Every year, the Ocean State University sports communication staff conducts a poll of its senior student-athletes. Included in the poll are questions regarding their favorite restaurant and clothing line. Is it permissible to include these commercial establishment/product questions in the poll?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Official Interpretation- 4/20/15- Student-Athlete Providing Opinions on a Commercial Product or Service (I)- states that a student-athlete may provide an opinion about a commercial product or service, as long as no individual associated in any manner with the commercial product or service is involved in directing the student-athlete to issue the opinion, and the student-athlete does not receive any benefits from any source in conjunction with his or her opinion.
[References: NCAA Division I Bylaw 126.96.36.199 (advertisements and promotions after becoming a student-athlete) and a staff interpretation (02/20/2015, Item Ref. c, which has been archived)]