The women’s basketball staff at Ocean State University is preparing its National Letter of Intent (NLI) packets to be sent out today via federal express. Included in this mailing is the NLI, NLI instructions, institutional financial aid agreement and a sports information questionnaire.
Are all of these items permitted to be in this packet?
No. It is not permissible to send a questionnaire using express mail services. NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52.1 states that an institution is not permitted to use express mail delivery services and may only use first-class mail or a lesser rate of service (e.g., parcel post) with no extra services (e.g., certified mail, delivery confirmation) to provide permissible printed recruiting materials to prospective student-athletes, their parents or legal guardians, their coaches or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved, who resides within the 50 United States, other than the National Letter of Intent or other written admissions and/or financial aid commitment to attend the institution and necessary pre-enrollment information per Bylaw 184.108.40.206-(h). [D] (Adopted: 4/28/05 effective 8/1/05, Revised: 5/12/05, 1/14/08, 4/15/08)
NCAA Bylaw 220.127.116.11 states that an institutional or conference financial aid form may be included in the normal mailing of the National Letter of Intent, but none of the forms enclosed in the mailing may be signed by the prospective student-athlete prior to the initial signing date in that sport in the National Letter of Intent program. [D] (8/5/04)
PLEASE NOTE: This is an actual fact pattern of a Division I secondary rules violation posted on LSDBi.