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Compliance Corner January 2014
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Important NCAA Rules
1. You may not provide current or prospective student‐athletes, their families or friends a benefit that is not permitted by the NCAA (*See October 2013 for a more detailed list of extra benefits).
2. Employment of current student‐athletes during the academic year and vacation periods is permissible, but certain conditions must be met (*See November 2013 for more details).
3. It is not permissible to use a student‐athlete’s name, picture or appearance for any promotional activity without prior approval from Binghamton University’s Office of NCAA Compliance. You may not use a student‐athlete’s name, picture or appearance for commercial purposes or sell student‐athlete memorabilia.
4. You may not provide student‐athletes or their families or friends with entertainment expenses related to BU athletic events. For example, it is not permissible to provide student‐athletes or their families or friends with complimentary admissions to BU athletic events or access to special seating areas of the facility (e.g., sidelines, courtside seating, and suites).
5. Only Binghamton University coaches may be involved in the recruiting process. You may not have any telephone, written (e.g., letter, e‐mail, fax, Twitter, Facebook, chat rooms, message boards) or in‐person contact with a prospective student‐athlete for recruiting purposes. A prospect is defined as an individual who has started classes for the ninth grade (seventh grade for men’s basketball); including individuals enrolled in preparatory school and two‐year colleges. An individual remains a prospect event after he or she signs a National Letter of Intent with BU. You may not contact student‐athletes enrolled in other four‐year institutions regarding the possibility of transferring to BU.
6. Boosters may not provide prospective student‐athletes with any expenses (e.g., transportation to visit campus, meals, lodging, complimentary admissions to BU athletic events, educational expenses, training expenses, medical expenses, etc.).
7. Boosters may not contact prospective student‐athletes through any social media including Facebook, message boards, chat rooms, blogs, etc.
8. You may not entertain a prospect’s junior high, high school, preparatory school, junior college or club coach or provide them with any other type of benefit.
9. You may not provide a benefit to a current student‐athlete in exchange for the student-athlete’s autograph, memorabilia, varsity awards, America East awards (rings), NCAA awards, etc.
10. Ask Before You Act! BU is responsible for the actions of its boosters. When a violation occurs, regardless of intention, it can jeopardize the eligibility of our prospective and current student‐athlete and result in the student‐athlete and the athletics program being penalized by the NCAA and America East Conference.
Please contact BU’s Office of NCAA Compliance if you should have any questions regarding NCAA legislation.