State of Connecticut Act Requiring Full Disclosure to Prospective Student-Athletes Being Recruited to Institutions of Higher Education

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Public Act Number 11-92— Substitute House Bill 5415

Connecticut General Assembly

Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee

AN ACT REQUIRING FULL DISCLOSURE TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES BEING RECRUITED TO INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION

SUMMARY: This act requires Connecticut colleges and universities with intercollegiate athletic programs to disclose certain information to recruited student athletes. Beginning January 1, 2012, any institution with an intercollegiate athletic program that recruits student athletes by soliciting them to apply to, enroll in, or attend the institution for the purpose of participating in intercollegiate athletics must (1) provide a hyperlink entitled “Student Athletes' Right to Know” on the front page of its official athletics website and (2) include a direct link to its web page in any written materials regarding the athletic program provided to student athletes. The hyperlink must link to a web page that contains information regarding (1) athletic scholarships, (2) the renewal of and release from scholarships, and (3) sports-related medical expenses.

The act defines student athletes as individuals who attend an elementary, middle, or secondary school program of education or an institution of higher education and participate in any interscholastic athletic program in Connecticut, regardless of whether or not they receive a scholarship for doing so.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2011

(1)  ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

With respect to athletic scholarships, the act requires the “Student Athletes' Right to Know” website to include:

(A) The institution's most recent cost of attendance for the academic year and summer school session, as published by its financial aid office, and the amount the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) prohibits from being covered in a full scholarship;

This information is always available on the Sacred Heart University Financial Assistance website at the following link:    http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/28742_tuition_and_fees.cfm

Summer school charges are based on the per credit rate for part-time students plus a registration fee per summer term.

Value of Full Scholarship

The NCAA defines a “full grant-in-aid” (i. e., a full scholarship) as financial aid that consists of tuition, fees, room, board, and required course-related books (NCAA Bylaw 15. 02. 5). It does not include other items that institutions typically use to calculate the cost of attendance, such as transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses. An institution may only provide financial aid to student-athletes for such expenses if the provision of aid is unrelated to athletic ability (NCAA Bylaw 15.1).

(B) The sum of expenses identified in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision that are prohibited from inclusion in a full grant-in-aid athletic scholarship pursuant to the NCAA’s rules and regulations.

The sum of these expenses is calculated by the Financial Aid Office and is determined to be the Cost of Attendance minus the value of a Full Athletics Scholarship for each particular year in attendance.  It is roughly $2,000, depending on the distance that the student’s home town is located from the University and the number of trips home that the student would anticipate taking each year on weekends and holiday breaks.  The further the student lives from the University, the higher the out of pocket expense will be for that student’s ‘real’ cost of attendance. 

(C) The institution's policy on providing scholarships for summer school sessions and whether they are proportional to those provided for the regular academic year;

Men’s and women’s basketball and football student-athletes are eligible to receive scholarships for summer school sessions and their scholarships are proportional to their regular academic year scholarships. i.e. full scholarship/full summer school scholarship; half scholarship/half summer school scholarship.  To be considered for summer school aid, ALL individuals requesting such aid must fill out a ‘Summer School Request’ form and return it by the prescribed deadline each year.  Scholarship awards are based on recommendations from the head coach and awarded by the institution’s financial aid office. No other sports have summer athletics scholarship opportunities without a special request.  

If a student fails (receives an ‘F’ grade) or withdraws from a summer school course that is being funded by the athletics department, they will be charged for that course(s) in which they fail to complete successfully.

(D) The full grant-in-aid scholarship payment received by all student athletes who live on campus during the academic year and off campus during summer school sessions;

For those student-athletes living on campus, their actual tuition and fees, room and board and course related books are paid directly from their financial aid account to the Bursar’s office. When the cost of the student-athlete’s meal plan or housing is less than the highest on-campus housing or meal plan cost for that particular academic year, their  athletics scholarship will be reduced to the actual charges posted to their account so that there is not an ‘over-award’ on their account.  They will not be permitted to receive a reimbursement check for the difference, per Athletics Department policy.  

For those student-athlete’s residing in non-university owned housing, when the value of their athletic scholarship exceeds the actual cost of their school bill for the semester, their  athletics scholarship will be reduced to the actual charges posted to their account so that there is not an ‘over-award’ on their account.  They will not be permitted to receive a reimbursement check for the difference, per Athletics Department policy.  In addition, if a student-athlete is on a full athletics scholarship that covers books, they will not receive their book scholarship, in addition to not receiving the housing scholarship, if they choose to live off-campus.  They will be required to have an on-campus meal plan, as they will not receive a reimbursement for any unused portion of their athletics scholarship.

