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Athletic Compliance

At Oakland City University, the athletic department strives to insure that the intercollegiate program is an integral part of the total educational experience and fits within the overall mission of the University. The department's primary purpose is to direct each student-athlete toward growth in the areas of academics, athletics, community and spirituality. Adherence to the rules/regulations of the NCAA and NCCAA is a vital part of the athletic department's efforts to achieve this purpose and to uphold the mission of the University as a whole.

Provided below are informational links to NCAA regulations for prospective student-athletes, current student-athletes, faculty, staff, fans and alumni. In order to be successful in fulfilling the mission of the athletic department, all must do their part. OCU encourages its prospects, current student-athletes, faculty, staff, fans and alumni to become familiar with these regulations. Anyone who chooses to ignore or remain unfamiliar with these regulations can put the eligibility of recruits and student-athletes at risk. OCU appreciates the support of its prospects, current student-athletes, faculty, staff, fans and alumni in its efforts to provide all student-athletes with a quality athletic and educational experience.

NCAA Compliance Information

Prospective Student-Athletes

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Eligibility Center

The NCAA Eligibility Center is the governing organization that officially certifies a student-athlete academically eligible to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. To become certified and compete at Oakland City University, you must complete certain academic requirements, which include GPA, test scores, and core courses as listed below. In order for the Eligibility Center to perform an evaluation, you must have all official high school transcripts and test scores submitted to them.

In order to fulfill the core course requirements, you must complete:

  • 3 English courses
  • 2 Math courses (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 Science courses (1 year of lab, if offered by high school)
  • 2 Additional English, math or science courses
  • 2 Social science courses
  • 3 Additional courses (can be of any of the above categories or foreign language).

After August 1, 2013, in order to fulfill the core course requirement, you must complete:

  • 3 English courses
  • 2 Math courses (Algebra I or higher)
  • 2 Science courses (1 year of lab, if offered by high school)
  • 3 Additional English, math or science courses
  • 2 Social science courses
  • 4 additional courses (can be any of the above categories or foreign language).

How to register

In order to register for the NCAA Eligibility Center, go to their website at EligibilityCenter.org.

You may also pick up an application from your high school guidance counselor, if it is available. Either way you decide to register for the Eligibility Center, you will be required to pay a fee.

After graduation from high school, your school must send the Eligibility Center a copy of your final official transcript, confirming your graduation from high school. You must also have the College Board send your official ACT or SAT scores. When you take the test, you will have the option to select which institutions to send your scores to. You can select to send your scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center. Test scores will not be accepted from a high school transcript.

It is best to register with the Eligibility Center during your junior year of high school. You will not be allowed to make official visits to institutions or receive a National Letter of Intent during your senior year if you are not registered.

Amateurism

In order to be eligible to compete in athletics at Oakland City University, you must also be certified as an amateur athlete by the Eligibility Center. As part of the amateurism certification process, you will be asked to answer several questions about your sports-participation history. Eligibility Center staff will then review your answers to determine your amateurism status. It is recommended that you complete your amateurism questionnaire when you register with the Eligibility Center. It is a simple process which only requires a few minutes of your time. You will need to return the the Eligibility Center towards the end of your senior year to complete the final certification for amateurism.

National Letter of Intent Procedures

By signing a National Letter of Intent, issued by Oakland City University, you are agreeing to attend OCU for one academic year. In return, Oakland City University agrees to abide by the financial aid agreement issued with the NLI for one academic year, provided you are admitted to the institution and are ruled eligible for competition by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

The signing dates for the National Letter of Intent program, as well as further information, may be found at NationalLetter.org.

Transfer to OCU

Permission to Contact

The coaches at Oakland City University are not allowed to speak with student-athletes who would like to transfer to OCU until a release has been granted by the current institution.

If you wish to transfer to OCU, you must first speak to the appropriate personnel of the Athletic Compliance Office at your current institution. Once you have been granted a release, the release may be faxed to the attention of the OCU Athletic Director at (812)749-1291. Once the release has been received, the coach will be able to speak with you.

