Critical Reminders


Did You Know: Sports Wagering

During 2003, the NCAA conducted the first study to attempt to understand student-athlete gambling behavior in all sports, across all membership divisions (NCAA Division I, II and III). The results might be surprising to many. Below are a few selected findings. Take notice and don't bet on it!!!

  1. Approximately 69 percent of male student-athletes reported participating in any gambling behavior during the previous year versus about 47 percent of female student-athletes.
  2. About 35 percent of males and 10 percent of females reported wagering on any sporting events during the previous year, in direct violation of NCAA bylaws regarding sports wagering.
  3. Twenty percent of males and five percent of females had wagered on collegiate sporting events in the previous year.
  4. Approximately one percent of football players reported accepting money for playing poorly in a game. One half of one percent of men's basketball players reported the same. About two percent of men's football and basketball players reported having been asked to affect the outcome of a game.

The good: Less than five percent of males and one-half percent of females were categorized as problem or pathological gamblers.


This study points to the need for increased education, prevention and awareness programs for student-athletes at NCAA member institutions. Take notice and help stop a problem before it starts!


Please contact the Athletics Compliance Office with any questions: (319) 335-9598 or email


The University of Iowa Department of Athletics Autograph Policy

Guidelines for Personal and Charitable Requests

Policies established by the NCAA with respect to amateurism and student-athlete recruitment regulate much of what the University of Iowa's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics can and cannot do with respect to fulfilling requests for autographs of its coaches and current student-athletes. The UI Department of Intercollegiate Athletics receives many requests from the public regarding autographed memorabilia (e.g., balls, helmets, posters) with student-athletes' and coaches' signatures. Due to high demand and volume, we generally do not furnish the item to be autographed and it is difficult for many of our coaches to personalize items during their respective playing seasons. Please consider these facts when making a request. To assist fans of the Iowa Hawkeyes desiring autographs of coaches and student-athletes, the Department will routinely schedule special events such as Fan Days and post-game autograph sessions. We have also created the following to provide assistance to friends of the University of Iowa and fans of our intercollegiate athletics program interested in securing an autograph.

Impermissible Requests

In general, the following requests should not occur and will be denied.

High School - An item can not directly or indirectly benefit a high school (student, student-athlete, coach, staff, facilities, activity, etc.).

Scholarship or School Foundations - An item cannot directly or indirectly benefit a fund that awards scholarships to high school-aged individuals.

Fundraising Events / Auctions - An item cannot directly or indirectly benefit a high school or a high school student. Requesting Autographs of Current Student-Athletes Amateurism rules regulate the manner in which a student-athlete's name, picture or likeness may be used. The UI generally does not allow current student-athletes to provide autographs except at UI sanctioned events (e.g., Fan Day, post-game autograph sessions).

Please contact the Athletics Compliance Office with any questions: (319) 335-9598 or email


Use of Student-Athlete Likeness, Name or Image

Please help us protect the amateur status of our student-athletes. NCAA regulations significantly limits the use of student-athlete likeness, name or image.

Examples include but are not limited to: bobble heads, apparel items and trading cards.

If you see anyone selling an item that involves a current student-athlete’s likeness, picture, or name, please contact the Athletics Compliance Office: (319) 335-9598 or email



Sportsmanship: It's Your Responsibility

What is Sportsmanship?

Sportsmanship is a set of behaviors to be exhibited by student-athletes, coaches, game officials, administrators and fans in athletics competition. These behaviors are based on values, including respect, civility, fairness, honesty and responsibility. At the heart of sportsmanship is the commitment of the institutions towards respect for the opposition and those officiating contests in all contests and matches. It is with a sense of fair play that a true sporting demeanor in the spirit of intercollegiate competition can be created and maintained with a total regard for the welfare of student-athletes, coaches, support personnel and spectators.

What can I do as a fan?

Sportsmanship is the responsibility of all people involved in the athletics competition. Have respect for the game, fellow fans, and most importantly, have respect for yourself.


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