Intercollegiate Student-Athlete Compensation and Rights (Procedure 3.0900)
|Authority:||Board of Education Rule 6A-14.0582; F.S. 1006.74|
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- Affiliate: someone who is a member of any college, athletic or foundation board or an employee or volunteers or independent contractors with the athletic program
- Athletic Program: an intercollegiate athletic program at the College.
- Student Athlete: a College student who participates in an intercollegiate athletic program and is either listed on an active roster or red shirted by the head coach for his or her respective team(s).
The purpose of this procedure is to describe the ways in which a student athlete may earn compensation for the use of her or his name, image, or likeness and the steps for review of any such agreements by the College.
Student Athlete Compensation and Rights
- Any student athlete may earn compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness if the compensation is provided by a third party that is not an Affiliate of the athlete’s postsecondary educational institution. Compensation may not extend beyond the students’ participation in the intercollegiate athletics program. Student athletes must notify the Athletic Director in an email of their intent to enter into any agreement or amendments and provide a written copy of the agreement or amendments at least 10 business days prior to its execution. No student may enter into any compensation agreement that conflicts with any term of an intercollegiate team contract.
- International student athletes on an F-1 VISA are not eligible to earn such compensation due to federal work restrictions.
- A grant-in-aid, including cost of attendance, awarded to a student athlete is not compensation and may not be revoked or reduced as a result of an intercollegiate athlete earning compensation or obtaining professional representation.
- A student athlete must report any compensation to the Internal Revenue Service as taxable income and is solely responsible for any and all tax reporting and payment obligations.
- New student athletes must notify the Athletic Director in email of any existing agreements related to compensation for name, image or likeness at the time of signing their letter of intent.
- The Student-Athlete may not use any Seminole State logos, names, marks, or any other College intellectual property without prior approval from the College and enter into a College approved license agreement.
- Student athletes may obtain professional representation for the purpose of securing compensation for the use of their NIL. Athletic agents must be licensed pursuant to Part IX Chapter 468 of F.S., and attorneys must be in good standing with the Florida Bar.
- Student athletes who fail to notify the Athletic Director of such agreements, who improperly use College intellectual property, who enter into agreements that conflict with a team contract, or otherwise violate this procedure may face disciplinary actions determined by the Athletic Director and/or coach.
- Students are advised to review any NJCAA and NCAA rules that relate to compensation. The College shall not be responsible for any student’s ineligibility or other consequence of violating any NJCAA or NCAA rule as a result of that student’s entering into an agreement for use of his or her name, image or likeness.
- A student shall provide a copy of their executed agreement for use of his or her name, image or likeness to the Athletic Director.
Seminole State Responsibilities
- Seminole State Athletics will notify incoming student athletes of their right to pursue compensation for use of their name, image or likeness pursuant to Florida Statute and Board of Education rules.
- The College may not compensate or cause compensation to be directed to any prospective or current intercollegiate athlete for the use of their name, image or likeness. This requirement extends to organizations that support the postsecondary institution, its athletics programs, officers, directors, or employees of said organizations.
- The college may use student-athlete name, image or likeness without compensation or further authorization in order to promote the athletic departments games, seasons and/or activities.
- All student athletes must receive 5 clock (not credit) hours of financial literacy and life skills training in their first and third academic years.
- All student athletes including those who are not receiving compensation for their name, image or likeness are required to complete the workshops.
- This will be comprised of but not limited to trainings held at student athlete orientation, college credit courses or online workshop modules.
|Recommended by||Executive Team/CAC||Date||11/15/2022|
|Signed by||President, Georgia L. Lorenz||Date||11/28/2022|