NCAA Transfer Regulations

NCAA Transfer Guide (PDF)

Other Links for Prospective Student-Athletes

Current Student-Athletes

Summary of Regulations

Amateurism and Extra Benefits

In order to ensure a level playing field, the NCAA prohibits professional athletes from competing collegiality. This means as a student-athlete, you lose eligibility to compete at Oakland City University and other NCAA institutions once you do something that causes you to lose your amateur status. There are several things you should avoid in order to retain your amateur status.

  • Do not negotiate, sign or enter into any written or oral agreement with an agent.
  • Do not accept or receive any extra benefits (this includes your family members) from an agent or anyone who wishes to represent you as an athlete.
  • Do not use your athletic skill for pay, or promise of pay.
  • Do not compete with a professional sports team or receive compensation of any kind from a professional sports team (within the United States or internationally).
  • Do not receive an extra benefit that is not available to the general student population. Extra benefits include, but are not limited to, transportation, meals, clothing, entertainment and cash.

If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Director or the Compliance Officer. Remember, ASK BEFORE YOU ACT!

Continuing Eligibility

To be eligible for competition, a student-athlete must maintain a full-time student status by enrolling in a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours during each semester. If you drop below 12 hours, even if it is simply to replace one class with another, you immediately become ineligible and Compliance will have to apply for your reinstatement, which could be a long process during which you are prohibited from practice and participation in athletics.

In order to maintain eligibility and participate in athletics at Oakland City University, you must meet the following continuing eligibility requirements.

Credit Hour Requirements:

  • Student-athletes must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours each semester (fall and spring),
  • Student-athletes must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters combined, and
  • Student-athletes entering their 2nd year of collegiate enrollment must have completed 24 semester hours (during the initial fall, spring and summer terms)

Grade Point Average:

  • Student-athletes entering their 2nd year of collegiate enrollment must maintain an accumulative GPA of 1.800.
  • Student-athletes entering their 3rd year of collegiate enrollment must maintain an accumulative GPA of 1.900.
  • Student-athletes entering their 4th year of collegiate enrollment must maintain an accumulative GPA of 2.000.

Progress Towards Degree:

  • Student-athletes must declare a major by the beginning of their 3rd year of collegiate enrollment.
  • Student-athletes entering their 3rd year of collegiate enrollment must have completed 40% of the specific degree requirements.
  • Student-athletes entering their 4th year of collegiate enrollment must have completed 60% of the specific degree requirements.
  • Student-athletes entering their 5th year of collegiate enrollment must have completed 80% of the specific degree requirements.

Gambling

The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal sports wagering which has the potential to undermine the integrity of sports contests and jeopardizes the welfare of student-athletes and the intercollegiate athletics community. The NCAA rules on sports wagering are important because they protect your integrity as a student-athlete.

There are two simple rules for you to follow regarding sports wagering:

  1. You may not place a bet on any college or professional sport in which the NCAA conducts a championship.
  2. You may not give information to anyone who does bet on college or professional sports.

Prohibited gambling includes:

  • Bracket challenges
  • Sports pools
  • Internet gambling on sports events
  • Fantasy leagues that award a prize or require a fee
  • Exchange of information with anyone who gambles

This means no wagers on sports, even if Oakland City University is not involved, for any item. Some examples are, but are not limited to, money, dinner or clothing.

Consequences for sports wagering include:

  • Removal from your team
  • Loss of eligibility to participate in collegiate athletics
  • Banishment from professional sports
  • In serious cases; jail time

Visit the NCAA's website for Sports Wagering for more information and to watch an interactive video.

Drug Testing

The NCAA Drug-Testing Program was created to protect the health and safety of student-athletes and to ensure that no one participant might have an artificially induced advantage or be pressured to use chemical substances.

As a student-athlete at Oakland City University, you are required to sign a form giving the NCAA and Oakland City University the right to drug test you at any time. It is now the policy of the NCAA to perform year-round drug testing. Please remember that no matter where you are, even if this means spending a vacation period abroad, the NCAA may contact you for drug testing.

