Summer Daily Compliance Item- 6.6.16- Summer Access Blanket Waiver

Summer Access Expenses Blanket Waiver Approved, June 3, 2016.

Basketball and football student-athletes may receive actual and necessary expenses (i.e., housing and meals) in conjunction with participation in required summer athletic activities during the 2016 summer term.

In granting this request, the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief noted:

•The financial hardship that would be incurred by student-athletes;
•The confusion and unintended consequences associated with NCAA Division I Proposal Nos. 2015-73, 2015-74-FBS and 2015-74-FCS regarding the application of the summer financial aid legislation;
•This is a one-time waiver request for the 2016 summer term and future similar request may be denied; and
•Institutions are encouraged to work with appropriate conference offices to introduce legislation into the 2016-17 legislative cycle to amend the summer financial aid and/or vacation period expenses legislation.

Further, the committee noted:

•This blanket waiver allows institutions to provide expenses to prospective student-athletes who have not yet triggered student-athlete status but are eligible to participate in summer athletics activities pursuant to Proposal Nos. 2015-73, 2015-74-FBS and 2015-74-FCS; and
•This blanket waiver does not allow institutions to provide expenses to current student-athletes who may participate in required summer athletic activities without being enrolled in summer school (i.e., satisfies a prong of Bylaw 17.1.7.2.1.5.3).

See Case No. 920497 in Requests/Self-Reports Online (RSRO) via the search tab. Additional information regarding blanket waivers can be found on the Committee for Legislative Relief homepage.

[References: NCAA Division I Bylaws 15.2.8 (summer financial aid) and 16.5.2 (permissible)]

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The BIG EAST Conference or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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