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    Compliance Corner: Holidays and Student-Athlete Benefits

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    Nov. 18, 2013

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The fall semester is quickly coming to a close and Winter Break is just around the corner. The questions and answers below are intended to provide some guidance as to the NCAA rules regarding student-athlete employment and holiday benefits.

    Q: Is it permissible to send a student-athlete a holiday card?

    A: Yes, it is permissible to send student-athletes a paper or electronic holiday card. However, cards may only include a written note. Gift cards, cash, checks, etc. may not be included with the card, as this would constitute an extra benefit and could render the student-athlete ineligible. Should you wish to send a student-athlete a holiday card, please send it to the student-athlete in care of their specific sport.  Please note these guidelines also apply to congratulatory messages, graduation cards, letters of encouragement, etc.

    Q: Is it permissible to send a student-athlete a gift?

    A: No, it is notpermissible to send a gift to a student-athlete or a student-athlete's family, as this would be considered and extra benefit.

    Q: Is it permissible to send a prospect, prospect's family, or prospect's coach a holiday card?

    A: No, it is not permissible to send a paper holiday card to a prospect or the prospect's family or coach.

    Q: May I employ a student-athlete in a temporary part-time or full-time position?

    A: Yes, it is permissible to employ a student-athlete in a part-time or full-time position. The Compliance Office must preapprove the employment and the student-athlete must be paid the going rate and may only be paid for actual work performed. 

    Q: May I provide a meal to a student-athlete?

    A: Maybe. In order to provide a meal to a student-athlete, the meal must be preapproved by the Compliance Office and must qualify as an occasional meal. The meal must take place at the booster's house, on campus, or at a facility normally used for practice or competition.

    The Indiana University Athletics Compliance Office is responsible for monitoring and tracking all student-athlete employment and benefits, and your assistance in this area is greatly appreciated in helping us play by the rules. 

    Thank you for your continued support of Indiana University Athletics! Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Athletics Compliance Office at, or visit the compliance website.



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