Enrolled Student-Athlete Information


The information provided here is designed to be a resource for enrolled student-athletes. It is difficult to encompass all information and situations that may affect an enrolled student-athlete in a single resource, so please contact the Compliance Office prior to taking any action so as to not jeopardize your athletics eligibility.


Student-Athlete Employment Regulations

A student-athlete may earn legitimate on- or off-campus employment income during the semester or any vacation period during the year. Compensation earned by the student-athlete must be at the going rate and for work actually performed. Additionally, compensation cannot include any remuneration for the value, utility, publicity, fame etc. that the student-athlete may provide.

Student-athletes may wish to provide fee-for-lesson instruction of skills or techniques in his or her sport. For activities such as these to be permissible, the following criteria must be adhered to:


Extra Benefits

No student-athlete, either prospective or enrolled, may received an extra benefit. An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institution employee or a booster to provide a student-athlete, prospect, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation.

Examples include:

A benefit is not considered a violation if it is one that is generally available to students determined on a basis unrelated to athletic ability.


Outside Competition Regulations

Many student-athletes wish to participate in outside competition both during and outside of the academic year. Many times this is permissible, but prior approval must be received from the Director of Athletics.

In individual sports, anytime a member of a University of Iowa team wishes to participate in a competition while not representing the University of Iowa, the student-athlete is competing unattached. An unattached competitor cannot:

  1. 1. Wear/Use University of Iowa apparel that includes any University identification;
  2. 2. Receive expenses from The University of Iowa;
  3. 3. Receive medical care from a University of Iowa Athletic Trainer; or
  4. 4. Receive instruction from a University of Iowa coach.

In team sports other than basketball, a student-athlete may compete outside of the declared playing and practice season as a member of an outside team in any noncollegiate, amateur competition during any official vacation period at The University of Iowa. In the sport of basketball, a student-athlete may not compete in any organized competition except when representing The University of Iowa in intercollegiate competition (except Certified Summer Leagues).


Sports Wagering

NCAA Bylaw 10.3 prohibits student-athletes from participating in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate or professional athletics. Any activity in which an individual must pay a fee to enter with the chance of receiving a prize is in violation of NCAA rules and can result in ineligibility for the student-athlete.

Three important things to remember:

  1. 1. Gambling activities that do not involve the outcome of contests are also not permitted (e.g., fantasy leagues, picking the top scorer);
  2. 2. Cash is not the only prohibited item to be used as a wager in gambling. It is not permissible to bet with any other item that has tangible value, such as a shirt or a meal;
  3. 3. Providing information about a student-athlete to individuals involved in organized gambling activities is considered participation in a gambling activity and is prohibited.


Drug Testing

All University of Iowa student-athletes will be subject to periodic unannounced drug screening examinations during their participation in intercollegiate athletics. This is done to help discourage the use of illegal substances and the misuse of alcohol and other illegal drugs. If a student-athlete is not present during the random team testing or supervisory testing without an excused absence, the Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC) will notify the coach and Athletic Director of his/her absence and the athlete will be suspended from practice and competition until another unannounced test can be completed.

Additionally, all University of Iowa student-athletes are subject to Big Ten Conference and year round NCAA random drug testing. Please see the link below for more information on the NCAA Drug Testing program.

NCAA Drug Testing Program


The University of Iowa Student-Athlete Code of Conduct

Please follow this link for The University of Iowa Student-Athlete Code of Conduct


The University of Iowa Guidelines for Prospective Student-Athletes and Their Hosts

Please follow this link for The University of Iowa Guidelines for Prospective Student-Athletes and Their Student Hosts


Additional Links for Enrolled Student-Athletes:

The University of Iowa Student-Athlete Handbook

The University of Iowa Athletic Student Services

The University of Iowa Student-Athlete Portal


Have questions? E-mail The University of Iowa Athletics Compliance office at compliance@hawkeyesports.com