Consequences for violating the NCAA drug policy are:

  • The first time you test positive for an NCAA banned substance, you will lose one year of eligibility in all sports you participate in.
  • The second time you test positive for an NCAA banned substance, you will lose all remaining eligibility to participate in collegiate athletics.
  • Should you fail to report to or are late for a drug test, you will be considered to have tested positive.

Always check with an athletic trainer before you decide to use any nutritional or dietary supplements. Even though many of these substances are legal, they may not list all ingredients on the label and could contain substances banned by the NCAA. Ignorance is not an excuse and if you test positive for banned substances contained in a supplement, you will be subject to the penalties for a positive drug test. ASK BEFORE YOU ACT!

More information about the program, including information regarding the list of banned drug classes, may be found on the NCAA Drug Testing Program's website.

Playing & Practice Seasons

Countable Athletically-Related Activities

Countable athletically-related activities include any required activity with an athletics purpose involving student-athletes at the direction of or supervised by one or more of an institution's coaching staff or strength and conditioning coaches. These activities must be counted within weekly and daily limitations. Any activities such as academic meetings, compliance meetings, and study hall are not considered athletically-related activities.

Countable athletically-related activities:

  • Practices (no more than 4 hours per day allowed).
  • Athletics meetings initiated or required by a coach.
  • Competition, regardless of length, counts as three hours. No countable activities may occur after the competition.
  • On-court or on-field activities called by any member of the team and confined primarily to members of the team.
  • Required weight training and conditioning activities.
  • Participation in individual skill-related instructional activities with a member of the coaching staff.

Non-Countable Athletically Related Activities:

  • Compliance meetings.
  • Meetings with a coach initiated by a student-athlete
  • Drug/alcohol educational meetings, academic meetings (with coach or advisor), SAAC meetings.
  • Voluntary weight training not conducted by a coach or staff member.
  • Voluntary sport-related activities initiated by the athlete. No attendance can be taken, no results reported and coach cannot be present.
  • Time spent in athletic training.

Daily and Weekly Hour Limitations - Playing Season*

The NCAA requires that a student-athlete's participation in countable athletically-related activities be limited to a maximum of four hours per day and twenty hours per week with one day off per week.

Daily and Weekly Hour Limitations - Outside Playing Season*

The NCAA requires that a student-athlete's participation in countable athletically-related activities outside of the playing season be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week, of which no more than two hours per week may be spent on individual skill workouts with two days off per week.

*If you feel like these hour limitations are being violated, please do not hesitate to speak with Compliance. Your report will remain anonymous.

Employment

As a student-athlete, you are permitted to be employed during the academic year and vacation periods.

Things you should consider before you become employed:

  • Compensation may not include any value that you, as a student-athlete, have to your employer due to your recognition or reputation as a student-athlete.
  • You may only be paid for work actually performed.
  • You may only be paid at a fair market value equal to that for other similar positions in the immediate area of employment. You may not be paid at a higher rate than other similar employees because of your status as a student-athlete.

Forms and Links

Each student athlete is required to complete and submit the required forms prior to participation each season.

Forms may be accessed on the Forms Page.

Coaches and Athletics Staff

Recruiting

Only Oakland City University's coaches who have successfully completed the NCAA Recruiting Examination may be involved in the off-campus recruitment process. Representatives of athletics interests (alumni and boosters) may not make any recruiting contacts. This includes letters, e-mails, text messages, telephone calls or face-to-face contact on- or off-campus with a prospect or prospect's parents.

Permissible Recruiting Materials

  • Oakland CIty University coaching staff members may only provide a prospect, prospect's parents or coaches with any recruiting materials listed in Bylaw 13.4.1.
  • Camp brochures, questionnaires and NCAA educational information may be provided to a prospect at any time.
  • After September 1 of the prospect's junior year in high school, an institution may provide the following materials to a prospect:
  • General correspondence such as letters, post cards, and institutional not cards.
  • One annual media guide limited to 208 pages per sport. You may not provide any other athletics department publication.
  • Official academic, admissions and student services publications or videotapes published by Oakland City University that are available to all students.
  • Business cards.
  • E-mails and facsimiles.

