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CURRENT BADGERS

This page is intended to highlight some topics pertinent to you as a current student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin. It is difficult to cover every possible rule and regulation governing your participation as a Division I student-athlete. Therefore, please always contact a Compliance Office staff member before taking any action that may be contrary to NCAA rules.

Academic Eligibility

Once enrolled in college, student-athletes have various academic requirements they must meet in order to remain eligible for practice and competition. University of Wisconsin student-athletes must meet these academic standards in order to remain eligible.

The Office of Academic Services assists Wisconsin student-athletes by providing, through an enriching environment, the maximum opportunity for academic achievement. The Office of Academic Services will render quality academic support and guidance for student-athlete success. To provide the best possible collegiate experience, the staff will work in partnership with coaches, faculty and administrators to empower student-athletes.

Amateurism and Agents/Advisors

In the collegiate model of sports, the young men and women competing on the field or court are students first, athletes second. Therefore, maintaining amateurism is crucial to preserving an academic environment in which acquiring a quality education is the first priority. Please see the following links for more information on student-athlete amateurism, as well as agents and advisors:

NCAA Amateurism Overview
NCAA Insurance Program

Student-athlete interaction with agents and advisors can adversely affect a student-athlete's eligibility. Please see this page for more information on agents and advisors.

Financial Aid

The financial aid office will work with scholarship and non-scholarship students to provide adequate resources to cover expenses while attending the University of Wisconsin. Please see this page for more information on various forms of financial aid.

Extra Benefits and Preferential Treatment

By NCAA definition, an extra benefit is any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relative, coach, or friend a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Please see this page for more information on extra benefits and preferential treatment.

Employment and Fee-for-Lesson

Student-athletes are allowed to hold jobs, but there are NCAA regulations regarding the employment of student-athletes. Additionally, you must register your job with the Compliance Office prior to beginning any employment. Please see this page for more information on student-athlete employment.

Outside Competition

Student-athletes must receive prior approval to practice or compete in events when not representing the University of Wisconsin. Please see this page for more information on outside competition and the approval process.

Sports Wagering

NCAA regulations prohibit student-athletes' participation in sports wagering. Your participation in these activities could cost you your eligibility. Please see the following links for more information on sports wagering:

General Sports Wagering Information
Don't Bet On It!
NCAA Frequently Asked Questions on Sports Wagering Get Acrobat Reader
Sports Wagering Behaviors of Student-Athletes

Automobile Registration

All student-athletes are required to complete an automobile registration form. Please see this page for more information on registering your vehicle with the Compliance Office.

Promotional Activities

Student-athletes must receive prior approval to participate in any promotional activities (e.g., community service, appearances, etc.). Please see the following links for more information on student-athlete involvement with promotional activities:

Student-Athlete Promotional Activities and Appearances
Promotional Activities Approval

Drug Testing

The NCAA conducts year-round drug testing of student-athletes in all sports. Student-athletes on-campus, as well as those who are not physically present on campus, may be selected for testing. As a result, testing may occur at homes, jobs or other locations. Please see the following links for more information on the NCAA's student-athlete drug testing program:

NCAA Drug Testing Program Overview
NCAA Banned Drug List
University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine

Questions?

The Compliance staff is here as a resource for you. Please feel free to contact the Compliance Office with any questions you may have.

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