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 to provide a student-athlete (or a student-athlete's relative or friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other Brown University students and their relative and/or friends or, is not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Therefore, please be aware of the following:
- A student-athlete cannot accept anything from an employee of Brown University (including a coach) or a Brown Friends of the Program member. This includes, but is not limited to the use of a car, clothing, gifts (even a prize, trinket or item of minimal value), books, money, tickets for any kind of entertainment, or payment of long distance telephone calls.
- A student-athlete cannot accept free or reduced cost room and/or board from any Brown University or a Brown Friends of the Program member. This includes in Rhode Island, in the student-athlete's home city or any other location. This would preclude 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 Brown University employee or a Brown Friends of the Program member.
- 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 a Brown Friends of the Program member.
- A student-athlete may eat at a resturant as a guest of an employee of Brown University.
- On infrequent, special occasions (e.g., a birthday, Thanksgiving, etc.), a student-athlete may accept an invitation to the home of an employee of Brown University or a Brown Friends of the Program member, for a meal.
- A student-athlete may only use a Department of Athletics copy machine, fax machine, or the Internet provided the use is for the purposes related to the completion of required course work and has been approved in advance by the Compliance Office..
- Using departmental equipment or the long distance access code of an employee of Brown University or Brown Friends of the Program member for personal use is not permissible.
- Members of the Department of Athletics staff, tutors or a Brown Friends of the Program member 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 Brown University or Brown Friends of the Program member.
- A Brown University employee or a Brown Friends of the program member 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.
- A Brown University employee may provide a student-athlete only reasonable and occasional local (i.e., within a 30-mile radius of the Brown's campus) transportation. However, a Brown University employee may not utilize a University vehicle for purposes of assisting a student-athlete's move from one residence to another.
The acceptance by a student-athlete of any of the above extra benefits is a violation of NCAA regulations and places the student-athlete's eligibility for intercollegiate competition in immediate jeopardy. It is extremely important for both you and Brown University to know and abide by all NCAA regulations. If you have any questions regarding NCAA regulations, ask an athletic administrator or contact the Compliance Office at 401-863-7584 before doing something that may jeopardize a student-athlete's eligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics.
Brown University Compliance Office