Compliance Information For Student-Athletes
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- Student-Athlete Pay Video
- Student-Athlete Employment Registration Video
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2016-17 Student-athlete Handbook
Extra BenefitsNCAA Bylaw 10.3: Gambling Activities: As a proud member of a Utah State University's sports team, please be aware that the University does NOT condone GAMBLING ACTIVITIES OF ANY KIND. In addition, as a member of the USU family, NCAA rules preclude any Athletics Department staff member or any student-athlete from any team from participating in sports gambling activities.
Specifically, student athletes shall not knowingly:
1. Provide information to individuals in organized gambling activities concerning any intercollegiate competition. Report to your coach and the Compliance Office any attempt to secure information concerning a situation that might alter the normal performance of your team.
2. Bet on any sports team. Specifically, do not enter NCAA Basketball Tournament Pools, bet on the Super Bowl, or enter Fantasy Football/Baseball/Basketball contests that take money down and give prize money for the winner.
3. Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g.; cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value.
4. Participate on any type of "friendly" bet during practice activities (e.g., golf bet among teammates).
5. Don't accept any "free rides" in the form of meals, presents, etc., to alter the outcome of any contest. You are required by both the Athletics Department and the NCAA to report any individual who offers gifts, money or favors in exchange for supplying information or attempting to alter the outcome of any contest.
RISK + REWARD = VIOLATION!
Extra BenefitsNCAA Bylaw 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 (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. Please see the Compliance Office with questions.
Promotions and AdvertisingNCAA Bylaw 12.5: A commercial business may not use a student athlete's name, picture or appearance for advertising purposes except under very limited exceptions. If a student athlete accepts compensation in this instance, he/she will be immediately ineligible for competition.
An organization may use a student-athlete's name, picture or appearance for charitable purposes, provided that prior approval is granted by the Compliance Office, the student-athlete does not miss any class, and the student-athlete and an authorized representative of the charitable or educational agency sign a release statement ensuring that the student-athlete's name, picture or appearance is used in a manner consistent with the requirements of NCAA legislation.
NCAA Banned SubstancesNCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11: A student athlete who is found to have utilized a substance on the list of banned drugs, as set forth in 18.104.22.168.1, shall be declared ineligible for further participation in post-season and regular-season competition in accordance with the ineligibility provisions in 22.214.171.124.1. Further, a student athlete who tests positive will lose the equivalent of one season of eligibility in his or her sport.
In other words. . .
1. Throughout the year review the list of NCAA banned substances available at: http://www.ncaa.org/sports_sciences/drugtesting/banned_list.html. It is your responsibility to ensure that over-the-counter drugs and boosts mixed in health drinks (e.g. Jamba Juice) do not contain substances listed on the NCAA banned list. Also, please avoid drinks such as Red Bull as well as certain medicines such as Nyquil cough syrup. Please consult Mike Williams in the Athletic Training Room questions about any substance.
2. Do not consume alcoholic beverages on team trips, at/before athletic events or events sponsored by the Athletics Department. Utah law prohibits anyone less than 21 years of age from drinking alcohol.
3. Do not use tobacco products of any kind while participating in practice, competition, while representing USU, in any athletic facilities or department sponsored events (e.g.; study hall).
PLEASE NOTE: Utah State cooperates fully with the NCAA Drug Testing Program. The NCAA conducts year-round random drug testing of student athletes. Drug testing is also conducted at ALL NCAA championship events.
AgentsNCAA Bylaw 12.3.1: General Rule: An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if they have agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing their athletic ability or reputation in that sport. Further, an agent contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport. Finally, student-athletes may not accept any type of benefit (meals, transportation, etc.) from an agent or an agent's representatives (runners or former student-athletes acting on behalf of an agent).
Student-athletes with eligibility remaining may not speak with an agent without permission from the Compliance Office. Agents must complete an Agent Registration Form prior to initiating contact with a student-athlete.
