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August, 1998

The Interpreter, FSU Office of Compliance


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Welcome to the on-line version of the Interpreter, the official newsletter of The Florida State University Office of Compliance. The Interpreter is a monthly publication covering current events pertaining to rules compliance. For more information about the Office of Compliance please
check the Compliance Website by clicking on the FSU Compliance Information
icon at the top of this page, or feel free to contact the Compliance
Office at (850) 644-4272.
This month’s on-line edition contains summaries of new NCAA legislation.

August 1998

Student Athlete Employment Program

Effective August 1, 1998, NCAA legislation allows Division I student-athletes the option of receiving earnings from legitimate on or off-campus employment during the semester. The Athletic Department may be involved in assisting the student-athletes with their employment endeavors. The NCAA has set certain guidelines:

  • Only up to $2000 in earnings over and above the value of a full athletic grant-in-aid is allowed.
  • Athletic departments or athletic interests may intercede on behalf of a student-athlete to secure employment.
  • The $2000 is exempted from counting as institutional aid and being included in the team limitations in the applicable sport unless the earnings are from employment in the athletics department.
  • Any money earned during the school vacation periods (Christmas, Spring
    break, Summer, etc.) will not be counted towards the $2000 limit.

  • The rules governing employment follow the same rules concerning summer employment.

    Additionally the rules in effect at Florida State to meet NCAA BYLAW 15.2.6 include:

    Any student-athlete searching for employment must first fill out the Florida State Student-Athlete Employment Guidelines form in the Compliance office. The Compliance office will not be assisting student-athletes in locating or securing employment.

  • The Compliance Office and the Athletic Academic Advising Department have established a minimum grade point average of 2.3 overall GPA necessary for a student-athlete to be eligible for employment.
  • The Compliance office will determine the total amount of money the student-athlete can earn.
  • Freshman and first-year student-athletes are ineligible for employment.
  • The Employer Agreement must be filled out by the employer and returned prior to the student-athlete starting work. There will be no exceptions.
  • All forms must be filled out every semester that the student-athlete wishes to work.
  • The employer must forward copies of all pay stubs to the Compliance Office, including hours worked, rate of pay and gross pay received.
  • Spot checks will be performed on a regular basis by a Compliance Office designee.

    Upon termination of employment, the student-athlete must inform the Compliance Office as soon as possible.

    The actual policy statement follows:

    STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM

    Policy

    Effective August 1, 1998, NCAA legislation permits Division I student-athletes to receive earnings from legitimate on or off campus employment during the semester or term time. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has the opportunity to be involved in assisting the student-athletes with their employment endeavors. With brings the responsibility of monitoring and auditing student-athletes’ earnings so that NCAA BYLAW 15.2.6 is met. Florida State University realizes that student-athletes take on many demanding responsibilities and emphasize that amidst these burdens, the student-athlete’s top priority, receiving a college education, must not be compromised.

    The plan adopted by the NCAA has certain guidelines:

  • It will permit $2,000 (gross income) earnings over and above the value of a full grant.
  • Athletics departments or athletics interests can intercede on behalf of a student-athlete to secure such employment.
  • The $2,000 is exempted from counting as institutional aid and included in the team limitations in the applicable sport, unless the earnings are from employment in the athletics department. Any work in the recreational unit of an institution is exempt.
  • Any money earned during school vacation periods ( Christmas, Spring Break, Summer, etc.) will not be counted towards the $2,000 limit, during this time the student-athletes are not limited to the amount of money that can be earned.
  • The rules governing employment follow the same rules concerning summer employment.

    Procedure

    1. Any Florida State student-athletes that have lined up employment during the school year must be directed to the Compliance Office. However, the Compliance Office will not be assisting student-athletes in locating or securing employment.