Men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes that are on full grant-in-aid scholarships are not permitted to live in non-university owned housing at any time.

During the summer months, the athletics department only covers the cost of the full scholarship student’s tuition and fees associated with the courses that are approved by the Department of Athletics.  Housing is secured on-campus by the students themselves. 

(E) The following information relating to NCAA scholarship rules:

(i) A verbal commitment is not binding on either the student athlete or the institution;

Although some prospective student-athletes inform coaching staff members of certain institutions that they are ‘committed’ to coming to a particular institution, it is not ‘official’ until the institution has submitted an offer of financial aid to the prospective student-athlete that is issued by the Office of Financial Assistance.

(ii) the National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student athlete and an institution of higher education in which the institution agrees to provide a prospective student athlete, who is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules, athletics aid for one academic year in exchange for the prospective student athlete's agreement to attend the institution for one academic year;

Sacred Heart University subscribes to the National Letter of Intent program and adheres to all guidelines surrounding the document.

A National Letter of Intent document will also accompany a financial aid agreement if the prospective student athlete is signing their aid award letter during the permissible signing period for his/her sport, as mandated under NCAA rules and that individual is permitted to sign a National Letter of Intent per NCAA rules. 

The Provisions associated with the National Letter of Intent document that would be signed can be found at the following link:

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/nli/nli/nli+provisions/index.html

If the link above does not work, please visit the National Letter of Intent website at www.nationalletter.org and click on the ‘Provisions’ tab. 

An athletic grant-in-aid award is valid for one academic year. Although the renewal of an athletic grant-in-aid award is not automatic, it is the University’s policy to renew an athletic grant-in-aid award when a student-athlete meets the conditions set forth in this agreement and does not have any major infractions against the Department of Athletics Policies and Procedures. NCAA rules permit the University to offer a student-athlete an athletic grant-in-aid once a year for a maximum of five (5) years.

Sacred Heart University encourages both the prospective student-athlete and his/her parents or legal guardians to read all documents associated with his/her aid and ask questions before signing such agreements. 

(iii) the National Letter of Intent must be accompanied by an institutional financial aid agreement;

2011-12 Sacred Heart University Athletics Grant in Aid Agreement Letter

November 15, 2011

Student-Athlete Name

Street Address

City, State   Zip Code

Dear Student-Athlete Name:

I am pleased to notify you that upon the recommendation of the athletics department at Sacred Heart University, you have been awarded an athletics grant-in-aid effective immediately for the 2012 - 2013 academic year in the sport of SPORT.  The estimated value of that aid is $AMOUNT.  To receive the grant, you must register as a full-time student for the FA’12/SP’13 terms, and you must meet the NCAA requirements.  The period, terms and conditions of the award are described in the enclosed Athletics Financial Aid Agreement.

Please read the Athletics Financial Aid Agreement carefully.  Note that if you receive other financial aid, it may affect your grant.  The total amount of your aid cannot exceed the maximum allowed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  We keep track of all aid that is given through our financial aid office, but if you receive other aid, you need to notify us so that you can maintain your eligibility.  In addition, earnings from a job during the academic year can affect your eligibility and must be reported to us as well.  Athletics financial aid cannot be granted for more than one academic year at a time; however, it can be renewed each year if you meet eligibility requirements. 

If you agree to accept this athletics financial aid, please sign and return one copy of the agreement to Athletics.  Keep one copy for your records.  Your award does not become effective until we receive the signed copy.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (203) 371-7980.

Your outstanding achievements made this honor possible.  Congratulations!

Sincerely,

Julie Savino

Executive Director, University Financial Assistance

Enc:  Athletics Financial Aid Agreement

 cc:  C. Donald Cook, Director of Athletics      

2011-2012 Sacred Heart University Athletics Financial Aid Agreement

 

           STUDENT-ATHLETE NAME                      DATE OF AWARD LETTER            

               (name of student)                                          (date)

           ADDRESS                                                                            

               (street address)                                   (social security number)

           CITY, STATE       ZIP                                      SPORT                     

              (city and state)     (zip)                              (sport)

 

Amount of Award $AMOUNT            Period of Award:  12-13 academic year

Type:  ____  Initial award       ____ Renewal     ____ Reduction

 _______________________________                     __________________

Julie Savino, Executive Director, University                           (date)

Financial Assistance

Conditions of Financial Aid

I understand that to qualify for this financial aid, I must

~ Fulfill the admission requirements of Sacred Heart University and

~ Meet and maintain the eligibility requirements for athletics participation and financial aid established by the NCAA, Northeast Conference and Sacred Heart University.

