NCAA Bylaw 16.02.3 Extra Benefit
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletic interests (often referred to as a 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., international students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.
Examples of impermissible extra benefits include:
- Free or reduced-cost housing or meals. (other than occasional meals)
- Loans (even if interest is charged) or guarantee of bond.
- Use of telephone, faxes, photocopiers or credit cards
- The use of an automobile or provision of transportation (including rides home)
- Gifts of any kind (even sometimes as simple as a birthday card or cake)
Extra benefit rules as it relates to Faculty and Academic Matters
The general rule is that faculty members are not allowed to provide support services, benefits, or treatment for a student-athlete that they would not provide for any other student. For example, a faculty member is generally not permitted to:
- Purchase meals, drinks, or snacks for student-athletes.
- Let student athletes charge long distance phone calls from their office or phones.
- Let student-athletes use computer or other facilities unless those opportunities are offered through a classroom experience and offered to all students.
- Offer special courses to athletes.
- Offer incompletes or extra credit opportunities unless all are available to all students as identified in the course syllabus.
- Authorize a grade change, unless for a valid, non-athletics related reason.
- Handle any case of academic dishonesty or other prohibited classroom behavior by student-athletes in a manner any different from which you would handle such behavior by any other student.
Allowing such "extra benefits" put the student-athlete, his/her team, and the university in jeopardy. Not only would the student-athlete be penalized for receiving the extra benefit, but the institution would be guilty of a NCAA violation.
However, faculty members should not refuse to provide support services for student-athletes that they would normally or reasonably provide to other students. For example, if a student-athlete must take a make-up exam because of a university sponsored athletic competition, and if other students are afforded the opportunity to take a make-up examination for a good reason, then the student-athlete should be given the same opportunity.
NCAA Bylaw 16.01.1 - Eligibility Effect of Violation
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. If the student athlete receives an extra benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation, the individual is ineligible in all sports.