Daily Compliance Item- 12.12.16- Off-Campus Contact with a PSA During an Unofficial Visit

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 (student-athletes and other enrolled students)]

Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association

The opinions expressed in the Daily Compliance Item are the author’s and the author’s alone, and are not endorsed by The COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION or JumpForward. The Daily Compliance Item is not a substitute for a compliance office, case specific research, or the NCAA Bylaws. Do some homework, ask around, and get it right.

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