CSUN Compliance

Fans, Friends, Alumni & Boosters

CSUN is and will be held accountable for the acts of all individuals that have been identified as "representatives of athletic interests" (e.g. boosters). This publication was developed to be a quick reference regarding some of the NCAA rules which apply to our athletic representatives.

Compliance with NCAA regulations is of great importance to our athletics program and institution. Your help in complying with NCAA rules is an important part of our success. CSUN and all its constituents are obligated through membership in the NCAA to report all improprieties. If you have knowledge of improprieties, intentional or unintentional, please let us know. By monitoring our own activities and self-reporting any problems, the negative impact on our athletes and the programs they represent will be minimized.

Due to the complexity of the NCAA rules, this guide should not be used exclusively. When you are faced with a situation and unsure how to respond we strongly urge you to contact the CSUN Compliance Office at (818) 677-2693. Your continued interest and support of the CSUN Matadors is most appreciated.

GO MATADORS!

You are a "representative of athletics interest" if:

You have ever participated in promoting the CSUN's athletics program You have ever made donations to the athletics program or to an athletic booster organization of CSUN. You have ever assisted or been requested to assist in the recruitment of a prospect. You have ever provided or helped arrange employment for a prospect. You have ever benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families. You participated as a student-athlete at CSUN.

WHO IS A PROSPECT?

A prospect is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who had not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospect if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relative or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally.

The rules regarding prospects also apply to student-athletes at junior colleges, prep schools, and two-and four-year universities who are considering transferring to CSUN to compete in athletes.

A prospect remains a prospect even after signing a National Letter-Of-Intent or accepting an offer of financial aid to attend CSUN.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

As a general rule, all representatives of CSUN's athletics interests are prohibited from contacting a prospect or prospect's parent for the purpose of recruiting them to participate in intercollegiate athletics at CSUN. A contact is defined as any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect's parent/legal guardian with dialogue in excess of a greeting. CSUN coaches and athletics department staff members are the only individuals permitted to be involved in the recruiting process. The following are specifically prohibited for "athletic representatives".

Having contact with a prospect or prospect's parent in person on or off campus Writing, telephoning or e-mailing a prospect or member of the prospect's family Making arrangements for a prospect or the prospect's relative or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind Providing transportation for a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends to visit our campus Providing free tickets or tickets at a reduced cost for a prospect or the prospect's relatives or friends to attend an athletic event Paying or offering to pay registration fees for summer sports camps for a prospect Contacting a prospect's coach, principal or counselor for the purpose of recruiting the prospect Entertaining high school, prep school, or community college coaches Visiting a prospect's institution to pick up film or transcripts pertaining to the evaluation of the prospect

WHEN DOES A PROSPECT BECOME AN ENROLLED STUDENT-ATHLETE?

The prospect remains a prospect until they report for the first day of classes for a regular term or they report for regular squad practice, whichever comes first.

KEY RULE

In Division 1, representatives of an institution's athletics interest are prohibited from making in-person, on or off-campus recruiting contacts, or written or telephone communications with a prospect or the prospect's relatives or legal guardians.

EXTRA BENEFITS & IMPERMISSIBLE INDUCEMENTS

CSUN athletics representatives cannot provide an "extra benefit" or special arrangement to a prospect or enrolled student-athlete. An "extra benefit" is any special arrangement by a CSUN employee or a representative of the CSUN's athletics interests to provide a prospect, student-athlete, or their relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by NCAA legislation, which include:

  • Financial aid other than that provided by a parent/legal guardian or CSUN
  • Providing cash or loans of any kind
  • Providing gifts or services of any kind (e.g., birthday cards, holiday gifts, clothing, airline tickets, transportation, reduced or free rent for housing)
  • Providing special discounts for goods or services (e.g., car rental, legal services, haircuts)
  • Providing rewards for athletic performance
  • Purchasing meals, services, and/or entertainment at commercial establishments
  • Promising employment after graduation or employment for friends and relatives
  • Providing use of personal automobile

A benefit is not considered a violation if it is one that is generally available to students determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability.

STUDENT-ATHLETE EMPLOYMENT

Under NCAA a student-athlete may receive earnings from a legitimate on- or off-campus job provided:

  • The student-athlete's wages are for work actually performed
  • The student-athlete's compensation does not include remuneration for value, utility, publicity, fame, athletic ability, etc�.
  • The student-athlete completes and returns a Student-Athlete Employment form to the Compliance Office
  • Transportation to and from work for prospective or enrolled student-athletes that you employ is prohibited unless it is provided for all other employees
  • Student-athletes may not receive compensation for speaking at any event
  • Student-athletes are not permitted to be involved in the advertisement, recommendation or promotion of sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind
  • Student-athletes are prohibited from making appearances at a business establishment for any purpose as it could be construed as a direct or indirect endorsement (e.g., signing autographs)

RULES GOVERNING GAMBLING

A student-athlete, coach, and/or employee of CSUN may not provide information to individuals involved in any type of gambling concerning sporting events. In addition, student-athletes, coaches and employees of CSUN Athletics Department may not solicit or accept any wager on any intercollegiate, professional and amateur athletics content. Participation in any activities associated with organized gambling may render a student-athlete ineligible or result in severe disciplinary action for a coach or athletics administrator.

CONSEQUENCES FOR NCAA VIOLATIONS

As soon as a student-athlete becomes a prospect, your status as an "athletics representative" subjects you to all NCAA regulations. The NCAA mandates your compliance with the strict guidelines so as not to jeopardize the prospective or enrolled student-athlete's eligibility or the integrity of CSUN.

Student-Athlete Consequence: If a student-athlete accepts any benefit based on his/her athletics ability, the student-athlete will lose all eligibility for intercollegiate athletics participation.

"Athletics Representative" Consequence: If an athletics representative is found to be in violation of any NCAA rule or regulation any benefit or privilege provided to them relating to CSUN's athletics program may be withheld, including season tickets.


Compliance Office Contacts

Julie Sandoval           Director of Compliance           (818) 677-2693           julie.sandoval@csun.edu

         
         
           
Dr. Tina Kiesler           Faculty Athletics Representative           (818) 677-4608           tina.kiesler@csun.edu


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
PO Box 6222
Indianapolis, IN 46206-6222
(317) 917-6222
www.ncaa.org

Information contained on this website is for the general education and knowledge of the reader. It is not designed to be, and should not be used as the sole source of information when analyzing and resolving a legal or regulatory problem. Moreover, NCAA and Big West rules are constantly changing. If you have specific questions regarding a particular situation, we urge you to consult the CSUN Compliance Office.

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