    2. Prior to employment, the student-athlete must fill out the Florida State Student-Athlete Employment Guidelines form. While the student-athlete is filling out this form, a Compliance Office designee that verifies the academic record, residency and financial aid status of the student-athlete. The Compliance Office and the Athletic Academic Advising Department have established a minimum grade point average needed, in order for student-athletes to be eligible to work during the school year. This minimum grade point average has been set at 2.3 Overall GPA. This is the same grade point average that is used for mandatory athletic study hall.

    3. If the student-athlete believes that he or she should be able to work and does not have the minimum grade point average, they can appeal to the Student-Athlete Employment Panel (SAEP). This panel consists of the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance, the Director of Life Skills and Student Services, Director of Athletic Academic Support, a Financial Aid Advisor, student-athlete representative and the student-athlete must petition the panel in writing, the reasons for employment. After receipt of the petition by the Compliance office, the SAEP will establish a hearing date, to discuss the student-athlete’s petition. After the hearing, the panel will make a final decision on the student-athlete’s case. All paperwork and documentation will be kept on file in the Compliance Office.

    4. Once the Compliance Officer or designee verifies that the student-athlete can work, the student-athlete must sign the Florida State Student-Athlete Employment Guidelines form. The Compliance designee must determine the total amount of money that the student-athlete can earn during employment, according to NCAA Bylaw 15.2.6.1. The officer or designee will fill in the maximum dollar amount, the student-athlete is permitted to make during the academic school year on the Florida State Student-Athlete and Employer Agreement. The student-athlete is made aware of their situation, immediately, so it can be determined at that time whether or not the student-athlete wants to seek employment.

    5. During this time, the Head Coach of the student-athlete is notified, in writing, about the student-athlete looking for employment. If the Head Coach has a problem with the student-athlete working, they need to contact the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance. If further discussion is needed, the problem can be brought to the attention of the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance and the Administrative Sport Oversight.

    6. Next the student-athlete must fill out the Florida State Student-Athlete and Employer Agreement. This form is to be taken to the supervisor for their signature by the student-athlete. The Employer Agreement is also given to the student-athlete to be taken to their employer for their signature.

    7. The employer reads the Florida State Student-Athlete and Employer Agreement and the Employer Agreement. The employer signs both forms and returns the Employer Agreement, by mail or fax to the Compliance Office. The Florida State Student-Athlete and Employer Agreement form is returned to the Compliance Office by the student-athlete. All forms must be completed and in the possession of the Compliance Office, prior to the first day of employment. There will be no exceptions.

    8. Every semester that a student-athlete wants to work, they must have the Florida State Student-Athlete and Employer Form and Employer Agreement form completed and signed.

    9. The employer must forward copies of the student-athlete’s pay stub to the Compliance Office. The pay stub must include the number of hours worked, the rate of pay and the gross pay received. The Associate Athletic Director of Compliance or Compliance Office designee will monitor the student athlete’s earnings to ensure, that the Full Grantin Aid plus $2000 is not exceeded. Should the student-athlete approach their limit the Compliance Office will notify the student-athlete, the head coach and the employer. If the student-athlete’s financial limit is met, employment must be terminated immediately. Any earnings, beyond this limit, will be dealt with accordingly to maintain compliance with NCAA rules and will be counted toward the team scholarship limits.

    10. Upon termination of employment, the student-athlete must notify the Compliance Office, as soon as possible. The Compliance Officer will telephone the employer, to get verification of termination of employment.

    11. The Compliance Office will have on file a list of students who are academically eligible to work from Academics. In addition, there will be a file containing all of the financial aid information on each student-athlete, needed to determine how much money each student-athlete is permitted to earn, during the school year.

    12. A database of all student-athletes who are working will be kept by the Compliance Office and copies will be given to the Coordinator of Life Skills/Student Development. This spreadsheet will be used when determining where to conduct spot checks of employers and financial limits. In addition, there will be a database created that list all employers of student-athletes. It will list the student-athletes that worked for them, the dates of employment, and dates of spot checks or telephone checks. Each summer a letter from the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance will be sent to current employers and prospective employers regarding the rules and regulations of employing a student-athlete.

