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Maryland student-athletes are expected to follow all NCAA, Conference, and institutional rules. The Student-Athlete Handbook addresses these rules and should be reviewed by all student-athletes.  

The Compliance Office is committed to educating student-athletes. Our goal is to provide you with information that will help student-athletes excel and succeed at Maryland. Please contact us if you have any questions about the Student-Athlete Handbook or other related issues.

Academic Eligibility

Student-athletes must be enrolled in a minimum full-time program of studies, be in good academic standing, and maintain progress toward a baccalaureate or equivalent degree to remain eligible for athletics competition.

Complimentary Admissions

Student-athletes may receive four complimentary admissions (per home or away contest) in the sport he/she participates (practices or competes), regardless of whether the student-athlete competes in the contest.

Countable Athletically Related Activities

A countable athletically related activity is any activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes that occurs at the direction of, or supervised by, one or more institutional coaching staff members (including strength and conditioning coaches).


Student-athletes may engage in 20 hours of countable athletically related activity during the week (max 4 hours per day), and must have 1 day off per week. Competition counts as 3 hours regardless of the time expended that day.


In sports other than Football, student-athletes may engage in 8 hours of countable athletically related activity during the week, (2 hours max attributed to skill-related workouts), and must have 2 days off.

Football is limited to 8 hours a week of weight training, conditioning, and/or reviewing game film (2 hour max on reviewing game film), and must have 2 days off per week. Football is also required to schedule 8 weeks of discretionary time for the student-athletes.

Drugs & Drug Testing

NCAA Drug Testing

The NCAA bans drugs by class (e.g., stimulants), along with any substance chemically related to those classes. NCAA banned drug classes include: anabolic agents, alcohol and beta clockers (for rifle only), anti-estrogens and Beta-2 Agonists, masking agents (e.g. diuretics), peptide hormones and analogues, stimulants, and street drugs. The NCAA Banned Drug List provides further information.

Testing positive for "street drugs" has the following penalties:

  • 1st positive test: 365-day suspension (loss of one year of eligibility).
  • 2nd positive test: 365-day suspension (loss of one year of eligibility).

Testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs has the following penalties:

  • 1st positive test: 365-day suspension (loss of one year of eligibility).
  • 2nd positive test: Permanently ineligible.

Institutional Drug Testing

Maryland adheres to the principle that there is no place in intercollegiate athletics for substance abuse of any kind. Therefore, in addition to the NCAA Drug Testing Policy, Maryland has its own drug testing policy.

Each student-athlete that enters the intercollegiate athletics program is provided a copy of the University's Drug Policy for Student-Athletes and Substance Abuse Testing Procedures for Student-Athletes. The policy can also be found in the Student-Athlete Handbook (hyperlink, see attached "Student-Athlete Handbook").


Student-athletes are permitted to earn an income through outside employment, either during the academic year or vacation periods, provided any compensation is for work actually performed and does not exceed the going rate in the locality for similar services. Compensation may not include any remuneration for the value the student-athlete has to the employer because of his/her athletics reputation.

Extra Benefits

It is an NCAA violation for a student-athlete to receive something not generally available to the Maryland student body. Accepting an extra benefit will jeopardize a student-athlete's eligibility to compete in NCAA sports.


All student-athletes are prohibited from gambling or wagering on any sport - whether it is amateur, professional, or other - the NCAA sponsors. It is even prohibited to participate in a pool or fantasy league in which an entry fee is required and there is an opportunity to win a prize or money.

Just remember, any gambling can result in a loss of eligibility. Click here for more information.


Student-athletes are strongly encouraged to personalize anything he/she autographs. Personalizing an item helps ensure it will not be sold on the open market.

Promotional Activities

Any use of a student-athlete's name, picture, or appearance to support a charitable, educational, or non-profit activity must receive prior approval from the Compliance Office.