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This guide provides the Faculty and Staff of the University at Buffalo with basic information concerning NCAA rules. The NCAA has specific guidelines for what constitutes an “extra benefit” in regards to the institution’s student-athletes.
This web page focuses on the academic and other support services available to the student-athlete. By assisting the institution in rules compliance, you are not only adding to the integrity of The University at Buffalo, but you are protecting the athletic eligibility of its student-athletes. Knowledge of the rules is the best prevention of inadvertent violations.
If you have any questions regarding NCAA and Mid-American Conference rules and regulations, please contact:
The Division of Athletics
Office of Compliance
In Division I, representatives of an institution’s athletics interests is an individual who is known (or who should have been known) by a members of the institution’s executive or athletics administration to:
A PSA is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. A student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a PSA if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. Junior college and prep school college athletes are also prospects for the purposes of NCAA legislation.
Academic Counseling-Division I institutions shall make available general academic counseling and tutoring services to all recruited student-athletes. Such counseling and tutoring services may be provided by the department of athletics or through the institution’s academic student support services.
Tutors are EXPRESSLY PROHIBITED from collaborating on, typing, or proofreading student-athlete papers. Student-athletes seeking help on papers should be directed to The Writing Place in Talbert Hall.
Permissible-Academic and other support services that may be financed by an institution are:
Non-permissible-Services that may NOT be financed by the institution.
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletic interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete’s relative or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by the 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, their relatives, their friends, or a particular segment of the student body (e.g., foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.
Occasional Meals - A student-athlete or the entire team in a sport may receive an occasional family home meal from an institutional staff member or representative of athletics interests under the following conditions:
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 service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from an institutional employee or a representative of its athletics interests.
Free or Reduced Costs Services – An institutional employee or 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 by NCAA legislation. 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.
Telephone and Credit Cards — It is not permissible to allow a student-athlete to use a telephone or a credit card for person reasons without charge or at a reduced rate.
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 admission to professional athletics contests from professional sports organizations, unless such services also are available to the student body in general.
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:
Permissible: Staff members may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes on an occasional basis.