Davidson College and the Department of Athletics are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity as well as excellence in athletic performance. To ensure compliance with all NCAA policies, the college enforces various policies and regulations on its coaches, student-athletes, prospective student-athletes, and supporters. Violation of these rules and regulations could affect the eligibility of prospective or enrolled student-athletes and /or result in penalties and restrictions imposed on the college and/or its athletic programs.
This policy seeks to ensure compliance with the NCAA policies regarding Extra Benefits as applied to its student-athletes and Prospective Student-Athletes.
No college employee or Representative of Athletic Interests shall provide an extra benefit to any Student-Athlete or Prospective Student-Athlete.
An "Extra Benefit" is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or Representative of Athletic Interests to provide a student-athlete (or relative or friend of the student-athlete) or Prospective Student-Athlete a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of such a benefit is not considered a violation if that same benefit is generally available to the college's students or their relatives and/or friends or to a particular segment of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.
A "Prospective Student-Athlete," also referred to as a "Prospect" is any student who has started classes for the 9th Grade. The individual retains this status until the Prospect is enrolled full-time at a four year collegiate institution or has participated in a practice or competition prior to the term of the enrollment. For the purposes of this policy, "Prospective Student-Athlete" and "Prospect" also includes friends and relatives of the student.
A "Representative of Athletic Interests," also referred to as an "Athletics Representative" or "Booster," is an individual who is known (or who should have been known) by the institution's staff to:
- Have participated in or be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution's intercollegiate athletics program (e.g., a booster club, athletic foundation, university club),
- Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of the institution,
- Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospects,
- Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families (e.g., helping to arrange summer and/or vacation employment), or
- Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution's athletics program.
Administration of Policy
The athletic director shall oversee this policy and review it at least once every two years. Changes to this policy shall be made in accordance with the college's Policy on Policies. The adherence to the following rules and prohibitions will assist college employees and representatives in implementing this policy.
College employees or Athletics Representatives are prohibited from giving student-athletes (or relatives or friends of the student-athlete) or Prospective Student-Athletes, any of the following Extra Benefits:
- Arrangement of employment for a Prospect's relatives;
- Gifts of clothing or equipment;
- Cosigning of loans;
- Loans to relatives or friends;
- Cash or like items;
- Any tangible items, including merchandise;
- Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases;
- Free or reduced-cost housing;
- Use of institution's athletics equipment;
- Sponsorship of, or arrangement for, an awards banquet for high school or two-year college
athletes by an institution, its Boosters or its alumni groups or booster clubs;
- The presentation of award to prospects for outstanding athletics accomplishments.
College employees and Athletics Representatives shall ensure that they do not personally engage in conduct that results in or contributes to a violation of the prohibition of accepting any of the following Extra Benefits by any student-athlete (or relatives or friends of the student-athlete):
- A student-athlete cannot accept anything from a Davidson College employee or Booster, unless approved and authorized through the Department of Athletics;
- A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced cost room and/or board from a Davidson College employee or Booster;
- A student-athlete cannot eat at a restaurant as the guest of a Davidson College employee or Booster;
- A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced merchandise or services from any merchant
unless that free or reduced cost item is also available to the general public;
- A student-athlete cannot accept a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a
purchase or service from a Davidson College employee or Booster;
- A student-athlete may be provided reasonable and occasional local transportation (within 30
miles) by a Davidson College employee (please note that "occasional" means a special occasion such as a birthday and that Representatives of Athletic Interests should never provide transportation to any student athlete or his/her friends or relatives);
- A student-athlete may accept, on an infrequent occasion, an invitation to the home of a Davidson College employee or Booster for a meal (please note that "infrequent" means a special occasion such as a birthday);
- A student-athlete cannot accept a loan of money, guarantee of bond, use of an automobile, or the signing or co-signing of a note to arrange a loan from a Davidson College employee or Booster;
- A student-athlete cannot use an Athletics Department copy machine or fax machine, or make long distance telephone calls using a departmental telephone or booster telephone at their home or place of business;
- A student-athlete may not have his/her papers and/or reports typed by a Booster or college employee.
Last Reviewed: Summer 2010