As an NCAA member institution, the University of Iowa is responsible for the actions of its coaches, student-athletes, staff, boosters, alumni, fans and friends. The NCAA mandates that boosters conduct themselves according to strict guidelines pertaining to their involvement in the athletics program. The following information is designed to assist you in understanding these guidelines, so that the eligibility of a student-athlete or prospective student-athlete, your affiliation with the University of Iowa or the integrity of the athletics program is not jeopardized.
WHAT OR WHO IS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA'S ATHLETICS INTERESTS?
A representative of the institution's athletics interests (a.k.a., booster) is an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization who is known (or should be known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration to:
Once an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization is identified as a a representative of an institution's athletics interests, that identity is retained indefinitely.
The University of Iowa Athletics Department is committed to the ongoing education of boosters. Major components of the educational process are as follows:
We encourage you to contact us with issues and questions. In the spirit of maintaining the level of integrity that Iowa is known for, please Ask Before You Act.
WHO IS A PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETE (PROSPECT)?
High School Prospect
A prospective student-athlete (prospect) is defined by the NCAA as any person who has begun classes for the ninth (9th) grade. In addition, a student who has not yet started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospect if an institution provides that individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective student-athletes generally.
Post High School Prospect
The rules regarding prospective student-athletes also apply to student-athletes at junior colleges, preparatory schools, and two and four-year universities who are considering transferring to the University of Iowa to compete in athletics. A prospect remains a prospect until she/he reports for the first day of classes for a regular term or participates in regular practice or competition prior to the beginning of any term.
BOOSTERS AND PROSPECTIVE STUDENT-ATHLETES
The following information is a summary of the types of interaction that boosters can/cannot have with prospects.
Recruiting As a general rule, NCAA regulations prohibit boosters from contacting prospects by mail, telephone, or in-person (on- or off-campus) for the purpose of encouraging the prospect to participate in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa. Only coaches and athletics department staff members are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process
Specifically, boosters should NOT:
Booster Club/Alumni Events
BOOSTERS AND CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENT-ATHLETES
The following is a summary of the types of interaction that boosters can/cannot have with currently enrolled student-athletes.
Under NCAA legislation, a student-athlete may receive earnings from legitimate on or off-campus employment provided:
It is permissible to invite a student-athlete or team to your home for an "occasional" meal (special occasions would include a birthday, holiday, etc.). You may provide transportation only if the meal is in your home and your home is in the Iowa City vicinity (local in nature). Such events must receive prior approval from the University of Iowa athletics department.
EXTRA BENEFITS AND ILLEGAL INDUCEMENTS
University of Iowa boosters cannot provide an "extra benefit" or special arrangement to a prospect or to an enrolled student-athlete. An "extra benefit" is any special arrangement by an institution employee or a booster to provide a student-athlete, prospect, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation. Examples include:
A benefit is not considered a violation if it is one that is generally available to students determined on a basis unrelated to athletic ability.
CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATING NCAA RULES
The moment a student-athlete becomes a prospect, your status as a booster subjects you to all NCAA regulations. The NCAA mandates your compliance with the strict guidelines so as not to jeopardize a prospective or currently enrolled student-athlete's eligibility, or the integrity of the University of Iowa's Athletics Department.
Consequences for Student-Athletes
If a student-athlete accepts any benefit based on his/her special consideration as an athlete, the student-athlete will lose all eligibility for intercollegiate athletics participation.
Consequences for Boosters
NCAA rules require institutions to notify boosters that any benefit or privilege provided to the booster relating to the institution's athletics program, including season tickets, may be withheld if a booster is found to be in violation of any NCAA rule or regulation. In certain cases, penalties have included both the disassociation of boosters from the institution and the loss of season ticket privileges.
Have questions? E-mail The University of Iowa Athletics Compliance office at firstname.lastname@example.org