    13. Spot checks will be performed by the Compliance staff, either by phone or in-person visits to employers of student-athletes. This will be done on a regular basis.

    Education

    1. During fall squad meetings, walk-on meetings, and via the Compliance office newsletters (The Interpreter), the Compliance Office will educate the student-athletes regarding the Florida State University Student-Athlete employment policy.

    2. Educational efforts directed toward coaches and athletic administrators will be made during the coaches and administrators monthly meetings.

    3. Educational efforts directed toward alumni and boosters will be provided in various mailings to all season ticket holders, boosters, representatives of athletic interest, student-athlete employers and faculty members. In addition, pertinent information regarding student-athlete employment will be made available on the Florida State University’s athletic web site at
    http://www.fsu.edu/~athletic/.

    FALL SQUAD MEETINGS

    Fall Squad Meetings have been scheduled by the Compliance Office for all Fall season sports. The meetings are used to present compliance information and distribute the necessary forms to be filled out by the student-athletes. It is important to remember that these meetings are mandatory and that student-athletes who do not attend will be ineligible until they sign all applicable forms. The forms include:

  • NCAA Student-Athlete Statement
  • NCAA Drug Testing Consent Form
  • ACC Automobile/Summer Employment Form (full grant-in-aid athletes only)
  • FSU Eligibility Profile
  • FSU Recruiting Status (new athletes only)
  • FSU Nike Policy
  • FSU Life-Skills Locator Card

    The Schedule for the squad meetings is as follows:

    FOOTBALL (Freshman)       August 4th - 6:30pm
    FOOTBALL (Varsity)        August 7th - 6:30pm
    FOOTBALL (Auto Forms)     August 9th - 4:00pm
    VOLLEYBALL                August 11th - 4:00pm
    SOCCER                    August 13th - 10:00am
    CROSS COUNTRY             August 19th - 1:30pm
    FOOTBALL (Walk-ons)       August 24th & August 25th 1:00pm
    

    All Squad Meetings will take place in the projection room on the second floor in Moore Athletic Center.

    Contest Questions

    1) A Division I student-athlete, or entire team, may receive an occasional family home meal from an institutional staff member or representative of athletics interests under specified conditions.

    a) True

    b) False

    2) A Division I student-athlete must declare a major by the beginning of his/her third year (fifth semester) of enrollment unless he/she is a transfer student and has not yet completed a year in residence.

    a) True

    b) False

    Please submit answers by August 31.

    The 1998-99 NCAA Certification of Compliance Meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26th at 10:00 am in the Projection room.

    From The Interpretation File

    Bylaw 14.4.3.3.1 states that student-athletes in their third year must have a cumulative minimum GPA of at least 90% of their institutions overall cumulative minimum GPA required for graduation to remain eligible for competition. A student-athlete entering his or her fourth year, must present a cumulative GPA of at least 95% of their institutions overall cumulative minimum GPA required for graduation. Florida State requires a 2.0 GPA to graduate, therefore a student-athlete entering his third year of competition must have at least a 1.9 GPA, while a fourth year competitor must have a 1.95 GPA. This Bylaw includes transfer students only after they have completed an academic year in residence. Mid-year transfers have until the beginning of the traditional academic year to attain a sufficient GPA.

    Bylaw 15.2.7.3 states that a student-athlete not enrolled in summer school can tutor another student-athlete in summer school and receive payment, even if on a full scholarship during the school year.

    Bylaw 13.16.2.3 refers to the impermissibility of providing institutional items for any fund raising events for a high school, or high school individuals. Any high school student, beginning with the ninth grade, is considered a prospective student-athlete.

    ……In the News

    The Compliance staff headed to two seminars in the last month. The 1998 NCAA Regional Seminar was held in Pittsburgh on June 10th – 12th. Many issues were discussed including Gambling, Test Fraud, Eligibility and Agents.

    The 2nd Annual State of Florida Compliance Summit was held in Orlando on June 25th and 26th. All Division I universities in Florida were represented and staff from the ACC, Big East and Trans America Conferences were present to discuss various compliance issues.