My financial aid will cover the following:

­­­­    Tuition and fees

    Room

    Board

    Required course related books (up to $ 500)

Other

NCAA regulations restrict the total amount of financial aid a student-athlete can receive.  If I receive a federal grant or some other scholarship or financial aid (including earnings from a job during a term), I will notify the financial aid office. Those funds may replace a portion of my athletics grant to meet NCAA and conference regulations.

My financial aid will not be increased, reduced or canceled during the period of its award on the basis of my athletic ability, performance or contribution to my team’s success, because of an injury or illness that prevents me from participating in athletics, or for any other athletics reason.   

I am aware that the amount of this aid may be immediately reduced or canceled during the term of this award if:

~ I become ineligible for intercollegiate competition (e.g., by carrying fewer than 12 credits);

~ I give false information on my application, letter of intent or financial aid agreement;

~ I engage in serious misconduct that brings disciplinary action from this institution; or

~ I voluntarily withdraw from the sport for personal reasons.                              

I am also aware that this aid must be reduced or canceled if:

~ I sign a professional sports contract for this sport;

~ I accept money for playing in an athletics contest that causes me to exceed the cost of a full grant;

~ I agree to be represented by an agent and accept money that causes me to exceed the  cost of a full grant; or

~ I receive other aid that causes me to exceed my individual limit. 

[Note:  A student-athlete who signs a professional sports contract, accepts money for playing in an athletics contest or agrees to be represented by an agent jeopardizes his or her eligibility under NCAA amateurism regulations.]   

My total financial aid and job-related earnings (except during school vacations and after my eligibility has been exhausted) may not exceed the limits set by the NCAA. 

Please indicate your acceptance of this financial aid by signing this agreement and returning it to the financial aid office no later than DATE MUST BE RETURNED.           

________________________________

[Student-athlete’s name (please print)]

________________________________   _____________________________

      (Student-athlete’s signature)                                         (date)       

________________________________   _____________________________

(Parent’s signature, if student is a minor)                          (date)

(iv) if the prospective student athlete signs the National Letter of Intent but does not enroll at that institution for a full academic year, such student athlete may be subject to specific penalties, including loss of a season of eligibility and a mandatory residence requirement.

If the prospective student-athlete does not fulfill the provisions of his/her National Letter of Intent obligations, the following penalties apply, per the National Letter of Intent program. 

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/nli/nli/release+and+appeals/index.html

It is the obligation of the prospective student-athlete to submit all necessary paperwork to the National Letter of Intent office and the Department of Athletics to begin the process of seeking to dissolve his/her National Letter of Intent and Athletics Financial Aid Agreements. 

(F) The institution's policy on signing more recruited student athletes than there are available scholarships and how that affects scholarship opportunities for recruited and current student athletes.

It is the university’s policy and practice not to offer more scholarships than available per sport.

(2) ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP RENEWAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

(A) The NCAA's policy regarding scholarship duration.

An athletic grant-in-aid award is valid for one academic year. Although the renewal of an athletic grant-in-aid award is not automatic, it is the University’s policy to renew an athletic grant-in-aid award when a student-athlete meets the conditions set forth in this agreement and does not have any major infractions against the Department of Athletics Policies and Procedures. NCAA rules permit the University to offer a student-athlete an athletic grant-in-aid once a year for a maximum of five (5) years.

(B) The policy of the institution of higher education's athletic program concerning the renewal or nonrenewal of an athletic scholarship, including circumstances in which a student athlete in good standing suffers a temporary or permanent sports-related injury, there is a change in coaching, or a student athlete's athletic performance is deemed to be below expectations.

It is Sacred Heart University’s policy to renew athletic aid if a student-athlete incurs an injury while practicing or competing for the University that prevents their continued participation in intercollegiate athletics, provided the student-athlete adheres to his/her rehabilitation schedule as prescribed by his/her physician or athletic training staff.  In addition, they must maintain compliance with all other conditions set forth in this document as they relate to renewing any student-athlete’s financial aid agreement.

