What is an "Extra Benefit"?

The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interest ("booster/donor") to provide a student-athlete (or a student-athlete's relative or friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other LU students and their relatives and/or friends. Therefore, please be aware of the following:

  • A student-athlete cannot accept anything from an employee of LU or athletic booster/donor (e.g., use of a car, hair cut, clothing, gifts, money, tickets for any type of entertainment, payment of long distance telephone call, etc.).
  • A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced cost room and/or board from any LU employee or booster/donor of LU's athletic programs. This includes on or off campus, in the student-athlete's home city or any other location. This would prevent a student-athlete from "house sitting" without paying rental costs at a comparable rate for similar housing in that locale.
  • A student-athlete may not accept free or reduced cost storage room for personal belongings for the summer months from any LU employee or booster/donor of LU's athletic programs.
  • A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced merchandise or services from any merchant unless that free or reduced cost item is also available to the general public.
  • A student-athlete cannot eat at a restaurant as the guest of an athletic booster/donor or an employee of LU.
  • On infrequent, special occasions (e.g. a birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.), a student-athlete may accept an invitation to the home of an employee of LU or an athletic booster/donor for a meal.
  • A student-athlete cannot use a Department of Athletics copy machine, fax machine, or make long distance calls using departmental equipment or the long distance access code of an employee of LU or athletic booster/donor.
  • Members of the Department of Athletics staff or an athletic booster/donor are not permitted to type reports, papers, letters, etc., for a student-athlete.
  • A student-athlete cannot receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g. airline ticket, clothing), or service (e.g. laundry, dry cleaning) from an employee of LU or an athletic booster/donor.
  • An LU employee or a booster/donor cannot provide a student-athlete with a loan of money, a guarantee of bond, the use of an automobile or the signing or co-signing of a note to arrange a loan, or pay or provide other compensation for work not performed or at unreasonable levels for work performed.
  • A student-athlete may not accept "frequent traveler miles" for trips, which are financed by the LU athletic department.
  • A LU employee may provide a student-athlete only reasonable and occasional local (i.e. within a 30 mile radius of the LU campus) transportation. However, a LU employee may not utilize a University vehicle for purposes of assisting a student-athlete's move from one residence to another.

    Gambling & Sport Wagering

    If you are involved with sport betting or interact with a bookie, you risk:

  • Loss of NCAA eligibility;
  • Banishment from professional sports;
  • Humiliating media coverage;
  • Public embarrassment to you, your teammates, and your family;
  • Pressure by bookies and organized crime to shave points or throw games;
  • Expulsion from school;
  • Opportunity for future employment; and
  • Violation of local, state, and federal laws.

    Important NCAA Legislation Regarding Gambling (NCAA Bylaw 10.3 Gambling Activities)

    Staff members of the athletics department of a member institution and student-athletes shall not knowingly:

  • Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;
  • Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
  • Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
  • Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g. cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value; or
  • 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

    Consequences of Violating NCAA Rules

  • A currently enrolled student-athlete being declared ineligible to participate.
  • The eligibility of a prospective student-athlete(s) being jeopardized.
  • Sanctions placed on the University and the athletic programs.

    For Student-Athletes First Entering a Collegiate Institution
    After August 1, 2003
    Application of Satisfactory-Progress Requirement

    Description Application
    Good academic standing. All students.
    Completion of 24/36 hours before start of institution's third semester/fourth quarter after initial student-athlete full-time enrollment. All student-athletes who have been in residence one year, utilized one season or midyear transfers.
    18-27 hours earned during regular academic year. All student-athletes who have been in residence one year, utilized one season or midyear transfers.
    Completion of six hours in previous term of full-time enrollment. All student-athletes.
    Designation of degree program. All student-athletes beginning third year of enrollment (fifth semester/seventh quarter) and thereafter.
    Percent of degree requirement (40/60/80). Student-athlete first entering collegiate institution on or after August 1, 2003, is required to have completed at least the following percent of course requirements in the student's specific degree program:

    Entering third year of collegiate enrollment--40 percent (No more than 60 percent of a student-athlete's course requirements may remain for degree credit).

    Entering fourth year of collegiate enrollment--60 percent (No more than 40 percent of a student-athlete's course requirements may remain for degree credit).

    Entering fifth year of collegiate enrollment--80 percent (No more than 20 percent of a student-athlete's course requirements may remain for degree credit).
    Fulfillment of minimum grade-point average requirement (90/95).



    [Note: To be certified on a term-byterm basis]
    Student-athlete is required to present at least the following cumulative minimum grade-point average (based on a maximum of 4.000) of the institution's overall cumulative minimum grade-point average required for graduation:

    Entering second year of collegiate enrollment--90 percent.

    Entering third year of collegiate enrollment--95 percent.

    Entering fourth or subsequent year of collegiate enrollment--100 percent.

    Transfer Student-Athletes

    From Current Four-Year Institution - Student-athletes at NCAA member institutions are not permitted to contact other NCAA institutions about transferring without first obtaining the permission of the athletic director at their current institution. Without such permission, another institution may not contact the student-athlete nor encourage a transfer. Furthermore, without the permission to contact other schools, the student-athlete may not receive any type of institutional financial aid during their first academic year at the new school.

    If you wish to transfer to Lamar University from another four year school, contact your athletic director, and gain permission, prior to attempting to contact a coach or staff member at Lamar.

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