A student-athlete who receives an award, benefit or expense allowance not authorized by NCAA rules will be deemed immediately ineligible for athletic competition in the sport for which the improper award, benefit or expense was received.
A student-athlete shall not receive any extra benefit(s). Generally, an "extra benefit" is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or booster to provide a student-athlete's relative or friend a benefit that is not available to all other students at the institution (i.e. tickets to professional sports contests, loans, gifts, services, discounts or credits, free or reduced-cost services, telephone or credit cards, etc.). However, a student-athlete or an entire team may receive an occasional meal from a booster, but this must occur at the person's home (as opposed to a restaurant) and may be catered. In addition, a student-athlete or an entire team may receive a meal (and transportation to attend the meal) from an institutional staff member, at a location in the locale of Butler University, on infrequent
An award is an item given in recognition of athletic participation or performance. Student-athletes should not accept any awards, or anything that might be perceived as an "extra benefit" until they have received prior permission from their coach and/or assistant athletic director for compliance. There are permissible awards, but student-athletes should always check with proper Butler authorities prior to acceptance in order to determine what is permissible, so as not to possibly jeopardize their current or future athletic eligibility. Payment (a receipt of funds, awards or benefits) for participation in athletics is prohibited.