FANS & BOOSTERS
NCAA, Conference and University rules governing student-athletes are extensive and complex. It is always a good rule of thumb to ask before you act by simply consulting with your coach, a Department of Athletics administrator, or the Athletics Compliance Office if you have any questions about an NCAA regulation.
The Compliance Office exists to educate everyone about the rules and help you to prevent errors that could jeopardize your eligibility, financial aid and your personal and/or team's success. It is your obligation as a student-athlete to "Know Your Role."
This site has been created to assist you in the process of staying informed about NCAA requirements and to know what is expected of you as a student-athlete at the Division I level. The helpful links and related topics offer a quick reference to information that could directly effect your eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
Progress Towards A Degree Requirements
Please note, in order to count up the number of terms, it is required to take into account all semesters of attendance at any and all collegiate institutions. *These GPA requirements must be met each term (e.g., prior to the spring semester).
Please note, that the GPA required for NCAA Eligibility may not be the same as those required by each individual degree program. Every student-athlete should check with the academic advisor in their school or college as GPA's below 2.0 may result in sanctions such as academic probation or suspension.
Percent Degree Requirements
Please note, in order to count up the number of terms, it is required to take into account all semesters of attendance at any and all collegiate institutions. All credits that count toward a specific degree may be used to satisfy the percentage, including all credits taken in during summer, all external studies courses, and transfer courses.
Declaration of a Major Student-athletes must choose a major that leads to a specific baccalaureate/undergraduate degree by the beginning of your third year (i.e., fifth semester) of enrollment.
Extra Benefit Rule
As defined by the NCAA (Bylaw 16.02.3), an "extra benefit" is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests (i.e. "booster") to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative(s) or friend(s) a benefit not expressly authorized by the legislation. Basically, the student-athlete cannot accept benefits from individuals with whom they are not naturally or legally dependent. The acceptance of an extra benefit is a violation of NCAA regulations and will jeopardize the eligibility of the student-athlete.
Another part of the rule to keep in mind is referred to as "preferential treatment" for benefits or services. This coincides with an extra benefit arrangement and is defined by the NCAA as preferential treatment, benefits or services because of the individual's athletics reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a professional athlete, unless such treatment, benefits or services are specifically permitted under NCAA legislation.
The following are some examples of prohibited special arrangements and extra benefits to a prospective or enrolled student-athlete:
Conduct and Ethics
Duquesne University has established a tradition of ethical conduct at all levels of University life. As a student-athlete involved in the intercollegiate athletics program, you are expected to represent the University in an honorable manner at all times. You are expected to uphold the standards of ethical conduct established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Atlantic 10 and Northeast Conferences, the Department of Athletics and Duquesne University.
For you, the student-athlete, participation as a member of an athletics team carries with it definite academic and athletic responsibilities. They are as follows:
Academic Responsibility - Student-Athletes Must:
Athletic Responsibility - Student-Athletes Must:
The NCAA defines Sports Wagering as placing, accepting, or soliciting a wager (on a staff member's or student-athlete's own behalf or on the behalf of others) of any type with any individual or organization, on any intercollegiate, amateur or professional team or contest.
Examples of sports wagering include, but are not limited to:
Sports Wagering Activities Staff members and student-athlete's should not knowingly:
In addition, the following interpretations apply: Soliciting or accepting a wager for a material item: The provisions of Sports Wagering do not permit a student-athlete to solicit or accept a wager for a non-monetary material item (e.g., shirt, jersey, meal) that has tangible value in exchange for the possibility of gaining another item of value. It should be noted, however, that institutions that compete against each other may agree to participate for a tangible item (e.g., governors cup), provided no student-athletes receive any tangible item.
NCAA Drug Testing ProgramEach year, student-athletes will sign a consent form demonstrating their understanding and willingness to participate in the NCAA drug-testing program.
By signing the NCAA Drug Consent Form, you agree to allow the NCAA to test you in relation to any participation in an NCAA Championship or post-season competition. The NCAA tests for any banned substances listed in Bylaw 31.2.3. Your coach, Athletic Trainer, or the Compliance Office can provide an updated list of banned drugs by the NCAA.
All student-athletes are now subject to year-round drug testing administered by the NCAA. You must keep your coaches informed any time you leave town. The NCAA generally gives only 24 hour notice; therefore, your coaches must know how to reach you.
The penalty for missing a scheduled NCAA Drug Test (even if you are out-of-town) is the same penalty for testing positive for the use of a banned drug.
If the NCAA tests you for banned substances and you test positive (consistent with NCAA drug-testing protocol), you will be ineligible to participate in regular-season and postseason competition for one calendar year (i.e., 365 days) after your positive drug test, and you will be charged with the loss of a minimum of one season of competition in all sports.
If you test positive a second time for the use of any drug, other than a "street drug" as defined by Bylaw 31.2.4, you will lose all remaining regular-season and postseason eligibility in all sports.
Supplements Many nutritional/dietary supplements contain NCAA banned substances. Some supplements may lead to a positive drug test. The use of supplements is at the student-athlete's own risk. Student-athletes should contact their trainer or head coach before taking any supplements.
It is your responsibility to check with the appropriate athletics staff member fore using any substance. Information about ingredients in medications and nutritional/dietary supplements can be obtained by contacting the Resource Exchange Center (REC) at www.drugfreesport.com/rec.
Student-athletes are permitted to earn legitimate on- and off-campus employment income during the regular academic year as well as during the University's official vacation periods and the summer, provided:
In addition, a student-athlete may receive compensation for teaching or coaching sport skill instruction or techniques in his/her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis, provided:
All student-athletes are required to submit an Employment Approval Form to the Compliance Office prior to the start of beginning any job. Failure to do so may result in the potential loss of eligibility.
Athletically Related Activities
The NCAA regulates the daily and weekly hour limitations that student-athletes are permitted to participate in required activities related to their sport.
Student-athletes may not participate in required countable athletically related activities for more than:
Out-of-Season (during the academic year)
The daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply to the following time periods:
You are not eligible in your sport for the remainder of the year and the next academic year if, during the academic year, you competed as a member of any outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition.
You may compete outside of your declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition during any official vacation period publish in our institution's catalog. Competing in the Olympic Games tryouts and competition and other specified national and international competition is permitted.
Competition and practice on outside teams during the academic year and in the summer are restricted in different ways for different sports. You can jeopardize your eligibility by participating on an outside team in some cases and NCAA rules are specific pertaining to the number of teammates from each institution that can be on the same team.
Please note that prior to involvement in any type of organized competition or practice with a non-Duquesne amateur team, you must receive approval from your head coach, the DU Compliance Office, and the Director of Athletics. Please submit a completed copy of the Outside Competition form (below) to the Compliance Office.