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The Compliance Office’s door at Cleveland State University is always open to its current student-athletes.  We are here to assist you in your athletic and academic endeavors.  Do not hesitate to ask us questions as they come up:

Contacts

Danielle Cohea
Associate Athletic Director, Compliance
(216) 523-7491
d.cohea@csuohio.edu

The following information is designed to remind you of some basic compliance issues that affect NCAA Division I student-athletes:

 

Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements
Please read the following bylaws regarding eligibility based on credit-hours completed and percentage of degree completed.  Do not hesitate to bring questions on these academic requirements to the Compliance Office and/or the Athletic Academic Advising Office.

 
 

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

Year Four

Year Five

Credit Hour Requirement

6 degree applicable credits per semester

 

12 credits per semester carried to completion

 

24 semester credits prior to year two (18 during academic year)

6 degree applicable credits per semester

 

18 degree applicable credits per academic year

6 degree applicable credits per semester

 

18 degree applicable credits per academic year

6 degree applicable credits per semester

 

18 degree applicable credits per academic year

6 degree applicable credits per semester

 

18 degree applicable credits per academic year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percentage of Degree Requirement

No percentage of degree requirement

No percentage of degree requirement

40% completed prior to year three

60% completed prior to year four

80% completed prior to year five

Cumulative GPA

 

1.80 to be eligible to compete

2.00 to be eligible to compete

2.00 to be eligible to compete

2.00 to be eligible to compete

Degree Designation

Credits toward any degree program fulfill PTD requirements.

Credits toward any degree program fulfill PTD requirements.

Declare major by the start of year three. All credits used for certification must count toward the declared major.

In final 2 semester; can use credits acceptable toward any major to fulfill 6-hour requirement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Credits used to fulfill PTD must count towards degree program in the official course catalog
  • All coursework must be completed prior to the first day of class of the subsequent semester in order to be used for certification
  • Student-athletes are not eligible for competition during the term if they are not eligible on the first day of class

 

Transfer Policy
Notification of Transfer effective October 15, 2018: 

Any student-athlete with eligibility remaining who wishes to contact and/or transfer to another institution must submit their notification of transfer via the Transfer Notification Form available in the Athletic Compliance Office. The Compliance Office must respond to such requests within two (2) business days.

The following Athletic Department services may or may not continue to be provided to a student-athlete once they submit their notification of transfer. Please note that each situation is different and exceptions to this policy can be made at the discretion of the Director of Athletics or their designee.

If a student-athlete submits their notification of transfer after they have either voluntarily quit their team or have been cut/dismissed from their team, the following will be:

i. Available services provided to the student-athlete:
   a. Academic services; and
   b. Sports medicine services solely for continuing treatment of an existing condition. 

ii. Unavailable services not provided to the student-athlete:
   a. Issuance of equipment;
   b. Weight room/strength and conditioning services; and
   c. Use of athletically-controlled facilities that are not open to all members of the student body.

If a student-athlete submits their notification of transfers but will be remaining on their team, the following will be:

i. Available services provided to the student-athlete:
   a. Academic services;
   b. Sports medicine services solely for continuing treatment of an existing condition;
   c. Issuance of equipment;
   d. Weight room/strength and conditioning services; and
   e. Use of athletically-controlled facilities that are not open to all members of the student body.

Please Note: If a student-athlete informs the institution of their intent to transfer via the Notification of Transfer process, their athletic aid can be reduced or cancelled at the end of the current academic term (if notification is provided during winter or summer break, aid may be cancelled immediately). If a student-athlete voluntarily quits/withdraws from their team, their athletic aid can be cancelled immediately or at the end of the academic term.

One-Time Transfer Exception:
The notification of transfer and the one-time transfer exception are separate NCAA rules. An institution has the right to deny a student-athlete use of the one-time transfer exception. It is the general policy of Cleveland State University to deny the use of the one-time transfer exception to all Horizon League institutions. The Head Coach and/or the Athletic Director can extend that denial to additional institutions at their discretion. Use of the one-time transfer exception shall also not be granted to a student-athlete who wishes to transfer to an institution who has employed a coach who previously coached the student-athlete at CSU. Exceptions to this policy may be made at the discretion of the Athletic Director.

In accordance with NCAA regulations, the student-athlete has the right to appeal to a committee which hears student-athlete appeals, including appeals regarding the use of one-time transfer exception. Please see the Compliance Office for details on how to appeal the decision.

 

Countable Athletically Related Activities
Countable athletically related activities (CARA) are any required activities with an athletic purpose that involve student-athletes and occur at the direction of (or supervised by) one or more of Cleveland State’s coaching staff, including strength and conditioning coaches. Below are examples of what is and is not countable.

 

Countable

Non-Countable

Practice

Compliance & Academic meetings

Competition (always counts as 3 hours)

Study hall, academic tutoring

Setting up offensive/defensive alignments

Training room/medical treatment

Athletic meetings with a coach initiated or required by coach

Travel to and from competition

Required weight training or conditioning

Recruiting activities (e.g., student host)

Discussion or review of game film

Voluntary sport related activities

Visiting competition site (golf & cross country only)

Fundraising, community service, or promotional activities

 

Daily and Weekly Hour Limitations
NCAA Bylaw 17.1.7 limits the amount of time coaches can require a student-athlete to be involved in CARA each week. These limitations are different depending on if a team is in-season or out-of-season. The distinctions between what is and is not permissible are as follows:

 

In-Season

Out-of-Season (During Academic Year)

No more than 4 hours per day and 20 hours per week

No more than 8 hours per week (up to 2 hours may be skill instruction)

One day off per week

Two days off per week

No CARA after a competition

Only permissible activities are conditioning, weight training, and skill instruction

Unlimited CARA during institutional vacation periods (e.g., spring break)

No CARA during institutional vacation periods

Unlimited CARA during pre-season prior to the first day of class or first contest (whichever is earlier)

No CARA beginning the week prior to finals through the end of finals

No CARA may occur between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.

