Dee Cut is a prospective student-athlete interested in playing lacrosse at Ocean State University (OSU) next year. Dee is visiting OSU’s campus today and tomorrow on an unofficial visit. A few of the OSU lacrosse student-athletes are going to watch Monday Night Football at a restaurant near campus and ask Dee if he would like to join them. Is it permissible for the OSU student-athletes to have contact with Dee off-campus?
Yes with conditions. NCAA Staff Interpretation- 12/8/16- Off-Campus Contact Between Enrolled Student or Student-Athlete and Prospective Student-Athlete During Unofficial Visit (I)– states that during an unofficial visit, off-campus contact may occur between an enrolled student or student-athlete and prospective student-athlete, regardless of whether the visit was arranged by the athletics department, provided any off-campus contact is not at the direction of a coaching staff member (e.g., coach tells the student-athlete to take the prospective student-athlete to get ice cream off campus).
[Reference: NCAA Division I Bylaw 188.8.131.52 (student-athletes and other enrolled students)]
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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