of the reciept of the impermissible benefit until the student-athlete repays the benefit. Violations of this bylaw remain institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1, and documentation of the student-athlete's repayment shall be forwarded to the enforcement staff. For violations of Bylaw 16 in which there is no monetary value to the benefit, violations shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1; however, such violations shall not affect the student-athlete's eligibility. (Adopted: 11/1/01; Revised: 8/5/04)

16.02 Definitions and Applications

16.02.3 Extra Benefit. 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 (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. (Revised: 1/10/91)

16.11 Benefits, Gifts, and Services

16.11.1 Permissible

16.11.1.1 General Rule. Receipt of a benefit (including otherwise prohibited extra benefits per Bylaw 16.11.2) 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.

16.11.2 Nonpermissible

16.11.2.1 General Rule.The student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit. The term "extra benefit" refers to any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution’s athletics interests to provide the student-athlete or his or her relatives or friends with a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.

16.11.2.2 Discounts and Credits.A student-athlete may not receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing) or a service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from an institutional employee or a representative of its athletics interests.

16.11.2.2.1 Free or Reduced-Cost Services.An athletics representative may not provide a student-athlete with professional services (for which a fee normally would be charged) without charge or at a reduced cost except as permitted elsewhere in this bylaw. Professional services provided at less than the normal rate or at no expense to a student-athlete are considered an extra benefit unless they are available on the same basis to the general student body.

16.11.2.2.2 Telephones and Credit Cards.It is not permissible to allow a student-athlete to use a telephone or credit card for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced cost.

16.11.2.2.3 Entertainment Services. A student-athlete may not receive services (e.g. movie tickets, dinners, use of car) from commercial agencies (e.g. movie theaters, restaurants, car dealers) without charge or at reduced rates, or free or reduced-cost admission to professional athletics contests from professional sports organizations, unless such services also are available to the student body in general.

16.11.2.3 Other 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:
(a) A loan of money;
(b) A guarantee of bond;
(c) An automobile or the use of an automobile;
(d) Transportation (e.g., a ride home with a coach), except as permitted in 16.9.1-(e), even if the student-athlete reimburses the institution or the staff member for the appropriate amount of the gas or expense; or
(e) Signing or cosigning a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan.

16.3 Academic and Other Support Services

16.3.1 Mandatory

16.3.1.1 Academic Counseling/Support Services. Member institutions shall make general academic counseling and tutoring services to all student-athletes.  Such counseling and tutoring services may be provided by the department of athletics or the institution's nonathletics student support services.  In addition, an institution may finance other academic and support services that the institution, at its discretion, determines to be appropriate and necessary for the academic success of its student-athletes. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/91; Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, 5/9/06)

16.3.1.1.1 Specific Limitations. An institution may provide the following support services subject to the specified limitations. (Revised: 5/9/06)

(a) Use of institutionally owned computers and typewriters on a check-out and retrieval basis; however, typing/word processing/editing services or costs may not be provided, even if typed reports and other papers are a requirement of a course in which a student-athlete is enrolled; (Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(b) Use of copy machines, fax machines and the Internet, including related long-distance charge, provided the use is for purposes related to the completion of required academic course work; (Adopted: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)
(c) Course supplies (e.g., calculators, art supplies, computer disks, subscriptions), provided such course supplies are required of all students in the course and specified in the institution's catalog or course syllabus or the instructor indicates in writing that the supplies are required; (Adopted: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, Revised: 4/23/08)
(d) Cost of a field trip, provided the field trip is required of all students in the course and the fee for such trips is specified in the institution's catalog; and 
(e) Nonelectronic day planners. (Adopted: 4/27/00; Revised: 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02)

16.9 Other Travel Expenses Provided by the Institution

16.9.1 Permissible Travel Expenses Not Related to Practice or Competition. It is permissible for an institution to provide the following travel expenses not related to practice or competition:

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(e) Local Transportation. Reasonable local transportation to student-athletes on an occasional basis. (Adopted: 1/10/95)