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NCAA Definition of an Extra Benefit

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete of the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit that is not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit is not a violation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relative 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.

Prohibited Financial Aid, Benefits and Arrangements
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:

  • Special discounts, payments arrangements or credit (e.g., credit line at a store) on a purchase or service (e.g., dry cleaning).
  • Use of institutional telephones, long distance access codes or credit cards for personal reasons.
  • Use of institutional copy machines and fax machines for personal reasons.
  • An automobile or use of an automobile.
  • Free or reduced-cost services, rentals or purchases of any type.
  • Free or reduced-cost housing. A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced-cost housing from any Ohio University employee or booster. This includes in Ohio, in the student-athlete's home city or in any other location.
  • Free or reduced-cost storage of personal belongings.
  • Loan of money, signing or cosigning of loans or guarantee of bond.
  • Transportation (e.g., a ride home with a coach, ride with a booster).
  • Cash or like items (e.g., gift certificates).
  • Tangible items (e.g., clothing, cars, jewelry).
  • Impermissible academic services (e.g., typing reports, papers, letters for a student-athlete).
  • Free or reduced-cost entertainment services from commercial agencies without charge or at reduced rates, or free or reduced-cost admissions to professional athletic contests from professional sports organizations, unless such services are available to the student body in general (e.g., movie tickets, dinners/restaurants, use of car, car dealers, and community events).
  • Educational expenses (other than from permissible institutional and outside sources).

A student-athlete cannot accept anything from an Ohio University employee or booster. The acceptance by a student-athlete of any extra benefit is a violation of NCAA regulations and places the student-athlete's eligibility for intercollegiate competition in jeopardy.

Permissible Benefits
Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes, their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA rules if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students and their relatives or friends.

  • Hometown Awards - A hometown group (other than an Ohio University booster club) may pay reasonable and necessary expenses of a student-athlete returning home to receive an award for athletics accomplishments. The value of the hometown award cannot exceed $80.
  • Local Transportation - It is permissible for a student-athlete to receive reasonable local transportation (within a 30-mile radius of campus) on an occasional basis from an Ohio University employee.
  • Occasional Meal
    • A student-athlete or the entire team in a sport may receive an occasional meal (3 per quarter) in the locale of Ohio University's campus (within a 30-mile radius of campus) on infrequent and special occasions from an institutional staff member. An institutional staff member may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend such meals. A student-athlete may receive an occasional family home meal from a representatives of athletics interests on infrequent and special occasions under the following conditions:
      • The meal must be provided in the individual's home (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered; and
      • A representative of Ohio University's athletics interests may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend the meal function only if the meal function is at the home of that representative.
  • Incidental Benefits - Ohio University may provide student-athlete with reasonable refreshments (e.g., soft drinks, snacks) for student-athlete's educational and business meetings and, on an occasional basis, for celebratory events (e.g., birthdays).