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Compliance Corner February 2012
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ALUMNI INTERACTION WITH RECRUITS AND THEIR FAMILIES
NCAA rules prohibit recruits from having contact with individuals considered to represent a university’s athletic interests (i.e., boosters and alumni). Therefore prospects may not have interaction with boosters and alumni during visits (official or unofficial) to Binghamton University’s campus. Here are some reminders and tips to keep in mind while a prospect is on-campus:
1. All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) shall be made only by authorized institutional staff members and such contact by a booster is prohibited.
2. It is not permissible for boosters to have recruiting contacts (e.g., promoting Binghamton University, encourage coming to Binghamton University) with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s).
3. Boosters may not interact with a prospect during a prospect’s visit; even if the prospect has signed a National Letter of Intent and/or accepted an offer of financial aid from the institution.
4. If the prospect is with an institutional staff member and is approached by a booster, the staff member is required to take steps to prevent the prospect from having contact with the booster (e.g., politely explain to the booster that while we appreciate their support of Binghamton University athletics, NCAA rules prohibit fans, boosters, etc. from helping in the recruiting of prospects). Recruiting contacts between boosters and prospects (or the prospects relatives or legal guardian) is a violation of NCAA rules.
5. While there is an exception in NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52 (g) for unavoidable or incidental contact with a booster… such contact is not considered unavoidable or incidental if the staff member is present, arranges or permits the contact.