Academic Eligibility

To be eligible for competition, student-athletes are required to maintain progress toward degree by meeting the following:

  • You must be enrolled full-time, which is a minimum of 12 credits, at all times during the semester.
  • You must successfully complete at least 24 credits towards your designated degree program during the fall, spring and summer to be eligible next year. A minimum of 18 credits must be earned during the regular academic year.
  • You must pass at least 6 hours each semester to remain eligible.

Additionally, student-athletes must:

  • Have a 1.8 GPA prior to beginning their second year.
  • Designate a degree prior to the beginning of their third year.
  • Have 40% of their designated degree completed and 1.9 GPA prior to the beginning of their third year.
  • Have 60% of their designated degree completed and 2.0 GPA.
  • Have 80% of their designated degree completed and maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Football Student-Athletes Only:

In addition to meeting the above requirements, football student-athletes must pass nine hours and earn the APR eligibility point each fall term of enrollment.

Football student-athletes who fail to meet these requirements must sit out the first four games the following season.

A student-athlete may regain eligibility for the four games by successfully completing 27-hours prior to the beginning of the next fall. This is a one-time exception during your playing career.

Student-athletes have 4 seasons of eligibility within 5 calendar years of their first term of full-time enrollment.

Benefits from Boosters

As a student-athlete, you need to be aware that there are limitations on the interactions which you may have with individuals the NCAA identifies as a booster.

The NCAA stipulates that once an individual has been identified as a "representative" of the University of Tennessee's athletics programs he or she retains this status forever. You as well as your friends or relatives may not receive an "extra benefit" from any individual that is being given directly or indirectly due to the fact that you are a student-athlete at the University of Tennessee.

The following is a sample of extra benefits or services that are prohibited under NCAA legislation:

  • Car or any use of a car or other transportation
  • Clothing
  • Haircut or other miscellaneous service
  • Gift(s)
  • Money, loan(s), a guarantee of bond or signing / co-signing of a note to arrange a loan
  • Ticket(s) for any kind of entertainment
  • Payment of long distance telephone calls
  • Free or reduced-price merchandise from a merchant (unless it is available to the general public)
  • Free or reduced-price meals at a restaurant
  • Free or reduced room and/or board from a booster (This includes in Knoxville, your home city or any other location)
  • Members of the athletic department staff (including tutors) may not type reports, papers, letters, etc.
  • Special discounts, payment arrangements or credit on a purchase (e.g., airline tickets) or service (e.g., laundry, dry cleaning)
  • Tattoos
  • Cover charges at nightclubs

Agents

You are not eligible in a sport if you have ever accepted money, transportation or other benefits from an agent or agreed to have an agent market your athletics ability or reputation in that sport.

You may NOT sign a contact with an agent or agree verbally to be represented by an agent until after your eligibility has expired.

Any questions regarding agents should be directed to the Compliance Office.

Student-Athlete Guide to Agents (PDF)

Agent Registration Form 2013-14

Amateurism

In order to maintain your amateur status and remain eligible for intercollegiate competition, you cannot receive any type of pay for play, either directly or indirectly.

All awards or cash prizes that you are not allowed to receive under NCAA regulations cannot be given in your name to another individual or agency.

Promotional activity requests (e.g., community service or appearances) must be initiated via the compliance website. Submission of a request does not ensure the request will be approved.

Gambling

You may NOT knowingly provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition.

You may NOT solicit a bet on ANY intercollegiate team or on ANY professional team.

You may NOT accept a bet on any team representing the University of Tennessee or participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.

Any violation of the above regulations will be sanctioned as follows:

  • If the gambling activity involves the University of Tennessee, you will lose all remaining eligibility in all sports.
  • If the gambling activity involves any other team aside from the University of Tennessee, you will be ineligible for a minimum of one year, at which time we may elect to seek reinstatement for you.
  • Any subsequent violation will result in the loss of all remaining eligibility in all sports.

Any student-athlete who engages in activity designed to influence the outcome of an intercollegiate contest (ie: point shaving), shall permanently lose all remaining eligibility in all sports.

