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					CONDUCT AND EMPLOYMENT OF ATHLETIC STAFF

Buckley Amendment
An institution is not permitted to disclose information regarding a student-athlete’s:
    1. Results of NCAA, Conference or institutional drug tests;
    2. Academic transcripts from any institution including the University of Alabama;
    3. Pre-college test scores and information relating to eligibility of nonstandard testing (e.g. learning
        disabilities);
    4. Records concerning financial aid; and
    5. Any other papers or information pertaining to his/her NCAA eligibility.

10.01.1 Honesty and Sportsmanship
Individuals employed by (or associated with) a member institution to administer, conduct or coach intercollegiate
athletics and all participating student-athletes shall act with honesty and sportsmanship at all times so that
intercollegiate athletics as a whole, their institutions and they, as individuals, shall represent the honor and dignity
of fair play and the generally recognized high standards associated with wholesome competitive sports.

10.1 Unethical Conduct
Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member may
include, but is not limited to, the following:
    a) Refusal to furnish information relevant to an investigation of a possible violation of an NCAA regulation
        when requested to do so by the NCAA or the individual's institution;
    b) Knowing involvement in arranging for fraudulent academic credit or false transcripts for a prospective or
        an enrolled student-athlete;
    c) Knowing involvement in offering or providing a prospective or an enrolled student-athlete an improper
        inducement or extra benefit or improper financial aid;
    d) Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual's institution false or misleading information concerning
        the individual's involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA
        regulation; or
    e) Receipt of benefits by an institutional staff member for facilitating or arranging a meeting between a
        student-athlete and an agent, financial advisor or a representative of an agent or advisor (e.g., "runner").

    Interpretation: Unethical Conduct/Academic Fraud
     A staff member includes any individual who performs work for the institution or the athletics department,
     even if the individual is a student at the institution (for example, student manager, student trainer) and/or
     does not receive compensation from the institution for performing such services (for example, volunteer
     coaches, undergraduate assistant coaches and graduate assistant coaches). (Official 12/13/01)

10.2 Knowledge of Use of Banned Drugs
A member institution’s athletics department staff members or others employed by the intercollegiate athletics
program who have knowledge of a student-athlete’s use at any time of a substance on the list of banned drugs, as
set forth in Bylaw 31.2.3.1, shall follow institutional procedures dealing with drug abuse or shall be subject to
disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in Bylaw 19.6.2.2.

10.4 Disciplinary Action
Prospective or enrolled student-athletes found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be ineligible for
further intercollegiate competition, subject to appeal to the Academics/Eligibility/ Compliance Cabinet for
restoration of eligibility. (See 10.3.1 for sanctions of student-athletes involved in violations of 10.3) Institutional
staff members found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective
action as set forth in Bylaw 19.6.2.2 of the NCAA enforcement procedures, whether such violations occurred at the
certifying institution or during the individual’s previous employment at another member institution.




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11.1 Conduct Of Athletics Personnel
11.1.2 Responsibility for Violations of NCAA Regulations
Institutional staff members found in violation of NCAA regulations shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective
action as set forth in the provisions of the NCAA enforcement procedures, whether such violations occurred at the
certifying institution or during the individual’s previous employment at another member institution.

11.1.3 Use of Association Name or Affiliation
Staff members of member institutions and others serving on the Association’s committees or acting as consultants
shall not use, directly or by implication, the Association’s name or their affiliation with the Association in the
endorsement of products or services.

11.1.4 Representing Individuals in Marketing Athletics Ability/Reputation
Staff members of the athletics department of a member institution shall not represent, directly or indirectly, any
individual in the marketing of athletics ability or reputation to an agent, a professional sports team or a professional
sports organization, including receiving compensation for arranging commercial endorsements or personal
appearances for former student-athletes, except as specified in Bylaw 11.1.5.1, and shall not receive compensation
or gratuities of any kind, directly or indirectly, for such services.

11.1.5 Use of Tobacco Products
The use of tobacco products is prohibited by all game personnel (e.g., coaches, trainers, managers, and game
officials) in all sports during practice and competition. Uniform penalties (as determined by the applicable rules-
making committees and sports committees with rules-making responsibilities) shall be established for such use.

11.2.2 Athletically Related Income
Contractual agreements, including letters of appointment, between a full-time or part-time athletics department staff
member (excluding secretarial or clerical personnel) and an institution shall include the stipulation that the staff
member is required to receive annually prior written approval from the chief executive officer for all athletically
related income and benefits from sources outside the institution. The staff member’s request for approval also shall
be in writing and shall include the amount and the source of the income. Sources of such income shall include, but
are not limited to, the following:
    a) Income from annuities;
    b) Sports camps;
    c) Housing benefits (including preferential housing arrangements);
    d) Country club memberships;
    e) Complimentary ticket sales;
    f) Television and radio programs; and
    g) Endorsement or consultation contracts with athletics shoe, apparel or equipment manufacturers.

11.3.1 Control of Employment and Salaries
The institution, as opposed to any outside source, shall remain in control of determining who is to be its employee
and the amount of salary the employee is to receive within the restrictions specified by NCAA legislation.

     11.3.2.1 Bona Fide Outside Employment
     A staff member may earn income in addition to the institutional salary by performing services for outside
     groups, provided the compensation is for additional work actually performed and at a rate commensurate
     with the going rate in that locality for services of like character; further, such outside work must be in
     conformity with institutional policy and with the approval of the institution. Athletically related income
     requires the prior written approval of the institution’s chief executive officer (see Bylaw 11.2.2).
     11.3.2.2 Supplemental Pay
     An outside source is prohibited from paying or regularly supplementing an athletics department staff
     member’s annual salary and from arranging to supplement that salary for an unspecified achievement.
     This includes the donation of cash from outside sources to the institution earmarked for the staff
     member’s salary or supplemental income. It would be permissible for an outside source to donate funds to

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    the institution to be used as determined by the institution, and it would be permissible for the institution,
    at its sole discretion, to use such funds to pay or supplement a staff member’s salary.