An athletic grant-in-aid may be revoked per NCAA rules if a student-athlete renders him/herself ineligible for competition, fraudulently misrepresents any information to the institution, engages in serious misconduct, or voluntarily withdraws from a sport.

The Sacred Heart University Student-Athlete Handbook details an acceptable code of conduct for student-athletes. Any student-athlete involved in an unacceptable incident (on or off-campus) that has been documented by city or state police, game officials or university personnel, may expect disciplinary action by the Department of Athletics.

The Student-Athlete Handbook is reviewed and distributed to each student-athlete at their first compliance meeting on the first date that they report for their sport each year.  The most up to date and current Student-Athlete Handbook can be found on the Department of Athletics website at the following web address:

http://www.sacredheartpioneers.com/information/compliance/current/sa_handbook_-_entire_2010.pdf

A change in coaching does not allow for an institution to discontinue a student-athlete’s athletics financial aid, unless that particular student is violating a departmental policy and procedure (e.g., committing slander against the new or old coaching staff/department or fails to meet NCAA rules for eligibility). 

A student-athlete’s performance can be evaluated on an annual basis, as athletics aid agreements are renewed annually. 

(3) Athletically-related medical expenses information, including, but not limited to:

(A) The NCAA's policy regarding whether athletic programs are mandated to pay for athletically-related medical expenses.

NCAA rules state that the Department of Athletics is responsible for medical services administered to student-athletes who are injured in a university sanctioned athletic practice or game. The term “athletic injury” applies only to those ailments that are caused by the participation in a supervised practice or game. The Athletic Department cannot be held responsible for injuries that take place prior to participation at SHU, during intramural participation, club sport participation, non-university sanctioned practices, or recreational activity. The Athletic Department cannot be held responsible for medical care of non-athletic related illness and/or surgery (i.e. appendectomy or tonsillectomy). Participation in athletics does not directly cause these conditions; therefore, the NCAA regulations state that the university cannot be held responsible for their remediation.

(B) The policy of the institution of higher education's athletic program regarding whether such program will pay for a student athlete's athletically-related medical expenses, including deductibles, copayments and coinsurance, or any such medical expenses that exceed any maximum insurance coverage limits.

A student-athlete agrees to secure and maintain a personal medical insurance policy that will address an injury or illness while representing the University in practice and/or competition.  All full-time students at Sacred Heart University must have some form of Health Insurance. 

http://www.sacredheart.edu/pages/24248_student_health_insurance_enroll_waive.cfm

It should be understood by the athlete that intercollegiate athletics produce a high risk for injury. The athlete is responsible to take all measures necessary to prevent and minimize the risk of such injuries. The student-athlete is also responsible for informing the Athletic Training Staff of any athletically related injury or illness, or any non-athletically related injury or illness that could have any effect on athletic participation, including concussion. It is the student-athlete’s responsibility to inform the Athletic Training Staff of any increase in signs and/or symptoms, medication change, or abnormal responses to treatment and / or rehabilitation. The student-athlete accepts responsibility to attend treatment and rehabilitation sessions, physician visits, etc in order to improve their condition and prepare for athletic competition. Student-athletes have the right to seek physician evaluation from Sacred Heart University’s physicians. Student-athletes have the right to seek physician evaluation and/or rehabilitation services outside of the Sacred Heart University Sports Medicine Team, but must follow insurance protocol. 

Sacred Heart University provides excess insurance coverage to protect all of our intercollegiate athletes against medical claims from accidental injury during your participation in all school sponsored and supervised athletic events, whether at our home field of play or away. This coverage is administered by claims payer Bob McCloskey Insurance. Any changes to this policy will be available on our website at the beginning of the fall academic semester.