Recruiting Periods

Phone Calls
Off-Campus Contact with Prospects
Off-Campus Evaluation of Prospects
Official Visits
Unofficial Visits
Contact Period
Allowed
Allowed
Allowed
Allowed
Allowed
Evaluation Period
Allowed
NOT ALLOWED
Allowed
Allowed
Allowed
Quiet Period
Allowed
NOT ALLOWED
NOT ALLOWED
Allowed
Allowed
Dead Period
Allowed
NOT ALLOWED
NOT ALLOWED
NOT ALLOWED
NOT ALLOWED

Text Messaging and Other Electronic Transmissions

Electronically transmitted correspondence that may be sent to a prospective student-athlete is limited to electronic mil and facsimiles. All other forms of electronically transmitted correspondence (i.e., instant messaging, text messaging and message boards) are prohibited.

Color attachments may be included with electronic mail correspondence sent to a prospective student-athlete, provided the attachment does not include any animation, audio or video clips and there is no cost (i.e., subscription fee) associated with sending the item attached to the electronic mail correspondence.

After the calendar day on which a prospective student-athlete signs National Letter of Intent, the institution shall be permitted to send other forms of electronically transmitted correspondence (i.e., instant messaging, text messaging and message boards) in addition to electronic mail and facsimiles to the prospective student-athlete. For an institution not using the National Letter of Intent (i.e., four-year college transfer), the institution shall be permitted to send other forms after the calendar day on which the prospective student-athlete signs the institution's written offer of admission and/or financial aid.

Phone Calls

You may only make phone calls to a prospect or a prospect's guardians after June 15 following the completion of the prospect's junior year in high school (there are some exceptions). After June 15, you are allowed to make one phone call per week to a prospect. All phone calls you make to prospects should be recorded in the Compliance Assistant software (CAi), and on the written contact law. Please contact Compliance staff if you have any questions regarding specific phone call rules for your sport.

The NCAA states that, if you are bringing in a prospect for an official visit, you are allowed to make unlimited phone calls to the prospect for the five days immediately preceding the visit. However, Oakland City University does not budget for official visits. You may also make unlimited phone calls to a prospect on the signing day for the National Letter of Intent and during the two days immediately following the signing date. All of these calls should be logged in CAi or the contact log. You must also enter calls made to a prospect after they have signed an NLI to attend Oakland City University.

Contacts and Evaluations

  • Off-campus contacts are impermissible before June 15 following the prospect's junior year in high school.
  • A prospect who was not a qualifier and who is enrolled in the first year of a two-year college may not be contacted on- or off-campus for recruiting purposes.
  • A prospect at a four-year institution may not be contacted without first obtaining written permission from the institution's athletic director.
  • Please refer to the recruiting periods chart and the recruiting calendar for permissible times to make off-campus contacts and evaluations.
  • In sports other than basketball, seven recruiting opportunities per prospect are allowed (contacts and evaluations combined). During the senior year of high school, no more than three of the seven opportunities may be off-campus contacts at any site and include contacts with the prospect's relatives or legal guardians.
  • Evaluations that occur during the academic year count against the permissible number of recruiting opportunities. Outside of the academic year, evaluations do not count against the number of recruiting opportunities. Any contacts made, regardless of the time period, count against the number of recruiting opportunities.
  • If you desire to contact a prospect at their educational institution, you must first obtain permission from the institution's executive officer or authorized representative.

Official Visits

  • Coaches must obtain approval for an official visit from the Athletic Director prior to their prospect visiting Oakland City University by presenting a high school transcript, test score, and making sure the prospect has been added to the Institutional Request List (IRL) with the Eligibility Center.
  • An official visit must not exceed 48 hours. This period begins once the prospect arrives on campus and ends once contact with the prospect has ceased. For a prospect flying into a local airport, the 48-hour period does not begin until the prospect arrives on campus. A coach may pick up a prospect and family at the prospect's home, but the 48-hour period begins when the get into the vehicle.
  • The prospect and parents may be provided with three meals per day during the 48 hours of the visit, which must take place within 30 miles of the campus. All entertainment of the prospect must occur within 30 miles of campus.
  • A student-host may receive a maximum of $30 per day to entertain a prospect and an additional $15 per day to entertain an additional prospect. The student-host may not be a non-qualifier in his/her first year of residence.

