Ohio State student-athletes must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies (12 credit hours per term) to be in good academic standing and must maintain progress toward a degree to remain eligible for athletics competition. Student-athletes are encouraged to work closely with their college academic advisors and their SASSO counselors to ensure that they are meeting all requirements to be eligible for practice and competition.
NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes from receiving “extra benefits.” An extra benefit is any special arrangement provided to a prospective or current student-athlete or his or her family/friends that is not generally available to all Ohio State students. Providing a prospective or current student-athlete with an extra benefit may affect their eligibility and result in an NCAA violation.
Extra benefit legislation continues to apply even when a student-athlete has exhausted his or her eligibility; it is “from cradle to grave.” As such, it is not permissible for a booster or booster group to provide a student-athlete with a gift, award, or any other extra benefit once the student-athlete has exhausted his or her eligibility.
Examples of Impermissible Extra Benefits
|Free or reduced cost meals||Free or reduced cost housing||Cash, loans of money, use of a credit card|
|Transportation or the use of a vehicle||Free or reduced cost goods
(e.g., clothing, vehicles, electronics)
|Any tangible gift including birthday or holiday gifts|
|The sale or trade of any item received
as part of your participation in athletics
|Free or reduced cost services
(e.g., dry cleaning, haircuts, tattoos)
|Free or reduced cost entertainment|
Prohibition on the Sale of Institutionally-Issued Items
Student-athletes are not permitted to sell or trade any institutionally-issued items for profit or services, even if the item does not have the student-athlete’s name on it. An institutionally-issued item is any piece of apparel, equipment, award, or any other item provided to a student-athlete by the institution, NCAA, or Big Ten Conference which includes, but is not limited to:
Acting Ethically and with Integrity:
Student-athletes, coaches, and athletic department staff members are expected to act with integrity and in a manner consistent with the NCAA’s standards for honesty and sportsmanship. Unethical conduct may include, but is not limited to:
|What is Sports Wagering?||Sports wagering is putting something at risk-such as an entry fee, wager, or other tangible item-for the possibility to win something in return.|
|NCAA Policy on Sports Wagering||NCAA rules prohibit wagering on intercollegiate, amateur, and professional sports in which the NCAA conducts championships. NCAA sports wagering rules apply to student-athletes, coaches, athletics department staff members, and non-athletics staff members who work with athletics departments.|
|Examples of Sports Wagering||
|Violation for Sports Wagering||Permanent Ineligibility: If a student-athlete engages in activities designed to influence a portion or final outcome of a sports contest (e.g., point-shaving), or participates in a sports bet of any kind on ANY team at his or her school.Ineligible for a Minimum of One Year: If a student-athlete participates in a sports bet of any kind via or through the internet, bookie, or parlay card.|
Preserving academic integrity is central to the mission of Ohio State and the NCAA. Any activity that compromises the academic integrity of the university or undermines the educational process is classified as academic fraud. Any student found to have engaged, or attempted to engage, in any act characterized as academic fraud will not only be subject to disciplinary action by Ohio State, but NCAA sanctions, as well.
Examples of Academic Fraud:
What Does a Full Athletic Scholarship Cover for Student-Athletes?
What Does an Athletic Scholarship Not Cover for Student-Athletes?
NCAA Student Assistance Fund (SAF)
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is a program run through the NCAA which distributes money to member institutions with the purpose of providing student-athletes with access to funding to help offset costs that athletic scholarships do not cover. Student-athletes do not have to be on an athletic scholarship to receive the benefits of SAF. Through SAF, Ohio State can assist student-athletes with:
|Graduate School Entrance Exams (e.g., LSAT, GRE)||
|$500 Travel & Clothing Assistance Stipend||
Countable Athletically Related Activities:
Countable athletically related activities (CARA) are any required activities with an athletics purpose that involves student-athletes and occurs at the direction of, or is supervised by, one or more of an institution’s coaching staff, including strength and conditioning coaches. Below are several examples of what is countable and not countable toward a student-athlete’s CARA limits.
