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16.5.1.3 Exception -- Nondiscriminatory Housing Policies.

16.5.2 Permissible.

Identified housing and meal benefits incidental to a student's participation in intercollegiate athletics that 

may be financed by the institution are:

(a) Summer-Dormitory Rentals.  An institution may rent, at the regular institutional rate, dormitory 

space to a prospective or enrolled student-athlete during the summer months if it is the institution's 

policy to make dormitory space available on the same basis to all prospective or enrolled students (see 

Bylaw 15.2.2.3 for permissible housing benefits for student-athletes eligible to receive financial aid 

while attending summer school);

(b) Preseason Practice Expenses.  The institution may provide the cost of room and board to 

student-athletes who report for preseason practice prior to the start of the academic year, it being 

understood that the student-athlete has been accepted for admission to the institution at the time such 

benefits are received. Further, an institution, at its discretion, may provide an additional meal (as

opposed to the cash equivalent) to student-athletes to meet their nutritional needs as a benefit incidental 

to participation during the preseason practice period prior to the start of the academic year; (Revised: 

4/24/03, 3/10/04)

(c) Training Table Meals.  An institution may provide only one training table meal per day to a

student-athlete during the academic year on those days when regular institutional dining facilities are 

open (see Bylaw 15.2.2.1.6). A student-athlete who does not receive institutional athletically related

financial aid covering the full cost of board, including a walk-on or partial scholarship recipient, may 

purchase one training table meal per day at the same rate that the institution deducts from the board 

allowance of student-athletes who receive athletically related financial aid covering board costs pursuant 

to Bylaw 15.2.2.1.6; (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/96, Revised: 11/1/01 effective 8/1/02, 5/8/06, 

4/26/07)

(d) Meals Incidental to Participation. 

(1) Missed Meal Due to Practice Activities.  A student-athlete who is not receiving 

athletically related financial aid (e.g., walk-on) may receive the benefit of a training-table 

meal during the permissible playing and practice season in those instances in which the 

student-athlete's schedule is affected by involvement in practice activities, provided the 

student-athlete previously has paid for the same meal (e.g., dinner) at an institutional dining 

facility. (Revised: 5/9/06)

(2) Meals in Conjunction with Home Competition.  All student-athletes are permitted to

receive meals at the institution's discretion from the time the student-athlete reports on call 

(at the direction of the student-athlete's coach or comparable authority) for home contests 

and becomes involved in competition-related activities to the end of competition. An

institution shall not provide cash to student-athletes in lieu of meals during this time period. 

An institution, at its discretion, may provide a meal or cash, not to exceed $10 (but not 

both) to student-athletes following home contests; (Revised: 4/25/02, 4/29/04, 5/2/05,

5/9/06, 12/12/06)


(3) Meals in Conjunction with Away-from-Home Competition.  All student-athletes

are permitted to receive a pregame or postgame meal as a benefit incidental to participation. 

An institution, at its discretion, may provide cash, not to exceed $10, in lieu of a meal to 

student-athletes following away-from-home contests. (See Bylaw

16.8.1.2.3.) (Revised: 5/9/06)


(e) Vacation-Period Expenses.  The institution may provide the cost of room and board to 

student-athletes (during official institutional vacation periods) in the following circumstances. If an

institution does not provide a meal to its student-athletes under such circumstances, a cash allowance 

may be provided (except for the permissible additional meal as described below), not to exceed the 

amount provided by the institution to institutional staff members on away-from-campus trips: 

(Revised: 4/17/07)

(1) Student-athletes who are required to remain on the institution's campus for organized 

practice sessions or competition during the institution's official vacation period. If the 

student-athlete lives at home during the vacation period, the cost of room and board may 

not be provided by the institution, other than to permit the student-athlete to participate in 

team meals incidental to practice sessions; (Revised: 1/14/97, 10/28/99, 5/26/06)


(2) Student-athletes who return to campus during the institution's official vacation period 

occurring during a regular academic term (not including vacation periods between terms) 

from institutional competition. Under such circumstances, room and board expenses may 

be provided beginning with the student-athlete's arrival on campus until the institution's 

regular dormitories and dining facilities reopen. If the student-athlete lives at home during 

the vacation period, the cost of room and board may not be provided by the institution; or 

(Adopted: 10/28/99; Revised: 5/26/06)


(3) Student-athletes who return to campus during the institution's official vacation period 

between regular academic terms (e.g., summer-vacation period) from institutional 

competition that occurs at the end of the institution's playing and practice season or a 

segment thereof. Under such circumstances, room and board expenses may be provided

for no more than a 48-hour period, beginning with the student-athlete's return to campus. If 

the student-athlete lives at home during the vacation period, the cost of room and board may 

not be provided by the institution. (Adopted: 10/28/99; Revised: 5/26/06)


In addition, an institution, at its discretion, also may provide an additional meal (as opposed to the cash

equivalent) to student-athletes to meet nutritional needs as a benefit incidental to participation during

each day of any vacation period, provided the student-athlete is required to remain on campus to be

involved in practice or competition. (Adopted: 4/29/04; Revised: 1/8/07 effective 8/1/07; 4/17/07)


(f) Meals Related to Institutional Committee Service.  A student-athlete who serves on an 

institutional committee may receive expenses to cover the cost of a meal missed as a result of a 

committee meeting that occurs when regular institutional dining facilities are open; (Adopted: 8/11/98)


(g) Nutritional Supplements.  An institution may provide only nonmuscle-building nutritional 

supplements to a student-athlete at any time for the purpose of providing additional calories and 

electrolytes, provided the supplements do not contain any NCAA banned substances. Permissible

nonmuscle-building nutritional supplements are identified according to the following classes: 

Carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks, energy bars, carbohydrate boosters and vitamins and minerals. 

(Adopted: 4/27/00 effective 8/1/00; Revised: 11/1/01 effective 8/1/02)

Associated Enforcement Cases

Major Cases: 3

Associated Proposals

Proposals: 25

16.6 EXPENSES FOR STUDENT-ATHLETE'S FRIENDS AND RELATIVES


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