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Compliance Corner: Summer Reminders

Now that UM’s athletic teams have concluded their seasons, it is important to remember that NCAA rules affect student-athletes, coaches, institutional staff members, and fans throughout the year, not just during the playing season. Here are a few reminders fans should keep in mind during the summer:

Use of a student-athlete’s name, image or likeness: NCAA bylaws prohibit boosters, local businesses, and corporate entities from using a student-athlete’s name, picture, or likeness to promote any commercial product. Neither can a student-athlete authorize the use of his or her name or picture on commercial items. 

Employing student-athletes: Student-athletes can earn only the going rate in the locale of their employment. This means, for example, that if the going wage in a certain field is $20 an hour, it would be impermissible to pay a student-athlete $50 an hour for the same job. Additionally, student-athletes may be paid only for work actually performed and, to ensure the work is actually completed, should not be paid in advance. There have been many NCAA violations concerning student-athletes who were paid for work they never performed. Student-athletes who receive payment without performing work would jeopardize their eligibility, subject the University to a process of seeking their reinstatement, or face other potential penalties.

Extra Benefits: An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide a student-athlete, a prospective student-athlete, their friend or a family member a benefit not authorized by the NCAA. However, if the same benefit is available to the general student population or a particular segment of the student body that includes the student-athlete, the receipt of that benefit is not a violation of NCAA rules.

Recruiting: Fans are not permitted to use social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to contact or otherwise attempt to correspond with prospects.This includes, but is not limited to, posting on a wall, using the inbox/email feature, instant messaging, “@replies,” “mentions,” or direct messaging. As electronic communication technology continues to advance, the opportunities for supporters of an athletics program to have impermissible contact with a prospect, or the family of a prospect, greatly increases; however, the institution’s responsibility for that contact remains the same.

As always, your efforts to help the University maintain a culture of compliance are greatly appreciated. For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email at athleticscompliance@miami.edu.

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Political Science Professor June Teufel Dreyer Testifies in Congress on ‘Why Taiwan Matters’

June Teufel Dreyer

Professor of political science June Teufel Dreyer was invited to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at a hearing entitled “Why Taiwan Matters” on June 16.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who plans to introduce legislation to strengthen the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) of 1979, chaired the hearing. Dreyer was asked to testify on the current state of U.S.-Taiwan relations, including political developments within Taiwan, future plans for defensive arms sales to Taiwan, the continued missile buildup on the Chinese mainland opposite Taiwan, and the increased targeting of People’s Liberation Army assets directed toward Taiwan.

In her remarks, Dreyer described Taiwan as an island with narrowing options, tracing a trajectory toward absorption by China. “U.S. actions bear a large measure of responsibility for this drift,” she noted, and the United States must make efforts to reverse it: “To abandon a democratic country to an authoritarian government with an abysmal human rights record is a repudiation of all that the United States stands for.”

“Now is the time to halt a drift that is dangerous not only to the security of the Taiwanese but to the United States’ interests in the region and to the credibility of the global alliance system,” Dreyer said.

She offered four recommendations toward reversing this drift: the immediate sale of F-16 C/Ds to Taiwan; a complete review of the cross-Strait military balance to assess Taiwan’s legitimate defense needs; removal of the restrictions on contacts between high-ranking American and Taiwanese officials; and a strong affirmation of the right of the people of Taiwan to determine their own political future.

There was no disagreement with her recommendations by the committee members or the other three witnesses: Randall G. Schriver of Armitage International LLC, Rupert J. Hammond-Chambers of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, and Professor Nancy Bernkopf Tucker of Georgetown University.

Dreyer conducts research on ethnic minorities in China, Sino-Japanese relations, Chinese military modernization, and China-Taiwan relations. She has served as chief Far East specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Asia advisor to the chief of naval operations at the United States Navy.


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