    11.3.2.3 Bonuses for Specific and Extraordinary Achievement
    An institution may permit an outside individual, group or agency to supplement an athletics department
    staff member’s salary with a direct cash payment in recognition of a specific and extraordinary
    achievement (e.g., contribution during career to the athletics department of the institution, winning a
    conference or national championship, number of games or meets won during career/season), provided
    such a cash supplement is in recognition of a specific achievement and is in conformance with
    institutional policy.

    11.3.2.4 Noninstitutional Publications That Report on Athletics Program
    Athletics department staff members shall not endorse (either orally or in writing) any non institutional
    publication dedicated primarily to reporting on an institution’s athletics activities, except as provided in
    this section, and shall not write for or receive any remuneration from such publications.

    11.3.2.5 Recruiting Service Consultants
    An institution’s staff member may not endorse, serve as consultants or participate on advisory panels for any
    recruiting or scouting service involving prospects.


GAMBLING

10.3 Gambling Activities
Staff members of a member conference, staff members of the athletics department of a member institution and
student-athletes shall not knowingly:
    a. Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate
        athletics competition;
    b. Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team;
    c. Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
    d. Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has
        tangible value; or
    e. Participate 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.

10.3.1 Gambling Sanctions
The following sanctions for violations of Bylaw 10.3 shall apply as follows:
        a) A student-athlete who engaged in activities designed to influence the outcome of an intercollegiate
           contest or in an effort to affect win-loss margins (i.e., “point shaving”) or who solicits or accepts a bet
           or participates in any gambling activity though a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method
           employed by organized gambling that involves wagering on the student-athlete’s institution shall
           permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.
        b) A student-athlete who solicits or accepts a bet or participates 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, shall be ineligible for all regular-season and postseason
           competition for a minimum of a period of one year from the date of the institution’s determination that
           a violation has occurred and shall be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition.
           A request for reinstatement may be submitted on behalf of a student-athlete who has participated in
           such activity only upon fulfillment of the minimum condition indicated above. If the student-athlete is
           determined to have been involved in a subsequent violation of any portion of Bylaw 10.3, the student-
           athlete shall permanently lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.


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Fantasy Leagues
With the popularity and availability of the Internet, gambling, sports wagering, and fantasy leagues have seen a
dramatic increase in participation over the past several years. Although such activities are easily accessible and
quickly available, it is impermissible under NCAA rules and a student-athlete could jeopardize their eligibility by
participating in any of the aforementioned activities—including fantasy sports leagues that involve money. If a staff
member or a student-athlete is involved in any fantasy sports league that involves the exchange of money, prizes, or
other tangible item of value, the student-athlete may be declared ineligible for all regular season and
postseason competition for at least one year and a staff member could be terminated.

NCAA Championships/Bowl Games/”March Madness”
NCAA rules prohibit soliciting or accepting a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item that has tangible
value. These regulations apply to—all staff members in an institution’s athletic department—and all student-
athletes. THIS INCLUDES NCAA TOURNAMENT POOLS.

Departmental Policy on Gambling
The following should serve as departmental policy for all student-athletes AND staff members governing gambling
activities:

     Staff members of the athletic department and student-athletes shall not participate in any gambling
     activity that involves intercollegiate or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card
     or any other method employed by organized gambling (e.g., sports “pools”, internet gambling,
     “800” numbers, etc.). This includes other methods not run through organized gambling (e.g., pools,
     fantasy leagues, etc.), even if the bet or value of the prize is a “friendly” wager.




RECRUITING

13.1.2 Permissible Recruiters
13.1.2.1 General Rule
All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s)
shall be made only by authorized institutional staff members. Such contact, as well as correspondence and
telephone calls, by representatives of an institution’s athletics interests are prohibited except as otherwise permitted
in this section.

13.1.2.3 General Restrictions-Staff Members and Governing Board
The following are additional restrictions that apply to an institution’s staff members and governing board.
Violations of this bylaw shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution 2.8.1; however, such violations
shall not affect the prospective student-athlete’s eligibility.

    a) Institutional Staff Members—Off-Campus Contacts. In all sports, only those coaches permitted to recruit off
       campus as specified in Bylaw 11.7 may contact prospects off campus. Institutional staff members (e.g.,
       faculty members) may contact prospects for recruiting purposes in all sports, but only on campus, or within
       30 miles of campus during the prospect's official visit. All institutional staff members (e.g., faculty
       members, athletics department staff members and administrators) may write prospects. (See Bylaws
       11.7.2.3, 11.7.3.3 and 13.4.1 for additional restrictions in the sport of football.)
    b) Board of Governors/Regents. Recruiting contacts on or off campus between a member of the institution’s
       board of governors (or regents) and a prospect is not permissible.




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13.1.2.4 Other Restrictions, Athletics Representatives (Boosters)
The following are additional restrictions that apply to athletics representatives:
    a) Telephone Conversation. An athletics representative of a member institution may speak to a prospective
        student-athlete via the telephone only if the prospect initiates the telephone conversation and the call is not
        for recruiting purposes. Under such circumstances, the representative must refer questions about the
        institution’s athletics program to the athletics department staff;
    b) Observing Prospect’s Contest. An athletics representative may view a prospect’s athletics contest on his or
        her own initiative, subject to the understanding that the athletics representative may not contact the
        prospect on such occasions;
    c) Evaluation of Prospect. An athletics representative may not contact a prospect’s coach, principal or
        counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect; and
    d) Visiting Prospect’s Institution. An athletics representative may not visit a prospect’s educational institution
        to pick up film/videotape or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospect’s academic eligibility or
        athletics ability.