|Practice||Compliance and SASSO Meetings|
|Competition (always counts as three hours)||Study Table, Academic Tutoring|
|Setting Up Offensive/Defensive Alignments||Training Room/Medical Treatment/Rehabilitation Activities|
|Athletic Meetings w/Coach Initiated or
Required by Coach
|Traveling To/From Competition|
|Required Weight Training/Conditioning||Recruiting Activities (e.g., student host)|
|Discussion or Review of Game Film||Voluntary Sport-Related Activities|
|Visiting Competition Site
(Golf & Cross Country Only)
|Fundraising, Community Service, or Promotional Activities|
NCAA regulations limit the amount of time that coaches can require a student-athlete to be involved in CARA each week. These limitations are different depending on whether a team is in-season or out-of-season. The distinctions between what is permissible in-season versus out-of-season is as follows:
|In-Season||Out-of-Season (During Academic Year)|
|No more than 4 hours per day and 20 hours per week||No more than 8 hours per week (up to 2 hours may be skill instruction [or film review for football])|
|One day off per week||Two days off per week|
|No CARA after a competition||The only permissible activities are conditioning, weight training, and, for sports other than football, skill instruction.|
|Unlimited CARA during institutional vacation periods||No CARA during institutional vacation periods|
|Unlimited CARA during pre-season prior to the first day of class or first contest (whichever is earlier)||No CARA beginning the week prior to finals through the end of finals.|
|No CARA activity may occur between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.||No CARA activity may occur between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.|
|Competition always counts as 3 hours||No competition permitted out-of-season|
Student-athletes are permitted to participate in voluntary activities as much as they would like. For an activity to be considered voluntary, the following must be satisfied:
Safety Exception: Please note that in the sports of fencing, gymnastics, rifle, pistol, rowing, swimming, diving, track (field events only), and wrestling, a coach may be present during voluntary workouts (without the workouts being considered as CARA) while student-athletes are using equipment related to their sport and the coach provides safety or skill instruction only.
NCAA Drug Testing
The NCAA and its member institutions share the responsibility of promoting a drug-free athletics environment to protect the health of student-athletes and preserve fair competition. There is also a shared responsibility to educate student-athletes in order to prevent drug usage. The NCAA conducts drug testing at all of its championships and through its year-round testing program.
Student-athletes are responsible for what they put in their body! Student-athletes should always check with their Athletic Trainer before taking medications, supplements, or any other substances.
NCAA Banned Drug Classes
The NCAA bans drugs by class, along with any substance chemically related to those classes. The following classes of drugs have been banned by the NCAA:
For a complete list of NCAA banned drugs, drugs and procedures subject to restrictions, and a warning about nutritional/dietary supplements, CLICK HERE
NCAA Penalty for Positive Tests of Street Drugs:
NCAA Penalty for Positive Tests of Performance-Enhancing Drugs:
Ohio State Drug Testing:
Each NCAA member institution is responsible for determining whether to establish an institutional drug-testing program. The institution is also obligated to enforce the penalties.
Ohio State advocates for the development of healthy and responsible lifestyles for its student-athletes. Further, the institution believes that our student-athletes serve as University representatives and role models to many youth. As such, in order to be a member of a varsity intercollegiate athletic team, student-athletes must annually agree to participate in the Department of Athletics’ Drug Testing Program. The program consists of drug and alcohol education, drug testing, and, if necessary, counseling and rehabilitation efforts.
Student-athletes should contact their athletic trainer with questions about Ohio State or NCAA drug testing policies. Student-athletes can review the institution’s Drug and Alcohol Policy here.
Student-athletes wishing to seek employment during the academic year or vacation periods are required to register their employment with the Compliance Office. Student-athletes are also responsible for updating the Compliance Office with any changes in their employment status (e.g., quitting job, beginning new job).
Compensation may be provided to a student-athlete:
It is permissible for student-athletes (except for golf student-athletes under USGA rules) to receive compensation for teaching or coaching sports skills or techniques on a fee-for-lesson basis, provided:
It is permissible for student-athletes to be employed as counselors at an institutional or non-institutional camp or clinic provided:
Ohio State may provide four complimentary tickets per home or away intercollegiate athletics event to a student-athlete in the sport in which the individual participates (either practices or competes), regardless of whether the student-athlete competes in the contest. These tickets must be used within the guidelines of NCAA rules. Any breach of these guidelines may result in disciplinary action (e.g., loss of ticket privileges, loss of eligibility).
Important Complimentary Admissions Reminders:
The Following Individuals May NOT Receive Complimentary Admissions From a Student-Athlete:
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