National Letter of Intent Signing Dates

For Prospective Student-Athletes Enrolling in the 2010-11 Academic Year

Sport
Initial Signing Date
Final Signing Date
Basketball and all other sports not listed (early period) November 9, 2011 November 16, 2011
Football (mid-year junior college transfer) December 21, 2011 January 15, 2012
Football (regular period) February 1, 2012 April 1, 2012
Field hockey, soccer, track & field, cross country, men's water polo February 1, 2012 August 1, 2012
Basketball (regular period) April 11, 2012 May 16, 2012
All other sports not listed (regular period) April 11, 2012 August 1, 2012

There are many other rules regarding recruiting topics, if you have any questions, please contact the Compliance office or the Athletic Department Eligibility Coordinators.

Extra Benefits

An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or their friends and relatives a benefit not expressly permitted by the NCAA legislation in Bylaw 16. However, receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their friends and relatives is not a violation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to Oakland City University's general student population or their relatives and friends or to a particular segment of the student body (i.e., foreign or minority students) determined on a basis unrelated to athletic ability.

Non-Permissible Benefits

  • Student-athletes may not receive a special discount, payment arrangement or credit on a purchase or a service from an institutional employee or a booster. Any professional service provided to a student-athlete at reduced or no expense is considered an extra benefit if it is not available on the same basis to the general student body.
  • Student-athletes may not be allowed to use a telephone or credit card for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced cost.
  • Student-athletes may not receive entertainment services, such as movie tickets or dinners from commercial agencies, without charge or at a reduced cost unless the same services are available to the student body in general.
  • An institutional employee or booster may not provide a loan or cosign on a loan for a student-athlete.
  • An institutional employee or booster may not provide a student-athlete with an automobile or use of an automobile.

Occasional Meals

A student-athlete or the entire team may receive an occasional meal near Oakland City University on infrequent and special occasions from an institutional staff member. The student-athletes may also be provided reasonable transportation to attend these occasional meals. If you choose to provide an occasional meal to a student-athlete or group of student-athletes at Oakland City University, the meal must be provided under the following conditions:

  • The meal must be provided at the home of an institutional staff member rather than at a restaurant, but may be catered.
  • Before you host an occasional meal for student-athletes, you must contact the Athletic Director.
  • The Athletic Director must provide approval PRIOR to the planned meal.

Playing & Practice Seasons

Please be aware of playing and practice season limitations for your sport. You should submit your season declaration and weekly practice logs to the Athletic Director to be kept on file.

In-Season

  • Time between the team's first officially recognized practice session and the last practice session or competition, whichever occurs later.
  • Sports other than basketball may have their seasons separated into two segments: non-championship and championship segment.
  • During the in-season period (championship and non-championship segments), a student-athlete may participate in a maximum of 20 hours per week of countable athletically-related activities with at least one day off per week.

Out-of-Season

  • The remaining days during the academic year not included in the in-season period.
  • A student-athlete may participate in a maximum of eight hours per week of countable athletically-related activities. No more than two hours per week may be spent on individual skill workouts. Two days off per week must be provided.

Daily and weekly hour limitations do not apply during the following periods:

  • During preseason practice prior to the first day of classes or the first scheduled contest, whichever is earlier.
  • During Oakland City University's official vacation time (i.e., Thanksgiving, spring break, etc.) as listed on the official institutional calendar and during the academic year between terms when classes are not in session (winter break) except for December 20th through December 26th. Beginning in 2010, December 20th through December 26th is designated by the NCAA as a period in which no voluntary athletically-related activities may occur.