13.4.1.1 Responding to Prospect's Request
Institutional staff members (including athletics staff members) may respond to a prospect’s letter requesting
information from an institution’s athletics department prior to September 1 at the beginning of the prospect’s junior
year in high school, provided the written response does not include information that would initiate the recruitment
of the prospect or information related to the institution’s athletics program (e.g., the reply contains an explanation
of current NCAA legislation or a referral to the admissions department).


UA OFF-CAMPUS RECRUITING POLICY & PROCEDURE

    1. Prior to August 1st of each year and before a coach may recruit off campus, the coach must be certified
       through a written test provided by the NCAA and administered by the Southeastern Conference.

    2. Off-campus recruiting activities include visits that authorized staff members from UA make to prospect’s
       homes, schools, athletics practices or contest, or any other site off the UA campus.

    3. Each coach is responsible for ensuring that it is an appropriate time within his/her sport’s recruiting
       calendar to travel off campus for recruiting purposes. The Associate Athletics Director for Compliance
       will cross check all recruiting expense reports for travel within appropriate time periods. Travel expense
       reports indicating travel outside an appropriate recruiting period will not be approved by the AADC.

    4. All off-campus recruiting shall be documented on the contact and evaluation log(s) [off-campus recruiting
       log(s)]. An off-campus recruiting log must be turned in after every trip taken for the purpose of recruiting.

    5. For tournaments, a program with each team roster will serve as proper documentation. A list of all the
       participants in each game observed is required.

    6. If off-campus recruiting expenses are incurred, a recruiting expense report and an off-campus recruiting log
       must be handed in together.

    7. The recruiting expense report must be submitted to the administrative sport oversight and the athletics
       compliance office. Once the expense report is approved for proper documentation, it will be forwarded in a
       timely manner to the athletics business office.

    8. If an off-campus recruiting log is not attached with the recruiting expense report, the request will be
       returned for lack of proper documentation.



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    9. Completed recruiting logs for off-campus recruiting activity shall be submitted to the athletics compliance
       office in the next bi-weekly submission of recruiting forms or immediately following the recruiting trip.
       They shall also be submitted with the appropriate expense report within the time frame established by the
       athletics business office.

    10. The list of football coaches who will recruit off campus in any given week must be submitted to the
        athletics compliance office in advance of that week. This information will then be forwarded to the
        Conference Office.

    11. The sports of men’s and women’s basketball, softball and volleyball are responsible for maintaining an
        accurate record of the number of evaluation days used during the academic year evaluation period. Such
        record is required to be filed in writing to the athletics compliance office.

    12. The sports of men’s and women’s basketball are also responsible for ensuring that all events attended
        during the summer evaluation period are certified recruiting events per NCAA bylaw 30.16.




EXPENSES DURING CAMPUS VISITS [PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES]

DEFINTIONS

13.02.11 Prospect
Anyone who has started classes for the ninth grade.

13.02.15.1 Official (Paid) Visit
An official visit is when a prospect visits the campus at the expense of UA. A prospect is limited to five official
visits, with no more than one official visit to any single institution. An official visit may not last longer than 48
hours.

13.02.15.2 Unofficial (Nonpaid) Visit
An unofficial visit is when a prospect visits the campus at his or her own expense. A prospect can visit an
institution’s campus an unlimited number of times.


TRANSPORTATION

13.5.2.1 General Restrictions, Official (Paid) Visit
A member institution may pay the prospect’s actual round-trip transportation costs for his or her official paid visit
to its campus, provided a direct route between the prospect’s home and the institution’s campus is used. Use of a
limousine or helicopter for such transportation is prohibited.

13.5.2.2 Automobile Transportation
When a prospect travels by automobile for an official paid visit, the institution may pay round-trip expenses to the
individual incurring the expense (except the prospect’s coach) at the same mileage rate it allows its own personnel.

    13.5.2.2.1 Prospect’s Friends and Relatives
    A prospect’s friends, relatives or legal guardian(s) may receive cost-free transportation to visit a member
    institution’s campus only be accompanying the prospect at the time the prospect travels in an automobile
    to visit the campus.



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13.5.2.3 Air Transportation
An institution providing air transportation to a prospect to and from an official campus visit must use commercial
transportation at coach-class airfare. Coaching staff members shall not accompany a prospect to or from an official
visit when air travel is used, except as permitted in Bylaw 13.6.2.4.


     13.5.2.3.1 Ticket Discounts
     An institution may not arrange payment of the airline ticket to allow a prospect [or the prospect's
     relatives, friends or legal guardian(s)] to take advantage of ticket bonuses, rebates, refunds, upgrades or
     other benefits connected with the purchase of the ticket.

     Interpretation: Use of frequent-flier miles to upgrade a prospective student-athlete's airline ticket
     Determined that the provisions of Bylaw 1-9-(a) would prohibit a member institution from upgrading a
     prospective student-athlete's airline ticket to first class by using frequent flyer points which were
     accumulated by the institution. (Staff: Nov 06, 1987)


13.5.2.4 Transportation From Airport – Athletics Department Staff Members
During the official visit, any member of an institution's athletics department staff may provide ground
transportation for a prospect and the prospect's parents or legal guardians between the campus and any bus or train
station or airport. If a prospect is transported by a member of the institution's athletics department from an
airport, bus or train station other than the major airport, bus or train station nearest to the institution, the
48-hour official visit period begins with the initiation of the ground transportation by the member of the
institution's athletics department staff upon the prospect's arrival at the airport, bus or train station.