AmateurismNCAA Bylaw 12.1.2: Amateur Status: An individual loses amateur status and thus shall not be eligible for intercollegiate competition in a particular sport if the individual:
1. Uses his/her athletic skill (directly or indirectly) for pay in any form in that sport.
2. Accepts a promise of pay even if such pay is to be received following completion of intercollegiate athletics participation.
3. Signs a contract or commitment of any kind to play professional athletics, regardless of its legal enforceability or any consideration received.
4. Receives, directly or indirectly, a salary, reimbursement of expenses or any other form of financial assistance from a professional sports organization based upon athletic skill or participation except as permitted by NCAA rules and regulations.
5. Competes on any professional athletics team and knows (or had reason to know) that the team is a professional athletics team (per 12.02.4) even if no pay or remuneration for expenses was received.
6. Enters into a professional draft or an agreement with an agent (see also 126.96.36.199.1).
Student HostNCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52: Student Host: A student host must understand and follow the NCAA rules in Bylaw 184.108.40.206 as well as USU regulations. Before being a host you will be required to sign the "Student-Athlete Host Instructions" form.
All team members are expected to follow the applicable guidelines to create a positive experience for all prospective student athletes visiting campus.
1. It is the responsibility of the department staff to ensure the safety and well being of a prospective student-athlete while on an official visit to campus. The student host also assumes some of that responsibility. He or she, along with the prospect, should avoid activity that would jeopardize their safety or violate NCAA or University rules and regulations, in addition to federal, state or local laws.
2. Underage drinking (below 21) is illegal in the state of Utah. An underage prospective student-athlete should not indulge in this activity. The student host should not be involved in serving or providing alcohol to an underage prospect. The host should discourage breaking the law, which could result in serious consequences. Any student and prospect, of drinking age, who choose to drink alcohol off-campus, are expected to obey all federal, state and local laws and maintain responsible control over their use of alcohol. Abuse and/or related improper conduct will not be tolerated.
3. USU does not tolerate hazing or sexual harassment by students, faculty or staff. Student hosts should make sure that prospects also conduct themselves appropriately in regard to this issue.
4. Prospects may not have contact with representatives of the University's athletics interest (boosters). Hosts should ensure that such meetings do not occur.
5. A student host may receive a maximum of $40.00 for each day of the visit to cover all actual costs of entertaining the prospect (and the prospect's parents, legal guardians or spouse). The host is responsible for handling the money and cash may not be given to the recruit. You may be provided with an additional $20 per day for each additional prospect entertained by you.
6. Entertainment must be within a 30 mile radius of campus. Entertainment money cannot be used to purchase souvenirs such as hats, t-shirts, or any other mementos. Additionally, you may not purchase any of these items with your own money for a prospect.
7. The institution or its representatives may not provide a vehicle for use by the prospect or the student host.
8. If the host is asked to accompany a prospect to one of USU's athletic events, your coach will make any necessary arrangements with the ticket office to place you on a pass list. No hard tickets will be provided in advance.
9. Prospects may engage in recreational or workout activities so long as the following conditions exist:
a. The activity is not initiated, arranged, or observed by any coach, and
b. It is not designed to test the athletic abilities of the prospect.
Prospects must use their own equipment and apparel. You are not allowed to loan these items to prospects.
10. NEVER LEAVE THE RECRUIT ALONE. You are responsible for all transportation during a recruit's visit including transport back to the hotel.
Countable/Non-Countable Athletically Related ActivitiesCountable Athletically Related Activities
NCAA Bylaw 17.1: Athletically Related Activities: Please note that you are required to sign a monthly form attesting to athletics-related activities and time spent participating in them. Student athletes may not participate in countable athletically related activities for more than:
4 hours per day
20 hours per week
4 hours per day
8 hours per week
The daily and weekly hour limitations DO NOT apply to the following time periods:
During preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier.