Countable and Non-Countable Activities

Countable activities include:

  • Practices (no more than 4 hours per day allowed).
  • Athletics meetings initiated or required by a coach.
  • Competition, regardless of length, counts as three hours. No countable activities may occur after the competition.
  • On-court or on-field activities called by any member of the team and confined primarily to members of the team.
  • Required weight training and conditioning activities.
  • Participation in individual skill-related instructional activities with a member of the coaching staff.

Non-countable activities include:

  • Compliance meetings.
  • Meetings with a coach initiated by a student-athlete.
  • Drug/alcohol educational meetings, academic meetings (with coach or advisor), SAAC meetings.
  • Voluntary weight training not conducted by a coach or staff member.
  • Voluntary sport-related activities initiated by the athlete. No attendance can be taken, no results reported and no coach may be present.
  • Time spent in athletic training.

Voluntary Activities

In order for any athletically-related activity to be considered "voluntary," all of the following conditions must be met:

  1. The student-athlete must not be required to report back to a coach or other athletics department staff member any information related to the activity. Athletics department staff members (trainer) may not report back to the coach any information related to the activity.
  2. The activity must be requested and initiated by the athlete. It is permissible for strength and conditioning coaches to provide information to student-athletes about available opportunities for student-athletes to participate in voluntary activities. Also, at the request of a student-athlete, strength and conditioning staff may assign specific times for student-athletes to use facilities.
  3. The student-athletes attendance and participation (or lack thereof) may not be recorded or reported to coaching staff members or other student-athletes.
  4. Student-athletes may not be subjected to penalties if they elect not to participate in an activity. Also, there may not be any recognition or incentives presented to student-athletes based on attendance or performance in an activity.

Camps & Clinics

A sports camp or instructional clinic operated by an institution or an employee of an institution and held on- or off-campus is subject to the following NCAA rules regarding institutional camps and clinics.

Before you are allowed to operate a sports camp or clinic at Oakland City University, you must have the appropriate paperwork on file with the Athletic Director and Executive Office.

  • A camp or clinic must be open to any and all entrants, limited only by number, age, grade level or gender. (No "elite" camps are allowed)
  • A camp or clinic may not employ or give free or reduced admission to a high school, preparatory school or two-year college athletics award winner or any individual being recruited by Oakland City University. Also, expenses to attend a camp or clinic may not be paid for any prospective student-athlete.
  • Awards may be given as long as the cost for those awards is included in the admissions fee for the camp.
  • All basketball sports camps must include an educational session detailing NCAA regulations regarding initial eligibility standards, gambling, agents and drug use to all camp participants.

Employment at Camps and Clinics

  • If a student-athlete is employed at a camp, they must perform duties that are of a general supervisory character in addition to any coaching or officiating assignments.
  • Compensation provided to a student-athlete must be commensurate with the going rate for camp or clinic counselors of similar teaching ability and experience. It is not permissible to establish varying levels of pay for student-athletes based on their level of athletics skill.
  • A high school, preparatory school or two-year college coach or any other individual responsible for teaching or directing an activity in which a prospective student-athlete is involved may be employed at a camp/clinic provided that they receive compensation commensurate with the going rate for camp counselors of similar teaching ability and experience. They may not be paid on the basis of the value that he/she may have because of reputation or contact with prospective student-athletes.

Other Links for Coaches and Athletics Staff

Recruiting Information

Recruiting Practice Test

NCAA Division II Manual

For NCAA "Chalk Talk" presentations, please visit the "Resources" page of the Member Institution Portal.

Alumni, Fans and OCU Faculty/Staff

Boosters/Fans (Representatives of Athletics Interest)

You are considered a "representative of athletics interests" if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Are participating in, have participated in, or been a member of an agency or organization promoting Oakland City University's intercollegiate athletics program, i.e. coaches' club, etc.;
  • Have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletic booster/alumni organization of Oakland City University;
  • Are assisting or have been requested to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
  • Are assisting or have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
  • Have been involved otherwise in promoting Oakland City University's intercollegiate athletics program.

If you fall into one or more of these categories, please be aware that your actions can have a negative impact on the athletics program at Oakland City University. Please be aware of the rules in regard to contact with prospective and current student-athletes.