13.5.2.5 To/From Site of Competition
A prospect may be transported to campus for an official visit from the site of his or her athletics competition or the
reverse arrangement, provided only actual transportation expenses are paid and the cost of the transportation does
not exceed the cost of transportation between the prospect’s home or educational institution and the institution’s
campus.

13.5.2.7 Visiting Two or More Institutions
Two or more institutions to which a prospect is making official visits on the same trip may provide travel expenses,
provided there is no duplication of expenses, only actual and necessary expenses are provided, and the 48-hour visit
limitation is observed at each institution.

13.5.2.8 Transportation of Prospect's Relatives, Friends or Legal Guardian(s)
An institution shall not permit its athletics department staff members or representatives of its athletics interests to
pay, provide or arrange for the payment of transportation costs incurred by relatives, friends or legal guardian(s) of
a prospect to visit the campus or elsewhere; however, an institution may:

        a. Provide automobile-mileage reimbursement to a prospect on an official visit, even if relatives or friends
           accompany the prospect; and

        b. Provide local transportation between its campus and the nearest airport for the parents, relatives or legal
           guardian(s) of a prospect making an official visit.

13.5.3 Unofficial (Nonpaid) Visit
During any unofficial recruiting visit, the institution may provide the prospect with transportation only to view off-
campus practice and competition sites in the prospect's sport and other institutional facilities (located within a 30-
mile radius of the institution's campus). An institutional staff member must accompany the prospect during such a
trip. Payment of any other transportation expenses, including providing transportation to attend one of the
institution's home contests (on or off campus), shall be considered a violation.


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ENTERTAINMENT

13.6.6.1 General Restrictions, Official (Paid) Visit
An institution may entertain a prospect and his or her parents [or legal guardian(s)] or spouse, at a scale comparable
to that of normal student life, only on the institution’s campus (or, on an official visit, within 30 miles of the
institution’s campus). It is not permissible to entertain other relatives or friends of a prospect at any site.

13.6.6.5 Student Host
The student host must be either a current student-athlete or a student designated in a manner consistent with the
institution's policy for providing campus visits or tours to prospective students in general. The institution may
provide the following to a student host entertaining a prospect:

        a. A maximum of $30 for each day of the visit to cover all actual costs of entertaining the prospect (and
           the prospect's parents, legal guardians or spouse), excluding the cost of meals and admission to campus
           athletics events. The cost of entertainment of the student host(s) and the institution's athletics
           department staff members who accompany the prospect must be included in the entertainment
           allowance. The entertainment allowance may not be used for the purchase of souvenirs such as T-
           shirts or other institutional mementos. It is permissible to provide the student host with an additional
           $15 per day for each additional prospect the host entertains;

        a. A complimentary meal, provided the student host is accompanying the prospect during the prospect’s
           official visit; and

        b. A complimentary admission to a campus athletics event, provided the ticket is utilized to accompany a
           prospect to that event during the prospect’s official visit.

     13.6.6.5.2 Multiple Hosts
     If several students host a prospect, the $30 per day entertainment money may be utilized to cover the
     actual and necessary expenses incurred by the prospect and all hosts. Only one student host per prospect
     may be provided a free meal if restaurant facilities are utilized.

13.6.6.7.1 Entertainment at Staff Member’s Home
A luncheon, dinner or brunch at the home of an institutional staff member (e.g., the athletics director, a coach, a
faculty member or the institution’s president) may be held for a prospect on an official visit, provided the
entertainment is on a scale comparable to that of normal student life, is not excessive in nature and occurs on only
one occasion.

13.6.6.8 Normal Retail Cost
If a boat, snowmobile, recreational vehicle or similar recreational equipment (including those provided by an
institutional staff member or a representative of athletics interests) is used to entertain a prospect or the prospect’s
parents, legal guardian(s) and spouse, the normal retail cost of the use of such equipment shall be assessed against
the $30-per-day entertainment figure; further, if such normal retail cost exceeds the $30-per-day entertainment
allowance, such entertainment may not be provided

13.6.6.9 Activities
An institution may not arrange miscellaneous, personalized recruiting aids (e.g., personalized jerseys, personalized
audio/video scoreboard presentations) and may not permit a prospect to engage in any game-day simulations (e.g.,
running onto the field with the team during pre-game introductions) during an official visit. Personalized recruiting
aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospect will visit (e.g., hotel room,
locker room, coach's office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether or not the items include the prospect's
name or picture.



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13.7.2.1 General Restrictions, Unofficial Visit
An institution may not entertain a prospect off campus. On campus entertainment is limited to three complimentary
admissions for a home competition.

MEALS & LODGING

13.6.5 Accommodations on Official Visit
A prospect on an official visit shall be provided lodging and take meals as regular students normally do. Local
commercial facilities may be used but at a scale comparable to that of normal student life and only within a 30-mile
radius of the institution's campus. Lodging may not include special accessories (e.g., jacuzzis, suites) that are not
available generally to all guests residing at the establishment. (See Bylaw 13.6.6.7 for restrictions on meals
provided to prospects on official visits.)

13.6.6.1.1 Meals and Lodging While in Transit
It is permissible for an institution to pay a prospect’s actual costs for reasonable expenses (e.g., meals, lodging)
incurred while traveling to and from campus on the official visit. Meals and lodging may not be provided for those
accompanying the prospect while in transit on the official visit. Those accompanying the prospect would be
responsible for any expenses incurred (including any extra per person room expense charged by the hotel).