Policy details:

$90,000 medical maximum per injury (NCAA catastrophic policy includes $90,000 deductible)

  • 24 month benefit period from date of injury
  • Coverage is based on usual customary and reasonable fee (UCR) set by Medicare
  • Covers acute accidents during university sponsored athletic practices and events only (does not cover recreational, club or intramural sports accidents)
  • Although this coverage is very broad, there are restrictions, limitations, and exclusions in any insurance policy.  In some situations, medical bills are not guaranteed to be covered in full
  • This is an excess/secondary insurance policy, claims will be paid immediately upon receipt of itemized bill from provider (CMS 1500, CMS 1450 or UB 92 form) and explanation of benefits (EOB) from the student-athlete’s primary insurance

Claims processing instructions:

  • Medical Clearance Form A must be completed in full in order to accelerate claims processing
  • Accidents must be immediately reported to a member of the Sacred Heart University Athletic Training Staff
  • Claims can only be submitted by Sacred Heart University Athletic Training Staff
  • Claims must be submitted and treatment must commence within 90 days of the date of injury
  • Athletes that seek medical care independently waive this coverage
  • Billing statements will be sent to parent(s)/guardian(s) as a courtesy
  • Explanation of benefits (EOB) forms will be sent to parent(s)/guardian(s) in order to communicate claims detail
  • If you receive a form from your primary insurance, or our claims payer, requesting further information, please complete the form immediately in order to accelerate claims processing
  • If there are problems with claims processing, please contact Bob McCloskey Insurance immediately, identify yourself as a parent/guardian of a Sacred Heart University Student-Athlete or as a SHU Student-Athlete and you will be assisted immediately
  • Due to federal HIPPA regulations, members of the SHU Athletic Training Staff cannot contact primary insurance companies or provider billing departments without written permission; you may be asked to communicate with your insurance company in order to accelerate claims processing
  • If you choose to use a provider outside of the SHU network of physicians:
    • Student-Athletes that prefer to seek coverage through physicians outside of our network must seek approval through Head Athletic Trainer PRIOR to incurring any treatment
    • Student-Athletes that prefer to seek coverage through physicians outside of our network must have primary insurance coverage and must verify that coverage includes the chosen provider
    • Itemized bills (CMS 1500, CMS 1450 or UB 92) must be collected from provider(s) and submitted to Bob McCloskey Insurance at the address listed below
    • Primary insurance explanation of benefits (EOB) forms must be collected and submitted to Bob McCloskey Insurance at the address listed below

Insurance Company Contact information:

  • All insurance policy questions can be directed to Julie Alexander / Director of Sports Medicine / Sacred Heart University / 5151 Park Avenue / Fairfield, CT 06825 / Phone: 203-365-7672
  • All claims information and questions can be directed to Bob McCloskey Insurance / P.O. Box 511, Matawan, NJ  07747 / Phone: 800-445-3126

NCAA Catastrophic Injury Insurance Policy

The Catastrophic Injury Insurance Program sponsored by the NCAA is a supplemental insurance program that covers the student-athlete who is catastrophically injured while participating in a covered intercollegiate athletic activity. The policy has a $90,000 deductible and provides coverage in excess of any other valid and collectible insurance.

(C) The policy of the institution of higher education's athletic program regarding who is required to pay for any required athletically-related insurance premiums for student athletes who do not have insurance coverage.

The Department of Athletics has paid for the Sacred Heart University insurance premium for student-athletes in the past that have a demonstrated financial need and request for such coverage prior to the premium due date as determined by Sacred Heart University.

(D) The duration of time the institution of higher education's athletic program will continue to pay for athletically-related medical expenses after a student athlete's athletic eligibility expires.

Sacred Heart University provides excess insurance coverage to protect all of our intercollegiate athletes against medical claims from accidental injury during your participation in all school sponsored and supervised athletic events, whether at our home field of play or away. This coverage is administered by claims payer Bob McCloskey Insurance. Any changes to this policy will be available on our website at the beginning of the fall academic semester.

Policy details: 

  • $90,000 medical maximum per injury (NCAA catastrophic policy includes $90,000 deductible)
  • 24 month benefit period from date of injury
  • Coverage is based on usual customary and reasonable fee (UCR) set by Medicare
  • Covers acute accidents during university sponsored athletic practices and events only (does not cover recreational, club or intramural sports accidents)
  • Although this coverage is very broad, there are restrictions, limitations, and exclusions in any insurance policy.  In some situations, medical bills are not guaranteed to be covered in full
  • This is an excess/secondary insurance policy, claims will be paid immediately upon receipt of itemized bill from provider (CMS 1500, CMS 1450 or UB 92 form) and explanation of benefits (EOB) from the student-athlete’s primary insurance

(E) Whether or not an athletic program's medical policy covers expenses associated with attaining a second medical opinion for an athletically-related injury from a physician who is not associated with the athletic program, and whether the athletic program provides coverage for services provided by such a physician.

If the student-athlete seeks a second medical opinion on his/her own accord or at the request of a family member without first advising the athletic training staff of their decision, the athletic department will not cover the charges associated with the services of the second opinion. 

