NWOSU Athletics takes great pride in our student-athletes and their success 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 student-athletes.
While you are a student-athlete at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, you are obligated to abide by NCAA, Conference, 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 monthly updates during the course of the academic year. Student-athletes are encouraged to ask questions and utilize the resources available in the Compliance Office. If you do not find the answers to your questions here -- Ask Before You Act!
Definition of Student-Athlete
A student becomes a student-athlete when his/her enrollment is solicited by a member of the athletics staff or other representatives of athletics interest with a view toward the student’s ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletic program. Walk-on students become student-athletes when the student reports for an intercollegiate squad and their name is entered on the athletic file.
For all student-athletes that initially enrolled in college after to August 1, 2005:
1) You must be enrolled full-time, which is a minimum of 12 credits, at all times during the semester.
2) You must successfully complete at least 24 credits towards your designated degree program during the fall, spring, and summer to be eligible next year. A minimum of 18 credits must be earned during the regular academic year (fall and spring).
3) Only 6 credits during the summer can be used towards eligibility.
4) You must pass at least 6 credits each semester to remain eligible.
5) You must designate a major by the beginning of your fifth full-time semester (third year of enrollment).
6) You are allowed 4 seasons of eligibility within 10 full-time semesters.
Extra Benefits - What Is An "Extra Benefit"?
The NCAA defines an extra benefit as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interest (i.e., a "Representatives of Athletics Interests") to provide a student-athlete (or a student-athletes relative or friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other Northwestern Oklahoma State University students and their relative and/or friends, unless expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Therefore, please be aware of the following:
You cannot accept anything from an employee of NWOSU athletics department or a NWOSU representative of Athletics Interests (e.g., use of a car, hair cut, clothing, gifts, money, payment of long distance telephone calls, etc.).
You cannot accept free or reduced cost room and/or board from an employee of the NWOSU athletics department or Representatives of Athletics Interests of the NOWSU’s athletics programs. This includes in Oklahoma, in your home city or any other location.
You cannot accept free or reduced-cost merchandise or services from any merchant unless that free or reduced-cost item is also available to the general public.
You cannot receive a special discount arrangement or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline ticket, clothing), or service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning) from an employee of the NWOSU athletics department or Representative of Athletics Interests.
You cannot eat at a restaurant as the guest of Representatives of Athletics Interests or an employee of the NWOSU athletics department.
On infrequent, special occasions (e.g., a birthday, Thanksgiving, etc.) you may accept an invitation to the home of an employee of the NWOSU athletics department or Representatives of Athletics Interests for a meal with prior approval.
You cannot use a Department of Athletics copy machine, fax machine, or make long distance phone calls using departmental equipment or the long distance access code of an employee of the NWOSU athletic department or Representative of Athletics Interests.
Staff members of the NWOSU athletics department or Representatives of Athletics Interests are not permitted to type reports, papers, letters, etc., for you.
An employee of the NWOSU athletics department or Representatives of Athletics Interests cannot provide you with a loan of money, a guarantee of a bond, the use of an automobile or the signing or co-signing of a note to arrange a loan.
You may only get paid for work actually performed
You may only get paid at the going rate of pay
You may not use your reputation as an athlete to benefit your employer
Please see the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance if you are working or have accepted a job to complete the required paperwork.
NCAA Rules Related to Tobacco
11.17 Use of Tobacco Products. The use of Tobacco products is prohibited by all game personnel (e.g., coaches, trainers, managers and game officials) in all sports during practice and competition.
Tobacco: The use of tobacco products by a student-athlete is prohibited during practice and competition. A student-athlete who uses tobacco products during a practice or competition shall be disqualified for the remainder of the practice or competition. The use of tobacco products by coaches and game officials also is prohibited. At NCAA championships, tobacco use by any individual on the field of play - as well as during other championship activities such as banquets, autograph sessions, press conferences and post-game interviews is prohibited. Violations of this policy shall be dealt with by the appropriate sports committee in accordance with the misconduct provisions of NCAA Bylaw 31.1.8. Further, in the sport of baseball, dugouts are considered to be on the “field of play.”
In order to keep you up-to-date and informed regarding NCAA and University regulations that pertain to your involvement with any gambling activity and to provide a timely reminder to help you avoid any activities that may jeopardize your eligibility to participate and compete, please review the following rules. It is important for you, your teammates, and the University that you know and abide by all NCAA rules and regulations.
You may not knowingly provide information to individuals involved in any type of organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition.
You may not solicit a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team.
You may not accept a bet on any team representing NWOSU or participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate or professional athletics through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.
Participation in "tournament brackets" on-line or otherwise can be considered gambling. DO NOT participate in NCAA brackets.
Prohibited Conduct Including Sexual Harassment & Hazing
Any offense that is motivated by bias may result in stronger penalties. An offense motivated by bias is any offense where in the accused intentionally selects the alleged victim because of the alleged victim’s race, creed, disability, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance status or inclusion in any group or class protected by state or federal law. This includes but is not limited to intentionally, recklessly or negligently placing any person under mental duress or causing any person to be in fear of physical danger through verbal abuse, harassment (including repeated phone calls), sexual harassment, hazing, intimidation, threats or other conduct which threatens or endangers that person’s emotional, mental or physical well-being. Hazing is defined as an act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University wants all athletes to work within NCAA Guidelines. The following is a list of potential NCAA violations that you may be involved in or may have witnessed. All information will be kept private, so have confidence that you can provide information of these illegal activities anonymously. Call 580-327-8635 with any information.
Areas of Potential Violations and Definitions
Fraudulent Activities - Activities designed to influence the outcome of sports activities; organized gambling.
Improper Giving or Gifts - Giving, receiving or solicitation of items which could be reasonably interpreted as an effort to influence a recruiting decision; items given, received or solicited for the benefit of an individual or an individual’s family or friends; items given, received or solicited during or in connection with signing negotiations; the acceptance of cash, checks, money orders, vouchers, gift certificates, loans, vehicles or transportation.
Inappropriate Activities - Interaction of consultants with student athletes off or on the field.
Misuse of Assets, Players or Endorsements - Use of college sports equipment, uniforms or any other items owned by the institution for personal activities. Improper talent scout activity; arranging meetings between current or former players with talent scouts; taking money for arranging introductions with scouts.
Recruiting Misconduct - Phone calls or unauthorized visits outside the recruiting period; undue duress or influence from alumni, trustee or unauthorized personnel; recruiting players outside amateur status
Scholarship/Financial Aid Misconduct - Falsifying entrance or placement exams; utilizing an assumed name; improper inducement of benefits or financial aid. Unusual treatment for one player and not for others in loans, transportation or housing benefits; arranging for fraudulent academic credit or falsification of transcripts
Sexual Misconduct - The making of unwanted and offensive sexual advances or of sexually offensive remarks or acts, by associates or superiors
Substance Abuse - Substance abuse is defined as the misuse of both legal and illegal drugs including alcohol. (Examples include: cocaine, narcotics, marijuana, stimulants or steroids)
Reporting of Violations
Compliance to NCAA and conference rules is the highest priority for NWOSU Athletics. If you have witnessed or have knowledge of a violation, please report what you know by sending an email to Wendy McManus, Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Confidentiality of any information relayed to the Compliance Office will be maintained. You will remain anonymous.
NWOSU Student-Athlete Handbook
NWOSU Student Handbook
NCAA Banned Drug List
NCAA Drug Testing Program
NWOSU Team Travel Waiver Authorization Form