During an institution's term-time official vacation period (e.g.; Thanksgiving, spring break), as listed in the institution's official calendar and during the academic year between terms when classes are not in session.
Are student athletes required to have a day off from countable athletically related activities?
During the academic year when school is in session during the playing season student athletes shall have one day per week in which there are no countable athletically related activities. The day off may occur on any day of the week and may change from week to week. A "week" is defined as any seven consecutive days, Sunday through Saturday.
During the academic year outside the playing season student athletes shall have two days off per week.
Countable Athletically Related Activities
Practices (not more than four hours per day)
Athletics meetings with a coach initiated or required by a coach (e.g.; end of season individual meetings)
Competition and associated activities, regardless of length, count as three hours. Note: No countable athletically related activities may occur after the competition
Field, floor or on-court activity
Setting up offensive and defensive alignment
Required weight-training and conditioning activities
Required participation in camps/clinics
Visiting the competition site in the sports of cross country and golf
Participation outside the regular season in individual skill-related instructional activities with a member of the coaching staff
Discussion or review of game films
Participation in a physical activity class for student athletes only and taught by a member of that athletics staff (e.g.; strength and conditioning coach)
Non-countable Athletically Related Activities
Meetings with a coach initiated by the student athlete
Drug/alcohol educational meeting or CHAMPS/Life Skills meetings
Study hall, tutoring or academic meetings
Student Athlete Advisory Committee/Captain's Council meetings
Voluntary weight training not conducted by a coach or staff member (strength and conditioning coach may be present for safety reasons)
Voluntary sport-related activities (i.e., pick-up games initiated by student athlete, no attendance taken, no coach present)
Traveling to/from the site of competition (as long as no countable activities occur)
Training room activities (e.g.; treatment, taping), rehabilitation activities and medical examinations
Recruiting activities (e.g.; student host)
Training table meals
Attending banquets (e.g.; awards or post-season banquets)
Fund-raising activities or public relations/promotional activities and community service projects
Note: There may be additional rules that are applicable to certain sports. Contact the Compliance Director if you have questions or would like additional information.
Outside CompetitionNCAA Bylaw 12.8: The general rule is that student-athletes may not compete in any kind of organized competition outside the sport's playing season and during the academic year. Doing so will make you ineligible for intercollegiate competition. Outside competition means any organized tournament, league or game. Pick-up games are fine, but if the competition involves entry fees, uniforms, admission fees, sponsors, scheduling in advance, rosters and/or officials, then it will be considered organized competition.
EXCEPTIONS are many. Student-athletes are required to complete the Outside Competition Form and submit to Compliance prior to participation in any organized competition. For sports other than basketball, you may compete in an amateur outside competition during any official vacation period that Utah State sets apart on its academic calendar. For basketball, approved summer leagues are fine between the dates of June 15 and August 31.
Prohibited Conduct - GeneralWith the status of being a student-athlete, you are a more highly visible individual on and around campus and the community; subsequently, you are held to a higher standard of conduct. Behavior that results in harmful or reckless action(s), whether intended or unintended, is a violation of the community's trust.
The following misconduct is subject to disciplinary action:
1. All forms of academic dishonesty, including cheating, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty and plagiarism.
2. Violating the terms of any disciplinary measure imposed.
3. Knowingly furnishing false information (including false identification) to the university or to any university employee or agent, including campus or community law enforcement or security officers acting in good faith and in the performance of their duties.
4. Forgery of or unauthorized alteration of or access to any university document, record or instrument of identification, including electronic hardware, software and records.
5. Knowingly possessing stolen property.
6. Destroying, damaging, misappropriating or gaining unauthorized access to university property.
7. Theft, destruction or damage to the property of others.
8. Violation of university rules governing alcohol consumption, unauthorized sale or possession of alcoholic beverages.
9. Engaging in, supporting, promoting, or sponsoring hazing or violating university rules governing hazing.
10. Engaging in harassment or unlawful discriminatory activities on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, handicapping condition, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status or violating university rules governing harassment or discrimination.
