Compliance

The Wheelock College Athletic Department is committed to sportsmanship and integrity in all areas of college life. Wheelock Athletics adheres to the rules and regulations of NCAA Division III, the New England Collegiate Conference and all other governing bodies. As a result, the Wheelock Athletic Department expects compliance with all rules and regulations from all student-athletes, coaches, staff members and all other interests. 

All new and returning student-athletes must print out and completely fill out each of the following forms before reporting to campus for their compliance meeting in the fall. The forms are in PDF; go to adobe.com to download Adobe Reader. The NCAA Summary of Regulations and the Wheelock Student-Athlete Handbook are for informational purposes and do not need to be returned. Please return all other completed forms to the first team meeting of the year. Please retain the banned drug lists for your reference. That list can be found on pages 3-4 of the NCAA Drug Testing Consent form.

Important Links
ncaastudent.org
ncaa.org

 
About NCAA Division III
Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.

What does Division III have to offer?
Division III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and academics. Student-athletes are integrated into the student body, and they experience the full range of college life. 

Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete's experience is of paramount concern. 

Division III athletics feature athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic skills and athletic departments that are staffed and funded like any other department in the university. 

Division III athletics encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect, and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment. 

Division III athletics is committed to providing equitable athletics opportunities for both genders and gives equal emphasis to men's and women's sports. 

Division III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to student-athletes, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition. 

COMPLIANCE TOPICS

Eligibility

During your time at Wheelock, you have 10 semesters to complete four seasons of eligibility in your sport. Anytime you are enrolled as a full-time student, you will use one of those semesters even if you drop to part-time status after your first day of classes. For more information, click here.

Banned Drugs

A student athlete who is found to have used a substance on the list of banned drugs, as set forth by Bylaw 31.2.3.4, shall be declared ineligible for further participation in postseason and regular-season competition in accordance with the ineligibility provisions in Bylaw 18.4.1.5.1. For more information on banned drugs, click here.

Supplements

Before consuming any nutritional/dietary supplement product, review the product with the appropriate or designated athletics department staff. For more information on supplements, click here.

Amateur Status

There are a number of activities that including accepting pay for athletic ability, agreeing to be represented by an agent and accepting improper benefits that would make you ineligible for intercollegiate athletics. For a list of those activities, click here.

Recruiting

An institution’s staff member or any representative of its athletic interests shall not be involved, directly or indirectly, in making arrangements for or giving or offering to give any financial aid or other benefits to the prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s relatives or friends, other than expressly permitted by NCAA regulations. Receipt of a benefit by prospective student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution’s prospective students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the prospective student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. For more information, click here.

Contacting Prospective Students-Athletes

There are a number of places where recruiting contact with a prospective student-athlete may not occur. For a list of those places, click here.

Prospective Student-Athletes

A prospective student-athlete can be employed outside of the athletic department if they seek that employment through the normal employment procedures. For more information, click here.

Unethical Conduct

Unethical  conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member, which includes any individual who performs work for the institution or the athletics department even if he or she does not receive compensation for such work is prohibited. For a list of activities that are considered unethical, click here.

Wagering/Betting/Gambling

A student-athlete who engages in any type of gambling activity involving sports or provides information to someone involved in sports betting shall be declared ineligible. For more information, click here.

Camps/Clinics

Student-athletes can be employed to work a camp or clinic in their sport. For a list of restrictions, click here.

Employment

Student-athletes can be employed in a department other than athletics. For more information, click here.

Support Services

An institution may finance and provide academic-based programming and services for student-athletes, provided similar services are provided or are generally available to the institution’s students or to any particular segment of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. For more information, click here.