Boosters, supporters, and institutional staff members are not permitted to provide a student-athlete or a student-athlete's relatives or friends with any extra benefits. Student-athletes are also prohibited from receiving any preferential treatment, which is not specifically limited to institutional staff members and boosters.
If a student-athlete receives an extra benefit, preferential treatment, benefit or service not authorized by NCAA rules, the individual is ineligible in all sports. NCAA legislation defines an "extra benefit" as:
"any special arrangement […] 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." [16.02.3]
Student-athletes are not permitted to receive preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual's athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athletic, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted by NCAA rules. (184.108.40.206.6)
Donations credited to or earmarked for a prospective or enrolled student-athlete for athletics participation (e.g. as an individual or a member of a team) from a sponsor (e.g., neighbor, business) other than the individuals relatives or legal guardians are considered improper benefits (220.127.116.11.6.1).
SOME EXAMPLES OF EXTRA BENEFITS TO STUDENT-ATHLETES
- Free, reduced or ARRANGED tickets to a concert/sporting event by a coach, an athletic staff member, or a representative of athletics interests (booster).
- Frequent rides in a coach's car
- Use of a coach's/athletic staff member's phone, computer, or fax
- Use of the athletic department's copy machine for personal use
- Loan of money by a coach/athletic staff member
- Items given for free by a coach/athletic staff member to use in a student-athlete's dorm or apartment (i.e. used TV, refrigerator, furniture)
- Reduced or free rent in an apartment/house owned by a coach, athletic staff member, or booster
- Preferential treatment by a booster or local business owner (i.e. not needing reservations at their restaurant, discounts at their store/business, employed by them over someone with the same or more qualifications)
"Other than student-athletes, are there other students or groups that this specific benefit, item or service is available to?"
- If the answer is "yes", then the benefit, item or service is probably okay.
- If the answer is "no" or "I'm not sure", it is best to not accept or give the benefit, item or service and contact the Athletic Compliance Office directly.
2. If you are an OU student-athlete, do NOT accept any transportation, payment of food or drink, or any other benefit from someone who is not an established friend or family member-accepting an extra benefit or special treatment because of your athletics abilities will jeopardize your eligibility!
3. If you are ever in doubt of whether a benefit, item or service you are about to give or receive qualifies as an EXTRA BENEFIT or PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT, always ask the Athletic Compliance Office first.