North Greenville University has an excellent tradition of success in both academics and athletics. As you may know, NGU has the responsibility for its own conduct of our athletics programs which includes the regulations for the actions of all individuals and organizations engaged in activities promoting the athletics interest of our institution. NGU is committed to being a competitive athletics program designed to be a vital part of the educational system. We as an institution have a priority to educate our fans, boosters, alumni, coaches, and student athletes about the rules and regulations set for by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Our success is due in large part to the outstanding support of our alumni and friends. Staying within compliance of the NCAA rules is of the utmost importance to this University. The information provided is to assist you in understanding the fundamental principles under which we operate in intercollegiate athletics. Please take a few moments to familiarize yourself with this information.
As we strive for continued excellence in academics and athletics, we must always seek the highest standard of ethical conduct. With your assistance and cooperation, we believe we can accomplish these goals. If you do have questions, please do not hesitate to call the North Greenville University Compliance Office.
Can an athletics representative be involved in any way when a prospect is on an official or unofficial visit?
No. Athletics representatives are precluded from all recruiting activities.
Is it permissible for an athletics representative to provide summer employment for student-athletes?
Yes. Please remember that compensation must be paid only for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in that locality for services of like character. Such employment should be arranged through the athletic association.
May a student-athlete's name or picture be used to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend, or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service?
No. Such activity would jeopardize the eligibility of the student-athlete. The NCAA membership has always maintained that student-athletes not be involved in the promotion of a commercial product.
Is it permissible for a booster to reimburse the coach of a prospect for expenses incurred in transporting a prospect to visit the campus?
Is it permissible for a booster to pay in whole or in part registration fees associated with sport camps?
Is the contact rule applicable to established family, friends, and neighbors?
No. However, it must be understood that such contacts may not be made for recruiting purposes and are not initiated by a member of the institution's coaching staff.
May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school award banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance?
Yes. Please remember that contact with a prospect may not be prearranged by an athletics department staff member, and no attempt may be made to recruit the prospect.
Is it permissible for an athletics representative to provide enrolled student-athletes a home cooked meal?
Yes. Provided it is on an "occasional" basis and any such meal is not at a restaurant. Please note: All requests must receive prior approval from the athletics department.
Is North Greenville University responsible for the acts of boosters and booster support groups?
Yes. Boosters are governed by the same NCAA and institutional rules and regulations as those placed upon all institutional athletics staff members.
When does a prospect become considered a student-athlete?
A prospect becomes a student-athlete when he or she reports for regular squad practice or attends classes in any term.
Is it permissible for a booster to provide an enrolled student-athlete with professional services (for which a fee would normally be charged) for personal reasons?
No. Professional services provided at a fee less than the normal rate or at no expense to a student-athlete are considered extra benefits.
May a student-athlete make a public appearance at a business establishment for any purpose such as signing autographs etc.?
No. Such appearances can be construed as a direct or indirect endorsement of the commercial establishment, thus jeopardizing the eligibility of the student-athlete. It should be noted that student-athletes may make appearances at schools, hospitals, or other non-profit or charitable organizations provided they do not receive compensation (other than expenses) and such activities are authorized by the athletic department.
Is it permissible for a booster to provide gifts or awards to a student-athlete for his or her athletics performance?
No. All awards must conform to NCAA awards legislation and must be approved by North Greenville University.
A Representative of Athletics Interest (booster) is anyone who is known (or should be known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletic administration to:
As a booster, the institution is responsible for anything you do relating to prospects, student-athletes, and their families or friends, whether it is accidental or intentional. Note: Once an individual is identified as a Representative of the Institution's Athletics Interest, the person retains that identity forever.
Institutional Control of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA Legislation. Specifically, the NCAA Constitution provides that each institution shall be responsible for:
Who is a prospective student-athlete?
A prospective student-athlete or "prospect" is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally (Bylaw 13.02.10).
A prospective student-athlete remains a prospect even after signing the National Letter of Intent and/or a Financial Aid Agreement with an institution. In addition, a student-athlete who is enrolled in a 4-year college who has been given a release to transfer is considered a prospect and all applicable NCAA legislation applies.
A student-athlete remains a prospect until:
What is Contact?
Contact is any "face to face" encounter between a prospect and/or a prospect's parents or legal guardian by an institutional staff member or "booster" during which ANY dialogue in excess of an exchange of a greeting occurs. Any face-to-face encounter that is prearranged or takes place on the grounds of a prospect's educational institution or at the site of organized competition involving the prospects or prospect's high school, preparatory school, or junior college shall be considered contact regardless of the conversation that occurs.
General rule for contacts between Boosters and Prospects:
Boosters may NOT contact a prospect or a member of a prospect's family/guardians by telephone, letter, or in-person, on or off campus. Only coaches and athletic department staff members may be involved in the recruiting process.
Illegal contacts and recruiting activities:
What is an extra benefit?
An extra benefit is defined as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution's athletics interests ("Booster") to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body (e.g. foreign students, minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletic ability (Bylaw 16.02.3).