    The NCAA Division I Management Council recently declined to support recommendations from the Financial Aid Committee to reduce Division I-A football scholarships from 85 to 75 in an effort to help schools comply with Title IX requirements.

    “We as a management council do not believe it is logical necessarily to tie football scholarships to other sport needs.” said Deborah Yow, Maryland AD. “None of us wanted to do that.”

    The recommendation was defeated by a unanimous vote of the 34 member body.

    Currently 25 schools are being investigated by the Office of Civil Rights because of Title IX complaints that they do not comply.

    In other matters the Council agreed to support legislation to expand the fields for six post-season tournaments including; baseball from 48 to 64 teams, men’s and womens cross country from 184 to 255 individuals each, women’s soccer and softball from 32 to 48 teams and women’s volleyball from 56 to 64 teams.

    The Council also asked it’s various committees to explore possibilities and make recommendations for increasing scholarship limits for women’s sports.

    Gonzaga University received four years probation for violations of NCAA bylaws regarding recruiting funds, lack of institutional control and ethical conduct. The former Athletic Director is subject to the show-cause procedures, if he seeks employment or affiliation in an athletically related position at a member school in the next four years.

    The violations arose from the misappropriation of funds that should have been deposited in the university’s general account, but were instead deposited into an account created and controlled solely by the former AD.

    Staff Changes in the Compliance Office

    Former Florida State Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Dr. Brian Mand has accepted a position with the University of Cincinnati as Associate Director of Athletics. Dr. Mand has been with FSU since 1980, and will be greatly missed.

    Additionally, Compliance Graduate Assistant Don Oberhelman has accepted the position of Compliance Education Director at Texas A&M University. Help us in wishing both of these former Seminoles the best of luck in their new positions.

    The Collegiate Sports Law Practice of Bond, Schoeneck & King, LLP has issued their most recent Compliance update for the Summer of 1998, which includes legislation adopted between January 1997 and April 1998, below are the thumbnail sketches of the new legislation:

    Amateurism/Awards/Benefits


    No. 97-3 – Educational Expenses – National Governing Bodies

    Permits U.S. National governing bodies to award educational expenses to individuals (i.e., prospective student-athletes or enrolled student-athletes) as specified.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    No. 97-4 – Expenses for Participation in Olympic Exhibitions

    Permits individuals to receive actual and necessary expenses to participate in Olympic tours/exhibitions involving Olympic team members and members of the national team.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    No. 97-20 – Gambling Activities

    Specifies that the provisions of Bylaw 10.9 are applicable to staff members of member conferences.

    Effective Date: August 1, 1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    Eligibility

    No. 97-6 – Eligibility – Restitution for Receipt of Improper Benefit

    Specifies circumstances in which an institution does not have to declare ineligible and seek restoration on behalf of an individual (i.e., prospective student-athlete or enrolled student-athlete) who received an improper benefit while a prospective student-athlete, provided the individual repays the value of the improper benefit.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28,1997)


    No. 97-7 – De Minimis Violations – Prospective Student-Athletes and Enrolled Student-Athletes

    Specifies instances in which a de minimis violation will not render a prospective student-athlete or enrolled student-athlete ineligible while retaining the fact that such a violation shall be considered an institutional violation.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28,1997)


    No. 97-8 – Satisfactory-Progress Waiver Committee – Division I

    Establishes a standing committee that reports directly to the A/E/C Cabinet to handle satisfactory-progress waivers.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28,1997)


    No. 97-9 – NCAA Core-Course Review Committee

    Establishes a standing common core-course review committee to assist in the development of policies related to the identification of core courses, and to review courses in the various academic disciplines (i.e., English, mathematics, natural/physical science, social studies and additional courses) that have been denied by the clearinghouse for use in meeting the initial-eligibility core-curriculum standards.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13,1998)


