Employing student-athletes

By Life@TheU

Employing student-athletes

By Life@TheU
Learn how to maintain a culture of compliance at the University of Miami.

Throughout the academic year, many University of Miami student-athletes participate in various internships and different types of employment opportunities. While it is permissible for representatives of athletics interests, or boosters, to employ student-athletes, there are a few NCAA regulations that must be followed to ensure the eligibility of our student-athletes. These regulations also apply to University faculty and staff members.

Student-athletes can earn only the going rate in the locale of their employment. This means, for example, that if the going wage in a certain field is $20 an hour, it would be impermissible to pay a student-athlete $50 an hour for the same job. 

Additionally, student-athletes may be paid only for work actually performed and, to ensure the work is actually completed, should not be paid in advance. There have been many NCAA violations concerning student-athletes who were paid for work they never performed. Student-athletes who receive payment without performing work would jeopardize their eligibility and subject UM to seek their reinstatement, or face other potential penalties. 

Before hiring a student-athlete, complete an employer verification form, which is available at miamihurricanes.com/compliance. For more information, contact UM athletics at athleticscompliance@miami.edu or 305-284-2692. 

Find more compliance reminders, including what constitutes as a benefit for student-athletes and how to communicate with prospective student-athletes.