General Employment

The Compliance Office is required to maintain written records of all student-athlete employment activities in order to ensure compliance with NCAA regulations. Student-athletes should report employment through completion of the Student-Athlete Employment Form in JumpForward.

Athletics Department staff members are permitted to arrange employment for student-athletes. However, all employment arrangements must be pre-approved by the Compliance Office.

Student-athletes must remember the following NCAA rules regarding any employment position:

  1. May not be hired based on your athletics ability
  2. May be compensated only for work actually performed at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for similar services
  3. A student-athlete's name, picture or likeness may not be used to advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind
  4. Transportation to work or any other benefits (e.g., meals) from the student-athlete's employer may not be provided unless the benefit is provided for all other employees

Any and all updates to a student-athlete's employment status must be reported to the Compliance Office immediately.

Fee-for-Lesson

A student-athlete may receive compensation for teaching or coaching sports skills or techniques in his or her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis, subject to the following conditions:

  1. University of Tennessee facilities may not be used
  2. Actual lessons must be provided (to be compensated to simply "play" against the individual is not permissible)
  3. Payment must be made by the lesson recipient (or the recipient's family) and not another individual or entity

Student-athletes should report fee-for-lesson arrangements through completion of the Student-Athlete Fee-for-Lesson Form in JumpForward.

Non-Institutional Camp Employment

Student-athletes may work at University of Tennessee sports camps/clinics as well as non-institutional sports camps/clinics. Employment at UT sports camps/clinics will be reported by the team's coaching staff. Employment at non-institutional sports camps/clinics (e.g., any camp/clinic other than a UT camp/clinic) should be reported by student-athletes through completion of the Student-Athlete Non-Institutional Camp Employment Form in JumpForward.

Per NCAA regulations, student-athletes must perform actual duties in order to be paid for employment at a camp/clinic. Student-athletes may not be paid solely for lecturing or demonstrating, and student-athletes may not conduct their own camps/clinics.

Player-Guest Tickets

As a Tennessee student-athlete, you are entitled to four (4) complimentary admissions for each home contest in your sport. Away-from-home contest complimentary admission availability varies by sport and event. These complimentary admissions, which may be provided only through a pass list, may be assigned to your family members, relatives and friends.

You may not receive payment from any source for your complimentary admissions nor may you exchange your tickets for any item of value. The same restrictions apply to individuals assigned to receive your complimentary admissions. The sale or exchange of complimentary admissions will result in a violation of NCAA legislation and jeopardize your intercollegiate athletics eligibility.

You may assign your complimentary admissions through the player-guest ticket system in JumpForward.

Outside Competition

Student-athletes must receive approval from the Compliance Office prior to participating in competition as a member of an outside sports team or as an individual. Pending Compliance Office approval, student-athletes in all sports (except football) may compete in any non-collegiate, amateur competition during select time periods (e.g., summer break, official UT vacation periods when team is out-of-season). Per NCAA regulations, student-athletes may not participate as a member of an outside team during the academic year.

The number of UT student-athletes on any one outside team shall not exceed the following NCAA limitations:

Sport Maximum UT Athletes/Team
Baseball 4
Basketball 2
Football 0
Golf Unlimited
Rowing Unlimited
Soccer 5
Softball 4
Swimming & Diving Unlimited
Tennis Unlimited
Track & Field/Cross Country Unlimited
Volleyball 2

Student-athletes should report participation in outside competition through completion of the Student-Athlete Outside Competition Form in JumpForward.

Promotions

You cannot allow your name, picture or personal appearance to be used to advertise or promote any commercial products, services, jobs or employers regardless of whether compensation is offered.

You can be involved in a promotional activity (e.g., half-court basketball shooting contest, involvement in a golfing money scramble) provided all members of the general public or student-body are eligible to participate and selected at random.

Charitable organizations often request assistance from student-athletes in fund-raising activities. Requests to participate in such activities are initiated in the Thornton Center.

Student-athletes may not miss class to participate in promotional activities.

Any questions about permissible activities should be directed to the Compliance Office.

Student Assistance Fund

The NCAA Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is intended to assist student-athletes with special needs that are not covered by a scholarship. All student-athletes are eligible to receive SAF benefits. Student-athletes may request SAF benefits through completion of the SAF Request Form in JumpForward.