    No. 97-17 – Extension of Five-Year Period of Eligibility

    Revises the waiver criteria of the five-year period of eligibility to clarify that circumstances beyond the control of the student-athlete or the institution include extreme financial difficulties which prohibit the student-athlete from participating in intercollegiate athletics.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted August 12,1997)


    No. 97-26 – Initial Eligibility – Multiple High School Attendance

    Permits the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Clearinghouse to receive the official transcript from a student’s original high school(s) or the high school from which the student-athlete graduated for purposes of certifying the student’s initial-eligibility core-curriculum requirements in those instances in which a student has attended multiple high schools.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998, for freshmen entering 1998-99 and thereafter

    (Adopted April 22,1998)


    No. 97-27 – Outside Competition – Field Hockey

    Permits student-athletes in the sport of field hockey to compete on an outside team during the spring term outside the institution’s playing and practice season under specific conditions.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22,1998)


    No. 97-37 – Partial Qualifier – Waiver

    Specifies that the Division I A/E/C Cabinet Subcommittee on Continuing- Eligibility Issues shall have the authority to grant partial qualifiers a fourth season of competition in circumstances in which the student-athlete has verifiably completed requirements for a degree subsequent to the beginning of his or her fifth academic year of initial full-time collegiate enrollment.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted January 13,1998)


    Financial Aid


    No. 97-28 – Financial Aid – Outside Sources

    Permits a student-athlete (recruited or nonrecruited) who is the recipient of a permissible outside financial aid award administered pursuant to 15.2.5.3 and 15.2.5.4 to receive such an educational award directly from the awarding agency, provided the aid is awarded prior to the recipient’s initial enrollment at a member institution and the awarding agency provides written notification of the award to the institution.

    Effective Date: August 1, 1998

    (Adopted April 22,1998)


    No. 98-9 – Financial Aid – Division I Employment Earnings

    Permits an academically eligible Division I student-athlete subsequent to the first academic year in residence at the certifying institution to earn legitimate on-and off-campus employment income during semester or term time, provided such income in combination with other financial aid included in the student-athlete’s individual limit does not exceed the value of a full grant plus $2,000 at the institution; further, permits a student-athlete to receive on- or off-campus employment earnings up to $2,000 without considering such aid to be institutional financial aid, provided the employment (other than employment in the recreational sports unit up to $2,000) is not in the athletics department or an athletics facility (owned or operated by the athletics department).

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22,1998)


    General


    No. 97-13 – Athletics Certification – Interim Status Report

    Specifies that institutions are not required to complete an interim report if less than eight years have elapsed between their evaluation visits; further, requires institutions to complete an interim report at the midpoint between evaluation visits if at least eight years, but less than 10 years, have elapsed between evaluation visits.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13,1998)


    No. 97-14 – Athletics Certification – Self-Study Instrument

    Revises the operating principles in the four basic areas (i.e., governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic integrity, fiscal integrity and commitment to equity) as specified.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13,1998)


    No. 97-30 – Championships – Emerging Sports

    Permits a National Collegiate Championship or a division championship to be established through the 2003-04 academic year for those emerging sports in which the Association does not already conduct a championship if at least 40 institutions sponsor the sport.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-33 – Graduation-Rate Information – Required Filing Date

    Moves the date by which admissions and graduation-rate information set forth in Bylaw 30.1 shall be received in the national office from January 2 to March 1.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    Governance


    No. 97-10 – Football Issues Committee

    Specifies that the composition of the Football Issues Committee shall include representation of all I-AA conferences that are represented in the governance structure or eligible for the I-AA Championship.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    No. 97-11 – Golf Committee, Division I Men’s and Women’s

    Expands the Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Committee from 10 to 12 members by including two additional members to represent women’s golf interests.

