A. Introduction
B. Student-Athlete Affirmation of Conduct
C. NCAA Banned Substances
D. Extra Benefits


While you are a student-athlete at Columbia University, you are obligated to abide by NCAA, Ivy League, and University rules. Below is a list of general expectations of all Columbia student-athletes.  Please refer to the Columbia Student-Athlete Handbook for more comprehensive and detailed guidelines. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Compliance Office.


Kevin Burton

Associate Athletics Director

(212) 854-8666


Participation in intercollegiate athletics is an honor and privilege afforded to few men and women at Columbia University. Student-athletes are highly visible members of the University community. Participation in a nationally-recognized NCAA Division I athletics program places all student-athletes in a position of responsibility. Individual actions by student-athletes may impact the perception of sports programs, the athletics department, and the University. Student-athlete behavior is expected to reflect the high standards of Columbia University. 

In order to participate as a member of the Columbia University intercollegiate athletics program, student-athletes are required to affirm, in writing, that they have read and agree to abide by the following statement:

As a Columbia University Varsity student-athlete, I affirm that I will:
• Uphold ideals of honesty and integrity in my actions;
• Treat everyone with dignity and respect;
• Promote a safe and civil environment;
• Be accountable for my behavior;
• Embrace the principles of diversity and inclusiveness;
• Strive for excellence in all endeavors;
• Commit to being a responsible citizen; and
• Refrain from participating in activities that may bring dishonor to, and negatively reflect upon myself, my teammates and Columbia University. These activities include, but are not limited to,: academic dishonesty, gambling and sports wagering, sexual misconduct, team initiation, hazing, sexual harassment, discrimination, illegal drug use (recreational and/or performance enhancing), illegal alcohol use (underage drinking), and violation of local, state, federal and international laws.

The NCAA requires that we provide our student-athletes with a list of banned substances. As a current student-athlete, you were provided with this information when you completed your eligibility forms and were advised that the list is subject to change. Please click on the following link to access the current list of NCAA banned substances:


Student-athletes are reminded that all nutritional/dietary supplements carry some risk of containing an NCAA banned substance because they are not well regulated and may be contaminated. Failure to check out a supplement with the sports medicine staff prior to use may result in a failed appeal for a positive drug test. Ultimately, student-athletes are responsible for anything they ingest. 
Student-athletes are allowed to receive various benefits as a result of their participation in intercollegiate athletics. However, student-athletes are prohibited from receiving anything that constitutes an “extra-benefit.” An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of athletics interests to provide a student-athlete, or the student-athlete's friends or relatives, a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA. 

Extra benefits a student-athlete may NOT receive include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: 
• money, special discount, payment or arrangement of credit on a purchase (airline ticket, clothing) or service (dry cleaning, laundry); 
• a professional service without charge or at a reduced cost (typing of papers for athletes); 
• use of a telephone, pager, cell phone or credit card for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced rate; 
• services (movie tickets, dinners, use of a car) from commercial agencies (theaters, restaurants, car dealers) without charge or at a reduced rate; 
• free or reduced-cost admission to professional athletic contests from professional sports organizations; 
• a loan of money; 
• use of an automobile; 
• signing or co-signing a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan; 
• preferential treatment, benefits or services (loans on a deferred pay-back basis because of athletic reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a future professional athlete); 
• rent-free or reduced rate housing during the academic year OR during the summer; 
• use of personal property (boats, summer homes, cars, computers); 
• holiday or other presents; 
• any thing given because an individual is a student-athlete.