Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Athletic Compliance home page! The goal of this site is to provide our student-athletes, coaches, prospective student athletes, boosters, alumni, fans information regarding the rules and regulations set by the NCAA and our conferences the Little East Conference (LEC) and the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC).
While this page does not touch on all the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA, the LEC and the NEHC it is a great reference point and will help you from violating any NCAA rules. UMass Boston is committed to taking institutional responsibility to abide by NCAA rules and regulations. Through the cooperation of administrators, coaches, faculty, student-athletes and representatives of the College's athletic interests, UMass Boston is dedicated to maintaining control of its athletic programs in a manner that is consistent with the standards set by the NCAA. Compliance with the rules and regulations is essential to creating a winning environment for all UMB athletic teams and student athletes.
Please ASK before you ACT whenever any question arises.
If you don’t know the answer please feel to reach out to our Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Athlete Welfare, Megan Cullinane 617-287-5280 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCAA Division III:
It is the responsibility of every individual involved with UMass Boston Athletics to be aware of the rules which administer participation in collegiate athletics.
Some helpful links to answer questions regarding Division III NCAA rules and regulations:
- NCAA Division III Philosophy Statement (Philosophy statement produced by the NCAA pertaining to Division III athletics)
- NCAA Division III Website (Up to the minute information on Division III athletics)
- Booster Guidelines (Booster guidelines with definitions)
- NCAA DIII Amateurism Checklist (checklist for both prospective student athletes and continuing student athletes to confirm they are in fact still an amateur in their respected sport)
- NCAA Getting in the Game (Videos and resources for athletes, parents and administrators)
- NCAA Guidelines for Promotional Activities (NCAA Division III Bylaw 126.96.36.199)
- NCAA Hazing Resources (Informative videos and resources on preventing hazing)
- Don't Bet On It (Video resource on sports wagering)
- NCAA Division III Manual (Will need to hyperlink once the 19-20 manual is posted)(Manual on Division III athletics)
- NCAA Banned Substances (List of banned substances)
- Drug Free Sport (NCAA resource for all information on drugs in athletics)
- NCAA Sickle Cell Trait (NCAA Sport Science Sickle Cell website)
- Self-Release Form (For students to transfer to another Division III institution)
Sexual Violence Prevention: An Athletics Tool Kit for a Healthy and Safe Culture, Second Edition
In accordance with NCAA rules and regulations, UMB is responsible for the control and conduct of its intercollegiate athletics program. This responsibility includes accountability for the acts of “athletic representatives,” who are also known as boosters or donors.
The NCAA defines a booster as anyone who:
- Have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program;
- Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
- Be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
- Be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
- Have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution’s athletics program.
Once an individual has been identified as a booster, he or she retains that identity forever and is governed by the same NCAA and University rules and regulations as athletic staff members. Any violation of these rules could result in loss of eligibility.
- Helpful Link: Booster Guidelines (Booster guidelines with definitions)
Current Student Athletes
Extra Benefits for Student Athletes:
An extra benefit is any gift, service, or special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests that is provided to you, your family or friends that is not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Generally, you are only al-lowed to receive benefits from UMB Athletics directly related to practicing or competing in your sport or benefits that also are offered to the general student population. You could lose your eligibility, and your right to compete in intercollegiate athletics if you accept extra benefits not authorized by NCAA legislation. Be extremely cautious of “free” or “special” benefits that you may be offered, including but not limited to cash, any tangible items or merchandise, rentals or purchases of any type, and free or reduced-cost housing.
4 years of Eligibility and 10 Fulltime Semester Clock:
A student-athlete is allowed 4 seasons of participation per their respected sport/s within 10 semesters of full-time enrollment. A student-athlete must count a season of participation when he or she practices or competes during or after the first contest following the student-athlete’s initial enrollment at that school. As a transfer student-athlete you will become eligible once an academic tracer is received from the transferring institution and you would have remained eligible to participate or have graduated under NCAA provisions.
If you are a transfer student-athlete and have used a season(s) of participation according to the regulations at another institution, you might be obligated to fulfill an academic year in residence prior to being eligible to represent your school in intercollegiate competition, unless you would have been academically and athletically eligible if you would have remained at that institution.
Activities Constituting Use of a Season
• A student-athlete must count a season of participation when he or she practices or competes during or after the first contest following the student-athlete’s initial participation at that school. [Bylaw 188.8.131.52]
• A season of participation shall not be counted when a student-athlete participates in a preseason scrimmage or preseason exhibition conducted prior to the first contest scheduled.
• A season of participation shall not be counted when a student-athlete practices in the nontraditional sports segment. [Bylaw 184.108.40.206]
Medical Hardship Waiver:
A medical hardship waiver may be granted from the LEC office/NEHC office if a student-athlete is incapacitated from an injury or illness that occurred under certain conditions. Coaches and student-athletes who wish to apply for a hardship waiver should start initially with the Director of Sports Medicine. Once medical documentation is secured, it will be sent to the Assistant AD for Compliance & Student-Athlete Welfare who will complete the required documentation for the LEC/NEHC consideration. When the LEC/NEHC makes a decision, a letter will be sent to the respective coach. If granted, a copy of the hardship waiver will be placed in the student-athletes file.
Prospective Student Athletes
An official visit to a member institution by a prospective student-athlete (prospect) is a visit financed in whole or in part by the member institution. A member institution may finance only one visit to its campus for each prospect. A prospect may not be provided an official visit before January 1 of the prospective student-athlete’s junior year in high school.
An unofficial visit to a member institution by a prospect is a visit made at the prospect’s own expense. A prospect may visit a member institution’s campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. A prospect may make unofficial visits at any time.
Transfer Student Athletes
If you are interested in transferring to UMass Boston from your current NCAA Division I or II institution, you will need to receive written permission to contact you from your current institution or be released in the NCAA transfer portal before our coaches can contact you directly.
If you are interested in transferring to UMass Boston from your current NCAA Division III institution, the NCAA grants Division III student-athletes the right to self-release for a 30 days. You must fill out a Self-Release Form and send it to UMass Boston before our coaches can contact you directly. Please keep in mind once your 30 day Self-Release is up, you will need to notify your institution and they will need to send a permission to contact to continue to speak with our UMass Boston coaches.
- Link to Self-Release: Self-Release Form (For students to transfer to another Division III institution)
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act
The most recent Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report (EADA) for UMass Boston can be viewed on-line by link, utilizing the following instructions.
- Type in to the box – University of Massachusetts Boston. Then hit Search button at bottom of page.
- A new page will be displayed, where you must click the link for University of Massachusetts Boston. Press continue and the most recent EADA report will populate for you.