     Interpretations:
      Meals at Off-Campus Site While In Transit to Official Visit: The legislative services staff determined
     that a prospective student- athlete may receive a meal at the prospect's off-campus place of lodging when
     he or she arrives too late in the community to begin the official visit that day, inasmuch as the prospect is
     considered to be in transit to the institution's campus. (Staff, Apr 13, 1994)

     Lodging expenses for prospect while en route for official visit. Reviewed the provisions of Bylaw 1-9
     and confirmed that an institution may reimburse a prospective student-athlete for necessary lodging
     expenses while traveling to campus with his or her parents for an official visit, provided the
     reimbursement is for the necessary lodging costs of the prospect (single-room rate) only, and no expenses
     for additional occupants of the room (e.g., parents, brothers, sisters) are provided; also confirmed that
     during the official visit, lodging expenses (within a 30-mile radius) for both the prospective student-
     athlete and the parents may be provided (at the regular room rates), but the institution may not pay the
     extra expense for additional occupants of the hotel rooms (e.g., brothers, sisters or friends); noted that
     those additional occupants could stay in the same room as the parents or the prospective student-athlete,
     provided the parents pay for any additional costs resulting from the extra person(s). (Official, Dec 20,
     1988)

13.6.6.5.2 Multiple Hosts
If several students host a prospect, the $30 per day entertainment money may be utilized to cover the actual and
necessary expenses incurred by the prospect and all hosts. Only one student host per prospect may be provided a
free meal if restaurant facilities are utilized.

13.6.6.7 Meals on Official Visit
The cost of actual meals, not to exceed three per day, on the official visit for a prospect and the prospect's parents,
legal guardian(s) or spouse need not be included in the $30-per-day entertainment expense. Meals must be
comparable to those provided to student-athletes during the academic year. A reasonable snack (e.g., pizza,
hamburger) may be provided in addition to the three meals.

13.6.8 Lodging for Additional Persons
Additional persons (e.g., prospect’s brother, sister, friend) may stay in the same room as the prospect or parents,
legal guardian(s), or spouse of the prospect, but the institution shall not pay the costs resulting from the additional
occupants. The additional occupants shall not be prospects being recruited by the institution.



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13.7.2.1.2 Housing-Lodging in Dormitories, Unofficial (Nonpaid) Visit
A prospect must pay for his or her own lodging. However, a prospect on an unofficial visit may stay in an enrolled
student-athlete’s dormitory room only if the prospect pays the regular institutional rate for such lodging.



PERMISSIBLE EXPENSES [PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES]

13.1.10 Funeral/Memorial Services
An institutional staff member may attend the funeral or memorial services of a student-athlete, a prospective
student-athlete or a member of the student-athlete's or a prospective student-athlete's immediate family, at which
prospective student-athletes also may be in attendance provided no recruiting contact occurs. The involved
prospect must have signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the institution, or for those institutions that do not
subscribe to the NLI program, a written offer of admission and/or financial aid.

13.2.10 Life-Threatening Injury or Illness/Death
An institution may present a prospective student-athlete or the immediate family of a prospective student-athlete, a
donation (up to $100) to a charity on behalf of the prospective student-athlete or other reasonable tokens of support
(e.g., flowers) in the event of the death of a prospect or the prospect's immediate family member's death or life
threatening injury or illness, provided the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the institution,
or for those institutions that do not subscribe to the NLI program, a written offer of admission and/or financial aid.




EXTRA BENEFITS [CURRENT STUDENT-ATHLETES]

16.02.3 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 or the student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit not expressly
authorized by NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a
violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's
students or their relatives 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.

16.11.1.11 (e) Local Transportation
Staff members may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes on an occasional basis.

16.6.1.5 Reasonable Refreshments for Parents (or Legal Guardians)
An institution may provide the parents (or legal guardians) of a student-athlete with reasonable refreshments (e.g.,
soft drinks, snacks) on an occasional basis.

     Note: All reasonable refreshments (e.g., events, game day, parents day, etc.) that will make use of
     athletics department money must have prior approval from the administrative sport oversight, athletics
     business office and the athletics compliance office prior to the event on the University of Alabama
     Reasonable Refreshment Request Form.

16.11.1.5 Occasional Meals
A student-athlete or the entire team in a sport may receive an occasional family home meal in the locale of the
institution 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.




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    Note: All occasional meals that will make use of athletics department money must have prior approval
    from the administrative sport oversight, athletics business office and the athletics compliance office prior
    to the meal on the University of Alabama Occasional Meal Request Form.

16.11.1.9 Incidental Benefits – Reasonable Refreshments for Student-Athletes
An institution may provide student-athletes with reasonable refreshments (e.g., soft drinks, snacks) for student-
athlete educational and business meetings and, on an occasional basis, for celebratory events (e.g., birthdays).

16.11.2.2.2 Nonpermissible – Telephones and Credit Cards
It is not permissible to allow a student-athlete to use a telephone or credit card for personal reasons without charge
or at a reduced cost.

        Exception: Per Bylaw 16.12.1.11 (d), an institution may provide or arrange for a telephone call in
        emergency situations as approved by the director of athletics (or his or her designee).

        Departmental Policy: A student-athlete’s use of an institutional staff member’s telephone for long distance
        calls would constitute an impermissible extra benefit and represent a violation of NCAA regulations.

        Please be sure to keep your office locked and, also, continue to audit your monthly phone bills to ensure
        that all calls were in fact made by you. If you become aware that your phone number is being utilized
        improperly by a student-athlete or any other unauthorized individual, please contact Chris King
        immediately, so that appropriate corrective action can be taken.

