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Alumni & Friends Recruiting Regulations

NCAA Information for Parents, Alumni and Friends of the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). University of Chicago coaches, athletic administrators and staff members are governed by the regulations of the NCAA during competitions and in recruiting prospective student-athletes to the College.

Under NCAA regulations, parents, alumnae, friends, and boosters may unknowingly be "representatives of the University of Chicago athletic interests" and thus be subject to the same rules and regulations as coaches, athletic administrators and staff members.

If violations occur, whether intentional or not, the University of Chicago is held responsible. Consequences for violations could include institutional sanctions, competition limitations, and possible loss of student-athlete eligibility.

Click for a list of frequently asked questions.

This web page has been prepared as an abbreviated reference to the NCAA regulations governing situations most likely to be encountered by alumnae, parents, and friends of University of Chicago athletics. It does not, however, contain all the information available in the NCAA manual.

You can avoid potential problems and conflicts by contacting Compliance Coordinator Rosalie Resch, before making contact with prospective student-athletes or their parents, donating to any University of Chicago athletic program, or employing any enrolled or prospective student-athletes.

Any contact with a prospective student athlete for the express purpose of encouraging their enrollment at the University of Chicago should be done in coordination with the head coach of that sport.

There are several regulations that pertain to you if you are a "Representative of University of Chicago Athletic Interests" aka "Booster".

You are a booster/representative if you have done any of the following:

  • Have participated in or been a member of an agency or organization promoting the University of Chicago's athletic program;
  • Have made a financial contribution to athletics at the University of Chicago;
  • Have assisted or been requested (by athletics department staff) to assist in the recruiting of prospects;
  • Have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families;
  • Have been involved in otherwise promoting the University of Chicago's athletic program.