Compliance Corner: Holiday Reminders

With the holidays upon us, the Office of Athletics Compliance would like to remind faculty and staff of a few rules and regulations that affect them during this season of giving.

Extra Benefits: According to NCAA rules, 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, or a prospective student-athlete, or their friend or family member, a benefit not also available to the general student population, or a particular segment of the student body. Here are a few examples:

  • Holiday presents/gifts
  • Money, loans, bonds, or co-signing of loans
  • Free transportation (use of a car, boat, airline tickets, bus tickets, etc.)
  • Free storage
  • Free merchandise (clothes, video games, etc.)
  • Free entertainment (sporting events, movies, concerts, nightclubs, etc.)
  • Free lodging (hotel rooms, staying at apartment/house)
  • Free meals
  • Discounted merchandise because of status
  • Free use of a credit card, calling card, etc.

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 of Miami 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, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.


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Veritas to Resume Publication on January 16

This is the final 2017 issue of Veritas, which will resume publication on Tuesday, January 16, following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 15. The deadline for submissions remain the Wednesday prior to each issue’s publication, which barring a holiday is every Monday.

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Business and Finance Honors Nearly 2,000 Years of Service

By Melissa Cabezas
UM News

Before the rise of the internet and personal computers, Walt Bechtel, Grant Basham, and Gerardo Ordaz began their careers at the U. They’ve seen a lot of changes and created many cherished memories. And while they may have started at the U in different places, they all agreed that they kept coming back each day because of the opportunity they were given to be part of something so important.

Not one of them expected to be here for 35 years, but all secretly hoped they would.

The three were among the 120 employees honored December 5 for their dedication and service to the U during the Division of Business and Finance Long Service Awards Ceremony. The annual celebration, hosted by Jacqueline Travisano, executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer, honors employees celebrating 10 or more years of service to the University.

“Today, we honor 120 people who have given almost 2,000 years of service to the University of Miami,” Travisano said. “As the newest member of Business and Finance, this is truly inspiring to me. It further validates my decision to join the University of Miami family.”

Travisano’s remarks resonated with Bechtel, as he recalled his first days at the U. “Once I arrived I felt really honored and privileged to be here,” the assistant vice president for information technology said. “In many ways I thought: how long can this run go? I hoped it would go a long time, and 35 years is a long time.”

In addition to their commitment and dedication, Long Service Award recipients are also applauded for their exhibition of ’Cane pride. “RSMAS is a great place to work,” says Basham, noting his open work space. His family, including three children who graduated from the University, are also season ticket holders for Hurricanes football.

“I am so proud and grateful for the opportunity to work at UM,” said Ordaz, who did not speak English when he joined UM. He attributes his career here to his first manager who provided him with an English-to-Spanish translation book. “I am very grateful for the opportunity he gave me.”

“The University is doing some really amazing things,” said Bechtel, who believes that the sense of community at UM is a perpetual pick-me-up. “I’ve had the privilege of leading so many people and learning so much from them.”

And while they didn’t all have the opportunity to answer the infamous “When-will-you-retire?” question, Ordaz’s answer seems to sum it up for all of them.

“The day my car doesn’t start or my hands start to shake, that will be the day I stop coming to work at UM,” he said.

View the photos from the Division of Business and Finance Long Service Awards Ceremony.

Is your department honoring its long standing members? Send your story to InsideUM@miami.edu.


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Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) Volunteer Opportunities

The UM Counseling Center’s Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) is seeking dedicated, warm and empathic faculty, staff, and graduate student volunteers to serve during the 2018 calendar year. SART is often the first line of response for UM students who have been sexually assaulted, molested, or battered, and has supported sexual assault survivors and concerned others since 1992.

Volunteers provide hotline callers with much-needed emotional support, information, and referrals, in addition to help accessing resources when appropriate. Volunteers receive comprehensive training in taking calls from students in a variety of sexual assault-related situations, orientation to UM’s varied resources for those who have been sexually victimized, and ongoing support from licensed mental health professionals at the Counseling Center. (Training is required for new volunteers, and will take place on February 2, 2018.)

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Dr. Audrey Cleary at the Counseling Center at 305-284-5511 0r a.cleary@miami.edu.

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Early Deadline for the November 27 Issue of Veritas

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24, the  deadline for the Monday, November 27 issue of Veritas is 3 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21.

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