According to NCAA rules, once an individual has been identified as a "representative of athletics interests," the individual retains that title for life.

Contact with Prospective Student-Athletes

Permissible Activities in Regard to Prospective Student-Athletes

As an Oakland City University athletic representative, you are allowed to:

  • Attend high school and junior college athletic events.
  • Continue prior established family relationships with friends and neighbors. However, you may not make any contact for recruiting purposes or discuss the athletics program at Oakland City University. If you have any questions regarding prior established relationships, direct the to the Compliance Office.
  • Attend a public event (i.e. high school awards banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance, as long as there is no attempt made to recruit a prospect.
  • Send information regarding prospective student-athletes you think would be of interest to coaches at Oakland City University.
  • Discuss summer employment arrangements with a prospect after he/she has signed a National Letter of Intent.

Recruitment

As an Oakland City University athletic representative, you are not allowed to:

  • Be involved in the recruiting process. Only OCU coaches who have passed the NCAA Recruiting Rules Exam may be involved in this process.
  • Make any contact, including telephone calls and letters, to a prospect or a prospect's family, on or off campus. If a coach has a recruit at an athletic event, you should not approach the coach until the prospect and family have left. If a prospect approaches you off campus regarding the athletic program, explain that NCAA rules do not permit you to discuss the program. Suggest the prospect contact the head coach for more information.
  • Make contact with or provide cash/automobile use for a prospect or their guardians during an official visit to campus.
  • Contact an enrolled student-athlete at another institution for the purpose of encouraging transfer to Oakland City University and participation in our athletic program.

NCAA does allow you to be of assistance by forwarding any information on prospective student-athletes to the appropriate coach.

Offers and Inducements

As an Oakland City University athletic representative, you are not allowed to:

  • Become directly involved in making arrangements for a prospect or the prospect's family or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
  • Transport, pay or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect, relatives or friends to visit campus or elsewhere.
  • Provide room/board, transportation of any kind or any other benefit to a recruited student-athlete during the period of the individual's eligibility, including the summer prior to the initial enrollment.
  • Entertain or provide tickets at reduced cost to Oakland City University home or away athletic or non-athletic events to a prospect, the prospect's family or friends.
  • Pay or offer to pay registration fees for summer sports camps for a prospect.
  • Provide ANYTHING to a prospect, the prospect's family or friends without first discussing it with the Compliance Office.
  • Pay any educational expenses or promise employment after college.

 

Contact with Current Student-Athletes

As an Oakland City University athletic representative, please be aware of the NCAA rules regarding contact you may have with current OCU student-athletes. The general rule regarding benefits is that a student-athlete may receive a benefit generally available to the institution's students unless it is expressly excluded per By Law 16.11.2. If you are unsure if your actions would be in violation of NCAA rules, please contact the Director of Athletics before approaching the student-athlete.

Extra Benefits

The following list of extra benefits is not all inclusive. These are just a few examples of benefits which are not permitted.

The NCAA does not allow representatives of athletic interest to:

  • Provide a student-athlete any benefits or special arrangements.
  • Provide free or reduced room and board or transportation for a student-athlete or a student-athlete's family or friends.
  • Pay for anything for a student-athlete, their families or friends. This includes something as small as a T-shirt or a soda.
  • Use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise a commercial product or service. This jeopardizes the eligibility of a student-athlete.
  • Provide awards or gifts for a student-athlete for his/her athletic performance.

The NCAA does allow you to host current student-athletes for an occasional meal at your home. Before you do this, please speak with the Director of Athletics.

Employment

As a representative of athletic interests, it is permissible for you to offer employment for student-athletes at Oakland City University, provided the employment is offered according to NCAA regulations.

  • Student-athletes must be paid at the same rate as other employees performing same or similar work. If there are no employees performing similar work, the student-athlete employee must be paid at a rate commensurate with the going rate for similar services in the area.
  • Transportation cannot be provided for student-athletes to their place of employment unless transportation is provided to all other employees.
  • Student-athletes may only be paid for work actually performed.
  • Student-athletes are not allowed to be employed based on their reputation as a student-athlete.