No CARA may occur between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Competition always counts as 3 hours

No competition permitted out-of-season

 

Voluntary Activities
Student-athletes are permitted to participate in voluntary activities as often as they would like. In order for an activity to be considered voluntary, the following conditions must be satisfied:

  • The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or athletics department staff member any information related to the activity;
  • Staff members who observe the activity (i.e., strength coaches) may not report back to the student-athletes’ coach any information related to the activity – coaches may not observe voluntary activities (except for safety exception sports);
  • The activity must be initiated and requested solely by the student-athlete;
  • Attendance and participation (or lack thereof) may not be recorded for the purposes of reporting such information to coaching staff members; and
  • Student-athletes may not be subjected to a penalty if they choose not to participate in the activity or rewarded if they do choose to participate.

 

Drug Testing and Banned Substances
The NCAA and Cleveland State University share the responsibility of promoting a drug-free athletics environment to protect the health of student-athletes and preserve fair competition. There is also a shared responsibility to educate student-athletes in order to prevent drug usage. The NCAA conducts drug testing at all of its championships and through its year-round testing program.

Student-athletes are responsible for what they put in their body! Student-athletes should always check with their Athletic Trainer before taking medications, supplements, or any other substances.

NCAA Banned Drug Classes
The NCAA bans drugs by class, along with any substance chemically related to those classes. The following classes of drugs have been banned by the NCAA:

  • Stimulants;
  • Anabolic agents;
  • Diuretics and other masking agents;
  • Street drugs;
  • Peptide hormones and analogues;
  • Anti-estrogens; and
  • Beta-2 agonists.

For a complete list of the banned drugs, drugs and procedures subject to restrictions, and a warning about nutritional/dietary supplements, click here

NCAA Penalties for Positive Drug Tests
Positive Tests of Street Drugs:

  • First positive: lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension
  • Second positive: lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365 day) suspension

Positive Tests of Performance-Enhancing Drugs:

  • First positive: lose one year of eligibility and serve a one year (365) day suspension
  • Second positive: permanent ineligibility

 

NCAA Information on Gambling and Sports Wagering

DON’T BET ON IT!

NCAA Study on Collegiate Sports Wagering

The NCAA prohibits coaches, staff, and student-athletes from all sports wagering activities – legal and illegal.  Ask Before You Act!

Bylaw 10.3 Sports Wagering Activities.  The following individuals shall not knowingly participate in sports wagering activities or provide information to individuals in or associated with any type of sports wagering activities concerning intercollegiate, amateur or professional athletics competition: (Adopted: 4/26/07 effective 8/1/07)

(a) Staff members of an institution’s athletics department;

(b) Nonathletics department staff members who have responsibilities within or over the athletics department (e.g., chancellor or president, faculty athletics representative, individual to whom athletics reports)

(c) Staff members of a conference office; and

(d) Student-athletes.

 

SAAC
Formed as a voice for CSU student-athletes, the Student-Athlete Advisory Council has successfully served not only the participants in intercollegiate athletics at CSU but by creating a tie between Cleveland State and the community.

SAAC was developed by the CSU athletic department to:

  • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes.
  • Disseminate information.
  • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues.
  • Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams.
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation.
  • Organize community service efforts.
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus.

CSU – SAAC

 

Agents and Financial Advisors
If you are fortunate enough to have the chance to continue your playing career at a professional level, the coaches and compliance staff are here to assist you.  However, it is imperative you do not jeopardize your intercollegiate eligibility by rushing into negotiations with agents or financial advisors.  The NCAA is increasing its attention to impermissible agent activity.  There has been a rash of misbehavior recently.  Please talk to the compliance specialist, Ed Zelaski, and your coaches before you agree to representation by an agent or advisor.  See the “Agents and Advisors” page on the Compliance website by clicking “here”.  More information on agents and advisors is detailed below:

Bylaw 12.3 - Use of Agents:

12.3.1 - General Rule. An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport. Further, an agency contract not specifically limited in writing to a sport or particular sports shall be deemed applicable to all sports, and the individual shall be ineligible to participate in any sport.

12.3.1.1 - Representation for Future Negotiations. An individual shall be ineligible per Bylaw 12.3.1 if he or she enters into a verbal or written agreement with an agent for representation in future professional sports negotiations that are to take place after the individual has completed his or her eligibility in that sport.

12.3.2 Legal Counsel. Securing advice from a lawyer concerning a proposed professional sports contract shall not be considered contracting for representation by an agent under this rule, unless the lawyer also represents the individual in negotiations for such a contract.

12.3.2.1 Presence of a Lawyer at Negotiations. A lawyer may not be present during discussions of a contract offer with a professional organization or have any direct contact (in person, by telephone or by mail) with a professional sports organization on behalf of the individual. A lawyer's presence during such discussions is considered representation by an agent.

Outside Competition

No student-athlete is permitted to compete in any outside competition (either during the academic year or during vacation periods) without prior approval of the Athletic Director and/or the Compliance Office. If you are competing in any outside competition, you must complete the outside competition form on JumpForward.

CSU Student-Athlete Handbook

CSU Student-Athlete Handbook