Current Buckeyes

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:

  • Apparel: Practice and game apparel, travel suits, and outerwear;
  • Equipment: Training/turf shoes, cleated footwear, helmets, pads, towels, and any sport-specific implement, stick, or ball; and
  • Awards and Gifts: Participation awards, varsity awards, bowl/post-season gifts, special event awards, senior awards, and championship awards (e.g., rings, pendants, etc.).

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:

  • Refusal to provide information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an institutional, Big Ten Conference, or NCAA rule;
  • Providing false information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an institutional, Big Ten Conference, or NCAA rule;
  • Asking an individual to lie for you regarding information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an institutional, Big Ten Conference, or NCAA rule;
  • Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or enrolled student-athlete an improper inducement or extra benefit;
  • Knowing involvement in providing a banned substance or impermissible supplement to another student-athlete; or
  • Receiving a benefit for facilitating a meeting between a student-athlete and an agent, financial advisor, or representative of an agent or advisor (e.g., a “runner”).

Sports Wagering:


NCAA Sports Wagering Reminders
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
  • Soliciting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team;
  • Accepting a bet on any team representing the institution;
  • Soliciting or accepting a bet on any intercollegiate or professional competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value;
  • Participating in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling, including pools, auctions, and fantasy leagues; and
  • Providing information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition.
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.

CLICK HERE to be directed to the NCAA’s sports wagering website.
Academic Fraud:

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:

  • Allowing another person to type, edit, or reconstruct your work;
  • Allowing another person to research, take notes, or purchase academic materials for you;
  • Taking an exam for another student or knowingly permitting another person to take an exam for you;
  • Falsifying your class attendance; and
  • Plagiarizing or paraphrasing another’s work without properly citing sources.

What Does a Full Athletic Scholarship Cover for Student-Athletes? 

  • Tuition & Fees
  • Room & Board
  • Required Course Related Books
  • Amount up to Cost of Attendance (beginning with 2015-16 academic year)

What Does an Athletic Scholarship Not Cover for Student-Athletes?

  • COTA Bus Fee
  • Legal Services Fee
  • Single Room Charge
  • Amounts Requested On Buck ID
  • Fines/Tickets, Lock Change Fees, and Room Damages
  • International Room & Board Tax (14%)
  • Student Health Insurance
  • Freshman/International Orientation Fee

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:


NCAA Student Assistance Fund
Health Insurance
Domestic Student-Athletes:

  • 100% of Ohio State health insurance for student-athletes who have filed their FAFSA and qualify for a Pell Grant
International Student-Athletes:

  • 100% of Ohio State health insurance (minus 14% tax) for all international student-athletes
Parking Passes
  • Available to all student-athletes who have registered their vehicle with the Compliance Office, show proof of payment of a parking pass, and who have submitted an SAF Form to the Compliance Office.
  • Student-athletes must apply for reimbursement every academic year.
Graduate School Entrance Exams (e.g., LSAT, GRE)
  • Available to all student-athletes who can show proof of payment of a graduate entrance exam and who have submitted an SAF Form to the Compliance Office.
  • Student-athletes may only receive this reimbursement once.
$500 Travel & Clothing Assistance Stipend
Domestic Student-Athletes:

  • Available to those student-athletes who have filed their FAFSA and qualify for a Pell Grant.
  • Student-athletes must file a FAFSA and be Pell Eligible to continue receiving this stipend.
International Student-Athletes:

  • Available to those student-athletes who complete the International SAF Application and are deemed to qualify by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Student-athletes must apply for the stipend every academic year.
  • Student-athletes will be taxed 14% on the $500 stipend.
Family Emergencies
  • Available to all student-athletes. SAF support for family emergencies must be preapproved by the student-athlete’s sport administrator.


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.


Countable Not Countable
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

Voluntary Activities: 
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:

  • The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or other athletics department staff member any information related to the activity;
  • Staff members who observe the activity (i.e., strength coaches) may not report back to the student-athletes’ coach any information related to the activity – coaches may not observe voluntary activities (except for safety exception sports);
  • The activity must be initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete;
  • Attendance and participation (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for the purposes of reporting such information to coaching staff members; and
  • Student-athletes may not be subjected to a penalty if they choose not to participate in the activity or rewarded if they do choose to participate.

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:

  • Stimulants;
  • Anabolic agents;
  • Alcohol and beta blockers (for rifle only);
  • Diuretics and other masking agents;
  • Street drugs;
  • Peptide hormones and analogues;
  • Anti-estrogens; and
  • Beta-2 agonists.

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:

  • First positive: Lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension
  • Second positive: Lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension

NCAA Penalty for Positive Tests of Performance-Enhancing Drugs:

  • First positive: Lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension
  • Second positive: Permanent ineligibility

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-Athlete Employment

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:

  • Only for work that is actually performed;
  • At the going rate in the locality for similar services; and
  • Not based on the value the student-athlete has for an employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame, or personal following obtained because of his or her athletic ability.

Fee-for-Lesson Instruction:

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:

  • Ohio State facilities are not used to provide the lesson;
  • When lessons for multiple individuals are provided, the instruction each individual receives is comparable to the instruction that would be provided during a private lesson;
  • The student-athlete completes and submits the Fee for Lesson Form to his/her compliance contact;
  • Payment for the lesson is provided from no one other than the recipient or the recipient’s family; and
  • The student-athlete does not use his or her name, picture, or appearance to promote or advertise the availability for fee-for-lesson sessions.

Camp/Clinic Employment

It is permissible for student-athletes to be employed as counselors at an institutional or non-institutional camp or clinic provided:

  • The student-athlete registers and receives prior approval from the Compliance Office;
  • The student-athlete is paid at the going rate for all camp counselors of similar teaching ability and camp experience;
  • The student-athlete performs duties that are of a general supervisory nature, in addition to any coaching or officiating assignments;
  • If the student-athlete only lectures or demonstrates at a camp or clinic, the student-athlete does not receive compensation; and
  • The student-athlete does not conduct his or her own camp.

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:

  • Student-athletes/student-athletes’ guests may not sell or trade the complimentary ticket for any item of value.
  • Student-athletes are responsible for their guests and the actions of their guests. If a guest sells or trades a complimentary ticket, the student-athlete’s eligibility will be affected.
  • Complimentary ticket requests must be made prior to the game – lock-out times are designated by the Ticket Office.
  • It is permissible for student-athletes to transfer tickets to their teammates provided the transfer is not done for money or any item of value.
  • It is not permissible for student-athletes to transfer tickets to coaches, trainers, managers, or interns.
  • The guests of all football and men’s basketball student-athletes will be called by the Compliance Office and the guest will not be eligible for a complimentary ticket until speaking with and being approved by the Compliance Office.
  • All guests must appear on the student-athlete’s pass list and must present identification (e.g., driver’s license, social security card, school ID) at the pass gate in order to obtain the complimentary admission. If ID is not presented, admission will be denied.

The Following Individuals May NOT Receive Complimentary Admissions From a Student-Athlete:

  • Agents
  • Service providers (i.e., financial advisor, restaurant/bar owner, mechanic, tattoo artist, car/shoe/clothes salesman, etc.)
  • Employers
  • Prospects/Recruits
  • Boosters (i.e., season ticket holders, individuals who have donated money to the Athletic Department, etc.)Individuals requested by an Ohio State coach or staff member
  • Members of the media
  • Public officials
  • Professors, TA’s, proctors, counselors, tutors, etc.
  • Athletics Department staff members (including graduate assistants and interns)

Access Guest Management to assign complimentary admissions here.


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