The Department of Athletics does not discourage a student-athlete from seeking a second opinion; however, they must be aware of such a request BEFORE the second opinion occurs. 

(4) Athletic release information, including, but not limited to:

(A) The NCAA's policy regarding whether an athletic program may refuse to grant an athletic release to a student athlete who wishes to transfer to another institution of higher education.

13.1.1.3 Four-Year College Prospective Student-Athletes. An athletics staff member or other representative of the institution’s athletics interests shall not make contact with the student-athlete of another NCAA or NAIA four-year collegiate institution, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining the written permission of the first institution’s athletics director (or an athletics administrator designated by the athletics director) to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact. If permission is not granted, the second institution shall not encourage the transfer and the institution shall not provide athletically related financial assistance to the student-athlete until the student-athlete has attended the second institution for one academic year. If permission is granted to contact the student-athlete, all applicable NCAA recruiting rules apply. If an institution receives a written request from a student-athlete to permit another institution to contact the student-athlete about transferring, the institution shall grant or deny the request within seven business days (see Bylaw 13.02.1) of receipt of therequest. If the institution fails to respond to the student-athlete’s written request within seven business days, permission shall be granted by default and the institution shall provide written permission to the student-athlete.

(Revised: 1/10/91, 1/16/93, 1/11/94, 4/26/01, 4/29/04 effective 8/1/04, 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10)

13.1.1.3.1 Hearing Opportunity. If the institution decides to deny a student-athlete’s request to permit any other institution to contact the student-athlete about transferring, the institution shall inform the student-athlete in writing that he or she, upon request, shall be provided a hearing conducted by an institutional entity or committee outside of the athletics department (e.g., the office of student affairs; office of the dean of students; or a committee composed of the faculty athletics representative, student-athletes and nonathletics faculty/staff members). The institution shall conduct the hearing and provide written results of the hearing to the student-athlete within 15 business days (see Bylaw 13.02.1) of receipt of the student-athlete’s written request for a hearing. The student-athlete shall be provided the opportunity to actively participate (e.g., in person, via telephone) in the hearing. If the institution fails to conduct the hearing or provide the written results to the student-athlete within 15 business days, permission to contact the student-athlete shall be granted by default and the institution shall provide written permission to the student-athlete. (Adopted: 1/11/94, Revised: 9/18/07, 4/29/10 effective 8/1/10) 

(B) The policy of the postsecondary educational institution's athletic program regarding whether it may refuse to grant an athletic release for a student athlete who wishes to transfer to another institution of higher education.

Sacred Heart University will comply with all NCAA and NEC/MAAC/AHA regulations regarding transferring to and from the University. In accordance with NCAA regulations, the Department of Athletics has established a committee on transfers to hear appeals from student-athletes who have been denied (by the Department of Athletics) either a request to be contacted by another institution or a one-time transfer exception.

The committee will be chaired by the Faculty Athletics Representative and will include the faculty members on the Faculty Athletic Council as well as a student-athlete selected by the Faculty Athletics Representative. If possible, that student-athlete will be a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

The following procedure will be in effect:

  1. When the Department of Athletics denies a transfer request (permission to contact or one-time transfer exception) by a student-athlete, that student will be given a copy of this policy. This will constitute written notice of the student's right to appeal.
  2. The institution will provide written results of the hearing to the student-athlete withing 15 business days (see Bylaw 13.02.1) of receipt of the student-athlete's written request for a hearing.
  3. The student-athlete has the right to meet with the Director of Athletics or his/her representative regarding this matter. The Director or his/her designee will inform the student-athlete of the decision regarding the request.
  4. If the decision is not favorable, the student-athlete may request that the committee hear an appeal. In that case, the Faculty Representative will be notified and the committee will hear the appeal and render a decision as soon as possible. The decision by the committee will be the Department's final decision.  Both the hearing and the student's appeal must be finalized within 15 business days of the orginial receipt of the student-athlete's written request for a hearing.

(Adopted July 1, 2007)

(C) Commencing January 1, 2012, an institution of higher education that provides, by any delivery method, written material regarding its athletic program to a student athlete shall include in such materials a direct link to such institution's Internet web page, where the student athlete shall have access to the "Student Athletes' Right to Know" hyperlink and all of the information regarding the institution's athletic scholarship program as provided in subsection (b) of this section.