11. Interfering with any university investigation, including but not limited to tampering with physical evidence or inducing a witness to testify falsely or to withhold testimony.
12. Conduct involving sale or distribution of illegal drugs, physical assault battery or violence, which may present a clear and present danger to the safety of the university or to the members of the university community. Possessing, using, selling, manufacturing, or distributing any hallucinatory, narcotic, illegal or controlled substance as defined by federal or state laws, except as expressly permitted by such laws. (See: Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace pamphlet for summaries of these laws.)
13. Use of computers/computing facilities to store, access or distribute obscene or pornographic materials.
14. Any students who choose to drink alcohol off-campus are expected to obey federal, state and local laws and maintain responsible control over their use of alcohol. Other related prohibited conduct:
a. Drinking alcohol in department-issued Utah State athletics team gear;
b. Drinking alcohol with recruits; specifically, the individual host(s) is responsible for the safety and well-being of the recruit;
c. Irresponsible use of alcohol and/or being intoxicated in a public place (i.e., Logan, SLC, hotels while on road trips, restaurants, etc.).
d. Wearing team gear to parties, bars, taverns, social clubs or other events where alcohol is consumed.
15. More than five (5) unexcused absences from class (per signed financial aid agreement).
16. Other conduct that is not included in the list above but is contrary to the athletics department and university standards of what is considered to be a good citizen as a Utah State student athlete.
Any attempt to commit an act of misconduct prohibited by these rules shall be subject to consequences to the same extent as completed acts. Consequences of Prohibited Conduct
Consequences of Prohibited Conduct: One or more of the following consequences, dependent on the category of prohibited conduct, may be imposed. When appropriate, reference is made to sections of Utah State University's Student Code. The Student Code can be found at: www.usu.edu/studentservices/studentcode
Student Assistance FundThe Student Assistance Fund has been provided to each University through the NCAA and the Western Athletic Conference. The fund is designed to help those student-athletes who are Pell Grant recipients and those foreign student athletes who would be eligible if they were U.S. citizens.
Each eligible student-athlete may receive $250 per year to help supplement clothing and other essential expenses. Clothing includes shoes, coats or hats but not watches or jewelry. The fund may also be used to assist student-athletes in special instances to meet their uninsured medical or dental expenses that are non-cosmetic in nature. Because the Student Assistance Fund is limited, each medical/dental bill should be pre-approved by the Compliance Office. The fund may also be used to assist student-athletes to help pay for some mandatory supplies for certain university classes. Finally, the fund may be utilized in the event of a student-athlete or family emergency upon proper approval. The fund will not cover expenses on behalf of a spouse or significant other of a student-athlete.
In order to receive reimbursement for these expenses the student-athlete must bring the Compliance Office receipts that verify the clothing purchases or invoices for the medical/dental bills. The Compliance Office will process the reimbursement request. Each year, the student-athlete must get prior approval by filling out a Student Assistance Fund form before getting reimbursed for expenses. Nonqualifiers are not eligible for the Special Assistance Fund during their initial year of residence.
EmploymentNCAA Bylaw 12.4
1. Student-athlete employment must meet the following criteria to be permissible:
Compensation cannot be based on the publicity, reputation, fame or personal following of a student-athlete due to athletics ability, and
Compensation can only be based on work actually performed, and
Compensation must be at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
2. Student-athletes are required to register all employment with the Compliance Office through the Student-Athlete-Employment Form.
3. When employment is arranged by an athletic department staff member or through a representative of athletics interest, the employer must complete an Employer Approval Form that must be submitted to the Compliance Office prior to employment of the student-athlete.
4. Student-athletes are also required to pre-register any paid private lesson employment with the Compliance Office by filling out a Paid Private Lesson Form. If this type of employment arrangement arises during the summer outside the local of the university, the student-athlete must complete the form upon return to campus.
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