    Effective Date: August 1, 1998

    (Adopted October 28,1997)


    No. 97-16 – Association-Wide Committees

    Changes the voting line of all Association-wide committees from dominant to common provisions.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted August 12,1997)


    No. 97-32 – Committees/Cabinets-Meeting Sites

    Includes Indianapolis as an alternative to Kansas City as a required site for committee meetings during the transaction of the NCAA national office to Indianapolis.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28,1997)


    No. 97-35 – Men’s Water Polo Committee

    Increases the size of the Men’s Water Polo Committee from four to five voting members in order to satisfy divisional (and subdivisional) representation requirements.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28,1997)


    No. 97-36 – Membership Moratorium

    Repeals the membership moratorium, thus, permitting institutions to seek election to provisional or active membership in accordance with the applicable Division I membership requirements.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28,1997)


    No. 97-40 – “Restricted Membership” Status – Waiver

    Permits an institution that has been placed in the “restricted membership” category by the Division I Committee on Athletics Certification to seek an immediate removal of such status through a waiver to be acted upon by the Division I Board of Directors.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-1 – Association-Wide Committees – Research Committee
    Modifies the composition of the Research Committee as specified.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-2 – Divisional Membership

    Requires a provisional member’s annual report describing its progress in meeting active membership requirements to be received in the national office not later than June 15.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-3 – Honors Committee

    Eliminates the requirement that the composition of the committee include one former NCAA president.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-4 – Committee Travel Policies

    Permits Division I committee members to travel first class to committee meetings only when the direct route between the departing and destination cities involves at least 1,200 miles of air travel; further, eliminates the $100 “flat rate” amount when travel is other than by first class and increases the per diam allowance to $75 per day.

    Effective Date: February 1,1998

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-10 – A/E/C Cabinet – Former NCAA Professional Sports Liaison Committee Functions

    Specifies that duties of the former Professional Sports Liaison Committee should be coordinated by the Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet Subcommittee on Amateurism and Agents.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-11 – Infractions Appeals Committee

    Permits the chair of the Division I Infractions Appeals Committee to request that the Division I Management Council designate a former member of the committee to participate in the consideration and disposition of a case if it appears that one or more members of the committee will be unable to participate in the hearing of that case.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-45 – Provisional Membership – Application Fee

    Establishes a $2,500 application fee (in addition to annual dues) as a requirement for provisional membership.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998; for all institutions seeking provisional membership on or after August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22,1998)


    Personnel


    No. 97-1 – Restricted-Earnings Coach – Division I Basketball

    Eliminates the employment restrictions (i.e., five-year length of service, no previous employment as head or assistant basketball coach in Division I) set forth in 11.02.3.1 and 11.02.3.1.1 related to the restricted-earnings coach in the sport of basketball.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    Playing & Practice Seasons


    No. 97-27 – Outside Competition – Field Hockey

    Permits student-athletes in the sport of field hockey to compete on an outside team during the spring term outside the institution’s playing and practice season under specified conditions.

    Effective Date: August 1, 1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-29 – Playing and Practice Season – Swimming and Diving

    Permits a Division I student-athlete who is a diver to engage in diving practice sessions beyond the conclusion of the institution’s swimming and diving playing season, provided any student-athlete does not engage in more than a 144-day playing and practice season.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-38 – Contest Exemptions – I-AA Football

    Permits I-AA institutions to exempt competition in a conference-sponsored, season-ending postseason tournament in the sport of football from the maximum contest limitations.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 97-39 – Playing and Practice Season – Spring Practice – Division I Football

    In Division I football, specifies that 12 of the spring practice sessions may involve contact, provided contact does not occur prior to the third practice session; specifies that full contact 11-on-11 sessions are limited to three of the 12 practice sessions; further, reduces the number of spring football contact sessions that may involve tackling to eight.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-5 – Contest Exemptions – Audit Requirement

    Requires each certified contest in all sports to receive an audit from the Association once every five years.

