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:
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.
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:
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).
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org