Guide to NCAA Rules for Alumni, Faculty and Friends


Maintaining control of athletics, or keeping "institutional control," is a fundamental requirement of NCAA legislation. Specifically, the NCAA Constitution states that each institution shall be responsible for controlling its intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA.

Marquette University is responsible for ensuring that members of the faculty/staff, coaches, student-athletes, alumni, donors/boosters, season ticket holders and friendscomply with all applicable NCAA rules and regulations.

The following information is intended to provide you with a general understanding of NCAA rules and regulations. NCAA rules and regulations are complex, therefore this guide should not be relied upon exclusively. Marquette needs your help in complying with these rules and regulations for the welfare of the university and, most importantly, the student-athlete.

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct your inquiry to:

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Marquette University
Attn: Danielle Josetti
Al McGuire Center
770 N. 12th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: (414) 288-3983
Fax: (414) 288-0375


You are considered a "representative of athletics interests" (i.e. a booster) if you:

  • Have ever made a donation to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization;
  • Are or have been a member of any organization or agency promoting Marquette University athletics;
  • Have ever helped to arrange or have provided employment for an enrolled student-athlete or his/her parents/relatives;
  • Have ever assisted in any manner in the recruitment of a prospective studentathlete; or...
  • Have promoted Marquette's athletics program in any manner.



    Prospective Student-athlete: A prospective student-athlete is a person who has started classes for the ninth grade, regardless of his/her athletic ability. A prospect is also any student who is enrolled at a two-year college or at a four-year institution other than Marquette University. A prospective studentathlete remains a prospect even after he/she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepts an offer of financial aid to attend Marquette University, until he/she reports for the first day of classes for a regular term (fall or spring) or begins official practice immediately prior to the start of classes. Marquette University requests that you treat ALL students as prospects.

    Student-athlete: A student-athlete is a student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or other representative of athletics interests with a view toward the student's ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program. Any other student becomes a student-athlete only when the student reports for an intercollegiate squad that is under the jurisdiction of the athletics department. A student is not deemed a student-athlete solely on the basis of prior high school athletics participation.

    Recruiting: Any solicitation of a prospect or the prospect's family by a Marquette staff member or by a representative of Marquette's athletics interests for the purpose of securing the prospect's enrollment at Marquette and/ or participation in the athletics program. All recruiting must be done exclusively by designated athletics department staff members.

    Contact: Any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parent or legal guardian and an institutional staff representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the grounds of the prospect's educational institution or at the site of an organized competition/practice involving the prospect or the prospect's educational institution shall be considered a contact, regardless of the conversation that occurs.

    Evaluation: Any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospect, including any visit to a prospect's educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospect participating in any practice or competition at any site.

    Only coaches and athletic staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process.


    What Do You Need To Know About Recruiting?

    As a representative of Marquette's athletics interests, YOU MAY NOT:

  • Contact a prospect, his/her family, relatives, or legal guardians on or off the Marquette campus.
  • Contact a prospect, his/her family, relatives, or legal guardians by telephone, letter, fax or e-mail.
  • Contact a prospect's coach, principal or counselor in an effort to evaluate a prospect's athletics ability.
  • Visit the prospect's institution to pick up film or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospect's academic eligibility or athletic ability.
  • Make special arrangements for entertainment for recruiting purposes.
  • Pay in whole or in part a prospect's registration fees associated with Marquette's sports camps.
  • Directly or indirectly become involved in making arrangements for a prospect, the prospect's relatives or friends to receive money, financial aid or other equivalent inducements even if similar aid or inducements are available to prospective students in general.

    As a Representative of Marquette's Athletics Interests, YOU MAY:

  • Inform Marquette coaches of prospects in your area by contacting Marquette coaches and sending them newspaper clippings with the names of particular prospects.
  • Attend a junior/senior high school or junior college athletics event. However, if you do so, you must avoid contact and conversations with prospects, their families, relatives or legal guardians.
  • If you have an "established" relationship with a prospect, his/her parents, relatives or legal guardians, you may continue normal contacts with the understanding that such contacts are NOT made for recruiting purposes and are not arranged by members of Marquette's coaching staff.

    Essentially, a relationship is "established" if:
    1. The relationship predates the individual's status as a prospective student-athlete;
    2. The relationship predates the athlete's status achieved as a result of his/her athletics ability or reputation; and
    3. The relationship did not develop as a result of the athlete's participation in athletics or his/her notoriety related thereto.


    If a prospective student-athlete initiates contact with you either in person, by telephone or by mail, you are obligated to refer all questions regarding Marquette and its athletics programs to the athletics department staff. You should also inform the student-athlete that NCAA rules prohibit recruiting contacts with anyone other than the athletic department staff.


