SVSU Athletics takes great pride in the fact that our student-athletes are some of the best in the country, both on and off the field. The first step to following the rules is knowing the rules, so this page is intended to be a resource for our current student-athletes.
While you are a student-athlete at Saginaw Valley State University, you are obligated to abide by NCAA, GLIAC, and University rules. The athletics compliance office is ready to assist you with these issues. The staff will conduct an annual rules education session with each team and periodic updates as needed during the course of the academic year. Student-athletes are encouraged to ask questions and utilize the athletics compliance office. Below you will find some information regarding NCAA and SVSU rules. This is not a complete listing, so as a general rule, ask before you act.
Full Time Enrollment Requirement
To be eligible for practice, competition, and financial aid, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. If you need fewer than 12 credit hours to graduate, you may enroll in only these final hours and still be eligible for practice, competition, and financial aid. Graduate students who have eligibility remaining must be enrolled in at least nine credit hours to be considered full-time at SVSU.
Progress Toward Degree Requirements
To maintain your eligibility, you must:
- Complete 24 credits prior to second year of enrollment;
- Earn 18 semester credits during the academic year (excluding summer);
- Earn six academic credits in the previous regular academic term or full-time enrollment;
- Declare a major no later than the beginning of your fifth semester or third year of enrollment and, thereafter, complete the required credits in courses applicable to your declared major;
- Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average that is 90% of the minimum GPA required to graduate (at least 1.8, 24-47 credit hours), 95% of the minimum GPA (1.9, 48-71 credit hours), and 100% of the minimum GPA (2.0, 72 credit hours and above).
What are Extra Benefits?
An extra benefit is any special arrangement from the institution, its staff or its boosters to provide a benefit to student-athletes or their friends or family unless that benefit is (1) provided to the institution's students generally or (2) specifically permitted by NCAA rules.
Examples of Impermissible Extra Benefits:
- The use of an automobile
- Giving a loan or helping to secure a loan
- Discounts on services, like dry cleaning or car repair
- Discounts on purchases, such as clothing or airline tickets
- The use of a cell phone or phone card
- Receipt of services from businesses, like movie tickets or dinner
Examples of Permissible Benefits the institution may provide:
- Athletics scholarships
- Appropriate equipment for practice and competition
- Travel expenses for competition
- Complimentary admissions to their contests for family and friends
- Awards to recognize their participation and achievement
- Medical treatment
- Academic support services
These are only some examples of impermissible and permissible benefits. The area of extra benefits is very complex and we do not want SVSU student-athletes to inadvertently do something that jeopardizes their eligibility. That is why the athletics compliance office encourages student-athletes to ask questions prior to accepting a benefit if they have any questions about whether or not it is permissible.
- Student-athletes should be paid (1) only for work actually performed, and (2) at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services.
- Student-athletes should be provided only those benefits, like free uniforms or meals during work hours, that are provided to all employees.
- Student-athletes should be treated as the employer would any employee doing similar work when it comes to things like, time off, breaks, scheduling, etc.
- Student-athletes should not be paid based on the value he or she may have for their employer's business due to their athletics reputation or ability.
- Student-athletes' names or images may not be used to promote their employer's business or any commercial product or service.
- Student-athletes may not be paid for endorsing a commercial product or service or using that product or service.
- Student-athletes may not receive transportation from their employers (for work or otherwise) unless the employer provides it for all of their employees.
Complimentary Admissions to Home or Away Events in Your Sport
- The institution may provide you up to 4 complimentary admissions to home events in your sport.
- Your complimentary admissions MAY NOT be sold.
- Your guests' names will be placed on a pass list. You may not receive paper tickets for your complimentary admissions.
- The institution may not reserve additional tickets for purchase by student-athletes or their families.
- If you have a prospective student-athlete that you would like to invite to a home event, speak to your coach about putting that individual on the complimentary admissions list for prospective student-athletes.