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Compliance Corner October 2012

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Donations to Fundraisers

An athletics department staff member may not provide any financial contributions to a high school through participation in a fund-raising event. In addition, it is not permissible for the athletic department to provide items (e.g., autographed ball, tickets) to any program in which the funding will benefit prospect-aged individuals (grades 9-12, prep school, junior college). Prior to making any donations, it is extremely important to determine whom the items will benefit and to ensure that they will not be utilized for fund-raising by any programs for prospect-aged individuals.

**Be aware that this prohibition extends to all programs benefiting prospect-aged students, not just high school athletics programs.

Hiring Groups of Prospects

Additionally, an institution’s athletics department may not employ any group consisting of prospects (e.g., athletics team, high school booster group, non-athletics high school group). Also, because of the athletics nexus between an institution’s athletics department and a high school athletics booster group, it is impermissible for those groups to be employed by an institution at institutional athletics events or facilities even if that athletics booster group does not contain prospects as members.

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