        Coach Shula Policy: Football student-athletes are not permitted to use institutional staff member
        telephones, for long distance and local calls. There is a telephone in the football locker room that is
        available to the football student-athletes with local access only.

16.11.2.3 Other Prohibited Benefits
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:
    a. A loan of money;
    b. A guarantee of bond;
    c. The use of an automobile; or
    d. Signing or cosigning a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan.


NOTE: SEE NCAA BYLAW 16 FOR MORE DETAILED QUESTIONS:

        Bylaw 16.1               Awards
        Bylaw 16.2               Complimentary Admissions & Ticket Benefits
        Bylaw 16.3               Academic & Other Support Services
        Bylaw 16.4               Medical Expenses
        Bylaw 16.5               Housing & Meals
        Bylaw 16.6               Expenses for Student-Athlete’s Friends & Relatives
        Bylaw 16.7               Team Entertainment
        Bylaw 16.8               Expenses Provided By Institution for Practice &
                                 Competition
        Bylaw 16.10              Other Travel Expenses Provided By the Institution
        Bylaw 16.11              Provisions of Expenses By Individuals Or Organizations
                                 Other Than The Institution
        Bylaw 16.12              Benefits, Gifts & Services
        Bylaw 16.13              Expense Waivers



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PERMISSIBLE ACADEMIC EXPENSES

16.3.1.1 Academic Counseling/Support Services
An institution may now finance other academic and support services, at our discretion and per each sport budget, if
it is determined to be appropriate and necessary for the academic success of our student-athletes, including, but not
limited to, the following:

        g. Use of computers and typewriters. Use of institutionally owned computers and typewriters on a
           check-out and retrieval basis; however, typing/word processing/editing services or costs may not be
           provided, even if typed reports and other papers are a requirement of a course in which a student-
           athlete is enrolled;

        h. Use of copy machines, fax machines and the Internet, including related long-distance charge, provided
           the use is for purposes related to the completion of required academic course work;

        i.   Course supplies (e.g., calculators, art supplies, computer disks, subscriptions), provided such course
             supplies are required of all students in the course and specified in the institution’s catalog or course
             syllabus; and,

        j.   Nonelectronic day planners.




PERMISSIBLE HOUSING AND MEAL EXPENSES

16.5 HOUSING AND MEALS
16.5.2 Permissible
Identified housing and meal benefits incidental to a student's participation in intercollegiate athletics that may be
financed by the institution are:

        a. Summer-Dormitory Rentals. An institution may rent, at the regular institutional rate, dormitory space
           to a prospective or enrolled student-athlete during the summer months if it is the institution's policy to
           make dormitory space available on the same basis to all prospective or enrolled students (see Bylaw
           15.2.2.3 for permissible housing benefits for student-athletes eligible to receive financial aid while
           attending summer school);

        b. Preseason Practice Expenses. The institution may provide the cost of room and board to student-
           athletes who report for preseason practice prior to the start of the academic year, it being understood
           that the student-athlete has been accepted for admission to the institution at the time such benefits are
           received. Further, an institution, at its discretion, may provide an additional meal (as opposed to the
           cash equivalent) to student-athletes to meet their nutritional needs as a benefit incidental to
           participation during the preseason practice period prior to the start of the academic year;

        c. Training-Table Meals. An institution may provide only one training-table meal per day to a student-
           athlete during the academic year on those days when regular institutional dining facilities are open;

        d. Meals Incidental to Participation. Student-athletes who are not receiving athletically related financial
           aid (e.g., walk-ons) may receive the benefit of a training-table meal during the permissible playing and
           practice season in those instances in which the student-athlete's schedule is affected by involvement in
           practice activities, provided the student-athlete previously has paid for the same meal (e.g., dinner) at
           an institutional dining facility. Further, all student-athletes are permitted to receive a pregame meal as
           a benefit incidental to participation. All student-athletes are permitted to receive meals at the

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     institution's discretion from the time the student-athlete reports on call (at the direction of the student-
     athlete's coach or comparable authority) and becomes involved in competition-related activities to the
     end of competition and the release by the appropriate institutional authority. An institution, at its
     discretion, may provide cash, not to exceed $10, in lieu of a meal to student-athletes following home
     and away-from-home contests;

e. Vacation-Period Expenses. The institution may provide the cost of room and board to student-athletes
   (during official institutional vacation periods) in the following circumstances. If an institution does not
   provide a meal to its student-athletes under such circumstances, a cash allowance may be provided, not
   to exceed the amount provided by the institution to institutional staff members on away from campus
   trips:

     (1) Student-athletes who are required to remain on the institution's campus for organized practice
         sessions or competition during the institution's official vacation period during the regular academic
         year. If the student-athlete lives at home during the vacation period, the cost of room and board
         may not be provided by the institution, other than to permit the student-athlete to participate in
         team meals incidental to practice sessions;

     (2) Student-athletes who return to campus during the institution's official vacation period occurring
         during a regular academic term (e.g., not including vacation periods between terms) from
         competition as outlined in Bylaws 16.8.1.2-(a) through 16.8.1.2-(e). Under such circumstances,
         room and board expenses may be provided beginning with the student-athlete's arrival on campus
         until the institution's regular dormitories and dining facilities reopen. If the student-athlete lives at
         home during the vacation period, the cost of room and board may not be provided by the
         institution; or

     (3) Student-athletes who return to campus during the institution's official vacation period between
         regular academic terms (e.g., summer-vacation period) from competition as outlined in Bylaws
         16.8.1.2-(a) through 16.8.1.2-(e). Under such circumstances, room and board expenses may be
         provided for no more than a 48-hour period, beginning with the student-athlete's return to campus.
         If the student-athlete lives at home during the vacation period, the cost of room and board may not
         be provided by the institution.