    Effective Date: Immediately; beginning with the 1998-99 academic year

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-6 – Contest Exemptions – Reimbursement of Travel Expenses

    Requires that exempted events I all sports other than football provide a participating institution a minimum of 50 percent of the official travel party’s actual airfare and/or ground transportation expenses each year, beginning in 1998-99; further, permits sponsoring agencies for events located in Alaska or Hawaii or sponsoring agencies conducting events in the contiguous 48 states that desire to invite an institution located in Alaska or Hawaii to request a waiver of this requirement.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998; for any exempted contest conducted during the 1998-99 academic year and thereafter

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-7 – Contest Exemptions – Application Deadline

    Requires that applications for exempted events be received by the Championships/Competition Cabinet Subcommittee on Exempted Contests or Football Certification Subcommittee no later than October 15 for fall contests and April 15 for winter and spring contests.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-8 – Contest Exemptions – Attendance at Subcommittee Meetings

    Requires a sponsoring agency of any exempted event, at its own expenses, to appear before the Championships/Competition Cabinet Subcommittee on Exempted Contests or Football Certification Subcommittee if invited by the subcommittee to participate in the meeting.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-27 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Exemptions – Sports Other Than Football

    In sports other than football, requires the NCAA institution sponsoring the exempted contest to be responsible for team selection, which must be open to all NCAA Division I members.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998; for those events certified during the 1998-99 academic year and thereafter

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-28 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Exemptions – Football

    Requires the sponsoring organization of an exempted football contest to be an active or affiliated member of the Association; further, for exempted events in Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, the sponsoring agency must be an active NCAA member located in that state or territory.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998; for those events certified during the 1998-99 academic year and thereafter

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-29 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Exemptions – Sports Other Than Basketball and Football

    In sports other than football and basketball, prohibits an institution from participating in more than one certified exempted contest in the same sport during the same academic year.

    Effective Date: August 1,2998; for those events certified during the 1998-99 academic year and thereafter

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-30 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Exemptions – Sports Other Than Football

    In sports other than football, requires the trademark of a contest, if any, to be held by an NCAA institution in order for the contest to receive certification as an exempted event.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998; for those events certified during the 1998-99 academic year and thereafter

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-43 – Playing and Practice Seasons – First Contest Date – Division I Basketball

    Permits a Division I institution to participate in exhibition basketball contests against foreign teams and/or “club members” of USA Basketball on or after October 31.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-46 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Exemptions – Football

    Eliminates as part of the football exemption certification process the requirement that no more than one team from and Division I conference may participate in a preseason exempted football event during the academic year.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    Recruiting


    No. 97-5 – Recruiting – Telephone Calls – I-AA Football

    In I-AA football, permits one telephone call to a football prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete’s relatives or legal guardians) during the month of May of the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school; further, precludes any additional telephone calls until September 1 at the beginning of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year in high school.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 18, 1997)


    No. 97-18 – Recruiting Calendar

    Eliminates the restriction that coaches in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball may visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution only one time during the basketball evaluation period that occurs during the academic year while continuing to restrict such coaches to visiting a prospective student- athlete’s educational institution no more than once per week during that time period.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted August 12, 1997)


    No. 97-21 – Off-Campus Recruiting – Men’s Volleyball

    Permits two coaches in the sport of men’s volleyball to contact and evaluate prospective student-athletes off campus at any one time.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-22 – Telephone Calls – Men’s and Women’s Basketball

    Permits institutions in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball to make one telephone call to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardian(s)] on or after June 21 of the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school; further, permits only three telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardian(s)] during the month of July following the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school, with the restriction that no more than one telephone call may occur per week.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-23 – Evaluations – De Minimis Violations

    Specifies that violations of 13.1.9 shall not render a prospective student-athlete ineligible while retaining the fact that such a violation shall be considered an institutional violation.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-24 – Unofficial Visit – National Girls and Women in Sports Day

    Specifies that National Girls and Women in Sports Day activities held on an institution’s campus are exempt from the limitations on providing entertainment to a prospective student-athlete.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-34 – Recruiting Dead Period – Men’s Lacrosse

    Establishes a dead period in Division I men’s lacrosse from the Friday prior to the National Collegiate Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship to noon on the Tuesday after the championship.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    No. 98-31 – Recruiting Calendar – Football

    Adds the month of September to the current fall evaluation period in which nine evaluation days may be used.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    Basketball


    No. 97-1 – Restricted-Earnings Coach – Division I Basketball

    Eliminates the employment restrictions (i.e., five-year length of service, no previous employment a head or assistant basketball coach in Division I) set forth in 11.02.3.1 and 11.02.3.1.1 related to the restricted-earnings coach in the sport of basketball.