    An athletics department staff member may help arrange for summer employment of a prospect with an athletics representative provided that:

  • The employment does not begin prior to the completion of the prospect's senior year in high school.
  • In the case of a two-year college prospect, the employment of the prospect may not begin prior to the time that the prospect has officially withdrawn from the two-year college or has completed the requirements for graduation at the two-year college.
  • Any compensation paid to the prospect by the employer must be for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate in the locality for services of like character.
  • Any employment benefits provided to the prospect must be provided to all other employees performing similar services for the employer.
  • Any employment of Marquette's studentathletes must receive prior approval from the compliance office.


    DO NOT provide any of the following inducements or benefits to prospective student-athletes, their families, relatives, legal guardians or coaches:

  • Cash or loans.
  • The promise of employment after college graduation.
  • Special discounts or payment arrangements on loans.
  • Employment of relatives, friends, or legal guardians of prospects.
  • Involvement in arranging for free or reduced charges for professional services, purchases or charges.
  • Use of an automobile.
  • Providing transportation to or from a summer job or to any other site.
  • Signing or co-signing a note for a loan.
  • The loan or gift of money or other tangible items (i.e. clothes, jewelry, cars, etc.)
  • Guarantees of bond.
  • Purchase of items or services from a prospect or the prospect's family, relatives, or legal guardians at inflated prices.
  • Providing directly or indirectly transportation for the prospect or his/her family, relatives, or legal guardians to the Marquette campus.
  • The promise of financial aid for postgraduate education.
  • Free or reduced-cost housing arrangements.
  • Arrangements for payment of transportation costs incurred by relatives or friends of a prospective student-athlete's.

    What Is An Extra Benefit?

    NCAA legislation expressly prohibits Marquette supporters from providing "extra benefits" to enrolled student-athletes. An extra benefit is any special arrangement to provide a student-athlete, his/her family, relatives, legal guardians and/or friends a benefit not authorized by NCAA legislation.

    In general, you may not provide anything or make special arrangements for studentathlete's that are not available to the general student population.

    Examples of "extra benefits" include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing cash or loans in any amount, or signing or co-signing for a loan or guarantee of bond.
  • The use of an automobile or other personal property.
  • Gifts of any kind, including birthday cards, flowers, holiday gifts, and gifts of clothing or equipment.
  • Providing loans to relatives or friends of student-athlete's.
  • Any tangible items, including merchandise.
  • Free or reduced-cost services, rentals, or purchases of any type.
  • Free or reduced-cost housing.
  • Gift of cash or like items.
  • Providing special discounts for goods and services.
  • Purchasing complimentary admissions from a student-athlete.
  • Providing an honorarium to a studentathlete for a speaking engagement.
  • Providing typing services or other costs associated with school projects or reports.

    You MAY provide enrolled student-athlete's with an occasional home meal, provided the meal takes place at your home and not at a local restaurant establishment. The meal may be catered and must be restricted to infrequent or special occasions. You must get permission from the compliance office first.


    DO NOT use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to directly or indirectly advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. Doing so will render the student-athlete ineligible for competition. All charitable, educational and nonprofit promotional activities involving studentathletes must have prior approval from the athletics department. All student-athlete appearances for such events are coordinated through Marquette's athletic department.

    DO NOT provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for any speaking engagement. Student-athletes may only receive necessary travel expenses when speaking to educational or charitable groups. All speaking engagements must be approved in advance and coordinated by the athletics department.

    DO NOT mail items to student-athletes for them to sign and return to you. All student-athlete autographs must be obtained on fan day or after athletic events.

    DO NOT use any item signed by a Marquette coach, student-athlete or staff member in an auction, raffle or any other type of fundraising activity to raise money for any high school project.


    Marquette University is required by NCAA rules and regulations to notify boosters of the potential consequences regarding rules violations.

    Disassociation: Any individual who has engaged in conduct that is determined, either by Marquette, BIG EAST or the NCAA, to be a violation of any NCAA or BIG EAST legislation, rule or imposition of sanctions, shall be subject to the revocation or withholding of any athletically related benefit or privilege received by that individual from Marquette. As such, an individual may lose the privilege of purchasing season tickets, lose the privilege of being a member of a donor program and/or booster club, or lose the privilege of purchasing other athletically related benefits or privileges deemed appropriate by Marquette University.

    Prospect or Student-athlete Ineligibility: If you or a member of the athletics department staff violates a rule involving a prospective student-athlete or an enrolled student-athlete, that prospect or studentathlete could lose all eligibility for intercollegiate athletics participation at Marquette University. Therefore, we ask that you leave the recruitment of prospects to Marquette coaches and that you do not do anything that would jeopardize the eligibility of either a prospect or an enrolled student-athlete.


    Always check with the Athletic Compliance Office before you make arrangements for any activity that involves prospective student-athletes, enrolled student-athletes, their families, relatives or their legal guardians.

    When it comes to intercollegiate athletics, the rule of thumb is...PLEASE, ASK BEFORE YOU ACT!



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