Academic Services & Compliance
Guidelines for Boosters Regarding Prospective Student-Athletes




Basic Rules About Prospective Student-Athletes

As a representative of Marquette's athletics interests or "booster," You may not take any of the following actions:

• 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, his/her family, relatives, or legal guardians through any social media websites. (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.)

• 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.

• Entertain or provide tickets at reduced cost to Marquette home or away athletic or non-athletic events to a prospect, the prospect's family, or the prospect's friends.

• 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 family, or the prospect's friends to receive money, financial aid, or other 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. A relationship is "established" if:
  • The relationship predates the individual's status as a prospective student-athlete;
• The relationship predates the athlete's status achieved as a result of his/her athletics ability or reputation; and
  • The relationship did not develop as a result of the athlete's participation in athletics or his/her notoriety related thereto.
Please contact Marquette's compliance department before making contact with a prospect if you are unsure as to whether you have an "established" relationship with that prospect.

What Do I Do If A Prospect Initiates Contact With Me?
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 prospective student-athlete that NCAA rules prohibit recruiting contacts with anyone other than the athletic department staff. You cannot have a recruiting conversation with the prospect but you may exhibit normal civility to explain that you are not permitted to discuss recruiting. Should a prospect contact you, please politely refer any questions about Marquette's athletics program to the athletics department staff.

What About Employment of Prospects?

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 which 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 compensation does not include any remuneration for value or utility that the student-athlete may have for the employer because of the publicity, reputation, fame, or personal following that he or she has obtained because of athletics ability.

• Any employment benefits (e.g., transportation, insurance, etc.) provided to the prospect must be provided to all other employees performing similar services for the employer.

Any employment of any Marquette student-athlete requires the prior approval of the compliance office. If you are interested in providing employment for prospective or current Marquette student-athletes, please contact the compliance office first.

What Kinds of Benefits/Inducements for Prospects are Prohibited?

DO NOT provide any of the following inducements or benefits to prospective student-athlete's, 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, tickets, 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 post-graduate education.

• Free or reduced-cost housing arrangements.

• Arrangements for payment of transportation costs incurred by relatives or friends of a prospective student-athlete's.

 

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