     In addition, an institution, at its discretion, also may provide an additional meal to student-athletes to
     meet nutritional needs as a benefit incidental to participation during each day of any vacation period
     that occurs within the academic year, provided the student-athlete is required to remain on campus to
     be involved in practice or competition.

f.   Meals Related to Institutional Committee Service. A student-athlete who serves on an institutional
     committee may receive expenses to cover the cost of a meal missed as a result of a committee meeting
     that occurs when regular institutional dining facilities are open.

g. Nutritional Supplements. An institution may provide only nonmuscle-building nutritional
   supplements to a student-athlete at any time for the purpose of providing additional calories and
   electrolytes, provided the supplements do not contain any NCAA banned substances. Permissible
   nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements are identified according to the following classes:
   Carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters and vitamins and minerals.




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PERMISSIBLE EXPENSES                     FOR       TRAVEL,         PRACTICE           &     AWAY-FROM-HOME
COMPETITION

UA TRAVEL POLICY [See August 2003 Team Advances & Petty Cash Policy]


16.7.1 Away-From-Home Contests
The institution may pay the actual costs (but may not provide cash) for reasonable entertainment that takes place
within a 100-mile radius of where a team plays or practices in connection with an away-from-home contest or en
route to or from such a contest.

     Interpretation: It is not permissible for an institution to provide cash to student-athletes for team
     entertainment in conjunction with away-from-home contests, except as permitted in NCAA Bylaws
     16.8.1.5 (NCAA Championships). (1/30/92 Official Interpretation).

     16.7.1.1 Professional Sports Tickets
     Complimentary tickets to professional sports contests shall not be provided to student-athletes, unless the
     tickets are provided by the institution (or by a representative of athletics interests through the institution)
     for entertainment purposes to student-athletes involved in an away-from-home contest. Under the latter
     circumstances, the institution may pay actual costs for reasonable entertainment that takes place during a
     team trip.

16.7.2 Films/Movies/Videotapes
The institution may rent a film or movie, provide pay-per-view movies in the student-athletes' hotel rooms or take
its intercollegiate team to the movies in conjunction with the student-athletes' home or away-from-home contest
(immediately before or during the road trip), the night before a contest without the film or movie being considered
an extra benefit not available to the student body. Such entertainment the night before a contest is considered a
benefit incidental to the student-athlete's participation.

     Snacks: It is permissible for student-athletes to receive a snack the night before an institution's contest as
     a benefit incidental to athletics participation. (Official 11/93)

16.8.1.1 Practice
Expenses may be paid for practice sessions only if they are associated with an away-from-home contest or
conducted at a site located within the member institution’s state or, if outside that state, no more than 100 miles
from that institution’s campus.

     16.8.1.1.1 Practice Sites on Road Trips
     Any practice on an extended road trip shall take place either at the competition site or on a direct route
     between two consecutive competition sites. It is not permissible for an institution to schedule practice
     sessions at other locations in order to provide entertainment opportunities for team members.

     Interpretation: Parking Fees. An institution may pay necessary parking fees incurred by student-athletes
     in conjunction with practice and competition. (Staff 10/97)

     16.8.1.1.4 On- or Off-Campus Practice Sites
     An institution may transport student-athletes from a central on-campus site (e.g., locker room) to an on-
     or off-campus practice site.

16.8.1.2 Competition While Representing Institution
An institution may provide actual and necessary travel expenses (e.g., transportation, lodging and meals) to a
student-athlete for participation in athletics competition, provided the student-athlete is representing the institution
(competes in the uniform of the institution) and is eligible for collegiate competition. Such competition includes:

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        a. Regularly scheduled intercollegiate athletics events;
        b. NCAA championship events and NGB championship events in an emerging sport;
        c. A certified postseason football game (see Bylaws 18.7 and 30.9 for conditions required for
           certification);
        d. Noncollegiate open, amateur competition; and
        e. Other institutional competition permissible under NCAA legislation, including postseason events.

     Expenses for Additional Student-Athletes to Attend Championships: It is permissible for an institution
     that is participating in an NCAA championship to provide expenses to attend the championship to any
     student-athlete who is eligible to represent the institution in intercollegiate competition, even if the
     student-athlete may not actually represent the institution in the championship due to the restriction on the
     number of student-athletes who may participate in the competition. (Staff 11/94).

     Regular Season Contest: It is not permissible for an institution to reroute a return flight through various
     cities in order to accommodate student-athletes who wish to return home after the regular season contest
     (e.g., rerouting a flight to a specific city because a connecting flight out of that city would help the
     student-athlete get home). (Staff 6/94).

     Hotel bill incidental expenses: A student-athlete (rather than the student-athlete's institution) would be
     required to pay for incidental expenses the individual incurred in conjunction with a hotel bill for one of
     the institution's away games, unless the expenses fall within the permissible actual and necessary
     expenses the student-athlete may receive for such contests. (Official 2/90).

     Travel expenses for student-athlete remaining at site of competition after team departure. A student-
     athlete who remains at the site of an institution's regular-season competition that occurs during an
     institution's official vacation period may receive expenses from the institution to return to campus at any
     time during the vacation period. (Official 9/94).