    Effective Date: August 1, 1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 97-2 – Scouting of Opponents – Division I Basketball

    In the sport of Division I basketball, permits the scouting of future opponents during a regular-season doubleheader event.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    No. 97-18 – Recruiting Calendar

    Eliminates the restriction that coaches in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball may visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution only one time during the basketball evaluation period that occurs during the academic year while continuing to restrict such coaches to visiting a prospective student- athlete’s educational institution no more than once per week during that time period.
    Effective Date: Immediately
    (Adopted August 12, 1997)


    No. 97-22 – Telephone Calls – Men’s and Women’s Basketball

    Permits institutions in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball to make one telephone call to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardian(s)] on or after June 21 of the prospective student- athlete’s junior year in high school; further, permits only three telephone calls to a prospective student-athlete [or the prospective student-athlete’s parents or legal guardian(s)] during the month of July following the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school, with the restriction that no more than one telephone call may occur per week.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-43 – Playing and Practice Seasons – First Contest Date – Division I Basketball

    Permits a Division I institution to participate in exhibition basketball contests against foreign teams and/or “club members” of USA Basketball on or after October 31.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    Football

    No. 97-10 – Football Issues Committee

    Specifies that the composition of the football Issues Committee shall include representation of all I-AA conferences that are represented in the governance structure or eligible for the I-AA Championship.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)

    No. 97-12 – Postseason Bowl Certification – I-A Football

    Permits a I-A institution, once every four years, to count a win against a I-AA opponent in the sport of football toward meeting the six-win requirement for purposes of being considered for postseason bowl competition, provided the I-AA opponent has average 60 financial aid equivalencies in football during the three preceding academic years.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    No. 97-31 – Postseason Bowl Certification – Waiver of Six-Victory Requirement

    Permits a waiver of the six-victory requirement to enable a conference champion to participate in any bowl game in which a I-A football conference has contractually committed its champion (as opposed to only games in which both positions are filled by conference champions).

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted October 28, 1997)


    No. 97-38 – Contest Exemptions – I-AA Football

    Permits I-AA institutions to exempt competition in a conference-sponsored, season-ending postseason tournament in the sport of football from the maximum contest limitations.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 97-39 – Spring Practice – Division I Football

    In Division I football, specifies that 12 of the spring practice sessions may involve contact, provided contact does not occur prior to the third practice session; specifies that full contact 11-on-11 sessions are limited to three of the 12 practice sessions; further, reduces the number of spring football contact sessions that may involve tackling to eight.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted January 13, 1998)


    No. 98-28 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Exemptions – Football

    Requires the sponsoring organization of an exempted football contest to be an active or affiliated member of the Association; further, for exempted events in Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, the sponsoring agency must be an active NCAA member located in the state or territory.

    Effective Date: August 1, 1998; for those events certified during the 1998-99 academic year and thereafter

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-31 – Recruiting Calendar – Football

    Adds the month of September to the current fall evaluation period in which nine evaluation days may be used.

    Effective Date: August 1,1998

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    No. 98-46 – Playing and Practice Seasons – Contest Exemptions – Football

    Eliminates as part of the football exemption certification process the requirement that no more than one team from any Division I conference may participate in a preseason exempted football event during an academic year.

    Effective Date: Immediately

    (Adopted April 22, 1998)


    Recruiting Calendar


    Men’s Basketball

    August 1 through August 31

    Quiet Period


    Women’s Basketball

    August 1 through August 31

    Quiet Period


    Football

    August 1 through August 31

    Quiet Period

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