Boosters, Alumni, Fans
1. Are you a Representative of Athletics Interests?
NCAA Bylaw 13.02.13 defines a "representative of the institution's athletics interests" as an individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer) or other organization who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration to:
- Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution's intercollegiate athletics program;
- Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
- Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
- Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
- Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.
Once an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization is identified as such a representative, the person, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization retains that identity indefinitely [Bylaw 13.02.13.1].
2. Extra Benefits
NCAA legislation expressly prohibits University supporters from providing "extra benefits" to enrolled student-athletes. An extra benefit is any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete or his/her family a benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation. In general, you may not provide anything or make special arrangements for student-athletes that are not available to the general student population [Bylaw 16.02.3].
Examples of Prohibited "Extra Benefits"
- Providing cash or loans in any amount.
- Signing or co-signing for a loan or guarantee of bond.
- The use of an automobile or other personal property (i.e., boats, summer homes, stereos, etc.).
- Gifts of any kind, including birthday cards, flowers, holiday gifts and gifts of clothing or equipment.
- Providing loans to relatives or friends of student-athletes.
- Any tangible items, including merchandise.
- Free or reduced-cost services, housing, rentals, or purchases of any type.
- Gift of cash or like items.
- Providing special discounts for goods and services (e.g., car repairs, legal services, haircuts, meals at local restaurants, etc.).
- Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete.
- Providing typing services or other costs associated with school projects or reports.
- Prohibited Benefits and Inducements for Prospects
Please DO NOT provide any of the following inducements or benefits to prospective student-athletes, their families, or their high school, prep school or junior college coaches:
- Cash or loans.
- The promise of employment after college graduation.
- Special discounts or payment arrangements on loans.
- Employment of relatives, friends, or legal guardians of prospects.
- Involvement in arranging for free or reduced charges for professional or personal services, purchases, or charges.
- Use of an automobile.
- Providing transportation to or from a summer job or to any other site.
- Signing or co-signing a note for a loan.
- A loan or gift of money or other tangible items (e.g., clothes, cars, jewelry, electronic/stereo equipment, etc.).
- Guarantees of bond.
- Purchase of items or services from a prospect or the prospect's family at inflated prices.
- Providing directly or indirectly transportation for the prospect or his/her family to travel to the Tulsa campus.
- The promise of financial aid for post-graduate education.
- Free or reduced-cost housing arrangements.
- Arrangements for payment of transportation costs incurred by relatives or friends of a prospective student-athlete.
3. Employment of Student-Athletes
- Please DO NOT provide employment for a student-athlete without first checking with the Compliance Office or the student-athlete's coach. Within certain guidelines, athletics department staff members are permitted to arrange employment for student-athletes. A Student-Athlete Employment Form is to be signed by the student-athlete, his/her head coach, and his/her employment supervisor prior to being submitted.
- Any student-athlete employed, either during the summer or during the regular academic year, may be paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the locality for similar services performed.
- Any employment benefits (e.g., transportation to/from job, health insurance, bonuses) provided to the student-athlete must be provided to all other employees performing similar services for the employer.
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