     Expenses for Regular-Season Competition During Vacation Period: It is permissible for an institution
     to purchase a ticket to cover any of a student-athlete's transportation expenses (e.g., expenses from home
     to the event and back to campus) in conjunction with regular-season competition during a vacation
     period, provided the student-athlete reimburses the institution the value of any portion of the trip from the
     campus to the student-athlete's home and back to campus for which the student-athlete has not paid.
     Under such circumstances, the student-athlete must reimburse the institution prior to his or her departure
     for the competition. (Official 11/94)

16.8.1.2.1 Departure/Return Expense Restrictions
An eligible student-athlete may receive actual and necessary expenses to represent the institution in athletics
competition, provided the student-athlete departs for the competition no earlier than 48 hours prior to the start of the
actual competition and remains no more than 36 hours following the conclusion of the actual competition even if
the student-athlete does not return with the team.

     Institution's team traveling for multi-competition or multi-day event. In a situation where the 48/36
     hour limitation is applicable, an institution that is participating in a multi-competition or multi-day event
     (e.g., conference tournament) may depart 48 hours prior to the event's first round of competition (as
     opposed to 48 hours prior to the institution's first scheduled competition), and may remain 36 hours after
     the conclusion of the last contest (even if the institution is not participating in the last contest). (Official
     6/94, and Staff 12/92).




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16.8.1.2.1.1 Exceptions
The time limitations related to the provisions of travel expenses do not apply in the following circumstances:
        a. Travel prior to and following contests in Hawaii or Alaska;

        b. Travel prior to and following contests in the 48 contiguous states for member institutions located in
           Hawaii and Alaska;

        c. Travel prior to and following regular-season competition that takes place during the institution’s
           official vacation period during the academic year;

        d. Travel prior to contests in NCAA championship events, NGB championship events in an emerging
           sport or certified postseason football games;

        e. Travel prior to the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame benefit game or the American Football
           Coaches Retirement Trust benefit game;

        f.   Travel prior to and following regular-season competition that takes place during the institution’s
             summer-vacation period;

        g. Travel prior to and following regular-season competition that takes place in one or more foreign
           countries on one trip during the prescribed playing season and limited to not more than once every four
           years; or

        h. Travel prior to the United States Gymnastics Federation (USGF) collegiate championships.

        i.   Travel prior to and following contests when inclement weather (e.g., hurricanes, snow storm) requires
             the institution to adjust original travel plans to depart no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the
             actual competition or return no more than 60 hours following the conclusion of the actual competition.
             An institution that uses this exception is required to annually submit a detailed summary to the NCAA
             national office by July 31.


    Travel During Vacation Period: An institution (team or individual student-athlete) traveling to a
    regular-season competition during the institution's official vacation period may depart for the
    competition either 48 hours prior to the start of the competition or at the beginning of the institution's
    official vacation period. Further, an institution (team or individual student-athlete) shall return to
    campus by the end of the institution's official vacation period or depart from the competition site not more
    than 36 hours following the conclusion of the event. (Staff 9/97).


16.8.1.2.3 Meal-Allowance Limitation
All student-athletes on the same team must receive identical meal allowances on intercollegiate trips and during
vacation periods when student- athletes are required to remain on the institution's campus for organized practice
sessions or competition. Such allowances may not exceed the amount provided by the institution to institutional
staff members on away-from-campus trips and may not be provided for a particular meal if the student-athlete
receives that meal (or its equivalent) from another source.

    Volunteer and Undergraduate Assistant Coaches. Volunteer and Undergraduate Assistant Coaches may
    receive no more than the allowance given to the student-athletes on these road trips.




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16.8.1.3 Other Competition
During an academic year in which a student-athlete is eligible to represent an institution in athletics competition (or
in the following summer), an institution may provide actual and necessary expenses related to participation in the
following activities:

        a. Established national championship events (including junior national championships);

        b. Olympic, Pan American, World Championships, World Cup and World University Games qualifying
           competition; and



PERMISSIBLE BENEFITS FOR TEAM TRAVEL OR COMMUNITY SERVICE

16.8.1.9 Apparel for Community Service or Team Travel
An institution may provide a student-athlete with one shirt (e.g., polo, oxford style) bearing the institution's logo to
be used for team travel or other events at which he or she is representing the institution. The shirt may bear a single
manufacturer's or distributor's normal trademark or logo not to exceed 2 1/4 square inches in area, including any
additional materials surrounding the normal trademark or logo.




IMPERMISSIBLE             EXPENSES         FOR      TRAVEL,         PRACTICE          &    AWAY-FROM-HOME
COMPETITION

16.8.2.1 Travel Apparel
Except as permitted in Bylaw 16.8.1.9 above, an institution may not provide to student-athletes team travel
outfits, blazers or other items of clothing that are not sports-related practice or competition apparel.

     Interpretation: Members of an institution's intercollegiate team are permitted to travel to away-from-
     home athletics contests in their regular institutional warm-up uniforms, provided these uniforms were
     previously issued for physical practice activities or competition and do not represent supplementary
     travel apparel. (Official July 23, 1987)


16.8.2.3 Reimbursement for Travel to Practice
An institution may not reimburse a student-athlete if the individual provides his or her own transportation to attend
practice at an on- or off-campus site.

16.8.2.4 Reimbursement for Travel to Competition
An institution may not reimburse a student-athlete for expenses incurred while driving to an institution’s off-
campus competition site if the parents (or other relatives or friends) accompany the student-athlete to the
competition site.

16.8.2.5 Expenses for Participation in Postseason Bowl Games -- Midyear Enrollees
 In Division I-A football, an institution may not provide expenses (e.g., travel, room and board, entertainment,
incidental expenses, etc.) to a student-athlete who is a midyear enrollee (freshman or transfer) for participation in a
postseason bowl game that occurs before or during the student-athlete's initial term of full-time enrollment at the
institution."



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